Under his leadership the agency’s budget has grown from $7m to over $33m. Singer has served on various statewide committees, has had leadership roles such as President of the Association of Developmental Disability Providers (ADDP) and has been on two governor appointed committees. Previously, Kenneth received the “Massachusetts Executive Director of the Year” Award from the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers. Most recently, Singer was the recipient of the prestigious Joseph Andrade Award for Leadership by the Arc of Massachusetts.
Maryann has been instrumental in growing all of BCArc’s Family Support and Respite Services as well as the Adult Family Care Program. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The House of Representatives presented Maryann with a Citation for her work on behalf of individuals and families. Maryann also serves as the agency’s Human Rights Coordinator, a role she has held at BCArc for more than 25 years.
Paul also oversees the agency training Department that develops an annual training plan to enhance the skills of our work force, expand the use of online training and maintain electronic client files.
Paul has worked supporting people with disabilities to live, work and have fun in their communities for over 40 years.
Paul was a founding Board member of the Massachusetts Association for People in Supported Employment ( MAPSE) in the early 90’s. Currently he serves on the Massachusetts Partnerships in Transition to Employment. A 5 year statewide collaboration grant project working to increase the number of students, with disabilities, leaving school and accessing competitive/integrated employment opportunities and secondary education.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the Center for EcoTechnology, with locations in Pittsfield, Northampton & Springfield, for 22 years and has been the Board Chair for the past 14 years.
For 17 years Paul has volunteered as a PSIA certified adaptive Ski instructor for Stride Adaptive Sports, located at Jiminy Peak. Paul specializes in students that use sit equipment to ski or are on the Autism Spectrum.
Most recently, Jennifer was the Area Director of the Department of Development Services (DDS) for Franklin and Hampshire Counties. Rush has experience overseeing and implementing Massachusetts state initiatives including Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and Home and Community Based Waiver Compliance. She has over a decade of administration experience in and hospital and substance abuse settings in organizations such Northern Berkshire Healthcare and the Brattleboro Retreat.
Blanca’s duties also include the development of the annual operating budget, preparation of all financial management reports, and tax and regulatory filings. Reporting to Berkshire County Arc’s President and CEO, Durant is a member of the Arc’s executive leadership team, responsible for shaping and directing the implementation of aspects of the Arc’s strategies.
Durant joined Berkshire County Arc in 1998 as an accounting associate, became the Accounting Supervisor in 1999 and was appointed Director of Finance in 2011.
She has several decades of experience including many years as part of a Corporate Global HR Management Team as well as 15 years owning & running her own recruiting firm.
Living in Upstate New York, she is member of the Capital Region Human Resources Association, Capital Region Women at Work, VFW Auxiliary, and Society for Human Resources Management
She holds both the SPHR & SHRM-SCP National HR certifications. Class of 2015 CRHRA Leadership program graduate.’
Chris also oversees all of the maintenance for the agency and is a Licensed Construction Supervisor. Chris also runs the monthly BCArc Men’s Group which is a group that discusses men’s health issues, appropriate interactions with females, and general issues of concern.
Over the years Rhodora has contributed many ideas that have helped the agency to move forward. Rhodora instituted the BCArc “give backs” in an effort to show the community that our individuals can be productive members of society by giving back by way of donations and or volunteerism. The other goal was to help our individuals experience that “warm and fuzzy” feeling that one only gets from helping others. This project has grown over the years to incorporate a give back for every month of the year and is very popular both here at Berkshire County Arc as well as in the community. She is devoted to the staff and individuals and works to ensure that they have all the tools they need to live happy and productive lives.
Rhodora is a guardian of a young woman with developmental disabilities and works to help her be as independent as possible when making her life decisions as well as sharing her home with a Down Syndrome woman who became a part of her family over 30 years ago.
With over 35 years of experience in vocational services, Rick has served on several state wide task forces for supported employment. He has also conducted many presentations and provided technical consultation to providers on a statewide and national basis on supported employment.
Rick has also been an active participant in Berkshire County business community as a former Board of Director for the Chamber of Commerce and Berkshire YMCA. He is an active member of 1Berkshire.
He started his career as a reporter for local papers in the Boston suburbs. After that he served as managing editor of the Dispute Resolution Journal, an international magazine for mediators, arbitrators, and negotiators. He has worked in communications for the Mass. Department of Education, a fortune 500 company in Worcester, Mass., Allmerica Financial, the PR firm Schwartz Communications, Boston, and at Sawchuk Brown, Albany, N.Y. He has written for a variety of publications, often about music, and continues to review live music for the Daily Gazette, Schenectady, N.Y.
The Berkshire County Arc is his first human services position. He was attracted to the work after meeting members of the BArc team and experiencing the pride and passion they brought to the BArc mission.
Amber is responsible for the Oversite of twelve Brain Injury Services programs funded through the Mass Rehabilitation Commission and the Department of Developmental Services, ABI/MFP Waiver Program. During her time here Amber has enhanced staff trainings, including the initiation of the Certified Brain Injury Specialist Certification for Supervisors, which is currently underway.