After serving on the organization's Board of Directors for four years, Christina stepped into the role of CEO in April of 2019. She's a passionate servant leader, youth advocate and fierce champion for human equity. Christina brings nearly 15 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector, serving in roles related to Performance Improvement and Human Resources. She also trained and volunteered in the Kenosha juvenile court system, advocating for the best interest of abused and neglected foster-care children. Christina ensures the Boys & Girls Club mission remains the center of focus at all levels of the organization.
"Every decision, big or small, is ultimately guided by one question: what is best for our kids? We have a responsibility to the children of our community. We do the most good when we're working together with their needs as our priority."
Gwen has worked with the Boys & Girls Club and the youth of Sheboygan County since 2006. During this time, she’s held leadership roles at several sites, including the Sheboygan Falls youth and teen clubs and the Ralph and Alice Stayer Club in Sheboygan. In her current role, Gwen drives the impact the organization has on youth and teens.
“The Boys & Girls Club provides opportunities for kids to learn and grow. Whether it is a friendly 'hello,' a listening ear, or a helping hand, Club staff make the difference in kids’ lives.”
It’s the opportunity to be part of this difference that motivates Gwen to come to the Club with the same passion and commitment as the first day she started.
For over ten years, Paige has been employed in the field of youth development, work she finds incredibly rewarding and motivating. She began her journey with the Club in 2019 as a Site Coordinator before advancing to Unit Director at the Longfellow Elementary Club. Paige's passion for mental wellness led her to her current role where she advocates for kids and families, works to remove service barriers, and strengthens community partnerships. Paige is trained in Trauma-Informed Care and has a degree in Early Childhood Education.
“Every day at the Club is something new. We wear many hats to do whatever it takes to meet the varying needs of the families and communities we serve. The work we do is so empowering - to build into developing brains and play a key role in helping youth navigate life and figure out who they want to be in this world!”
Mary has worked with children and young adults since 2001, most recently as a Special Education Paraprofessional with Sheboygan Area School District. Mary’s expertise and passion for mentoring youth was a perfect fit for the Graduation Specialist a position that was added in 2021 when Boys & Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County started the Be Great Graduate program. In this role, Mary focuses on identifying and breaking down barriers for teens struggling in school. She leverages positive adult mentorship, individualized support, and collaborative relationships to ensure each student in the program gets what they need to achieve academic success and graduate on time with a plan for college, community or career.
“All young people have the ability to be great. I love helping them discover their potential, and learn just how bright they can shine. Along the way, I learn so much from the kids I meet and consider my time with them to be a true privilege.”
Michelle earned her bachelor’s in Fine Arts from UW Oshkosh, and is passionate about bringing quality programming to our members in Sheboygan Falls. She believes kids thrive when they unplug and interact with supportive staff and with each other. She also teaches youth the importance of giving back to their community.
“When we offer kids caring adult relationships and spark their creativity, amazing things happen - for them, and our community.”
After years of working as a mentor to teens, Andrew joined our team of Unit Directors in 2018 where he steadily increased membership by creating safe spaces where youth learn to trust others and understand the importance of community. In 2021, he helped launch the organization's Be Great Graduate program at South High. He is devoted to the health and well-being of teens throughout Sheboygan.
“Every youth needs at least one supportive adult that will stick with them through good times and bad. They need someone to show them how much they matter.”
Amanda joined the Boys & Girls Club team as a Youth Development Professional in 2013. Since then, she’s held several roles that prepared her to be a Unit Director and a leader. Amanda launched the Cooper site in 2019 and works hard to build lasting relationships with the kids she sees each day.
“Consistency is so important. It takes time to build relationships that allow us to really encourage, challenge and support our youth.”
Alyssa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in the Spring of 2018 from Wartburg College, and has since worked with youth of all ages. She brings a passion for providing resources to families in the community, and strives to build positive relationships with members.
“The impact we have on youth provides them the stepping stones to a successful future. I will instill a sense of belonging and safety to assist each Club member in reaching their full potential.”
Brittany earned their Bachelor of Social Work from UW-Green Bay in the spring of 2020. During their final year of study, they had the opportunity to intern at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay where they worked directly with youth on coping strategies, therapeutic play, sensory-friendly stimulus and emotional regulation. This is where they found their passion for working with youth. Since taking a role as Youth Development Professional at our Sheboygan Clubs, Brittany has advanced through increasing leadership at several sites. Now, as a Unit Director, Brittany helps fuel the passion their team has for building great futures.
“Our work is 100% about the kids. At the end of each day, I like to be able to see the change we are making in our kids’ lives, no matter how big or small. We are making a positive impact in their lives and, in turn, they are making one in ours.”
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