Founder Joan Burkhard has enjoyed a tenure of over 40 years with Riverbrook Residence. Joan graduated from the University of Connecticut and earned a Master’s Degree in Administration from Westfield University and an MSW from Adelphi. Joan began her career in public educational as Director of Special Services for the Berkshire Hills Regional School District. She gained experience with young disabled children through the Early Intervention Program in Great Barrington and held a post-graduate position at the Psychology Clinic at Williams College. Joan finds tremendous fulfillment in her time with the Riverbrook women and staff.