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 leadership and commitment to youth have been recognized both locally and nationally. Among these honors is the coveted Boys & Girls Clubs of America, “Blue Spirit” Award, which he received in 2018.
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 5,200 young people annually throughout Memphis. More than 130 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
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 development 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.
Email: rachelr [at] bgcm [dot] org
Degan Loren first joined the BGCM team in 2017 as a Retention Specialist for the Technical Training Center, where she served for two years. She then took a short break to finish the coursework for her doctoral degree, and after, she rejoined the BGCM team as the Administrative Assistant and Data Manager. She is currently finishing her doctoral degree in Communication with a focus on accessible education models. She holds an MA and BA from The University of Memphis in sociology. In her free time, she likes visiting her family in Appalachia and antique shopping.
Email: deganl [at] bgcm [dot] org
Email: melodiem [at] bgcm [dot] org
Kristyn Martin was born in Chicago, IL and raised in the South Suburbs of Chicago - Country Club Hills, IL. She has worked for a number of recreational and educational youth development programs since the age of 16. Kristyn has experience working in park districts, community centers, schools, residential facilities, and with volunteer organizations dedicated towards youth development in Chicago and Memphis, TN. Prior to Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis, Kristyn served as a Community Center Assistant Director with the City of Memphis. Kristyn graduated with her Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University in 2011. She graduated in 2016 from Arkansas State University with her Master’s in Public Administration (MPA). Kristyn is dedicated to serving youth through the Boys & Girls Clubs mission. In addition, Kristyn encourages youth to learn, grow, and have fun within a safe environment.
Email: kristynm [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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