Michael Lavery, Becket Select Board Member

Michael Lavery is 53 years old and is married with two children who attend Becket/Washington School in Becket, MA. The Laverys have enjoyed living in the Berkshires since 2011 when they moved to Becket from Springfield, MA.

Experience -

Michael has worked in the Albany, NY area since 2011 as a Systems Administrator and Operations Manager. He currently works for General Dynamics in the Undersea Division. He was also an elected official serving two full terms with the Town of Becket as a Select Board member  from 2017-2023

Education -

Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science, Eastern Connecticut State University, Windham,  CT

Master’s of Arts in Communications, Public Relations, Western New England University, Springfield, MA

Politics -

Michael has been an active dues-paying member of the Democratic Socialists of America since 2008

Democrat from 1988-2021

Green-Rainbow Party 2021-Present

Other experience -

Marine Corps Reserve 1995-2001. Bearing and Esprit de Corps.

Toastmasters member 2008-Present. Public Speaking and Leadership & Parliamentary Procedure.

Upbringing -

Michael was born in Mount Kisco, New York and raised in South Salem, NY. Michael’s father Silvio was a butcher and grocer and owned Salem Market and Salem Liquors, a mom & pop grocery store and liquor store respectively. Si, as he was known by his friends, was the son of Italian immigrants, a self-starter, hard worker, small business owner and was a fixture behind the counter with his white apron and pencil behind his ear. Silvio was a Lion’s club President and member of the Italian Mutual Aid Society in Ridgefield, CT. His dad passed away in 1982 after a short battle with pneumonia, complicated by diabetes.

Michael’s mother, Margery, was a school teacher and caterer. Marge was an active volunteer in church and Women’s League of Voters, PTA, and Den Mother to Michael’s Cub Scout troop. She also wrote a cookbook called “Soups for All Seasons”, illustrated by her brother-in-law, Michael’s uncle Charles Reid, the famous watercolor artist. After the death of his father, Michael and his mother and younger sister Andrea moved to Old Saybrook, CT, where the Connecticut River meets the Long Island Sound. Raising Michael and Andrea by herself, Marge worked two jobs to make ends meet and provide for her two young children. Margery passed away in 2016 on Earth Day, April 22nd.

Michael’s parents were hardworking, compassionate members of the community who gave back to the community with volunteerism. They were both role models and showed him how to persevere through difficulty.

Michael in the early 80’s attended John Jay High School  in Cross River, NY. Named after the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court