Roberta worked with our team on several projects.  All found her to be a pleasure to work with, and extremely competent and efficient. She has the ability to work with diverse stakeholders effectively, and to grasp and digest  complicated issues.

David Phelps, President and CEO, Berkshire Health Systems

"Roberta, I was pleased to see the op-ed in the paper. I think it came out great. Thanks again for your work on it."

Ann Dobrowolski, Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation (PERC)

"Working with Roberta has been wonderful. We are a nonprofit with one staff person and thousands of hours of volunteer support. We realized that progress was being made and good work was being accomplished but we weren’t sharing our story. Our public relations and communications efforts were lacking. Roberta was able to jump in and share our story with limited information and staff time. She is intelligent, friendly and easy to work with. Her extensive level of experience was evident within the first five minutes of our meeting together."

Kristine Hurley, Manager Director, Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.

"Roberta does magic with words. I presented her with a 'ho hum' draft and, in an inkling, she returns a draft with my meaning in words that sparkle!"


Cecilia Rock, Chair, Pittsfield Human Rights Commission

 “Roberta has been wonderful to partner with on the On the BRIDGE column at the Berkshire Eagle. Her talent and professionalism as a journalist has been the perfect element to add to our BRIDGE mission & vision to showcase diverse voices of everyday people making extraordinary contributions in our county. She treats people with great reverence and captures the essence of their voice and experience coupled with her own unique ability to distill themes and visions. I enjoy collaborating with her and look forward to the many adventures before us.”

Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant, Cultural Proficiency Coach & CEO/Founding Director of Multicultural BRIDGE

“Thanks to Roberta McCulloch-Dews of the Advocate Weekly for this lovely article about Wendy Rabinowitz, whose “Shalom: Weaving Threads of Peace” mixed-media assemblages exhibition in the Poultry House Gallery.”

Hancock Shaker Village

“Roberta is a highly skilled and creative writer. She is energetic, handling assignments quickly and accurately. As an editor she is a leader, excellent planner and able to direct others while keeping the overall plan of the upcoming publication in mind. Colleagues find her personable and reliable.”

Monte Trammer, past publisher, The Star-Gazette

“Roberta is a very talented writer with solid project management skills. In every article that leaves her desk, she writes clearly and has a deep understanding of her audience. Roberta is equally as resourceful as she is talented and time after time contributes fresh, creative ideas. She has excellent listening skills and can articulately distill messages to any group or individual. Above all of these qualities, Roberta is a wonderful person to work with. She always maintains a charming professional demeanor with a positive attitude.”

Teresa Degarmo, Director of Communications at Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing

“Roberta was a pure pleasure to collaborate with on executive communications tools and special projects (at Corning Incorporated). She has a knack for very clear and concise prose. Roberta is resourceful. This exhibited herself in her respect for this harried executive's time; managing to eliminate roadblocks herself when her client is busy or inaccessible. She has poise and a very professional demeanor. Roberta brings a combination of creativity, rigorous task management and a cheerful positive attitude.”

Pete Bocko, adjunct professor at Cornell University

“Roberta is a detail oriented professional who requires the same service level for herself as she provides for her own clients. She does not rest until the work is done to absolute perfection.”

Suzanne Wells, President/Designer at Royal Gift Basket Corp.

“During the time Roberta and I worked together at the Star-Gazette, I observed her to be a passionate writer and editor with many creative ideas. Roberta is one of the most energetic and original people I have ever worked with! I recommend Roberta as a great asset to any company because of her ideas, enthusiasm and work ethic.”

Sarah McFarland, Editor, Threads magazine at Taunton Press, Inc.

“I had contact with Roberta while she was with the Star-Gazette covering Horseheads District school board meetings. She asked me questions about my concerns on several occasions. She made a great impression on me and others that attended the meetings. Roberta was sincere and honest in her coverage of those meetings. She had a desire to understand the complaints the people were bringing. It was obvious she is a journalist and person of integrity.”

Gerald J. Furnkranz, generalist