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.

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.

Kalee Carmel, President Elect

Kalee is the Executive & Office Manager at 18 Degrees. There she serves on Inviting Environments Task Force, assists the senior team and supervises reception staff. Previously she was the Compliance Coordinator for Baystate Elevator and a Head Teller at TD. In addition to being a member of BBPW, she is on Membership, Scholarship and WOA Committees, on the Advisory Board of Dulye Leadership Experience, a volunteer at Berkshire Humane Society and an Ambassador of 1Berkshire. Kalee is a 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat Finalist, a graduate from the City of Pittsfield’s Citizen’s Academy and a 2019 1Berkshire BLP participant.

Gillette Connor, Secretary

Gillette is the CEO and Founder of Impact Acumen Consulting and is a senior international development professional with expertise in program design and management, strategic social investment, stakeholder engagement processes, alliance-building and development partnerships. She has a diverse background with subject matter expertise in economic development, SME finance, HIV/AIDS and women’s health. She has worked across multiple sectors including financial services, oil and gas, mining, light manufacturing and the hospitality industries with companies across sub-Saharan Africa, the Russian Federation, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands as well as working with non-profit organizations and civil society in the United States.

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 & playing with 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.