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Welcome new board members!

We are very pleased to announce three new members of the Rural Commonwealth board of directors.? With backgrounds in business, finance, and nonprofit management, all three have strong track records in rural Massachusetts economic development.

Dave Christopolis

Dave is the Executive Director of Hilltown CDC located in Chesterfield. ? Dave has been working in the nonprofit sector for 30 years. His past experience includes working as a mental health counselor, community organizer, planner and grant writer. ?He has a real estate license in Massachusetts and manages affordable housing development at Hilltown CDC. ?Dave’s focus has always been on social justice, economic equality and advocating for policies and programs that build a more equitable society particularly for those who are disadvantaged.??

Karen Hogness

Originally from Seattle, Karen came to Charlemont by way of Oberlin College in 1974. She and her husband, Dennis Avery, owned and operated Avery’s Store in Charlemont for 43 years. She has extensive experience in retail and small business issues. A former Charlemont EMT, she has also been on numerous town and school committees including the Hawlemont Building Committee, Mohawk LEC, Traffic Calming Committee, and the Charlemont Economic Roundtable.

Darlene McVeigh

A resident of the town of Huntington for most of her life, Darlene is Assistant Vice President for Finance – Special Projects at the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company. While her career has enabled Darlene the opportunity to work internationally for many years, the hilltowns are home. ?Desiring to preserve our rural lifestyle, Darlene has served as Chair of the Huntington Finance Committee for 4 years. Recently, she has been elected to the Selectboard and is the Town’s representative on the Hilltown Collaborative.

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