Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Kalee Carmel, President
Deborah Gallant, VP Membership
Kate Lauzon, VP Membership
Liv DeAndrea, Treasurer
Karen Zink, Secretary
Beth Gilbert, Co-Chair Programming
Lynn Wallace, Co-Chair Programming
Andrea Hurley, Co-Chair Communications
Mary Vasquez-Slack, Co-Chair Communications
Celia Clancy, Advisor

Kalee Carmel, President

Kalee is a motivated, organized young professional with Berkshire County roots. Her career portfolio includes positions in customer relations, scheduling management and office operations.

In her role as an Account Manager at CompuWorks in Pittsfield, MA, a leading Managed IT and Technology Success Provider, Kalee bridges gaps between clients and their information technology needs to support business success. Prior to joining CompuWorks, she held roles of Executive and Office Manager at 18 Degrees Family Services for Western Massachusetts, Compliance Coordinator at Bay State Elevator Company and Head Teller, Loan Trained at TD Bank.

In addition to serving as President of BBPW she is on their Scholarship and Woman of Achievement Committees. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Dulye Leadership Experience (underwritten by Dulye & Co.) and is on their Recruitment and Engagement and Programming Committees. She is a weekly volunteer at Berkshire Humane Society and a 1Berkshire Ambassador.

Kalee is passionate about the Berkshires and personal and professional development. She is always looking to sharpen her leadership skills. She is a 2019 Dulye Leadership Experience Gen Now Retreat Finalist, and a graduate of both Pittsfield’s Citizen’s Academy and 1Berkshire’s Berkshire Leadership Program.

Away from work, Kalee enjoys reading, exploring outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite accomplishment is being a fur mom to her dog Toyo and rabbits Sammy and Bill.

Deborah Gallant, Vice President Membership

Deborah Gallant is the Executive Director of EforAll Berkshire County, a non-profit committed to inclusive entrepreneurship.

Deborah has been a professional business coach with her own company, Bold Business Works for the last fifteen plus years—working with small business owners and career changers.  She holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York and was an early Internet pioneer, working for Advance Publications and iVillage.

An active community volunteer, Deborah serves on the board of The Society of New Concord, works on the Membership committee at Temple Anshe Amunim in Pittsfield and does the marketing and public relations for the Chatham Silent Food Pantry.

A resident of Canaan, New York, Deborah and her husband Jon are now empty nesters (their daughter Amy works in public policy and lives in Atlanta, GA).  When not helping her individual clients or running EforAll, Deborah still finds time to enjoy the outdoors in the Berkshires including biking, hiking, kayaking and snowshoeing.

Kate Lauzon, VP Membership

Liv DeAndrea, Treasurer

Liv DeAndrea is a Banker and Mortgage Originator who works within the Berkshire community to help families and individuals realize home ownership. After spending a decade as a Lead Buyer and then Territory Sales Manager and Account Executive in the Natural Foods Industry, Liv moved to the finance sector in 2019 as the Branch Manager of Trustco Bank in Great Barrington. Originally trained as a Chef, Liv is also a former retail business owner. She understands the pressures and rewards of entrepreneurship and is passionate about expanding financial opportunity in her community. Liv joined BBPW in 2019 and is delighted to be expanding her connection with the organization as Treasurer.

Karen Zink, Secretary

Karen Zink is the retired President and COO of The Berkshire Gas Company, a natural gas public utility with annual gross operating revenues of $72 million serving over 40,000 customers in Western Massachusetts.

Her 37 year career began in 1981 as a financial analyst where Karen’s capabilities and drive were quickly recognized, allowing her to advance through positions of increasing responsibility.  In 1998, Karen joined the executive ranks as Vice President of Marketing and Resource Planning.

Karen’s knowledge of the business, concern for employees, and leadership acumen resulted in her becoming the President and Chief Operating Officer of Berkshire Gas in 2004.  As President, she effectively led the organization through numerous significant changes, including three mergers, a 17-year performance based rate plan, 100% achievement of exceptional service quality results, a 13-month labor dispute, a complex moratorium of the Company’s so-called Eastern Division, and much more.  Prior to her retirement, Ms. Zink led Berkshire Gas to reach a Settlement Agreement with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, resulting in a new multi-year rate plan that created value for the customers and the Company.

In addition to Karen’s leadership roles at Berkshire Gas, she also contributes greatly to the community, previously or currently serving on several boards.  These include the Berkshire County Chamber of Commerce and its successor 1Berkshire (2008-2018), including as Chairman of the Board in 2010 and Vice Chairman of the Finance and Administration Committee in 2008-2009; Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative Board Member (2015-Present), including as Vice President of the Board from 2016 to 2018 and currently serving as its Board Chairman; Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council Board Member (2016-2018); Berkshire Business CEO Roundtable Member (2005-2018); 18 Degrees (formerly Berkshire Children and Families) Finance Committee 2019; MountainOne Community Advisory Committee 2019; and Co-Chair of the Berkshire Business and Professional Women Mentorship Committee as well as its Treasurer.

Karen continues to support the advances of young women by mentoring girls in 8th-12th grade through the Eureka, Inc. STEM program of the Gladys Allen Brigham Center.  In 2017 she also started a group with high-level women in various organizations to become a clearinghouse for mentoring opportunities for young girls and young women in the Berkshires.  In 2019-2020 she also served as a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus endorsement committee.

Beth Gilbert, Co-Chair of Programming

Beth Gilbert is the Client Relations Specialist at 18 Degrees, Family Services for Western Massachusetts, providing administrative support. Prior, Beth served multiple non-profit organizations working in various case management positions assisting individuals with substance use and mental health disorders. Additionally, Beth provides Online Wellness Coaching; strongly advocating for mental health warriors to move their body and gain hope. She is a member of Berkshire Business and Professional Women and serves as Co-Chair of Programming. During the warmer months, Beth is an avid Jetski Racer, traveling across New England. You can also find her hiking with her dog Gracie and traveling.

Lynn Wallace, Co-Chair Programming

Andrea Hurley, Co-Chair, Communications

Andrea owns and operates Elytra Design, a web design, branding and strategy business based out of Lee, MA. After redesigning the BBPW website in 2018, Andrea became a BBPW member, and shortly after joined the BBPW board as Chair of Communications. Andrea has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from U.Mass Boston and a Master of Science in Entomology from U.Mass Amherst. Andrea has a lifelong love of art as well as science. She appreciates the art in science and the science in art, which is why her career as a web professional is perfect for her. When not designing with pixels and code, Andrea can be found in her garden, tending her many house plants or walking her dog, Teddy.

Mary Vasquez-Slack, Co-Chair, Communications

Mary is owner of Local and Virtual Assistant, My Versatile Secretary, offering administrative services to help businesses reclaim precious time so they may focus on growth and profits. Some of the ways MVS has helped clients include: Computer training, Contact management, Newsletters, Presentations, Posting and distributing marketing materials (berkshireFLYER.com). Services are available on an as needed basis for projects or ongoing support. Mary is a long time BBPW member and joined as Co-chair of the Communications Committee in 2019.

Celia Clancy, Advisor

Celia Clancy is an inspiring leader with extensive experience in retail and consumer businesses. Her background includes team building, strategic planning, merchandising, product development and sourcing, direct consumer marketing, omni-channel retailing and manufacturing. She has led businesses through solid growth and successful turnarounds, as well as asset sales and liquidations. She has a wide range of experience in public, private, family-owned, private equity and ESOP companies.

She has served on the board of The Fitzpatrick Companies, known for the Country Curtains brand and also served on the board of Ashley Stewart, a plus-size specialty retail chain serving the urban woman. She serves on several non-profit boards, including Tapestry Health, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity and Community Health Programs. She also serves as President of Berkshire Business and Professional Women.

Celia is currently Managing Partner of Celia Clancy Advisors, where she serves as a director and advisor, with an emphasis on applied customer insights, strategic planning and business process improvement. A key piece of her current consulting is coaching entrepreneurs.

In addition to CEO roles at The Fitzpatrick Companies and Ashley Stewart, prior roles include President, AJ Wright division of TJX, Senior Operations Consultant with Cerberus and Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager, Walmart.

Celia’s educational background includes a BA from Wellesley College and graduate coursework at the Carroll School of Management, Boston College.