Staff Spotlight, August 2021: Tony Anderton

Tony Staff Spotlight

By: Paula McDermott, Human Resources Administrator

Tony Anderton is our go-to person for just about everything. Yes, he did come with the building! He became the Manager of Building and Grounds in October 1992 when the agency moved into the then-new building where we are today.  Tony’s knowledge of the buildings, programs, and history of how the agency developed over the years is invaluable.  He has gone from two building sites, West Street and Redfield House, to five with the additions of West Springfield, North Adams, and West Housatonic Street.

Tony started with the agency (then called Berkshire Center for Families and Children) in June of 1981 as an Assistant Teacher and in 1990 was promoted to Lead Teacher in the Toddler/Preschool program at our former building on West Street.  He holds an A.A.S. degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Berkshire Community College, where he was on the varsity basketball team.

There is nothing that he does not know how to fix.  Earlier this summer, he was busy assembling several shipments of bicycles to be given out to children at the Family Resource Center.  From lawn mowing to snow blowing to painting and everything in between, he keeps the agency in tip-top shape.  He can also be seen at the front reception desk answering the phone and greeting clients from time to time.  Tony was instrumental when Covid affected the agency – keeping everything sanitized and secure.

Outside of the agency, Tony is the First Assistant Fire Chief of the Hancock Fire Department.   He enjoys his annual trips to the Maine coast with his wife, Amy, and family.