Our Judges

Lindsay Barron
Applied Mortgage, a DBA of HarborOne Mortgage
A proud Western MA native, Lindsay was raised, educated, and currently lives and works in Hampshire County. Lindsay is a Senior Loan Originator at Applied Mortgage in Northampton and was recently recognized as #1 Loan Originator in Hampshire County through December 2018 by Banker & Tradesman Magazine. Having built a network of peers, clients, partners, and friends, Lindsay strives to nurture those connections to enable collaboration to achieve common, community-oriented goals. Lindsay volunteers on committees for various fundraising events, serves on the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce board, is a founding board member of the Young Professionals of Amherst, and is Campaign Co-Chair for United Way of Hampshire County in addition to serving on their Board of Directors.

Carla Cosenzi is President of Northampton Volkswagen, Country Hyundai, Country Nissan and the all new Volvo Cars Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. Mrs. Cosenzi is actively involved in the day-to-day business at each dealership and you can find her at any of the four stores six days a week. She is also an actively engaged member of MSADA and NADA. She currently serves on the Northampton Center for the Arts and Western MA Jimmy Fund Council. Mrs. Cosenzi has been awarded Business West Difference Maker 2019, Top 10 Businesswomen of the Pioneer Valley by Women Business Owners Alliance, Professional Woman of the Year by Western MA Women Magazine Women to Watch and was honored at BusinessWest ’40 Under 40. Because of her extensive knowledge in the auto industry she has been a frequent guest on Auto Dealer Live.

Amanda Jo
KIX 100.9
Amanda Jo has been a radio personality in the Pioneer Valley for over 10 years and now currently in Boston. A western MA native, she grew up in Greenfield and graduated from Westfield State College in 2007. Amanda Jo is an avid athlete and adventurer, counting kayaking and hiking with her dog Roxy as her favorite activities. When she isn’t enjoying the outdoors, she’s frequenting the delicious taco joints in Massachusetts. Amanda Jo also loves to cook – currently for her friends, but hopefully, someday for her country husband.

Alfonso Santaniello - F2C judgeAlfonso Santaniello is the President and CEO of the Creative Strategy Agency, Inc., a digital marketing and advertising firm. Headquartered in Springfield, MA, Alfonso and his agency has worked with a vast range of clients ranging from startups and local companies to national brands. Alfonso is also the creator and host of Digital Scoop, a web series sharing the latest in digital marketing, and host of Agency Life Podcast, a podcast highlighting different people in the marketing industry. An avid community supporter, Alfonso has been involved with multiple boards and committees ranging from The Zoo In Forest Park, Leadership Pioneer Valley, Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield, Suit Up Springfield, Fresh Paint Springfield, Link To Libraries and many more. He is a recipient of BusinessWest Forty Under 40 in 2013.

Michael Sharry
Event Planning & Farm Manager, Berkshire Mountain Distillers
Michael grew up outside of Boston and was driven to a simpler life after hiking the Appalachian Trail. He studied Sustainable Agriculture & Food Production in college, and spent most of his spare time fine tuning the craft of making beer with friends. After graduating, he combined his passions of growing food and making alcohol at a vineyard in the northernmost region of Italy. Following a tradition that is several thousand years old, Michael fell in love with creating unique flavors of eclectic and rare wine varieties. Near the end of his time in Italy, the winemaker pulled out an old Grappa still and showed him the science and art behind distillation. Shortly after coming back from Italy, Michael landed his dream job at Berkshire Mountain Distillers (BMD), where for over 3 years he has been contributing to the distillery’s growth and success. In that time, BMD has built two new buildings, opened its doors for retail, tours, and private events, and created a garden program. As the manager of the distillery garden, Michael specializes in growing botanicals that are incorporated into bitters and gins, and supplied as garnishes to local bartenders. Michael looks forward to the continuing challenge of growing, fermenting, distilling and cocktailing.