Who We Are

For 98 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan continues to be that safe space for youth to learn and have fun, while providing them with the economic, cultural and social capital needed to become career, startup and homeowner ready.


Our Mission

To provide a world-class experience, empowering youth to reach their full potential as change agents for their life, Club and community while ensuring youth are career, startup and homeowner ready before they leave the Clubs at 18 years old.

Our Vision

Inspire, educate, and empower youth while strengthening surrounding communities.

Our Story

Founded in 1926, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan has 98 years of experience in youth development. Each decade brought new challenges and opportunities, some local, some national, and some global. From the industrial revolution to the digital revolution, through a World War, a great depression, devastating riots, and the COVID-19 pandemic, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan has been a force for good in kids’ lives. Despite our long history, each day we continue to find new ways to learn, grow, and innovate.

Our Impact

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Every year, we serve 15,000 youth between the ages of 6 and 18 to our Clubs and School-Based sites. As soon as our youth members walk through our doors, they enter an environment of stability, consistency, and physical and emotional safety. All of our Club run programs designed to be fun and engaging, while building skills and confidence for a successful future.

We’re open when kids need us most – after school, on most school holidays, and all day during the summer. Clubs offer safe places where young people can learn, grow, and succeed.

Meet Our Professional Staff

Shawn H. Wilson

President & CEO

Alise Dixon

Chief Program Officer


Melissa Landolt

Chief HR Officer

Jake Millner

Chief Operations Officer

Wendy Yates

Chief Financial Officer

Aaron Jacobs

Vice President of Safety & Transportation

Tiffany Kimbrough

Vice President of Training & Development

Chris Kyles

Vice President of Sports

Esther Kyte

Vice President of Resource Development

Greg McPherson

Vice President of Foundations & Institutional Relations


Ellen Monterosso

Vice President of Procurement

MJ Nowak

Vice President of Marketing & Entrepreneurship

Dr. Tiffany Abrego

Executive Director of Behavioral Health

Heather Brown

Director of Safety & Compliance

Sonya Draper

Executive Director of Talent and Innovation


Deshawnda Handy

Operations Director, Van Buren Twp

Chris Hatleli

Executive Chef, Culinary Director



Jenee Joseph

Director of Social Work

Richard Miller

Director of Transportation

Deana Minnifield

Executive Director, Diehl Club

Darrin Newlin

Executive Director, Highland Park

Tomilia Terry-Carpenter

Executive Director, Eastpointe Club

Shila Rivers

Executive Director, Dauch Club

Tiffany Sula

Executive Director of Resource Development Operations

Executive Committee

Roderick Hardamon
Board Chair
CEO & Chief Strategist, URGE Imprint

Thomas Callan
Board Treasurer
Great Lakes Regional Managing Director, UHY Advisors

Letty Azar
Resource Development Committee
VP Community and Government Relations
Penske Corporation

Jennifer DeMello-Johnson
Programs Committee
Regional Growth Leader, Acrisure Insurance

David Jacob
Safety/Operations Committee Chair
Honigman Law
Real Estate Department

Bill Koefoed
RD Committee Chair
Chief Financial Officer, OneStream Software, LLC

Board of Directors

Tonya Adair
United Way for Southeastern Michigan
Chief People, Equity & Engagement Officer

Nia Batts
Union Heritage
General Partner

Hon. Alisha Bell
Chair of the Wayne County Commission,
District 7

Greg Crabb
President and CEO

David C. Dauch
American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.
Chairman & CEO

Joe Haney
Sterling Insurance Group
President & Founder

Jacqueline Howard
Ally Financial
Sr. Director of Financial Health & Wellness

Steve Huprich, PhD,
University of Detroit Mercy
Professor of Psychology

Conrad Koczot
MotorCity Casino Hotel
Associate General Counsel

Shelby Langenstein
Emagine Entertainment
Chief People Officer

Tom Leonard
Plunkett Cooney

William Love
Assurance Partner

Darrell E. Middleton
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Phil Nussel
Automotive News
Editor – Online

James Pastor
New Flyer
Vice President, Quality and Continuous Improvement

Hon. Angelique Peterson-Mayberry
Detroit Public Schools Community District
Board President

Rajoielle Register
Vice President, Marketing

Derric Scott
J29:7 Planning & Development Corp.
Principal & CEO

Erika Swilley
Detroit Pistons
Vice President, Community & Social Responsibility

Directors Emeriti

Sandra J. Dauch
Trustee | Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch Family Foundation

Peter A. Dow
Vice Chair & COO, Retired | Campbell Ewald

Morton E. Harris
Co-Founder | American Axle &Manufacturing, Inc.

Thomas Hoeg
President & CEO | Agency Business Solutions, LLC

Nicholas Martin, Jr.
President | Martin Land & Investments

Sam P. Ventimiglia, CLU, RHU
President | Great Lakes Wealth Planning, Inc.

James W. McLernon
Chairman, Retired | American Axle & Manufacturing

Catherine M. O’Malley
Retail Consultant

Hiram E. Jackson
Real Times Media
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