The Berkshire Immigrant Center employs bilingual staff members (Spanish, Russian) who are culturally sensitive and thoroughly understand the needs and challenges faced by the immigrant and refugee community.
The Director, Hilary Greene, holds a Bachelors degree in Soviet and Russian Studies and is a fluent Russian speaker. Hilary spent several years working in public relations in St. Petersburg, Russia and then worked as Program Manager of The National Young Composers Competition at Williams College prior to joining the staff of the Jewish Federation in 1999.
The Program Coordinator, Brooke Mead, was formerly a high school Spanish teacher and holds her Masters degree in Spanish from Middlebury College. She has lived in Venezuela and Mexico and, having been an immigrant herself, brings with her the cultural understanding and sensitivity necessary to work with the immigrant and refugee population.
Education Coordinator, Jennifer Smith, holds a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire. She worked for many years as the Program Coordinator, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher, and Student Advocate for Jackson Mann Community Center and Veronica Smith Senior Center in Brighton, MA prior to joining the BIC staff.
Administrative Assistant, Becky Meier, holds a BA in Recreation from George Williams College and Masters in Education from Lesley College. Prior to joining the Center, Becky was an elementary school teacher for 21. She is a fluent Spanish speaker having lived in both Ecuador and Mexico.
Michele Sisselman and Joseph Best, both licensed immigration attorneys with extensive experience, provide pro-bono consultations and advice on behalf of the Center’s clients and staff.