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January 19, 2021
18 Degrees President Resigns, Stephanie Steed Named Interim
18 Degrees

October 11, 2020 — The president and CEO of 18 Degrees, a Pittsfield-based nonprofit that provides a range of education and life skills to promote the well-being of children and families, recently resigned to join another nonprofit in Springfield.

Colleen Holmes will step down at the end of the month after three years in the post, reported the

Stephanie Steed

Stephanie Steed, vice president of programs, will serve as interim executive director while the board of 18 Degrees undertakes a search for a permanent replacement.

"For the past three years, our organization has been uplifted and transformed by our president and CEO, Colleen Holmes, for which we are very thankful," Chris King, board chair of 18 Degrees was reported to have said. "When the board of directors began their search for a new President and CEO in 2017, we sought to ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance, administration, fundraising, and communications. We got all that with Colleen and more."

Colleen Holmes

"That I have loved serving 18 Degrees' mission and people over the past three years made this a tough decision," Holmes was quoted by "It's been life-changing to be a part of our communities and this amazing 18 Degrees team and to work with all of you to advance 18 Degrees' vision of welcome, inclusion, growth, and social justice change. What we have accomplished together makes me very grateful and unabashedly proud."

The report did not disclose which organization Holmes will join.

Steed joined 18 Degrees in 2005 as vice president when the organization when it was called Berkshire Children and Families. Since 2010, she has been responsible for programs in the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley, including Foster Care, Adoption, Child and Family Support in the Pioneer Valley, Family Networks, Young Woman's Initiative, and RAP Inc.

Steed earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish language and literature from Guilford College and a Master of Education degree in counseling psychology from Cambridge College.

18 Degrees traces its roots to 1887 when it was known as the Union for Home Work to “help men to help themselves.”

For the year ending June 30, 2019, 18 Degrees reported $8.59 million in revenue, of which $837,000 came from contributions and grants, and $8.61 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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