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     "In mid-March, I will be leaving Northern Berkshire United Way to join the team of Massachusetts Children's Alliance. MACA is an accredited state chapter of the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) and membership organization of the 12 Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) in MA.

     I am looking forward to the opportunity to return to the child advocacy field and to collaborate with a community of colleagues I admire. In my new role I will serve as the Director of Training, Education and Special Initiatives.

     The past six years, it has been an honor to serve the community where I was born, raised and where we raised our son (now in college). I have met new people, made new friends, all while learning about the realities our community members and organizations face each day.

     I will still be serving on some local committees and boards and am open to volunteer!"

     Christa Collier will be stepping down as the Executive Director of Northern Berkshire United Way March 18 to join the staff of Massachusetts Children's Alliance as the Director of Training, Education and Special Initiatives.

     The Board of Directors has appointed Duffy Judge the Interim Executive Director and he will begin in that role next week. The Board plans to announce a search for a permanent Executive Director in the coming months.

     "We're excited to work with Duffy," says Leah Thompson, Board president. "We are thankful to Christa for all of the good work she has accomplished here in the past five plus years and we wish her
all the best."

     Collier, who joined NBUW in August 2016, stated, “I’m tremendously proud of everything that this organization has accomplished during the past six years.” These accomplishments include initiatives such as Operation Warm and the Born Learning Trail and facilitating the Northern Berkshire Housing and Homelessness Collaborative. “I am confident that the organization is in good hands and will continue its transformational work,” she added.

     Judge comes to NBUW from Berkshire United Way in Pittsfield where he has served as Development Manager since July 2017. "It has been a wonderful experience at Berkshire United Way, but I yearn to serve the community in which I have raised a family, Northern Berkshire. This opportunity would allow me to have a direct impact on people I interact with every day and that would be the absolute ideal for me,” says Judge.

Since 1936, the Northern Berkshire United Way has provided funding to member agencies in North Berkshires that provide health, education, financial stability, and safety net programs.

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