Board Elections - December 2, 2020
Official ballots will be mailed to all active and retired members along with postage-paid return envelope.
All completed ballots must be returned and postmarked by November 24, 2020 to be counted.
Meet the candidates:
Karen Williams, incumbent
Karen has been the elected or appointed Treasurer in the Town of Stockbridge since 2003 and appointed Treasurer in the Town of West Stockbridge for over 13 years. She earned her certification as a Massachusetts Municipal Treasurer in 2009 and recertification in 2014 and 2019.
Karen is a participating member of the Berkshire County Retirement System Advisory Council, and is Treasurer of the Town of Stockbridge Elderly and Disabled Committee.
Born and raised in Stockbridge, Ms. Williams graduated from Monument Mountain Regional High School and attended the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. While bringing up two daughters in Stockbridge she was very involved in the community, helping raise $30,000 to build a new play structure and coordinating the after-school program at the Stockbridge Plain Elementary School. Karen was a member of the original executive committee of the Kare Bear Golf Tournament which raised thousands of dollars for local children’s programs.
Ms. Williams is completing her first 3-year term on the Berkshire County Retirement Board. During that term, Karen and the other Board members have been very productive and she would welcome the opportunity continue her service and commitment to the retirement system’s active and retired members.
Nancy is currently the Treasurer and Assistant Tax Collector for the Town of Lanesborough, and has been for the past ten years. Previously, Mrs. Giardina was employed as Assistant Treasurer for the City of Pittsfield for seven years.
A life-long resident of Berkshire County, Nancy resides in Pittsfield, with her husband Thomas. They have been married 36 years and have four adult children and ten grandchildren.
Nancy looks forward to serving on the Berkshire County Retirement Board. In her position as Treasurer, she deals directly with the active and retired members of Berkshire County Retirement for the Town of Lanesborough.
Tom is a town administrator who has worked in Chester, Cheshire, and Clarksburg from which he retired. Tom continues to work part-time managing the MassHousing’s Get The Lead Out program for 30 of the Berkshire County towns, works for Berkshire County Juvenile Court as an investigator and provides divorce mediation services. He is a Licensed Massachusetts Broker, Justice of the Peace, property manager for Williamstown Clients and Commander of the American Legion Post 152, Williamstown.
Prior to being a Town Administrator, Mr. Webb worked with a local housing agency as their SVP and in that capacity, worked with Select Boards from 26 Berkshire County communities providing 25 million in federal Block Grant and USDA assistance.
Mr. Webb is a resident of Berkshire County except for his service in the USAF. He graduated from UMass with a BA in Psychology and from Russell Sage with a MS in Public Administration.
Mr. Webb has served on several boards including the Christian Center, Elder Services of Berkshire County, the Berkshire County Insurance Group, Williamstown’s finance committee and the Williamstown Historical Museum.
Tom looks forward to offering his time and experience to the Retirement Board.