|Chair: Lenny Light
Lenny attended Camp Sumner at the age of five, creating close friendships with fellow campers that have lasted throughout the years. Since graduating from a NU MBA program in 2008, Lenny has become involved with the family business as the VP of Sales and Marketing for Lenco – a local armored car manufacturing company in Pittsfield. Lenny is a huge baseball fan and dreams of becoming a General Manager for a Major League team.
|Vice Chair: Christa Melillo
Christa first became involved with the Pittsfield Family YMCA as a childhood member of the Polar Bears Swim Team. Christa obtained her MA from Boston University in clinical psychology and shares her valuable experience in human services – specifically public health, mental health, and health care – with the community as the manager of the Patient Relations Department at BMC. Christa is a Tough Mudder who enjoys swimming, running, and a good laugh.
|Treasurer: Peter Moore
Peter began his membership at the Pittsfield Family YMCA in 1990. Outside of the Y, Peter has an administrative role at Berkshire Medical Center. A fan of the cold Berkshire winters, Peter enjoys alpine skiing.
|Clerk: Robert Zuber
Robert Zuber joined the YMCA in 1964 as a youth camper. He joined the Pittsfield Family YMCA Board of Directors in 1995 and is the longest tenured Board member. His professional field is insurance sales, a financial service professional for both V.P. Bardwell Bowlby and Karam Insurance agency. Bob has a passion for skiing, horse racing and, of course, all things YMCA.
Mayur was born and raised in Pittsfield. He first came to the Pittsfield Family YMCA when he was 7 years old as a swimmer for the Polar Bears Swim Team and later swam in high school and college. Mayer spent most of his teen years exercising at the Y and learning the correct procedures to do so in the gym. He explains that the foundation he received from the YMCA helped him achieve a Natural Pro Bodybuilding Card in 2011. He is the General Manager for the Best Western PLUS Berkshire Hills Inn & Suites in Pittsfield, one of two businesses – with the Comfort Inn – that he runs with his family. His long term goals are to advance and grow in the hospitality industry and help give back to the area.
Lisa joined the Pittsfield Family YMCA Polar Bears Swim Team at age six – staying with the team for 12 years before going on to swim in college. Lisa is a project manager in the Information Technology department at Berkshire Medical Center, where she has been employed for eight years. Lisa has two wonderful boys who are also members of the YMCA. The three created a new sport – racquetball-baseball – at the YMCA in the racquetball courts.
Denis has been connected with the Pittsfield Family YMCA throughout his life. As a member, he was a former YMCA Lake Run participant in the 1980s. Denis is also now a parent with a ten-year-old son who has played in the Y’s youth sports leagues and with twin sons who are cared for everyday in the Y’s Childcare. Denis is a former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and now works as the Operations Manager for Special Projects for Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Ltd. in Great Barrington.
Kathryn is attracted to the Pittsfield Family YMCA for its multiple programs that serve all layers of Berkshire citizenry. She is from Minnesota and moved here in 2001 after living in the Boston area. Kathryn is a clinical psychologist with an active practice in Pittsfield. She works with a wide variety of people and problems, with a specialty in treating the after-effects of trauma. She is also a serious watercolor painter, the Berkshires providing wonderful inspiration. Her other community activities include singing alto in her church choir and chairing her local cultural council. (Photo by Karen Shiltz of KS Photography)
Ryan came to the Pittsfield Family YMCA in 2003 as a member and volunteer. He has coached our youth sports leagues ensuring that all youth players feel welcome, are having fun and learning valuable skills. Professionally, Ryan is a CPA at the firm of Fenton, Pinsonnault & Quinn, PC in Pittsfield. When he is not working or with his family, Ryan enjoys playing golf, running and cycling.
|Immediate Past Chair: Michael McKinney
Michael first joined the Pittsfield Family YMCA in the 1970s as a member of youth sports programs, learning basketball. In 1999, Michael returned to the YMCA to play basketball during mornings and at lunch hour. Michael was a volunteer coach for each of his son’s teams, joined the Board in 2005, and continues to contribute his skills as the Board Chairman. Michael is a techie who spent a decade as a rational database administrator at CSC. For the last five years, he has served as a Service Delivery Manager, ensuring programs are completed on time and on budget. Michael has 28 fish tanks in his basement ranging in size from 20 to 210 gallons and breeds Cichlids from the African Rift Lakes.
Jackie first became involved with the Pittsfield Family YMCA as a volunteer for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in 2010. Jackie’s background outside the YMCA includes 25 years of banking and financial experience. In 2012, Jackie triumphed over the Pittsfield Family YMCA annual Sprint Triathlon.
Patrick was hired by the YMCA in 1983 as a sailing instructor, and soon found himself the Director of the Pittsfield Family YMCA Marina on Pontoosuc Lake. From 1984 to 1989, Patrick was involved in a number of programs including sailing and canoe instruction. He returned to Ponterril in 2010 and joined the Board in 2012. Patrick is the president, CEO, and acting chairman of Nuclea Biotechnologies and is the co-founder and board member of Molecular Metabolism. He serves on boards for the Berkshire County Jimmy Fund Council, and is also a committee member for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys skiing in the Berkshire Mountains.
Tom joined the Pittsfield Family YMCA Board of Directors in 2012 due to his connection with Executive Director Randy Kinnas. Tom’s presence in the community is very strong: he is a Pittsfield business owner, leading Martino Glass Co., Inc. for more than 33 years. While frustrating, Tom just can’t get enough of golfing.
Sean played a number of youth sports at the Pittsfield Family YMCA beginning in 1988 and also worked at Ponterill as a young adult in 1998. Sean joined the Board of Directors in 2013. He is very passionate about being a Board Member and learning from this volunteer experience. Outside of the YMCA, Sean is a security officer at The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank. He also enjoys working outside, gardening and landscaping.
Ashley participated in the Pittsfield Family YMCA’s youth outdoor soccer program and has fond memories of spending summer days by the pool at Ponterril. Ashley is an analyst in the Corporate Communications function of SABIC, supporting marketing and communications efforts for its Innovative Plastics business and Americas region. A trivia buff, Ashley enjoys reading, creative writing, and trying her hand at a host of do-it-yourself projects.
|Photos and biographies by Nathan Haddad and Board members|