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Cara Becker graduated from Adelphi University with a degree in Business Administration. Before moving to the Berkshires, she worked as a Manager of Executive Training and Development for Lord & Taylor stores where she created and implemented Executive training programs for the company nationwide. Cara moved with her family to the Berkshires from Long Island and has since taken roles as recording secretary for the town of Great Barrington and Executive Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police. Cara has also participated in many task forces that focus on the betterment of the community she loves.
Jeffrey (Jeff) Cohen is a real estate developer who has focused on commercial and residential development, urban mixed-use projects and public/private partnerships to develop properties in transitional neighborhoods, previously in Washington, D.C., St. Paul, MN, and Maine, and currently at the Eagle Mill in Lee, MA. He received his J.D. from Columbus School of Law/ Catholic University of America and B.S. in Economics from Wharton School of Commerce and Finance/University of Pennsylvania. Jeff has and continues to serve a wide range of organizations and we are pleased that he joined the CDCSB board in 2015.
Jim Harwood RA AIA, President
Jim Harwood has practiced architecture for more than 20 years and is a graduate of Cornell University. In 2007, Jim moved from New York City to Lenox, Massachusetts where his office for J. Harwood Architect is now based. Jim has a history of designing responsible, energy efficient buildings in the challenging northeastern climate. He is a LEED accredited professional. Jim joined the board at CDCSB in 2010 because of his commitment to the creation of living wage jobs and affordable housing.
Jeffry H. Kittross, Clerk
Jeffry was educated in New York City public schools, received an AB in economics from the College of William & Mary and an LLB from Cornell Law School in 1959. He was admitted to the Bar in New York, and he is a United States Army veteran. He has worked for Bankers Trust Company, New York; Martin Marietta Corp (now Lockheed Martin), New York and The Okonite Company, New Jersey. In 1976, Jeffry left Okonite as Vice President & General Counsel to become Executive Vice President of the Episcopal Church Foundation in New York, a national organization supporting the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church. Later work with the Episcopal Church included community development and affordable housing in Newark, New Jersey. Married since 1960 to Emily Wade Kittross, with two children and three grandchildren, he is retired and living in Lenox, Massachusetts, from where he serves on various corporate and non-profit boards.
Richard Melluzo was born in Hartford, CT and received his BS in psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1974. Richard continued his education with an MA in counseling psychology from the University of Hartford in 1976 and an MS in Public Health with a specialty in Health Care Administration from Russell Sage College in 1984. He moved to Great Barrington in 1976 and served on the town’s Finance Committee for 2 years and as a Selectman for 11 years during that time. In 1991 he founded his private practice, RJM Counseling, in Great Barrington where he continues to provide counseling services to individuals, couples and families.
Peter is the senior litigator for Lazan, Glover and Puciloski LLP in Boston, with offices in Great Barrington. He has appeared before numerous courts, boards and commissions on the federal, state and local level and handles both litigation and transactional matters, involving residential, commercial and development property; condominiums and land use regulation. Peter, a graduate of Harvard Law School, cum laude, and Boston College, magna cum laude, is the author of Real Estate Litigation. He has served on the Hingham Planning Board, the Hingham Historic District Commission and the Hingham Water Supply Company. Peter is a member of the Boston, Massachusetts and American Bar Associations, the Defense Research Institute and a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant. He returned to the CDC of South Berkshire Board of Directors in 2016.
Richard Stanley is owner and developer of the Triplex Cinema and has been involved in town projects and affordable housing projects, including the development of several condominium projects in Great Barrington with affordable home ownership. Taconic Parking lot was funded through a grant written by Richard and he helped found the CDCSB in the early 1990s, serving on the board at that time. We are pleased to have Richard back on the CDCSB board once again.