SHS Board of Trustees
Marlena Willis - President: Chairperson of the Westside Neighborhood Resource Center, Inc.; treasurer of the Women of Color Giving Circle; board member of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts; member of the Pittsfield Garden Tour; holds a masters degree in integrated studies from Cambridge College; employed as an outreach program director at the Gladys Brigham Community Center. Trustee since 2009.
Blayne Whitfield - Vice President: Great, great, grandson of Reverend Samuel Harrison; established and administers the Samuel Harrison Society's website; a graduate of Pittsfield High School and called the Samuel Harrison House home between 1978 and 1986; employed as an engineer in Connecticut. Trustee since 2004.
Churchill Cotton - Treasurer: Current member of the Second Congregational Church; Council Member of the City of Pittsfield; former City of Pittsfield School Committee; former Chairperson and current member of the Westside Neighborhood Initiative; and the Berkshire United Way Board of Directors; employed by Guardian Life Insurance Company. Trustee since 2004.
Jeannie Williams - Trustee: Samuel Harrison Society program coordinator; holds a masters degree in nursing education; employed as the Director of Nursing at LaSalatte Ministries and is registered nurse in Connecticut. Trustee since 2004.
Patricia Cotton - Trustee: Current member of Second Congregational Church; Member of the Westside Neighborhood Initiative; employed by Target. Trustee since 2004.
Gail Krumpholz - Trustee: Chairperson of the Morningside Neighborhood Initiative; employed at the Highland Restaurant and Samel's Deli and Catering. Trustee since 2004.
Dr. Frances Jones-Sneed, Ph.D - Trustee: Professor of history at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; co-director of the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail; former board member at MassHumanities; recent recipient of the Sarah A. Lewis Social Justice Award. Trustee since 2004.
Rosanne M. Frieri - Trustee: Director of Veterans Services for the City of Pittsfield and the Town of Richmond; an active member of the Massachusetts National Guard 104th Public Affairs Office at Barnes ANG. Trustee since 2007.
Sheila Irvin - Trustee: A resident of Pittsfield, MA; Chair of the Pittsfield Community Development Board; Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority; Past Chair of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and now serving as Clerk; Retired Teacher. Trustee since 2019.
Sandy Hamilton - Member: A by-coast resident of Carson, CA and Pittsfield, MA; Human Relations Commissioner, Carson, CA since 2017; NAACP, Berkshire County Branch since 2018; Volunteer & Employment for Marilyn Hamilton’s Sports/Literacy Program, Pittsfield, MA from 2007 to 2018; employee as Supervising Children’s Social Worker for the County of Los Angeles, Department of Children and Family Services, since 1988; CSUDH, MSW-Critical Race Theory (CRT) foundation, Field Practicum Professor, since 2017; Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority, Inc., Alpha Psi Zeta, Chapter, 1981. Member since 2019.
Santha Willis - Member: Born and raised in Pittsfield, MA; Member of Second Congregational Church; Member and secretary of the Berkshire County Chapter of the NAACP from January 2012 to January 2013; employed as a Special Order Buyer for Land 'N' Sea c/o Brunswick Co. Member since 2019.
Ruth Edmonds Hill - Honorary Member: Great granddaughter of Samuel Harrison; donated the Samuel Harrison House to the Samuel Harrison Society; employed as an oral historian at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study of Harvard University; researcher for conducting the Black Womtor, and historic preservation advocate. Member since 2004.
Rev. John G. Wightman - member in memoriam.
Don Quinn Kelley, Ph.D - member in memoriam.
William Irwin - member in memoriam.