Bob joined the professional staff at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz in August 2011 as Area Director. In February 2013, he was promoted to Executive Director. Bob has over 25 years of Boys and Girls Club experience, including 15 years of Executive leadership with Clubs in Fallbrook, San Leandro and San Francisco.
Katee began her career with the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz as a teen, getting her first job as an Activities Aid in the summer of 2000. Shortly after entering the Club, Katee knew that youth development was her calling. Since that time, Katee has held many roles within the club and is now the Program Director at the Downtown Branch.
Jennifer is a true Santa Cruz local, having moved only as far away as Los Gatos in the late eighties to attend college. Jennifer majored in child development with a focus on school age and adolescence. She brings with her over twenty years of education and experience, including three years as a Tae kwon Do instructor and twelve years as the Director of an afterschool program in Live Oak.
A deep sense of care, community pride and service to others is central to Andrea’s personal and professional life. After arriving in Santa Cruz (from Boston) in the summer of 1979, Andrea became enamored with its people, environment and community. Since that magical summer, she has spent the better part of her career ensuring that the town she fell in love with 35 years ago remains strong, vibrant and healthy.
Rebbie Higgins brings to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz administrative office a passion for detail, accuracy, and care for the Clubs’ bookkeeping, HR, office management, IT, and general support to all departments. Rebbie has an eclectic career in science, computer programming, business analysis, and farmers’ market management. She believes deeply in the importance and success of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz’s mission to serve our community’s families. Her own kids are also huge fans of the friendships and activities the Club affords them!
Bryon oversees our Sports and Fitness programs. Along with running our local basketball program, Bryon is looking forward to developing new programs that help the kids learn more about health and physical fitness, while understanding the need to develop their academics.
Daniel has been a valuable part of the Live Oak Teen Center for over seven years, providing guidance, friendship and athletic training to Shoreline Middle School teens.
Daniel has taught everywhere from South Korea to Gault Elementary. Though his focus has been on teaching English, as a substitute teacher, he has had the opportunity to teach math, science, social studies, language studies and physical education.
As Education Director, he provides one-on-one tutoring and homework help while also planning and providing fun, life-enhancing educational activities. He believes strongly in fostering critical thinking skills and is focused on developing youth into productive citizens, as well as increasing character development, opportunities, and sense of community.
Alejandro has always had a passion for working with kids. Starting out as a volunteer in youth programs, he gradually grew into a camp counselor for abused foster children, and eventually began teaching. His teaching career started in college as an assistant coach to his university’s forensics team. During his time as a coach, he also taught middle and high school speech and debate at a SAT prep institution. From there, he taught as an English teacher and then decided to become a substitute teacher to try and become familiar with different fields of education.
His mission at the Boys and Girls Club is to create a space for students to practice their academic skills, seek help and guidance to grow in their studies, and positively model the benefits of healthy education and lifestyle skills.
April runs a fun and lively Teen Room at the Club where youth aged 13 and up are respected and cared for. She provides a good mix of chill-out space, homework help, and life skills guidance.
Melissa attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles before transferring to the SUNY system in Buffalo, New York. Melissa graduated in 2006 with a B.S. in Technology with a Concentration in Apparel Design and Construction and a Minor in Religious Studies. She has worked with youth for over 23 years in several capacities from a sports coach, dance instructor, technology instructor, educator, youth development professional, fashion design teacher, and more. She relocated to Santa Cruz in 2008 after accepting a position in Special Education, a position she still maintains today. Melissa currently teaches Fashion Design, Builders/Makers, Computer Science Pathways, and Animation, in addition to developing a S.T.E.A.M. program at the Live Oak Clubhouse.
Ismael is excited to bring expanded swim lessons and a robust swim team to the Club. He is fluent in Spanish and has a wonderful, gentle manner with kids.
Deirdre brings years of direct experience working with students and their families. She has 21 years of experience in the classroom, teaching for Montessori, French American International School, Mission Girls, and Arguello Preparational. Deirdre studied Multicultural Literature at UC Santa Cruz, Illustration at San Francisco Academy of Art, and Child Development at San Francisco State University. She is excited to return to Santa Cruz and hit the ground running as the Director of Creative Arts for the Boys and Girls club. Deirdre is honored to share her knowledge and love of art with all of our students.
As Development Associate for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County, Alexandra is an essential part of our fundraising team. A Santa Cruz native, Alexandra graduated from Gonzaga University in May 2016 and knew she wanted to return home and make a difference. Alexandra was thrilled to learn that her love of youth and skills in development and communication could combine at the Boys & Girls Club!
Silka is a valuable asset to the Live Oak Club’s programming and administration.