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.
Keith believes every young person, no matter who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances which surround them, should have equal access to opportunities and experiences that give them every opportunity in life. Yet, kids today do not. With 1 in 6 children living in poverty in the U.S. and a growing achievement gap, it is even more critical now that monumental change occurs. Quality after-school programs like Boys & Girls Clubs give all young people access to opportunities, leveling the playing field among all kids, no matter their economic status, race, gender, sexuality, or religion.
Keith and his team are preparing Memphis kids to stand on equal footing with their peers. By providing a safe-haven, with caring mentors, and life enhancing programs, Club Kids thrive. They plan for great futures, learning skills for success. They reach their potential and emerge prepared for all sorts of possibilities--ready to impact the world.
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 11 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, 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
William Winstead has been a Memphian since 2002 after being raised in Dresden, TN. He is a graduate of The University of Tennessee-Martin. William brings over 20 years of experience after previously working in banking, two higher education institutions and most recently as the Director of Advancement for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and Foundation, of which he is a member.
William is passionate about leadership development, especially for values and mission-driven organizations. In his role, he will be providing leadership to the CEO and Board of Directors in the effective operation of all development activities required to fund Club operations and deliver programs within the community. William, his wife Jennifer and daughter Kate live in Germantown. William can be found volunteering for his alma mater, his fraternity and cheering for St. George’s Independent School and the Tennessee Volunteers.
Email: williamw [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
Rachel Reddin is a native Memphian. She graduated from Germantown High School and The University of Hartford in Connecticut where she attended Hartford Art School and played Division 1 soccer. Rachel has a passion for youth service organizations. She was President of the Junior Auxiliary in Collierville, President of the Parent Teacher Association for Bailey Station Elementary, and most recently was the fundraising and development manager for Tennis Memphis. She also brings a wealth of event experience having worked on staff for the Memphis Open Tennis Tournament, BB&T Atlanta Open Tennis Tournament, and the New York Open Tennis Tournament.
Rachel is excited about working with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. She lives in Collierville with her three kids: Noah, Rebecca, Eli, their labradoodle Angus. Rachel is passionate about soccer, tennis, and ensuring that not only her children but every child has the opportunity for a better future.
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.
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
Jessica Miller has been with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis since 1981. An expert in all things BGCM, Ms. Jess keeps our office running smoothly with her cheerful can-do attitude.
Ms. Jess spends her “away from work time” reading, bowling, fishing with her husband, Hal, and trying new recipes in the kitchen. She loves being an “adopted” Nana Jess to Molly and Bennett Devall and will brag on them at any given moment.
After deciding not to pursue being a gym teacher, she found Boys Club of Memphis and fell in love with the kids and organization immediately, under the direction of Jim Carlile, the first President / CEO of Boys Club of Memphis.
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 BGCM 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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