Colleen Deere is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of ACP. She began her career with ACP in 2010 as an Operations Associate, working on every aspect of the organization - from program growth, to corporate relations, fundraising, financial management, media relations and more. From December 2017 until September 2022, Colleen served as ACP's first Executive Director.
Colleen graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA with a B.S. in Business Administration and English, and later obtained a Master's Degree in English, Composition and Rhetoric from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.
Colleen is the proud spouse of Army veteran (and former ACP Protege), Steve Deere. Steve served with the 1st Infantry Division stationed out of Ft. Riley, Kansas and he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008-2009. Steve is now an ACP Mentor.
Colleen and Steve live in Long Island, NY and are parents to three children, Sean, Ryan and Keira. As a family, they are involved in raising money and volunteering their time with nonprofits and charities such as Tuesday's Children, the CPL Christopher G. Scherer Memorial Fund, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Regional Catholic School.