In December of 2003, Joan Kagan joined Square One as the organization’s President and CEO. Although new to the field of early education and care, Joan has been a recognized leader in the provision of child welfare and mental health services since 1976. Prior to assuming her position at Square One, Joan served as the Western Massachusetts Director for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and for 17 years was with Brightside for Families and Children, leaving as Vice President of Community Programs. Joan serves on many Board of Directors, locally and statewide, including the Springfield Regional Chamber, Public Health Institute of Western MA and the Massachusetts Association of Day Care Agencies. She is a Trustee at Our Lady of the Elms College, a member and past President of the Holyoke Rotary Club and past chair and current member of the Springfield College School of Social Work Advisory Board.