Board of Trustees
Gina Puc, Chair
Ms. Puc is the Dean of Enrollment Management at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She has worked for over a decade as a college admissions officer, promoting access to higher education. She also serves on other boards and committees in the community. Ms. Puc lives in North Adams, MA.
Maura Delaney, Vice Chair
Ms. Delaney is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Berkshire Community College. In addition to her full-time faculty role, she has served as the English Department Chair and the Program Advisor for Liberal Arts. She is involved in many campus committees, including Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee. Adding to her repertoire, she is also the author of The Radio Man: The Life and Letters of James G Delaney. Ms. Delaney resides in Pittsfield.
Fred Puddester, Secretary
Mr. Puddester is Vice President for Finance & Administration and Treasurer for Williams College. He has over 38 years of budget management and finance experience, including serving as Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management for the State of Maryland and senior roles at Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Puddester serves on numerous Williams College committees and lives in Williamstown, MA.
Charles Swabey, Treasurer
Mr. Swabey is the pioneer of a successful residential real estate business. He has over 20 years of project and financial management experience, including serving as the Senior Strategic Financial Analyst for the Gillette Company. Mr. Swabey lives in Clarksburg, MA.
Mr. Ferguson is a Branch Manager with MountainOne Insurance, where he oversees the branches based in the Haddad family of car dealerships. He has 19 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry, with Berkshire Bank and Citizens Bank, including work in community education and outreach around financial literacy and early financial education for young people. He is a very proud BART parent and lives in Pittsfield.
Dr. McKeen is a visiting faculty member in the Society, Culture & Thought department at Bennington College. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and has served in college administrative roles including as Associate Provost and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern Vermont College and as Associate Dean at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Dr. McKeen is currently co-editing a volume on women and ancient Greek philosophy with Routledge Press, to be published in 2023. She lives in Williamstown, MA.
Ms. O’Brien is an assistant editor and social media strategist at Williams College. She spent many years telling stories as a photojournalist at newspapers in Ohio and South Florida before returning to graduate school to earn an MFA in nonfiction writing. She has been working in higher education over the past 10 years, as a writer, editor, and photographer. Ms. O'Brien lives in Bennington, VT.
Karen Ruiz León
Ms. Ruiz León currently serves as Berkshire Community College's Community Outreach Coordinator. She conducts recruitment initiatives in the community and helps underserved populations — such as international, ESOL, and immigrant students, students of color, students with disabilities, and veterans — access a college education, while developing programming to recruit, retain, and promote the success of these populations. She also assists with Admissions Office enrollment efforts, processes visa requirements, and administers financial programs and benefits that these students can utilize. As an immigrant and a woman of color, it is important for her to make everyone she interacts with know that they matter, they belong, and most importantly that they are enough. Ms. Ruiz León lives in Pittsfield.
Steve Simon has over 30 years of experience in the magazine and newsstand industry. Serving as the first manager of the Newsstand Division of Borders Books and Music, he has gone on to create other business ventures inside of the magazine industry. Mr. Simon also serves on other boards and committees in the Berkshires' community. He lives in Williamstown, MA.
Mr. Stegeman has over 30 years of experience in education and has taught in private and public schools in Massachusetts and Delaware. He has served on numerous boards. Mr. Stegeman is now retired and resides in Williamstown, MA.