Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Berkshire Business and Professional Women: Board of Directors
From left to right, Andrea Hurley, Gillette O'Connor, Clair Richards (outgoing President) Donna Collins, Celia Clancy (incoming President) Sopheap Nhim, Shela Levante, Bethany Kirchmann (missing is treasurer, Gaye Weinberger)

Celia Clancy, President

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. Read Celia's Welcome Letter to the BBPW community

Donna Collins, Vice President Membership

Donna joined Berkshire Business and Professional Women in 2009, and has served on the Scholarship Committee, Woman of Achievement Committee (past Chairperson), as Treasurer (2016 – 2018), and currently as VP, Membership.

Donna is Director of Employee Training and Development at Greylock Federal Credit Union in Pittsfield, MA. Donna joined Greylock in 2013, where she designs internal training programs that promote job-specific learning. She manages the new-hire On-Boarding process and facilitates manager development workshops. She is a certified facilitator for the Integrity Coaching® program, and Crucial Conversations® programs.

Donna holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst University Without Walls with a concentration in Human Resources management; and currently lives in Lenox, MA. She is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), and the CUNA Human Resources and Organizational Development Council.

Gaye Weinberger, Treasurer

Gaye Weinberger recently rejoined BBPW and serves as Treasurer. She is currently the Operations Manager for Organization Ink, an outsource provider of Accounting, HR and Operational services for small businesses. Additionally, she is co-founder and COO for Child Care Center Software, Inc., supplier of SaaS programs for the child care providers. She has over 25 years of management experience in the US and UK in the software industry and call center operations.

Shela Levante, Vice President Programming

Shela Levante is the Director of Development at Berkshire Community College (BCC) where she is responsible for external fund-raising efforts on behalf of the College and the Berkshire Community College Foundation. Prior to joining BCC, Shela was a Community Engagement Officer at Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Database Administrator at the Arizona Community Foundation. She has an M.P.A. from Northeastern University, a B.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Arizona State University and an A.S. from Mesa Community College.  Shela’s community involvement includes serving on the boards of The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, Hillcrest Education Foundation, Inc., Junior League of Berkshire County, and the Berkshire Business and Professional Women’s Association.

Bethany Kirchmann, Vice President Programming

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Gillette Connor, Secretary

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Andrea Hurley, Communications

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