Keith Blanchard brings over 20 years of experience and proven non-profit success to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Memphis. Prior to joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Keith served as the Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County in Gainesville, Florida for 12 years and spent seven years in law enforcement as a California police officer. Keith’s main focus has been on quality programming, team building and fundraising and he has won many national Boys & Girls Clubs of America awards for his efforts.
He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Texas State University and his Advanced Police Academic Credential from South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium in San Jose, California.
Currently, He leads a network of 9 Boys & Girls Clubs that serve nearly 4, 500 young people annually throughout Memphis. More than 120 professional staff members operate the Clubs, supported by some 1,250 board and program volunteers.
Keith has guided the organization through the launch of an exciting new strategic direction, the iMpact Memphis plan . Under his leadership, Clubs are increasing impact on the young people they serve by focusing on three priority outcome areas – Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.
To ensure BGCM provides the best possible service to Clubs, Keith has spearheaded a major restructuring of the Memphis organization. He has introduced innovative programming that supports the three outcome areas in ways that are fun and engaging – such as state-of-the-art Workforce Development program, and Brain Gain, a program to combat summer learning loss.
Keith his wife Vera Cristina, and his daughter Monique, are excited to be part of such a wonderful community! In his spare time, Keith enjoys, playing tennis, art and traveling.
Email: keithb [at] bgcm [dot] org
Gary W. Moore is a native Memphian and a graduate of East High School and the University of Memphis. He is a Certified Public Accountant with experience in both public and private accounting which includes experience with not for profits. Recently, he served as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. Gary has been married to his wife, Lorrie, for 34 years and they have one daughter, Melodie, who is a harpist and graduate student at the University of Memphis.
Email: garym [at] bgcm [dot] org
Vinson Smith is a native of Tennessee. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 1974. He served in the U.S. Naval Forces for many years earning the rank of Rear Admiral. He retired from active duty military service December 1, 2005.
Admiral Smith's awards include Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with a gold star, Bronze star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, navy Commendation Medal, The Republic of Argentina, Distinguished Service Navy Cross and numerous service ribbons. In 2009, he was presented by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation the President's Bronze Volunteer Service Award.
Admiral Smith and his wife, Sandy, currently reside in Olive Branch, MS. His hobbies include golfing and gardening.
Email: vsmith [at] bgcm [dot] org
Mandy Powell is originally from Birmingham, Alabama and moved to Memphis in 2014 after marrying a native Memphian. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Marketing and has over five years of non-profit experience specializing in Development and Communications.
Mandy is looking forward to continuing the growth of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis so that we can help to enable even more youth reach their full potential. Mandy is a die-hard Alabama fan and on weekends you can find her and her husband at an Alabama football game or with their 12 year old yellow lab named “Boy”.
Email: mandyp [at] bgcm [dot] org
Brookye Hunt is a native of the Mid-South and returned to the area after graduating from the University of Arkansas in 2012. Brookye has worked with various youth organizations throughout the city because creating a positive future for the youth of Memphis is truly her passion. Brookye is currently a Master of Social Work candidate through the University of Tennessee and will graduate in May 2017.
Brookye is excited about being able to work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis to ensure that every child served by BGCM is provided with the opportunity to have a successful future. She currently lives in Memphis with her husband, Dale, and their children Landon and Zoey. Brookye enjoys reading, traveling, and enjoying the city in her spare time.
Email: brookyeh [at] bgcm [dot] org
Growing up in a Military family, Kendra now calls Memphis home after her father's transfer here many years ago. She graduated from Christian Brothers University with a degree in Marketing. Kendra came to BGCM from the Memphis Open and has several years of experience in Sales, Marketing, and Events.
Kendra likes to spend time with her rescue dog “Mercy”, go on mini foodie adventures with friends, take Pilates classes, volunteer, and travel internationally.
Kendra is excited to be an active part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis and giving back to the children.
Email: kendrah [at] bgcm [dot] org
Neki Catron is a native Memphian returning home after graduating from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Neki has over 11 years of experience in Development within the corporate and non-profit sector and began her career with youth as the Cultural Enrichment Director at the Boys Club of Chattanooga in 2001. She is thrilled with joy to return to the BGCA movement at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis and have the chance to work with the amazing kids and donors of Greater Memphis.
She lives with her husband, Martin, and their children Caitlyn and Martin, III. Neki spends most of her time being a “sports mom” and spending quality time with her family.
Email: nekic [at] bgcm [dot] org
Jessica Miller has been with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis for over 36 years. An expert in all things Boys & Girls Clubs related, Ms. Jess keeps our office and events running smoothly with her cheerful can-do attitude.
Email: jmiller [at] bgcm [dot] org
Sheila Hopson is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from Union High School and attended Grand Rapids Community College. Before relocating to Memphis, she worked in the fields of broadcasting and law. After marrying her husband Jimmie, who is a native Memphian and relocating to Memphis she worked in the medical field for thirteen years. Sheila has been with The Boys & Girls Clubs since 2011, and is proud to a part of such a great organization. Sheila and her husband are the proud parents of a son and daughter.
Email: sheilah [at] bgcm [dot] org
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