HRR Board of Directors & Advisory Council

Al Bashevkin, HRR Interim Executive Director

The Hoosic River Revival Board generally meets once a month on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:00pm and additionally as necessary.

2018 Board of Directors
Annie Valk, President
Brian Miksic, Vice President
Amanda Chilson, Treasurer
Bert Lamb, Clerk

Currently working with 1Berkshire, the region’s chamber of commerce and regional tourism council in Client Relations. Past efforts include work with Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, Town of Adams Community Development Office, and the American Cancer Society. Recently elected the City Chair of the North Adams Democratic City Committee.

Currently employed with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition as the Mass in Motion Program Coordinator and Community Health Worker. Personally and professionally passionate about personal health and wellness, community residents, and the environment and community in which we live, work and play in northern Berkshire.

Founder of the Hoosic River Revival, Judy has led and participated in many community projects, and has worked professionally as a French teacher, Conference Director, Publishing Sales Manager and a consultant. She has a B.A. from Skidmore College and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Co-founder of Bright Ideas Brewing and a partner/project manager for a new riverside resort development in North Adams, Eric is a member of the North Adams Public Arts Commission and lives in in the historic Blackinton neighborhood with his wife and two daughters.

Currently employed with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition as the Communications Coordinator. Previously worked in the printing business for over 30 years.

Currently pursuing issues and opportunities in sustainable energy. Jake holds a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, and a BS in Business Administration from Miami University.

Retired nurse with 30 years in that profession, including 13 years in the O.R. at a level one trauma center in Springfield, MO and another 17 years as a nurse at inner city schools. Raised on a farm with access to a river. Brings organizational, creative, and outreach skills, along with a love of community and people.

Co-founder and former President of Develop North Adams, which is now the N. A. Chamber of Commerce, Brian is committed to building North Adams through growth in the private sector. A member of the N. A. Planning Board, he works as a technology director for J. F. Griffin, an outdoor sporting company.

A retired teacher, administrator, fly-fishing guide and instructor on area rivers, Fred holds a Bachelor’s degree from Westfield State University and a Master’s degree in Administration from Boston University. Fred has chaired the Anti-casino forces in the 1970’s and is presently a member of National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Employed as Social Media and Marketing Manager at MCLA. Does freelance social media consulting and writes a monthly food column and occasional feature stories for the Berkshire Eagle and UpCountry Magazine. Also tours as guitarist and singer for the band House Sparrow.

Lauren is a charter member of the Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA). Since its inception 20 years ago, HooRWA has monitored in the three states of its watershed, with all the states accepting HooRWA data; organized cleanups; sponsored public outreach via the annual Riverfest, Hoosic River Ride, and school programs.

A professor in the Environmental Studies Dept at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Elena received her Master’s degree from the Yale and her PhD from the University of New Hampshire. Her independent study project, Yale Professor James MacBroom was Proposed Dechannelization of a Segment of the Hoosic River in North Adams:.

A historian and administrator at Williams College, Annie has more than 20 years of experience doing arts and humanities-based community history projects. Before moving to North Adams in 2014, she taught at universities in North Carolina, Illinois, and Rhode Island.

Offers many skills including Public Speaker, Scientist, Carpenter, White Water Raft Guide, and Community Engagement. Particular interests include developing and supporting community and broader connections, and working on social media and communications

2018 Advisory Council
Ralph Brill
Mike Canales
David Crane
Cindy Delpapa
Mike Dilego
Brent Filson
Juliet Flynt
Steve Green
Jacqueline O’Brien Galusha
Marion Grillon
Mackenzie Greer
Howard Itzkowitz
Tom Jorling
Paul Marino
Elaine Mattern
Diane Parsons
Gary Polumbo
Lelsie Reed-Evans
Jerry Shoen
Richard Tavelli
Colleen Taylor
Chris Tremblay
David Willette