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Mechilia Salazar
President & CEO

Contact Me:
(413) 583 2072

 

Mechilia Salazar has nearly two decades of management and leadership experience spanning the corporate and nonprofit sectors.  Prior to joining the Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club, Mechilia served as The BASE's Chief Development Officer where she was responsible for the strategy and execution of a $2.5M annual fundraising plan while building out a $10M+ strategy to expand to new markets. Mechilia more than doubled The BASE's annual budget in just three years and brought The BASE's signature event from $500K to become a million-dollar event in just one year. 

Mechilia started her career in corporate sales and marketing after graduating from Colby-Sawyer College with a degree in Child Development and Early Childhood Education. She went on to combine both experiences to lead the Middlesex County Boys & Girls Clubs as their executive director. During her tenure, she rebuilt the organization at every level. Her bold leadership of clubs spanned across 3 cities and led to an expansion into a 4th city and the creation of one of Boys & Girls Clubs' first teen-only clubs in the country. She is an alumnus of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice and has served on faculty as a Senior Fellow as well as a mentor.    

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Katie Mitus
Director of Youth Services

Contact:
413-583-2072

About Me:
I have worked for the Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club since 1996. From 1996 to 2000 I worked as The Program Director overseeing many of the youth athletic and aquatics programs. I became The School Age Childcare Director in 2000 and oversaw The Before-School, After-School, and Summer Camp programs. In 2011 I took on the position as Director of Program Development. I have Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Providence College and Master of Education Degree from The University of Massachusetts.

Job Description:
In my current position I oversee the administration of The School Age Childcare Programs, Preschool, Athletics, as well as Community and Special Events. I also work in collaboration with all programs to implement and conduct Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s programs and activities that are impactful in three priority areas: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Character and Citizenship.

Fun Fact:
I was the coach of The Ludlow Sea Lions Swim Team in 1996, the first year they were a part of The Pioneer Valley Swim League.

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Debbie Roque
Accountant Manager

Contact:
(413) 583-2072

About Me:

I am a single mother with 3 beautiful children. I moved to Massachusetts in 2000 from Puerto Rico. I have a bachelor's degree in Accounting with 2 minors in Finance and Administrative Management. I like the teamwork. I'm open minded. I adjust to changes with ease. I believe that a person should work on developing their professional skills and learn new things all the time. Learning NEVER hurts!

Job Description:

Managing financial accounts, classifying/recording payroll and analyzing the budget are some of my responsibilities as an Accountant Manager. In addition I also manage account payables and account receivables and make cash flow forecasts. Every year I prepare the financial audits of the Club following proper accounting procedures to meet financial goals. In general, I monitor and analyze financial accounting data creating financial reports based on data analysis that allow me to make recommendations to the CEO/President, financial committed, and board members.

Fun Fact:

I love to travel and try different foods from the places I visit - although later I complain about the extra pounds! :)

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Kelly Maxwell
Membership Data and Operations Director

Contact:
(413) 583-2072

About Me:
I am a native of Springfield Ma. and an Alumna of Springfield College. I Joined the Club in October 2018 bringing with me youth development, fitness, leadership, and membership experience from previous roles. I am extremely passionate about serving the community and helping to foster a culture of betterment.

Job Description:
I oversee the Membership Department for the Club which consists of recruiting new members, retention of existing members, operation of membership service centers and supervision of membership services staff. Additionally, I am responsible for various data systems and processes that enhance Club services and desired outcomes. Overall, spreading Joy is my main mission!

Fun Fact:
I REALLY enjoy Tennis!

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Sheri Santos
Director for the Before School and After School Program and Camp Director for Summer Camp

Contact:
(413) 583-2072


About Me:
Other positions I’ve held: Aquatics Director, Kindergarten aid, Camp Counselor, and Preschool Aid.

Job Description:
As the Before School Site Coordinator, I am responsible for the supervision and the overall operations of the program. I am also responsible for assisting The School Age Childcare Director in providing the same supervision to the other School Age Programs: After School, Vacation days, Special days, and Summer Camp.
As Event Coordinator, I am responsible for putting together various community, family trips, and events.
 
Fun Fact:
I like to mix peanut butter and marshmallow together and eat it in a cup.

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Barbara Glanville
Preschool Director

Contact:
(413) 583-2072

About Me:
I started working at the Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys and Girls Club on August 1, 2016.  This is my first experience as an employee of the Club. However my husband and his siblings were all members of the club and have fond memories of the Mack Donnelly days. My three children all played for the Boys and Girls Club basketball teams throughout their childhood. Most recently my grandson enjoyed coming to the afterschool program and plays basketball for the Club as well.

Job Description:
In my role as Preschool Director it is my responsibility to oversee the daily operations of the preschool. This includes insuring the safety and well being of all the children enrolled, guiding the curriculum, accurate record keeping, adherence to Dept. of Early Education and Care and NAEYC regulations, providing materials and supplies and staff support.

Fun Fact:
I have a knack for telling funny stories. In fact my girl friend had a video made of me telling some of my funniest stories so she could view it while she was in labor with her first child.

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Colleen Tryba
Preschool Lead Teacher

Contact:
(413) 583-2072

Job Description:
To create a welcoming and nurturing environment for children to explore, learn, play, and grow.

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Erin Thibault
Preschool Lead Teacher

Contact:
(413) 583-2072

About Me:
I worked in the afterschool program for a few months, and then substituted in the preschool program. I was hired full time in October 2008. This is my first experience within a Boys & Girls Club.

Job Description:
As a teacher I am responsible for the safety and education of the children. I implement a curriculum that is enriching and fun. I was a science major in college, so I especially enjoy teaching this area of curriculum.

Fun Fact:
I love to garden and care for animals, so I work to engage our children in natural science, and they have a blast! We started a preschool garden, and I also teach embryology with all three classrooms. I also love to do crazy-fun things with the kids. Friday is “Aloha Friday” in our classroom and we do a conga line around the class!

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Matt Thompson
Athletic Director

Contact:
(413) 583-2072

About Me:

I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Sport and Recreation Management from Springfield College. I have worked in a variety of settings from high school athletics all the way to semi professional sports. I also was a camp counselor at the club for 5 years!

Job Description:

My main responsibility is to plan and deliver sport programs and activities to youth participants by promoting, organizing, and overseeing seasonal sports leagues for all age groups and gender.

Fun Fact:

Outside of athletics, I am fitness fanatic, music enthusiast, and a hardcore fan of MMA and the UFC!

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Vivian Wells
Aquatics Director

Contact:
(413) 583-2072

About Me:
I joined the staff of the Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club in fall of 2018 and am very happy to be here! Coming from a YMCA/YWCA background, I’ve worked in recreation and aquatics for many, many years. The daughter of a career officer in the United States Navy, I grew up on and around the beaches of the Pacific Ocean and swimming was a huge part of my life. I swam competitively, specializing in distance freestyle and eventually served as a Swim Coach for Age Group and Master’s teams. I also ran track, cross country and played forward (basketball) for Zama American High School in Japan. I am a certified Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguarding Instructor, PADI Scuba Diver and Level 1 Kayak Instructor. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Art from the Pennsylvania State University. I am married to Paul and have three beautiful children, Alexander, Zoe and Frances!

Job Description:
My specialty is safety in and around the water! The Lifeguarding staff and I are here to keep you safe and healthy while you are participating in aquatic activities. Please come see us at the pool often, it’s easy on your joints and a great sport for people of all ages!

Fun Fact:

I am a ballet and Broadway musical fanatic! My current fitness addiction is running…from time to time you can spot me at local road races, triathlons and even the Marine Corps Marathon!

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Cristina Jardine
Development Associate

Contact:
(413) 583-2072

About Me:
I started in October 2016.

Job Description:
I work with the Development Team to raise vital funds for the Club’s diverse programs. Specifically, I’ll be helping to strengthen relationships with individual donors and business sponsors while finding new ways to increase the visibility of the Club in the Ludlow community.

Fun Fact:
My two favorite television shows are The Golden Girls and Columbo. Yes, really!

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Martha Walters
Grant Writer

Contact:
413-583-2072


About Me:
I am an alum of the Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club participating in sewing and cooking classes with my sister. In high school I attended many dances at the Club and participated in many events with my friends. Prior to my employment at the Club, I served on the Board of Directors of the Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club for 10 years.

I was hired part-time in July 1998 as Capital Campaign Co-coordinator to work with DNS Associates Consultants for the building campaign for the new Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club. In that capacity I worked on solicitations of the board of directors, corporators, businesses, corporations, public solicitation and grants for the building Capital Campaign. I was hired Full-time as Director of Development in July 19, 1999 where my responsibilities included working closely with the President/CEO and board of directors in all fundraising activities and grant writing.


Job Description:
I am currently working as the Club's grant writer in a part-time capacity. My primary responsibility involves submitting grant proposals to foundations and corporate sources to generate program, operating, and general support for the Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club. I work closely with department heads and professional staff to research program needs and funding opportunities.

Fun Fact:
I love, love, love, spending time during the winter down south in the warm weather, Florida, or the Carolinas. Spending time with family and friends, gardening and reading are the most fun and relaxing!