Keith Blanchard brings many 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.
Keith, his wife Vera Cristina, and his daughter Monique, are looking forward to getting to know Memphis! In his spare time, Keith enjoys, playing tennis, art and traveling.
Email: keithb [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 10 year old yellow lab named “Boy”.
Email: mandyp [at] bgcm [dot] org
Matthew Welch is originally from Ramsey, New Jersey, and moved to Memphis in early 2014. He graduated from Tufts University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in English. With years of experience in publishing and a recent term of service as an AmeriCorps team member at BRIDGES, Matt hopes to use his verbal and community outreach skills to ensure Boys & Girls Club will grow and serve the youth of Memphis for years to come.
Matt spends most of his free time reading, playing piano and saxophone, eating soul food, and making music on his laptop. He looks forward to working with Boys & Girls Club to improve the lives of Memphis youth, and digging deeper into the food and musical culture of the city.
Email: mattw [at] bgcm [dot] org
Tiffany Mallory is a born and raised Memphian. She graduated from White Station High in 2002 and is now getting her BS at University of Memphis. She has been with the Boys & Girls Clubs Movement since October 2007, and is looking forward to many more years with the organization.
Email: tmallory [at] bgcm [dot] org
Jessica Miller has been with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis for over 33 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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