The Brookfield Institute: Advancing the Multiple Disciplines of Resilience 

Founded in 2004, the Brookfield Institute was born from over 20 years of consulting experience with faith communities in conflict and transition. In order to more deeply understand how to best facilitate healing from conflict and trauma, we gathered informally with experts in the fields of psychotherapy, medicine (both traditional and alternative), and environmental education. Out of the creative stew of our gatherings evolved creative and cross-disciplinary approaches to our work.  This new insight led to significant partnerships with such organizations as the internationally renowned Strategies in Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program, developed through intense collaborative research by professors at Eastern Mennonite University;  and the ground-breaking Building Abrahamic Partnerships Program at Hartford Seminary created by Dr. Yehezkel Landau.

Our Leadership Team

Brookfield Board of Directors

Missy Puliafico - President
Director of Educational Affairs, UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA; Owner/operator, The Brookfield Inn, Brookfield, MA.

Joan Walker- Treasurer
Retired town accountant for the town of Charlton, Mass.

Deb Christensen- Secretary
Partner at Livingston and Haynes, P.C. , a certified public accounting firm

Roy Dennington
Vietnam veteran, retired

The Rev. Dr. Beverly Prestwood-Taylor(ex-officio)
Pastor, Athol Congregational Church, and executive director of The Brookfield Institute

Damien Berthiaume(ex-officio)

Cynthia LaBombard
An active volunteer with many local groups, including vice president of the Friends of Quabbin, historian and treasurer of the Ware Historical Society, member of the Ware Historical Commission and the Ware Cultural Council

Jim Knight
Vietnam veteran and retired veterinarian

Daniel Ryan Flynn
Ware River News

Susan Rutherford
Retired executive director of the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corp.

John Zienowicz
Director, Ware Senior Center

Our Partners