The program has extended my profession horizon, I compared two systems, now I look with new eyes on law enforcement in RF [the Russian Federation].
Russia Criminal Justice participant
Michael A. Davey, President

Michael Davey is a native and resident of Franklin County, and graduate of Deerfield Academy. He attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he received his Bachelor's in Business Administration and MBA.  He is a Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer at Florence Savings Bank, where he has worked since 2008.  He has been in the banking industry for close to 30 years, primarily at community banks in the Pioneer Valley.  In addition to serving on the Board of ITD, he serves on the Board of The United Way of Hampshire County (Finance and Investment Committees), and on the Board of the Greenfield Community College Foundation, and has participated in many local fundraising events such as the Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage, the Will Bike for Food Ride for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, the Franklin Land Trust's Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee (D2R2) and the Pedal Poker Ride to support the Valley Community Development Corporation.  He was awarded the Florence Savings Bank Community Service Award in 2013.  He enjoys many outdoor activities, including golf, skiing, cycling, tennis and hiking.


James Ayres, Treasurer

James Ayres previously worked as the CEO/Executive Director of the United Way of Hampshire County, a critical organization working to inspire hope, build opportunity and improve lives throughout the communities of Hampshire County, MA.  Prior to this position, Jim served for twelve years as Executive Director of the Center for New Americans – an education and resource center for immigrants, refugees and other limited English speakers in Western Massachusetts. In these roles, he has worked extensively with local and state governments, community coalitions, workforce boards and NGOs to develop policy and programming.  Jim holds masters degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Beth Miller Pittman, Clerk

Beth Miller Pittman has worked in international development for the last 25 years, implementing and managing international education initiatives with an emphasis on program planning, capacity building of community-based organizations, training program design and curriculum/materials development. She has worked extensively in West and East Africa in the areas of community participation in education, government accountability, adult literacy/numeracy, HIV/AIDS, and work readiness/life skills for out of school youth. She currently works with the Education Development Center and has previous experience with organizations such as the Peace Corps, UNICEF, World Education, and Partners in Health.  Beth lives in Leverett, MA and enjoys hiking, biking, cross country skiing and gardening.


 John Waite, Member

John began work at the Franklin County CDC in March 2000 and oversees all of the organizations operations and programs. He has been involved with economic development in Africa, Central Asia and New York City since 1983. At the FCCDC, John has helped expand the Business Technical Assistance and Lending Program, and helped raise $900,000 to build, equip and operate the Western MA Food Processing Center. The Center is now 15 years old and has served over 350 food and agricultural businesses. John has a BA from the University Massachusetts and a Graduate Degree from Columbia University, was a volunteer and staff person with the Peace Corps, worked with CARE International, and consulted for several Microfinance programs. John now spends much of his time expanding the Food Processing Center (FPC) including the focus on farms to institutions as a way to build the regional food system that is fair to all parts of the food value chain.


Mary Lou Rup

Judge Rup recently retired from being a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1978, and serving as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court since 1992. She has hosted a number of ITD groups, including Russian and Ukrainian legal professionals, Indonesian media professionals studying the role of the media in the American courts, Romanian and Armenian teachers developing civics curricula for their educational systems, and Latin American university students studying American democracy. Judge Rup has also served as the steering committee co-chair for the Massachusetts-Tomsk rule of law partnership with the Russian American Rule of Law Consortium (RAROLC) and has participated in their programs in Russia and the US.