Dan Esko – General Manager & Grocery Manager
With over 20 years experience in the cooperative grocery, retail service, and local food space, Daniel has developed a wide breadth of skills in business management, retail store operations, finances, fundraising, human resources, and business development. He has worked in various positions from entry-level up to senior management for the Kushi Institute Store, Whole Foods Market, Shire City Herbals, and the Berkshire Food Co-op. After serving as Berkshire Co-op’s General Manager from 2016 to 2018, Daniel took on the role of Project Manager shepherding this Southern Berkshire mainstay into a brand new 14,000 square foot store that opened in June of 2019.
Committed to strengthening and growing cooperative enterprise locally and across the country, he has worked with the greater co-op community to support local farmers and food producers, help sister co-op’s improve their retail operations, and build a vibrant local economy based on stakeholder partnership and cooperation. Raised in the hilltown of Becket, MA, he now lives with his wife Sheri and their three children in Dalton, where he enjoys cooking, backyard gardening, spending quality time with his family, and playing music.
Sandra Segatti – Accounting & Human Resources
I grew up on the Jersey Shore and my husband and I were living in Westchester County, just 5 miles from the Indian Point Nuclear Plant. After raising our two kids we both were ready for a change. For 10 years we took road trips to different rural areas and we were thrilled when we first discovered the Hilltowns. We spent two years searching for property and our realtor would often bring us to the Creamery for lunch. We eventually purchased a small cottage in Middlefield and ate many of our meals at the Creamery while we fixed it up. We absolutely love this place.
Before we moved here, I worked for nine years in accounting at the March of Dimes national headquarters. I went to school for social work, but my first job was in accounting at a Manhattan investment firm. I’ve been in accounting ever since.
When not working I like to garden – we have 12 acres so I am outside a lot, hiking, walking the dog. I also read a lot – I especially like space operas and British mysteries.
Cassie Kendall – Center Store & Marketing
Cassie is an assistant manager in the Grocery/Center Store handling day-to-day operations, the bulk and pre-order program, and overseeing all grocery departments. She also serves as our marketing and communications coordinator. Cassie has been working at the Creamery in various roles since February 2019. In her spare time she enjoys crafting and making art.
Noel Shears-Pennell – Kitchen Supervisor
Noel has worked at the Creamery for 22 years and has seen it all. She stays for the love of the community and the dear friends and family she works with. She calls it the island of misfit toys. When not in the kitchen whipping out yummy, beautiful food, she is probably hanging out with her awesome kid. She also enjoys gardening, crocheting, and long hikes through the woods.