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Berkshire Health Systems Welcomes New Board Members

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Health Systems announced the election of Leticia Smith-Evans Haynes and Julianne Boyd to the BHS board of trustees. Haynes and Boyd were both elected in January to three-year terms.

“We are excited to welcome Julianne and Leticia to the BHS board of trustees,” President and CEO David Phelps said. “Both have distinguished themselves as leaders in their respective fields, and we look forward to the insight and perspective that they will bring to our health system.”

Boyd is the founder and artistic director of Barrington Stage Company (BSC) in Pittsfield. Since founding BSC in 1995, she has directed numerous critically acclaimed and award-winning productions. Beyond the Berkshires, she also conceived and directed the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Eubie! and the off-Broadway musical revue A… My Name is Alice. She has also created programs integrating arts, education, and the community, including BSC’s Playwright Mentoring Project, a program for underserved youth, the 10×10 New Play Festival in partnership with Pittsfield’s 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival, and the Musical Theatre Conservatory, a pre-professional training program for college-aged performers and directors. Boyd holds a PhD in theatre history and criticism from CUNY Graduate Center.

Haynes is the vice president for Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Williams College, a role she has held since 2015. Prior to her work at the college, Haynes directed the Education Practice at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund Inc., where she advocated for equal access to educational opportunities for students of all ages. With more than two decades as an administrator, educator, civil-rights advocate, and lawyer, her past experience includes serving as a judicial law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, an associate at a global law firm, a policy advisor to a former Wisconsin governor, and a public elementary-school teacher in New York City. Haynes holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s degree, juris doctorate, and PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.