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Northern Berkshire United Way Names New Executive Director
10:51AM / Tuesday, July 12, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire United Way Board of Directors has named Christa Collier as its new executive director.

Collier replaces interim director, Gerald Desmarais, who took over at the end of June. Desmarais took the temporary post after the resignation offormer NBUW Executive Director Joseph McGovern, who in June accepted a new position as executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County in Aberdeen, Maryland.

Collier received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Southern Vermont College and her master’s degree in communications and information management with a concentration in nonprofit management from Bay Path University.

“Her education and work in nonprofit organizations within Berkshire County make her the perfect fit to lead NBUW,” said Amy Giroux, board president. “She is well poised to move our organization to the next level in fundraising and supporting the needs of our community."

Collier most recently served as the executive director Berkshire County Kids’ Place & Violence Prevention Center in Pittsfield and before that was the Program Officer of the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center and Executive Director of Girls Incorporated of the Berkshires.

“Having been an agency director herself, Christa brings a unique perspective to her new role which will make her a tremendous resource to our 20 member agencies,” Giroux said.

In her new role, Collier will oversee the agencies strategic plan, financial management, fundraising, community relations and marketing.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead Northern Berkshire United Way and serve as its executive director. I look forward to working with the board to raise funds and support the member agencies that provide vital community resources. I have lived in Northern Berkshire my entire life and am thrilled that I can bring my professional expertise to my home community,” Collier said.

Desmarais will continue in his role as interim director and will develop a transition plan with Collier once she officially begins her new role on Aug. 22. Northern Berkshire United Way is an independent local agency dedicated to enhancing well-being in the communities of Adams, North Adams, Cheshire, Williamstown, Clarksburg, Savoy and Florida.

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