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July 14th, 2014

As some of you may already know, there are some new faces hanging around the Clubs these days. Also, some old faces have taken on new roles within the organization! We are excited to get to know them a little bit better and thought you would too! Check out our interviews below:

Shawn Flood - Paul I. Phillips Club Director

Q: Why are you excited to take on your new role at the Clubs?
A: I am excited for a change in scenery and the opportunity to take my skills as a youth development professional to the next level by learning new methods and practices from the staff and the administration at Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth.

Q: What were you doing before this position?
A: My previous position was Unit Director at the Boys & Girls Club of Battle Creek.

Q: What's something fun we should know about you?
A: I am very good at doing headstands and drawing mustaches on the kids.

 

Coach Derrick Owens - Seidman Club Director

Q: Why are you excited to take on your new role at the Clubs?
A: I am very excited to work with kids of all ages. I have a passion for young people and helping them with their journey in life. I will never forget how I used to feel when I was their ages. My responsibility is to give them the right information so that they can make good choices as the grow up and journey to their life’s passions.

Q: What were you doing before this position?
A: I have been an educator for 30 plus years, most recently as a Youth Advocate Specialist with the Grand Rapids Public School District, at Alger Middle School. I relocated back to Michigan from North Carolina in 2009 and had the opportunity to coach basketball at GRCC, Grand Valley State University, and this past season at Catholic Central High School. I have coached basketball at the high school, college, and AAU levels. Previous to leaving Michigan, I taught and coached Detroit St. Martin dePorres High School winning four state championships and a 2009 AAU National Championship.

Q: What's something fun we should know about you?
A: I love having fun playing with my five grandchildren: Isaiah 5, Jason Jr. 4, Elijah 2, Alecia 2, and Maliya 1.

 

Mario Leon - Volunteer & Database Coordinator

Q: Why are you excited to take on your new role at the Clubs?
A: I am excited for the challenge of taking our existing volunteer system and improving on it to become more intentional in bringing the many talents that our volunteers possess to create more varied and fun learning opportunities for our Club members.  One never knows what experience may light a spark in a child that will be beneficial later in life.

Q: What were you doing before this position?
A: I was the Membership Coordinator here at the Steil Club for the past two years.  It was, at times, challenging but an almost always fun time.  The thing I will miss most about that role is that I won't be as hands-on or spend as much time with the kids in everyday Club activities.

Q: What's something fun we should know about you?
A: Before coming to BGC, I spent my whole professional life in the retail end of the music industry and had the time of my life!  I live and breathe music and film, and there's probably no life situation that arises that I can't find a music or film quote to relate to it.  I love dogs and have a Chinese Crested named Samuel who is the world! Also, I love ice cream.

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