Drew was born in Northwest Indiana, grew up in Winter Park, Florida and now resides in Campton Hills with his wife and son. He was formerly a Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Team Leader for the Boy Scouts of America National Foundation, where he facilitated the recruitment and support of their sixty-member National STEM Advisory Committee, raising over $30M for program support. Drew led the development of key national partnerships for the BSA, including Code.org, Maker Media/Maker Faire, NASA, The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Cognizant Innovation/Maker programs, Tata Consultancy Services goIT Digital Fluency, Magnitude.io Micro Satellite, Parametric Studios Virtual Design, and Dell/Lockheed Martin Virtual Reality experiences. Drew served as a facilitator, panelist or contributor for many national workforce development initiatives, including the National Academy of Sciences Advanced Manufacturing Task Force, STEMconnector Digital Fluency and STEM 2.0 studies, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Annual Conference, and National Science Foundation Engineering Centers.
Prior to the BSA, Drew served as the CEO of Turning Pointe Autism Foundation in Naperville, leading the development, operations, and management of multi-site campuses for children and adults with autism to provide educational, vocational, recreational and residential opportunities. He led the development of vocational training partnerships with Walgreens and Office Max, including employee volunteer engagement, annual financial support, and the construction of mock training spaces at the school.
Drew is a passionate volunteer, having served as an Executive Committee member of Cantata Adult Life Services (formerly The British Home), Tribal Wisdom Foundation, Strategy Advisor/Facilitator to Play Africa Children’s Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the Autism Society of Illinois; and currently serves as a Mentor/Leader in the First Congregational Church of Dundee High School Youth program and the Boy Scouts of America.
Kendra is excited to bring a diverse background in youth program leadership and development to BGCDT. Kendra recently served as the opening Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa’s Glazer Burt Club, located on campus and operated as a collaborative partnership for K-12 after-school programming with Drake University. Kendra’s passionate about working with diverse populations with unique backgrounds. She believes we all come from different places and enjoys exploring our stories together.
Kendra grew up in Wisconsin and Iowa, but spent several years on the west coast in Los Angeles and Portland, growing her social work career. She graduated from Portland State University with her Master’s in Social Work. Kendra’s experience in counseling is varied-from in-patient/outpatient care, case management and community service work. Kendra’s passionate about providing Trauma-Informed services through an authentic and genuine approach. Kendra is thrilled to relocate and provide a social and emotional lens and resources to BGCDT staff, children and their families.
Mike has been working with youth since he graduated from Spring Arbor University in 1994 with a degree in Recreation Management. He has been with the organization since it opened in January of 1997. “It has been great to see the club, and the kids grow through the years.” This is my dream job, and the best thing about working with the organization is being able to offer opportunities to youth who need us the most.”
Michele brings a diverse and successful background of corporate, entrepreneurial, and youth development experience, most recently serving as the CEO of The Goddard School in Lake-in-the-Hills for eleven years. Michele successfully grew the school’s operations with a full-time staff of 30, including two Directors, to provide daily services for over 500 families, and becoming the only preschool in McHenry County to receive both NAC Accreditation and Illinois State Excelerate Gold ratings. Michele received her BS from Miami University, she and her family are long-time residents of northern Kane County, having served with the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce, on the Board of Heartland Bank & Trust in Huntley, and Digital Media Manager for the First Congregational Church of Dundee.
Michele is managing operations of the BGCDT elementary school programs and staff, with an emphasis on further developing and improving our 21st Century Learning Center school district partnerships and outcomes by focusing on staff development and improving academic and social emotional supports for our members.
Coral Colin is the Area Director over the Golfview, Parkview and Sunny Hill Club sites. She has worked for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township for 11 years. Coral grew up in Carpentersville and is an Alumni of BGCDT. Her journey with Club started in Middle School. Growing up as a member has allowed her to see and personally experience the impact that the BGCDT has on our children and the community. Because of the opportunities that the Club provided for her, she was able to discover her passion in the youth development field. She also enjoys volunteering her time as a soccer coach for our summer soccer program. Coral now has her son, who also attends Club and is very proud to see how much he has grown with the help of BGCDT.
Isaiah De La Cruz is a United States Army Veteran, He earned his degree in Business from Southern New Hampshire University, and has been with our organization for over 5 years. Isaiah began at our Meadowdale Elementary School site, where he served as the Site Director. During his time at Meadowdale, he implemented programs such as the Color Guard, Flag Tossing team, STEM, and Valley of the Voices. During Isaiah’s tenure as Director of our Meadowdale Site, The Club grew both in size and academically. Isaiah has worked closely with community partners to provide our clubs with specialty programs like Toys 4 Teeth, which provided all our members with free dental screenings and holiday presents. Isaiah is a Chicago Bears superfan, active at his local church, and a world traveler.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Dundee Township is pleased to announce that Jen Farag has joined our Executive Leadership Team as Director of Academic Success. Jen brings to the Club a unique background in education, non-profit administration, marketing, and project management. Her professional and volunteer experiences are centered around closing the achievement gap for at-risk youth while empowering them to overcome obstacles and become the next generation of leaders.
Jennifer has a successful track record of managing effective youth-focused programs including the federally-funded Even Start Family Literacy and 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiatives. As a former educator, she taught fourth grade at Title I schools in Community Consolidated School District 15 (Palatine, IL) and in Fairfax County Public Schools (Virginia.) On an international level, Jen managed the overall operations of the Hope Centre for Infectious Diseases, a multi-million dollar initiative under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) which provided HIV/AIDS treatment to over 13,000 adults and children throughout Kenya. She was also involved with Coptic Orphans Relief Organization, where she raised awareness and support for fatherless children in Egypt. As a servant leader, her mission is to live, serve, and work with passion and purpose while inspiring and encouraging others to do the same.
Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in Education (grades K-9) from DePaul University and has completed graduate coursework in Education Leadership at Olivet Nazarene University. She is an active member at her church in Chicago where she teaches Sunday school and volunteers in the food pantry. In her role as the Director of Academic Success at the Club, she is responsible for the planning and development of the academic strategies to improve student success within the schools and districts served by the Club. Jennifer is originally from North Hoffman Estates and currently resides in Algonquin with her husband and their two young boys.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Dundee Township is pleased to announce that Michelle Maison is joining our Executive Leadership Team as Director of Development. Michelle brings a diverse and successful background of corporate, entrepreneurial, and non-profit management and development experience, most recently serving as the Executive Director of Development of The Barrington Area Conservation Trust. Michelle successfully evolved the Trust’s community engagement, and grew relationships and resources through the creation of unique special events, meaningful engagement strategies, and innovative donor recognition and appreciation. She has deep ties within the Barrington community and a passion for service, including roles as a Trustee for the Village of Barrington Hills, Journeycare Fundraiser Gala Chair, Board/Committee Member for the Little Garden Club of Barrington, Barrington Children’s Charities, Wellness Place Auxiliary, Barrington United Way and Gateway for Cancer Research for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Michelle received her BS from Boston College, studied International Law at the University of London, and received her JD from DePaul University. She and her family are long-time residents of Barrington Hills.
In her new role, Michelle will be managing all development strategies for BGCDT, including relationships with our Board of Directors and donors, corporate support, special events, foundations, and donor appreciation/recognition.
Michelle moved to the Barrington Area in 1971 and currently lives in Barrington Hills with her daughter (23) and son (18). A soon-to-be “empty nester,” she is passionate about the importance of the BGCDT mission and the impact it has on creating brighter futures. She brings a diverse and successful background of corporate, entrepreneurial, and non-profit management and development experience, most recently serving as the Executive Director of Development of The Barrington Area Conservation Trust. Michelle successfully evolved the Trust’s community engagement and grew relationships and resources through the creation of unique special events, meaningful engagement strategies, and innovative donor recognition and appreciation. She has deep ties within the Barrington community and a passion for service, including roles as a Trustee for the Village of Barrington Hills, Journeycare Fundraiser Gala Chair and gala committee member, Member of the Little Garden Club of Barrington, Barrington Children’s Charities, founding member of the Wellness Place Auxiliary, Barrington United Way and Gateway for Cancer Research for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Michelle received her BS from Boston College, studied International Law at the University of London, and received her JD from DePaul University College of Law.
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Mark is a graduate of Arizona State University with a B.S. in Human and Family Development. He joined the Boys & Girls Club movement prior to the 2015-16 school year. Mark has a strong background in working with students in an after school environment from his past experience working in School District U-46.
At the Impact Center, he enjoys building positive relationships with club members and being a role model for students to help encourage them to set and achieve their goals. Outside of club, Mark enjoys watching all sports, especially Chicago Cubs baseball.
Maria’s passion for children started when she was attending college for Early Childhood Education during her time in high school, through the Tech Prep Program. This leads her to Club through our Jr. Staff Program. Maria has been involved with the movement for over 15 years. As an Alumni, it has been a pleasure for her to see members grow within our organization as she did.
As Director of Leadership Development, she works first hand with our staff, from recruitment and interviews to orientations and program training. She is able to impact our members and families in our community. She helps staff members practice our mission: Nourish Character | Inspire Potential, the moment they are hired. Maria provides the resources our professionals need to succeed in providing the optimal Club experience.
Maria was born on the West Side of Chicago and grew up in Carpentersville attending D300. She has been on staff since she was a member herself. This gave her a different perspective on why this movement is so important. We often hear the success stories of our Staff impacting Members, but forget the impact Club Members actually can have on Staff.
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