Pittsfield Family YMCA
292 North Street | Pittsfield, MA 01201
P. 413-499-7650 | F. 413-443-6791

Board of Directors

Lenny Light 3Chair: 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 Vice President and General Manager of Lenco Industries, Inc. – 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: Tracy L. McConnell
Christa MelilloSecond Vice Chair: Christa Gariepy
Christa first became involved with the YMCA’s Pittsfield Branch 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 Berkshire Medical Center. Christa is a Tough Mudder who enjoys swimming and running.
Peter Moore 2Treasurer: Peter Moore
Peter began his membership at the YMCA’s Pittsfield Branch 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.
Treasurer: Billie-Jo Sawyer
Clerk: Marnie Sommer
Dawn Broadwell
Mayur DesaiMayur Desai
Mayur was born and raised in Pittsfield. He first came to the YMCA’s Pittsfield Branch 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.
Bernie English
Sarah Fleury
Denis Guyer
Denis has been connected with the Berkshire 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 Building Maintenance Director for the City of Pittsfield.
Kathryn Jensen smallKathryn Jensen
Kathryn is attracted to the Berkshire 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)
Lisa Fiorini PuskeyLisa Jester
Lisa joined the YMCA’s Pittsfield Branch’s 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 more than a decade. 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.
Chris Lipa
Chris has played sports at the YMCA’s Pittsfield Branch since a young child and continues to play basketball a couple times a week. His first job as a teenager was a counselor for Camp Sumner and has been connected to the YMCA in some capacity ever since. In his professional life, Chris is a realtor for Steepleview Realty and is a producer for his production company, Eleven11 Images. He started an investment club in 2004 focusing on emerging companies that later turned into a Financial Consulting firm specializing in creating liquidity for public companies. Chris enjoys playing basketball, golf, taking hikes with his dog, and riding his motorcycle in his free time.
Kris Maloney
Pete Pink
Sean Robertson 2Sean Robertson
Sean played a number of youth sports at the YMCA’s Pittsfield Branch 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 an eBusiness Manager at The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank. He also enjoys working outside, gardening and landscaping.
Emily Schiavoni
Jean Stone

Jayson Tanzman smallJayson Tanzman
Jayson attended numerous summer camps and after school programs while his father, Irving J Tanzman, served as Chair of the YMCA’s Northern Berkshire Branch.  Jayson has been active on serving on local boards such as the Pittsfield Rotary Club, Pine Cobble School & Helen Berube Teen Parent Program. He is a Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor for the Berkshire County Office of Merrill Lynch.  He resides in Pittsfield with his wife Jenifer and two daughters.

 Photos and biographies by Nathan Haddad and Board members