In recognition of their life-long dedication to our nation's young people and their commitment to to professional growth, development, and high levels of competency and performance, BGCA inducted these outstanding leaders into the prestigious Masters & Mentors program on Tuesday, May 1, 2012.
Sydney BoydBoys & Girls Clubs of America
Early in his career, Sydney was selected to participate in Leadership Memphis and, subsequently, Leadership Montgomery as the Volunteer Chairman of the Youth Leadership Montgomery Program. The program brought high school juniors and seniors together to develop their leadership skills.
In 1999, Sidney accepted a position as Director of Training & Professional Development for Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Southeast Region. While in this role, he provided leadership for The Practice of Boys & Girls Club Work, Master and Mentor’s Program and Advanced Leadership program for Youth Development and Management Professionals. Presently, his role has expanded to include BGCA’s Southwest region as well.
George KrupanskiBoys & Girls Clubs of Delaware
George has built and leads a diversified organization -- from urban neighborhoods to suburban neighborhoods, from corporate boards to community boards, from young children programs to working with senior citizens. While developing the organization's board and staff, he has attracted volunteers and professionals alike with diverse and impressive backgrounds and skills. He engages people to understand the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the State of Delaware. Governors, State Representatives and local political leaders often attend the organizations State Youth of the Year program and other events. He has recruited many new professionals into Boys & Girls Club work.
As President/CEO of the Delaware organization, George leads a network of Clubs which serve more than 25,000 youth annually -- one out of every five school-aged youth in the state of Delaware.
In her 28 year career, Eliza is renowned for identifying, mentoring, molding and promoting scores of professionals who have gone on to leadership positions in Air Force youth services and numerous civilian youth development agencies. Dr. Nesmith annually underwrites hundreds of Air Force professionals’ attendance at BGCA professional development and national conferences. Air Force professionals worldwide are encouraged to take BGCA Leadership University courses and the Advanced Leadership Program.
In 2007, Eliza ensured that all Air Force Clubs signed the BGCA Diversity Pledge and is an ongoing champion of diversity in the workplace. Dr. Nesmith is an unassuming, unsung career champion for youth and a hero of the historic military / BGCA partnership.
A Boys & Girls Club alumnus, Russell has been a long time member of the Garden Chapter of the Professional Association and served as the President from 1978 -1984. He also served as a National Board member of The Professional Association from 1985- 1987, Executive Secretary of the New Jersey Area Council for twelve years, and an active member of BGCA’s National Technology Committee during the technology wave in the 1990s.
Under his leadership, Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County has grown from a single Clubhouse in 1980 serving 2,000 children to five that today provides services to some 7,500 children annually.
Roxanne led Boys & Girls Clubs through a major transformation that doubled our size and scope, and the positive impact on communities and kids. Under Roxanne's leadership, Clubs grew from 1800 Clubs to 4000 strong, and from $438 million in annual revenues to $1.5 billion. She spearheaded our outreach to young people who need us most, in public housing, on Native American lands, and in military families across the globe. She guided significant program initiatives in education, technology, and civic engagement.
During her tenure, more than $1.3 billion was generated by BGCA for our Clubs, and many progressive new services were initiated. She developed one of the most prestigious and engaged nonprofit boards in America and built a rock-solid financial foundation for the national organization, while strengthening the Boys & Girls Club brand, now recognized as one of the top 10 nonprofit brands in America.
In a fitting tribute, the Board of Governors of Boys & Girls Clubs of America established the School of Professional Leadership to benefit the development of Club professionals to honor her legacy of leadership, commitment and dedication of some 30 years of service to Boys & Girls Clubs and youth people throughout the world.
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