Board of Directors

ITD’s experienced and diverse board members are committed and passionate about the organization’s mission. They provide the leadership and vision necessary to steer the organization toward a sustainable future.  They ensure ITD adopts sound and ethical governance and financial management policies and remains accountable to its sponsors and its mission.

Michael A. Davey

Michael is Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer at Florence Bank, where he has worked since 2008 and has received awards for his service to the community. He 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 has been in the banking industry for 30 years, primarily at community banks in the Pioneer Valley. In addition to serving on the Board of ITD, he has served on the Board of the Greenfield Community College Foundation. Michael enjoys many outdoor activities, including golf, skiing, cycling, tennis and hiking.

John Waite

John began work at the Franklin County Community Development Corporation (FCCDC) in March 2000 and oversees all of the organization’s operations and programs. He has been involved with international economic development and entrepreneurship for ten years in Burkina Faso, Uganda, Philippines, Palestine and Uzbekistan. At the FCCDC, John has ushered the expansion of the Business Technical Assistance and Lending Program, and helped build, equip and operate the Western MA Food Processing Center. The Center is now 20 years old and has served over 500 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 supporting small business start-ups and expansion in western Massachusetts.

Beth Miller Pittman

Beth Miller Pittman has worked in international development for the last 30 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.

Leo Hwang

Dr. Leo L. Hwang is currently the Assistant Academic Dean in the College of Natural Sciences Academic Advising Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Hwang is particularly interested in using participatory action research and asset based community development as a model for enhancing how we engage in racial justice work in higher education. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts in Geosciences, an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and his B.A. in English and Fine Arts from the University of the South. His work has appeared in The Handbook of Diverse Economies, Human Being & Literature, The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Travel and Tourism, Route Nine, Rethinking Marxism, Solidarity Economy I: Building Alternatives for People and Planet, Meat for Tea, The Massachusetts Review, Glimmer Train Stories, Rivendell, Fiction, Gulf Coast and other journals and publications. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Mount Holyoke College; Greenfield Community College; and Westfield State University; and he served as Dean of Humanities, Engineering, Math, and Science at Greenfield Community College for over 16 years.

Mary-Lou Rup

Justice Rup currently serves as senior counsel in the law firm Bulkley Richardson. Prior to this she was an associate justice on the Massachusetts Superior Court from 1992 until her retirement in 2018. As a lawyer and as a judge, Justice Rup has served as a faculty member on numerous continuing legal education and training programs and as a guest lecturer in high school, college and law school classes. Over the years she has guided numerous ITD groups to a deeper understanding about the Massachusetts and U.S. justice system, including Russian and Ukrainian legal professionals; Romanian and Armenian teachers developing civics curricula for their educational systems; and Latin American university students studying American democracy. For nearly a decade Justice Rup was co-chair of the steering committee for the Massachusetts-Tomsk rule of law partnership with the Russian American Rule of Law Consortium (RAROLC) and in this capacity traveled frequently to Russia to support their programs there.