Meet The Committee

Joe formed the committee at the Selectmen's request. He is a past West Stockbridge Selectman, and is Clerk of the Zoning Board of Appeals. He is also clerk of the West Stockbridge Village Association and is active in producing the West Stockbridge Brochure. Joe is a second generation West Stockbridge native who loves our town's history and is excited about its future!

Peter is a longtime member of the West Stockbridge community and co-chair of the Vision committee.  An avid woodworker, Peter owns and operates Peter Thorne Furniture and Design.

A lifelong West Stockbridge resident, Steve is a Software Engineering Director who owns and operates a small farmhouse Winery & Apiary on the edge of town with his wife and young son.  Steve brings unique, technology-minded insights and a family oriented perspective to the committee.

Randy has been a resident and active member of the West Stockbridge community since 1980.  With his wife Sheila he is a Partner/Broker of Stone House Properties LLC,  a real estate company they formed in 1984 that now also has offices in Great Barrington and Chatham.  Randy Is currently Chairperson of the Zoning Board of Appeals where he has been a board member for over 30 years.

Kathleen is a fifth generation West Stockbridge native who returned to her hometown after years of living in New York City. She is happily involved with town politics and committees while continuing her work as a video producer/director.

As West Stockbridge continues to grow and evolve, she looks forward to working with neighbors and town boards and committees as we determine how best to allocate our valuable resources. 

Wayne is a longtime member of the West Stockbridge community and is overseer at the West Stockbridge transfer station. He was born in nearby Glendale, MA and grew up in West Stockbridge. He has been employed as a mechanic and truck driver. He served in The Marines and is active as a military veteran. He served as an Honor Guard for the Gerald Ford in 1976 during Bicentennial ceremonies. He has served West Stockbridge as a tree warden, a constable, and as a cemetery commissioner. Wayne likes fishing, hunting, boating and helping people in need.

Bill Barth began his career in aerospace, developing software for submarine sonar arrays and classified projects too secret to detail. He designed and managed flight-testing systems for the F-14 Tomcat and the Apollo Moon Lander Project. His signature is inscribed, along with the signatures of his colleagues, on gold foil wrapped around the leg of the  lunar lander on the moon. 

In financial services and banking, Bill managed systems and database organizations and technology planning. In his own consulting company, BB Intelligent Consulting, he developed database-driven systems for wealth management and securities firms. 

Born and schooled in New York City at Stuyvesant High School and City College, he spent 20 years in Northern California, where he met and married Jayne. They moved together across the country to West Stockbridge five years ago, where Bill created a start-up, HelpCallBill, to offer technical support to small businesses in the Berkshires.

Lois bought her house thirteen years ago, is now retired, and has become a permanent resident of West Stockbridge.  She has always loved the Berkshires but considers West Stockbridge a very special village. Which is why, Lois has joined the Vision Committee in hopes of forwarding a new vision along with preserving the town's unique history and beauty.

An oil painter, Karen was president of the Guild of Berkshire Artists. Karen loves the peace & natural beauty of West Stockbridge and the many opportunities for engaging conversations in galleries, cafes, stores, & the post office with the people of our town.  She enjoys listening to the dreams of the people and supporting them with sustainable systems. Climate, low income housing, universal health care, high speed internet, educational opportunities, diversity and pedestrian access are part of her vision for the future.  She has led tree walks and made a map of trees in the center of West Stockbridge and also set up a talk on protection of water in town.

Karden emigrated to West Stockbridge by way of New Jersey and Brooklyn 9 years ago. Since then, he has steadily worked to immerse himself in the community and make the town his home. He runs multiple businesses in West Stockbridge including Boundless Integrative Pain Clinic and The Werkshires Co-Working Offices. Recently, his wife, young daughter and cat bought the house of their dreams 7 minutes from downtown. 

Liz is a 3rd generation resident of the West Stockbridge. She and her husband Mike have been married for 55 years.  A former 6 year West Stockbridge Select Person, Liz also served as an EMT in West Stockbridge for 15 years.  Presently, she is on the West Stockbridge Sewer & Water Commission and the Finance Committee at St Patrick’s Parish.  She is the current Stockbridge Council on Aging Director, an alternate member on the West Stockbridge Board of Appeals, and has been a Massachusetts Justice of the Peace for 20 years.


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