Beth Bandy, Co-founder and Director
Originally from a small farming community in Ohio, Beth Bandy has lived in the rural Massachusetts town of Charlemont since 2001. She currently is serving her fifth year on the Charlemont Select Board and previously was Chair of the School Committee at the Hawlemont Regional Elementary School. Beth is a researcher, trainer, and consultant who has served charitable organizations on five continents. Locally, she has been a board member with educational, performing arts, and historical nonprofits.
Toby Gould, Co-founder and Director
Toby Gould has lived in Charlemont since 2004 and has served on the town’s Select Board, Finance Committee, Broadband Committee and Conservation Commission. Now retired, Toby has been editor and publisher of adult study books for the United Methodist Church. He has pastored several churches in New York and Connecticut as well as serving in national and global positions. Toby has wide experience in both governmental and non-profit sectors having served on numerous boards in both local and national contexts.
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.
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.
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 the Town’s representative on the Hilltown Collaborative.
Robert W. Herdt
Robert W. Herdt is an advisor on our Eight-Town Center for Economic Growth and other rural economic development projects. Bob received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Minnesota.