Board of Trustees


Lila Berle, Chairman, 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. Berleis 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 (NJ).  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.

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 and 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 Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge; and a volunteer tutor with Literacy Network of Southern 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).

Inge Heckel is a former 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.

Daniel M. Kasper is a graduate of the University of Chicago with MBA and juris doctorate degrees. He is currently a Senior Consultant for the Boston office of Compass Lexecon and has served as a consultant to governments, airlines, and airports. He previously founded and led the Boston office of the Law & Economics Consulting Group and headed Coopers & Lybrand Consulting’s Transportation Industry Program. Dan led a Congressionally-mandated review of the Federal Aviation Administration and was one of fifteen members of the US National Airline Commission in 1993. Previously, he served on the faculty of the Harvard Business School and the University of Southern California. In addition to his professional responsibilities, he has served as the Chairman of the Board for the Wellesley, MA Cable Access Television Station and on the board of the Wellesley Conservation Council, a private conservation organization.

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. Most recently, Ms. Metcalf is the author of Syrie Maugham: Staging Glamorous Interiors (Acanthus Press 2010). She has been a staunch supporter of the Mount since 1984, and has been a long-time member of the board.

Cris C. Raymond, a native of the Berkshires, returned to the county after 12 years in New York City and 20 years in Europe. As an undergraduate she studied at Barnard College, Chatham University, and Oxford, and she did graduate work at New York University. Ms. Raymond’s professional background is in book publishing. In New York City, she was an editor for publishers Harcourt, Brace and Simon and Schuster, and in Germany for Vieweg Verlag. Her past and current board service includes the Albany Berkshire Ballet; the Lenox Library; the Stockbridge Bowl Association; The Literacy Network of South Berkshire; the Lenox Club; and the board of visitors at Miss Hall’s School. For ten years, she worked with the children of victims of 9/11 who came to the Berkshires for a one week retreat each summer. In 2009, she publisheda book, Where Can I Get a Phoenix?, about the incredible artwork the children created while at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac in Stockbridge.                                            

Richard C. Seltzer, whose primary residence is in Stockbridge, MA, also resides in Lincoln Center in New York City.  During nearly 30 years living in the Berkshires, Mr. Seltzer has worked to protect and enhance the 370-acre Stockbridge Bowl; he is now the president of the Stockbridge Bowl Association.  He also serves on the board and executive committee of Hancock Shaker Village. During most of his professional career, he was a partner in the New York City office of the international law firm Kaye Scholer, where he was the chair of its real estate litigation practice and also active as a patent lawyer. Mr. Seltzer graduated from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and Columbia Law School.

Michael Simon is an interior designer, furniture creator, collector, and antiquaire. He spent his formative years training to become a composer, which led to a concentration in classical music at Carnegie Mellon University and the Manhattan School of Music.  His interests evolved, however, to the decorative arts and interior design. For over twenty years, he has headed his own firm, Michael Simon Interiors, Inc. With a distinguished client roster, Simon works around the world, specializing primarily in residential design. He 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 and numerous publications, including The New York Times; House & Garden; Architectural Digest; New York Magazine; and House Beautiful.

Kathleen P. Wasiuk spent her 28-year career as a teacher and administrator in independent schools. She first taught history at the Tilton School in New Hampshire, eventually becoming the Director of Communications.  At Northfield Mount Hermon School, she headed an 84-girl dormitory; taught, and then chaired, the History Department; and served as Director of Academic Resources, overseeing the computerization of the two-campus school. Her final post with Northfield Mount Herman was Executive Assistant to the new Head of school, where she worked closely with the director of development and other senior administrators. Since retiring, Ms. Wasiuk has served on various boards and committees, including Bidwell House; Gould Farm; the Berkshire National Fish Hatchery Foundation; the Monterey U.C.C. Parish Council; the Kare Bear Foundation; the Monterey Zoning Board of Adjustment; and the The Monterey Meeting House, where she spearheaded a capital campaign that raised over $300,000.  She 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 is a graduate of Suffield Academy and Dartmouth College. 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 45-year career was 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.

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 most recent book Frederick Crowninshield: A Renaissance Man in the Gilded Age, was published in 2012 by the University of Massachusetts Press.  Her past and current board memberships include the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield and the International Foundation for Art Research in New York City.

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