|BOYS & GIRLS CLUB STAFF MEMBERS |
Beth Baldwin, CPO/Executive Director
Beth comes to the Club from the field of education where she spent many years teaching in both public and private schools and working with all types of children. Beth spent a number of months with us as the Program Director for our main clubhouse on Flat Street. She then spent over a year as the interim Executive Director,
before being promoted to the full-time CPO/Executive Director. Even though she is the Executive Director she can often be seen on the floor in the Club, playing games
and interacting with our members. Beth has often said she does this for the love of young people and her desire to give them every advantage possible.
Hillary Twining, Development Coordinator
Hillary has worked at a number of nonprofits including the Monadnock Humane
Society and the Humane Society of the United States. She enjoys the fun atmosphere at the Club and spends most days juggling a variety of tasks from donor development
and grantwriting to website maintenance. Her young daughter likes coming to the club to color pictures, watch movies, and has even tried the climbing wall.
| |Ricky Davidson, Unit Director-Flat Street Unit
Ricky has worked at the Club since August of 2004 and in many ways he is a fixture at our Flat Street clubhouse. In 2008 Ricky became the organization's Unit Director, a role that
touches on all areas of our programming and outreach. In 2013 Ricky was recognized as Youth Worker of the Year by the Vermont Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs.
He supervises a transitional housing unit for Youth Services and is active with Saint Michael's Episcopal Church. Ricky is excited about how the Club has grown and
looks forward to continuing to help the young people of our area achieve their dreams.
Sarah Lasher, Program Director-Westgate and Bellows Falls Units
Sarah first came to the Club to work as a fill-in staff member in the fall of 2013, but when the opportunity arose she jumped at the chance to work as a full-time staff
member at our Westgate clubhouse. In the spring of 2014 Sarah was promoted to Program Director and now oversees both our Westgate and Bellows Falls sites. Sarah's immense
energy and innovative ideas create a fun and educational environment for our members. Whether kids are cooking in the kitchen or playing Sarah's version of trivia known
as "Personal Scavenger Hunt", they are engaged and ready to have fun.
|Ryan Squires, Summer Camp Director & Weekend Recreation Staff-Flat Street Unit
Ryan has served in many roles from Sports & Fitness Coordinator at our Flat Street clubhouse to Program Director of our Bellows Falls Unit. Ryan answers to "Squires" and is known around the Club for his energy, enthusiasm, goofy sense of humor, and natural ability
to relate to kids. He can often be found playing games (many he has made up) or telling kids how awesome his hometown of Guilford is. The summer is one of Ryan's favorite times of year. He loves being active and helping kids have the time of their lives in their own back yard.
Kella Stone, Recreation Staff-Flat Street Unit
Kella worked as a Junior Staff member for the Boys & Girls Club at our Flat Street Unit while in high school. She then completed a year of college in northern
Vermont before returning to Brattleboro and working at our Westgate site. Kella is now based at the Flat Street clubhouse and helps with a variety of programs and
activities. She is also the proud mom of twin boys.
Rob Dichard, Sports & Fitness Coordinator-Flat Street Unit
Rob joined our Flat Street staff in 2011. He earned a degree in physical education from Plymouth State University and enjoys coaching and getting kids excited about
exercise. When he's not at the club, Rob can be found at the Brattleboro Area Middle School where he teaches gym.
Abigail Lively, Recreation Staff-Flat Street Unit
Abby Lively came to work at the Club as a per diem when she was a student at the New England Center for Circus Arts. She quickly went from being a part-time to full-time staff member.
Now you can find Abby at our Flat Street clubhouse almost every day. Known for her quirky sense of humor and quick wit, Abby is fun to be around and often makes people
laugh. When not at the Club Abby spends time practicing the German Wheel at the Circus School, and during the warmer months she leads zip line tours in western Massachusetts.
Meghan Hopkins, Program Staff-Flat Street
Meghan was hired for the summer camp program at the Flat Street clubhouse in 2012. After graduating from Johnson State College in December of 2013 with a degree in history and a teacher certification, Meghan joined the staff at our Westgate site and now works at the downtown clubhouse on Flat Street.
A Brattleboro native, Meghan attended BUHS and has worked, played and volunteered in this area her entire life. Her sense of fun and love of sports is infectious. On her off hours Meghan teaches a spinning class. One day she hopes to be a high school history teacher.
| |Ben Shreefter, Program Staff-Flat Street Unit
Ben is a newcomer to Brattleboro, having relocated from New York City where he worked at an after-school program for elementary school students. He earned a Bachelor of
Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Ben provides homework help during Power Hour and runs several other programs at the Flat Street clubhouse. Ben
enjoys playing basketball with our members and getting to know Club kids.
| |Meghan Paugh, Kitchen Coordinator-Flat Street
Meghan is our first ever kitchen coordinator, and she oversees our six-evening-per-week Supper Program. Hired in August 2014, Meghan comes to the Club from the Vermont
Youth Conservation Corps where she served as a Wilderness Crew Leader. She also taught English in South Korea and enjoys running, dance and choreography. Meghan spends
her afternoons in the kitchen of the Flat Street clubhouse cooking up delicious and creative meals.
| |Adrienne Blenkinsopp, Program Staff-Bellows Falls
Adrienne joined the staff at our Bellows Falls Unit in the fall of 2014 and her outdoor leadership skills, enthusiasm, and "can do" attitude has made her
a great fit. Adrienne earned an Associates Degree from North Country Community College in upstate New York and has held a variety of positions including camp counselor,
ranch wrangler, and wilderness guide. She also holds certifications as a ropes course facilitator and wilderness first responder.
| |Michael DeMello, Program Staff-Westgate
Michael has worked at our Westgate site in West Brattleboro since 2014. Michael brings 15 years of experience as a registered nurse to his position. He has worked with
both adults and children in settings as varied as the New York State School for the Blind and the Brattleboro Retreat. Michael also enjoys writing and has published
three books of poetry.
| |Gabriel Weiss, Per Diem-All Sites
Gabe fills in for regular staff and can often be found at our busy downtown clubhouse where he has made a place for himself with his calm, amiable attitude. A native of Maine, Gabe is truly
a jack of all trades, having worked as a painter, builder, landscaper, pizza chef, and bookseller.
Sydney Fisher, Jr. Staff-Flat Street Unit
Sydney joined the staff during the summer of 2013, working with our camp program. When the summer was over she became a member of the Junior Staff. Sydney has a real love of working with kids and enjoys watching them grow and learn. After high school and college she hopes to work with preschoolers and children with special needs. Sydney is our 2014 Youth of the Year!
|Lucas Rawson, Jr. Staff-Flat Street Unit
Lucas started working at the Club in December 2013. He can often be found on the basketball court. He thinks he wants to study engineering in college and hopes to also play a little basketball when not in class.
Many days Lucas can be seen sporting a new baseball hat and when not at work he is often designing new basketball shoes online.
| |Jordan Baldwin-Page, Jr. Staff-Flat Street
Jordan has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club since October of 2006. A sophomore at Brattleboro Union High school, she performs in an
a capella singing group and has recently discovered a passion for photography. At the Club she is very active in Keystone and currently serves as the group's
treasurer. She is also involved in diploma2Degrees and is looking forward to her future.
| |Tyler Dodge Harrison, Jr. Staff-Flat Street
Tyler is a junior at Brattleboro Union High School and has been a member of the Club since July of 2010. An avid outdoorsman, Tyler is often out camping, hunting and
fishing. At the Club he is involved in Keystone and the diploma2Degrees program. Tyler's good nature and positive attitude make him a natural role model for others.
| |Josh Hansen, Junior Staff-Flat Street
Josh can often be found on the basketball court where he stands out because of his height and leadership skills. He has been a member of the Club since
December of 2008 and is currently a junior at Brattleboro Union High School. Josh is on the BUHS varsity basketball team and is hoping to play ball in college.
He also participates on the Club's basketball team and is very involved in Keystone and the diploma2Degrees program.