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NORTH ADAMS — Christa Collier has been named executive director of the Northern Berkshire United Way and is expected to begin at the agency on Aug. 22.

Collier, an Adams resident, is leaving as executive director of the Kids Place and Violence Prevention Center in Pittsfield to take on the new role.

"I am honored to have been chosen to lead the Northern Berkshire United Way and serve as its executive director," she said in a written statement.

Agency board of directors President Amy Giroux said the nonprofit organization is excited to welcome Collier to the helm.

"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," she said.

Collier will oversee the agencies strategic plan, financial management, fundraising, community relations and marketing, Giroux said.

The opportunity to serve her hometown region makes her very happy, Collier said.

"I look forward to working with the board to raise funds and supporting the member agencies that provide vital community resources," she said.

Collier was previously the program officer for the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center and the executive director of Girls Inc. of the Berkshires. Both entities are based in Pittsfield.

Gerald Desmarais will remain as the NBUW interim director until Collier takes over the leadership role.


The agency announced a search for a new executive director in May after former Executive Director Joseph McGovern accepted a job as executive director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County in Aberdeen, Md.. McGovern held the post for 6 years. He stepped down from the job on June 10.

The agency provides funding and support services for numerous programs affiliated with the member agencies. Member agencies include Community Legal Aid, the Adams-based Youth Center, the Northern Berkshire YMCA, and Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires.

The organization's office is at the Berkshire Family and Individual Resources building at 771 South Church St.