Courtney Boland - Berkshire Bank
Courtney Boland, Berkshire Bank Ally
Recently, our Berkshire Bank PRIDE Employee Resource Group shared some great facts about #PRIDE. One of those facts was the reason why it is celebrated in June. June was selected to commemorate the anniversary of New York’s Stonewall Riots, a seminal moment in LGBTQ history, that took place at the end of the month in 1969.
The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay community in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969…
Ronald Molina-Brantley, Berkshire Bank
Pride Month is not over just yet; it’s just getting going. So we are pleased to be back with you. As you all may know, this week, we raised our PRIDE Banner in Pittsfield, and we also opened our new REevx LAb in Springfield, MA. We are delighted to join the VP and Reevx Relationship Manager and Team Leader, Ron Molina-Brantley.
Good afternoon Ron, it is a pleasure.
Ron, could you take a minute to explain what exactly Reevx Labs is?
Sure! Reevx Labs’ mission is to bank the underbanked with dignity and close…
Meet Berkshire Bank Ally Ben Strauss
Good Afternoon; we are back with another interview in our Pride Profiles series at Berkshire Bank. Today, we are joined by Ben Strauss, Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel. Ben has a different perspective to add to our conversations as an Ally.
So, we are going to get right to it. Ben, why did you decide to be an Ally?
Well. I am at a point in my life that I want to be an ally because it is the right thing to do and because there are many people…
Just like how there’s no one right way to be LGBTQIA+, there’s no one right way to celebrate Pride. That’s why we asked LGBTQIA+ folks and allies at Berkshire Bank to share stories of their experiences.
We have asked individuals of many different ages and backgrounds to share what Pride, being LGBTQIA+ or an ally, means to them — and what Pride means for the greater community around them, and the challenges they have overcome throughout.
Good morning. We are speaking with Chad Stier. Chad is an AVP Branch Officer at Berkshire Bank.
Chad, we wanted to start…
We have been celebrating and bringing awareness to the role that internal audit plays within any company during May, including Berkshire Bank. Today, we are interviewing a seasoned internal auditor, and we got to ask her about the role and some of the misconceptions people may have about what it is that auditors do.
Welcome, Melissa. Let’s start with the questions.
I was hoping you could share more on your role and how your team aligns with IIA and industry guidance to maintain a diverse and agile internal audit team with expertise in critical risk areas?
Well, my specialized role…
Our next volunteer story comes from Erin Lis. Her story began a little more recently in 2012. Joining any organization can be a hard decision, but joining one that asks you to put your life on the line to save others is hard. That is just what Erin did. After many years of being undecided, she joined the Lee, MA Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter. This would be a considerable accomplishment in its own right, but to add to the importance of the decision, she was the first woman in the department of record.
Her hard work and hours…
Providing nutritious meals to a community is probably not where you would expect a Bank to be associated. But, it is right where you will find Berkshire Bank employee Gale Audy, our Small Business Loan Closer.
She recently spent some time volunteering to put together and distribute over 200 meals in Pawlet, Vermont. She joined up with VT Everyone Eats, an organization funded by the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund and made possible through a grant provided by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development to Southeastern Vermont Community Action. …
How does clutter begin? A junk drawer with old batteries, gum, and receipts? A desk full of abandoned paperwork? Pretty soon your dining room is looking like a thrift store with clutter all over the place, and you’re not even counting the garage or the attic!
The problem with clutter in your life is that it reduces your effectiveness. It gets in your way, impedes free movement, blocks progress, and essentially keeps you from living your life at 100%
Financial clutter is especially troublesome. Financial clutter can block your progress toward a clear financial path, and the cost can be…
Ever since Michelle (Mickey) Doherty started working some 33 years ago, she has sought out the opportunity to volunteer. So, naturally, at Berkshire Bank, she was looking for ways to connect with the community and give her time, and Berkshire Bank was happy to help her on her mission.
She has answered the call at the Jerry Lewis Foundation, and we mean that literally, she was one of the phone bank volunteers who joined the telethon on TV.
She is probably more familiar with golf than some of the pros on the PGA tour. Did we forget to mention she…