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Lila Berle, Chairman of the Board, organized the first board of trustees of Edith Wharton Restoration, Inc. in the 1970s, and served as the first board chairman. Her family has lived in the Berkshires for six generations. Mrs. Berle is a Berkshire leader in culture, conservation, and agriculture. An accomplished sheep farmer, she owns and runs Sky Farm in Stockbridge, MA.  She is dedicated to land conservation in the region, particularly the preservation of historic homes and view sheds at cultural institutions. She has established conservation easements on 850 acres in Monument Valley and on Monument Mountain. Mrs. Berle is the former board president of the Norman Rockwell Museum, and has served in leadership roles on more than a dozen boards in the Berkshires. She currently serves on the boards of the Laurel Hill Association and Berkshire South Regional Community Center.

Gale H. Arnold 
is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and has an M.A. in English Literature from George Washington University. She is a former corporate secretary and Washington correspondent for the Palmer Media Group, which was founded by Ms. Arnold’s grandfather, C.E. Palmer. Now called WEHCO Media, the company operates 15 daily newspapers, 13 weekly newspapers, and 13 cable television companies in six states. Ms. Arnold served as the program chairman of Senator Fulbright’s primary campaign. She is a member of the Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology and a trustee at the Earl Gregg Swem Library at The College of William & Mary. Originally from Texarkana, AR, she moved to Washington, DC, in the mid 1970s and currently divides her time between Georgetown and Nantucket.

Delight Dodyk is a graduate of Smith College with an M.A. in American Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D in American History from Rutgers University.  She resides in Ridgewood, NJ with her husband, Paul, but spends considerable time at their second home on Lake Garfield in Monterey, where her family has summered since the 1920s.  Now retired, she taught in the history department of Drew University for 22 years.  She is a former president of the Women’s Project of New Jersey, The Hermitage National Historic Landmark in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ, the Passaic County (NJ) Historical Society, and the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood.  Currently she is a trustee of the Bidwell House Museum in Monterey, and sits on the board of the Foundation of West Bergen (NJ) Mental Healthcare.

Neil Ellenoff is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University Law School. He practiced as a certified public accountant for 45 years at his own firm in Doylestown, PA. He now divides his time between Fort Lauderdale and the Berkshires, serving on the boards and the executive committees of the Berkshire Theatre Festival and the Broward Public Library Foundation in Fort Lauderdale. He is the former treasurer of the board of Gould Farm in Monterey, MA, and the former vice president of the board of the New Hope Historical Society in Pennsylvania. He is a former board member of the James A. Michener Art Museum, the Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic in Doylestown, and the Foundation for International Child Health.

John Gamberoni is a third-generation resident of Richmond, MA. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and has an M.S. in Industrial/Systems Engineering from Northeastern University. He is an executive partner with Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company, where he is responsible for their management consulting practice for Canadian and U.S. state and local governments. Mr. Gamberoni has worked for Accenture since 1993. In that time he has led large scale technology implementations and business strategies for both government and private sector clients with a focus on budget reduction and customer solutions.

Virginia Means Giddens grew up in Hartford, CT. After graduating from Smith College, she taught history and art history in New Jersey secondary schools for several years. Ms. Giddens graduated from Fordham Law School in 1981 and worked for 23 years in New York Family Court as a Court Attorney. After many years as a weekend resident of the Berkshires, Ms. Giddens moved permanently to Stockbridge in August 2008 (her husband James W. Giddens, an attorney with Hughes Hubbard & Reed in New York City, still commutes). She is currently a member of the Vestry of Trinity Church in Lenox, a member of the Advisory Council of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, and a volunteer tutor with the Literacy Network of South Berkshire.

Irene Goldman-Price is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.  After some years as a commercial lending officer for a regional bank, she earned a master’s degree from the College of William and Mary and a PhD in English from Boston University.  She spent much of her career teaching American literature and women’s studies at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where she headed their women’s studies program.  Dr. Goldman-Price has also taught at Boston University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, and at the Hazleton and Scranton campuses of Penn State University as well as locally for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  A continuing interest in the works of Edith Wharton has led her to publish several articles about the writer, to be a 25-year member of The Mount, a member and board member of the Edith Wharton Society, and to sit on the editorial board of the Edith Wharton Review.  Her most recent work was editing My Dear Governess: The Letters of Edith Wharton to Anna Bahlmann (Yale UP 2012), for which she earned the Donald C. Gallup Fellowship in American Literature from the Beinecke Library at Yale University and a grant from the Edith Wharton Society.  Dr. Goldman-Price and her husband, Alan Price, live in Great Barrington.

Inge Heckel retired recently as president of the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID). She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before joining NYSID, she had her own management consulting firm, specializing in institutional planning and development for educational and cultural organizations. Clients included Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies, Balliol College of Oxford University, the Fay School, the French Institute/Alliance Francaise, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Earlier, she served as president of Bradford College in Bradford, MA; was manager of development and promotion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and held senior administrative posts at Channel 13/WNET and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She is a former director of the Tocqueville Trust of mutual funds, and is a member of the advisory councils of the Institute for Classical Architecture and the Olana Partnership.

Pauline C. Metcalf of New York City is an architectural historian and interior designer, and has been a consultant on historic interiors for numerous preservation organizations. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and received an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University School of Architecture.   Her thesis on Ogden Codman subsequently became a book and exhibition called, Ogden Codman and the Decoration of Houses. She curated the exhibition, which was seen at the National Academy of Design in New York City, the Boston Athenaeum, and The Octagon in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Metcalf is the author of the recently published Syrie Maugham: Staging Glamorous Interiors.  She has been a staunch supporter of the Mount since 1984, and has been a long-time member of the board.

Michael Simon has earned renown as an interior designer, furniture creator, collector and antiquaire. He spent his formative years training to become a composer. Starting at age 15, his private studies with the legendary composer Stephen Sondheim led to a concentration in classical music at Carnegie Mellon University and the Manhattan School of Music.  He evolved, however, to interior design and, nearly two decades ago, established his own firm, Michael Simon Interiors, Inc. Currently, with a distinguished client roster, Simon works around the world, setting a standard for excellence in residential design. The New York designer says he “composes rooms,” bringing the discipline and thought process of his formal education to his patrons’ homes, resulting in stunning rooms in a range of styles where architecture and decoration seamlessly integrate and all the elements “coalesce to sing.”  Acclaimed for his mastery of the decorative arts spanning the centuries, Simon lectures frequently and has contributed to the public programs of the American International Fine Art Fair; Institute of Classical Architecture & Art; Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens; Society of the Four Arts; and Sotheby’s Institute of Art.  His work has been published in several books as well as The New York TimesHouse & GardenArchitectural DigestNew York magazine andHouse Beautiful, among other domestic and international publications.  For further information please visit www.michaelsimoninc.com.

Kathleen P. Wasiuk spent her career as a teacher and administrator in independent schools. From 1975 to 1986, she taught history at the Tilton School in New Hampshire, eventually becoming the Director of Communications.  Leaving Tilton, Kyp took a position at Northfield Mount Hermon School, where she headed an 84-girl dormitory, taught, and then chaired the History Department.  Kyp was then asked to serve as Director of Academic Resources, computerizing the two-campus school. With a new Head of School arriving in 1998, she was asked to serve as Executive Assistant to the Head, working closely with Development and other senior administrators, and retired from that position in 2003. Retirement has brought Kyp time to work as a member of various boards and committees–Bidwell House, Gould Farm, the Berkshire National Fish Hatchery Foundation, Monterey U.C.C. Parish Council, the Kare Bear Foundation, the Monterey Zoning Board of Adjustment–and to head a major fundraising campaign for The Monterey Meeting House, which raised over $300,000 to restore the village’s 1847 church. Kyp holds degrees from the University of Arizona (B.A. in Art History, cum laude) and Dartmouth College (M.A. in Liberal Studies).

B. Carter White currently devotes his time as a volunteer to many Berkshire County non-profit institutions. Before retiring, he was vice president for administration and finance at the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF). Prior to joining BTCF, he was a business consultant specializing in computer-based financial planning. His business experience of the last 45 years has been with both large and small companies, including 15 years on Wall Street. Mr. White’s community non-profit service, both past and present, includes Hancock Shaker Village; Miss Hall’s School; Interlaken School of Art; Richmond Land Trust; Community Health of Richmond & West Stockbridge; Berkshire Natural Resources Council; Berkshire Theatre Festival; Berkshire United Way; Hospice Care of the Berkshires; Gould Farm; Berkshire South Regional Community Center; Berkshire Grown; Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center; and the National Association of Independent Schools. His community government service has included the West Stockbridge Downtown Revitalization Committee; the Richmond Audit Committee; the Richmond Finance Committee; and the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission. He is also a representative to the Berkshire Land Use Commission.

Gertrude de G. Wilmers - Although based in New York City, Ms. Wilmers spends a large part of the year in Stockbridge, MA where her family’s roots go back to the 1880s. After receiving an M.A. from the University of Virginia in International Relations and working in politics and government, she decided to pursue her longtime interest in art and, in 1991, received a Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University. Ms. Wilmers has lectured and published articles in the fields of American, Renaissance, and Baroque art. Her second book is on the painter and stained glass designer Frederic Crowninshield, who was Ms. Wilmers’ great-grandfather, and is scheduled for publication in December 2010. She is a member of the board of directors of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield and the International Foundation for Art Research in New York City, a non-profit arts related organization from which she recently retired.

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