BUSINESS DOCUMENTS: CHP names employee of the year, adds psychiatric nurse; Ventfort Hall wins board members; Greylock appoints two to the posts; Canary Blomstrom partners with Wheeler & Taylor Insurance


CHP names employee of the year, adds psychiatric nurse to Berkshire Pediatrics

GREATER BARRINGTON – Community Health Programs (CHP) named Marina Barahona, Practice Director at CHP Great Barrington Health Center, as their Employee of the Year.

Barahona joined CHP in 2014 as a receptionist. In 2019, she was appointed Practice Leader and now oversees Great Barrington’s practice operations.

Marina Barahona. Photo courtesy of CHP

The CHP Award recognizes an employee who exemplifies CHP’s commitment to healthcare excellence, equal access to healthcare for all and collaboration in the workplace. Barahona brings teamwork, compassion and dedication to her work, and because she has risen through the ranks in practice, she is well versed in all aspects of CHP practice operations.

“Marina is a compassionate person and a dedicated leader, who always takes the time to meet the needs of her staff and patients,” said Zelma Cortez, Human Resources Administrator and former Senior Receptionist. “She looks at the big picture to make sure the training is going well and is always looking for ways to improve. If there is an obstacle, she meets it head-on and does not give up until she finds a solution. He’s someone I respect and admire.

CHP Berkshire Pediatrics has appointed a psychiatric nurse practitioner to its Pittsfield practice, reflecting an expansion of CHP’s behavioral health services for children.

Kimberly Loring. Photo courtesy of CHP

Kimberly Loring, PMHNP-BC, most recently worked as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at the Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, focusing on children and adults. She completed her internship with Arbor Counseling Services in Lawrence and Haverhill, Mass. Previously, as a registered nurse, she worked in schools and hospitals in the Boston area, focusing on children and adolescents with behavioral health needs. Prior to that, Loring worked for Berkshire Pediatrics, Fairview Hospital, and Pittsfield Public Schools.

She received her master’s degree as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from Northeastern University in Boston. She also holds a Masters of Education from Cambridge College in Boston. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northeastern. Loring also participated in a LEND scholarship program at Boston Children’s Hospital, focused on children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

At CHP Berkshire Pediatrics, Loring will work with pediatric primary care clinicians and other members of the behavioral health team who care for children in need of mental health support.


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Ventfort Hall adds two members to the Board of Directors

Ventfort room. Photo courtesy of Ventfort Hall

LENOX – Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum recently announced the appointment of two members to their board of directors, Govane Lohbauer of Lee and Natalie Johnsonius Neubert of Lenox.

Lohbauer served for over 20 years as Costume Director at Shakespeare & Company, designing three to seven shows per year and overseeing the maintenance and organization of the 60,000 costume inventory. She taught costume and prop design and was the costume designer in the drama department at Bard College Simon’s Rock. She has also designed and performed costumes for the Berkshire Public Theater and the Berkshire Lyric Theater.

Lohbauer has designed costumes for the Ventfort Hall and Shakespeare & Company co-productions, including “The Color of War”, “Zingu”, “Morgan O’Yuki, Geisha of the Gilded Age” and “Paris Unlaced”. She also served on the Costume Preservation Committee of the Berkshire County Historical Society.

Neubert is an arts and cultural management professional who is currently the Executive Director of Berkshire Music School in Pittsfield. Specializing in programming, fundraising and marketing for the performing arts, she has worked with cultural institutions like Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Shakespeare & Company, Dublin International Fringe Festival, Performance Space New York, and others. She has served on Development, Marketing and Special Events / Gala committees for the Berkshire Museum, WAM Theater, Community Access to the Arts, Lenox Library Association and Berkshire Country Day School.

Neubert is a director, actress and sound / media designer. She has performed and / or presented works in the New York subway, the New York Public Library and the New York Botanical Garden.


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Greylock appoints Chacon Ortega to the supervisory committee, Borsello as director emeritus

Catheryn Chacon Ortega. Photo courtesy of Greylock

PITTSFIELD – Greylock Federal Credit Union recently announced that the Credit Union Board of Directors has appointed Catheryn Chacon Ortega to the Greylock Volunteer Supervisory Board.

Other members of the oversight committee include President Allison Bedard, Krystle A. Blake, Lori Broderick-Bean and Bryan E. House. The committee acts as a representative auditor of the membership and oversees compliance, policies, rules, regulations and the performance of officials and employees.

Ortega is a Senior Tax Accountant at Ernst & Young and obtained a Master of Science in Accounting from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016. She sits on the Board of Trustees of Berkshire Community College and co-founded Latinas-413. , a women’s coalition focused on the needs of Latin women. She also serves as a mentor to College MAP, an Ernst & Young program focused on empowering students in underserved high schools, so they can access college and succeed in higher education.

Greylock also announced that its Board of Directors has voted unanimously to appoint Angelo Borsello Jr. as Director Emeritus in recognition of his long and distinguished service to the Credit Union. The Director Emeritus designation recognizes Board members who have been invited to remain on the Board in a non-voting advisory capacity.

Borsello served on the board of directors for 39 years before joining the supervisory committee in 2018, from which he recently retired. He received his commerce degree from Husson College and held various positions at General Dynamics from 1967 until his retirement in 2001.

On July 20, 2021, the board of directors voted to hold Borsello in high esteem alongside his other emeritus board members: Daniel Donovan, Richard DeFazio, the late Alfred Shogry, J. Paul Dube, Marilyn Sperling and Jean Doak.


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Canary Blomstrom Insurance Agency merges with GoodWorks Financial Group

Chad Yonker. Photo courtesy of GoodWorks Financial Group

AGAWAM – Agawam’s Canary Blomstrom insurance agency recently became a member of GoodWorks Financial Group, a national network of insurance agencies. The agency will retain its name, staff and location, and Sandy Brodeur will continue to serve as president.

By joining GoodWorks, Canary Blomstrom will partner with Wheeler & Taylor Insurance of Great Barrington to expand its insurance offerings locally, regionally and nationally. Wheeler & Taylor is GoodWorks Financial’s flagship national agency.

The move is a victory for all parties, said Chad Yonker, chairman of GoodWorks Financial Group. “By partnering with Wheeler & Taylor and GoodWorks, Canary Blomstrom can do even more for its home and business customers,” he said. Local decision-making combined with national resources creates the opportunity for CB to preserve its heritage and commitment to the local community while expanding its access to resources, product sets and expertise.

Canary Blomstrom offers all types of personal insurance, including home, auto, tenant and boat insurance. It sells life, long-term care and disability insurance and annuities. Products for businesses and not-for-profit organizations include all types of P&C and employee benefit insurance, including group health and dental insurance plans, and voluntary benefits.


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