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BFAIR Promotes Deanna Davila, Welcomes Tim Brelsford

NORTH ADAMS — Berkshire Family and Individual Resources Inc. (BFAIR) recently announced appointments for two key agency vacancies. Both positions are filled by veterans in the human-services industry with more than 20 years of experience in the field. Deanna Davila was promoted to director of Acquired Brain Injury/Moving Forward Plan (ABI/MFP), while Tim Brelsford was hired as director of Homecare Services.

Davila holds a bachelor’s degree in human services and joined BFAIR in April 2017 as a house manager in Northampton in the Acquired Brain Injury program. She assisted in opening a new ABI/MFP home in Northampton and helped four individuals transfer out of nursing homes. She became the program coordinator of Hampshire and Hampden counties in April 2018.

“Deanna’s promotion is well deserved, and I look forward to working with her in her new role,” said Michelle Carleton, vice president of Residential Services.

Brelsford’s experience in the nonprofit and human-service fields expands more than 30 years. He started his career at age 16 volunteering at the Forest Hills Special School in Paducah, Ky. From there he went on to work at Lourdes Hospital as an ER technician and a nurse’s aide in the Homecare and Hospice Department. In 1996, he moved to the Berkshires, where he started working in the human-service field, eventually working his way up to management. Most recently, he was program director at Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth. He holds a master’s degree in business, a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and an associate degree in computer science.

“Tim has been a great addition to the BFAIR team,” said Theresa Gelinas, senior vice president of Day Services. “His experience with management and supervision will be pivotal in the continued success, quality, and growth of our Homecare Services Department.”