Board of Trustees

Berkshire Country Day School’s Board of Trustees is composed of current and past parents, alumni, and faculty. The Trustees serve as the guardians of the School’s mission, are responsible for ensuring that the mission is relevant and vital to the community that BCD serves, and monitor the success of fulfilling the mission. To this aim, the Board takes the lead in strategic planning efforts and stewarding the School’s resources – financial and otherwise.

A Letter from Board President, Cara Vermeulen

August 1, 2016

Dear Berkshire Country Day School friends and family,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, welcome to Berkshire Country Day School! Our school offers families who have chosen to live in and around the Berkshires an incredible education that’s quintessentially “The Berkshires”—intentionally balancing a comprehensive, challenging curriculum with the culture and spirit of the region we all call home.

As a trustee and a parent, I have the privilege of a front row seat to the BCD experience. I am fortunate to work with a close-knit community of families, faculty, staff, and fellow board members, all deeply committed to our shared values of Originality, Quality, Respect, Sustainability, Community, Wellness, and Citizenship.

As you browse our website or explore our campus, you can find many examples of this commitment. But perhaps the most visible recent example is the success of Fulfilling the Promise: the Campaign for Berkshire Country Day School’s faculty and facilities. With support from over 300 community members, we have raised $2.9 million toward our $3 million goal. The Campaign will strengthen our Endowed Fund for Faculty Salaries, so that we can attract, support, and retain the superior teachers who are the heart and soul of a BCD education. On the facilities front, we broke ground on the Kim and James Taylor Music and Performance Room and the Kevin Hirt Library and Learning Commons—we plan to open the doors on these state-of-the-art facilities in winter 2017. This investment in infrastructure will help preserve the School’s character while ensuring BCD’s ability to continue to provide an innovative, dynamic education in a unique environment that inspires every child. The facilities will also be available to the broader community as a venue for meetings, performances, and functions for up to 100 guests, furthering the central role that BCD plays within the Berkshires. This will be the most dramatic upgrade to our campus in two decades, and I hope you have a chance to experience it for yourself.

If you are a current parent, thank you for believing in our mission and entrusting our school with your child. If you are a current teacher or staff member, thank you for all you do for this incredible community. And, if you are family interested in BCD, or a member of the Berkshires community, I strongly urge you to come for a visit. I promise that you will be inspired by what you find here!

All the best,

Cara Vermeulen
President, Board of Trustees

Cara Vermeulen, President
Associate Publisher, Berkshire Magazine

Scott Schiff ’74, Vice President
Consultant, Scottcars LLC

Christopher Ferrone, Treasurer
CFO/COO of Sykes Hollow Innovations, Ltd.

Paige Smith Orloff, Secretary
Producer/Writer

Grace Barlow, BCD Faculty

Susan Benner, BCD Faculty

B. Stephen Boyd, President and CEO, Boyd Technologies

Stephanie Buchanan, Psychotherapist

Dave Hosokawa, Founder, Monster.com

Dr. Lisa Kantor, Executive Coach & Licensed Psychologist, Private Practice

John Kittredge ’73, Manager IP & Legal, Crane & Co.

Paul Lindenmaier, Head of School at BCD

Daniel Lipson, Chairman, Emerging Artist Network

Colin Mathews, Founder & President, Merit

Tom O’Neil, Artist

Alli Sheehan, Sheehan Health Group

Mark Smith, Architect, Owner, Mark Smith Design