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Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona Recognized for OUTSTANDING BOARD Leadership
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12 November 2018   Molly Fernow

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s awarded the local Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona (BGCCAZ) the 2018 League of EAGLES Silver Award. 


This award is a key element of the national organization’s Great Futures 2025 Strategic Plan to build strong organizations. The award recognizes local organizations for achieving 90% or more of the Board Governance Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which defines the strength of the organization’s board of directors. Recipients of the League of EAGLES Award achieved a set of standards which provide an outcome-based assessment of the board’s responsibilities and impact on for the organization. This award measures six key elements of a “strong board of directors” which include 90% or more individual board members achieving the following standards:

Engagement   Engaged and attend board meetings

Ask  Ask others face-to-face for funding

Give  Give back by making a personal financial gift

Lead  Lead the organization to achieving strategic initiatives & plan

Evaluate  Evaluate their individual board performance based on a personal plan

Serve  Serving actively on committees or task forces of the organization

Reaching this milestone is a significant accomplishment of which only 15% or less of the 1100-member organizations of the 160-year-old national youth development organization met in 2017. The award is a testimony of the dedication and commitment of the organization’s board and executive leadership to serving the youth of our community at the highest level.

“This award is so well deserved.  It is really great to work with a committed and fun board that has one common goal, to help kids in our community” said Gerald Szostak, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona.  

The current board of directors for BGCCAZ consist of 16 members including:

  • Chairman of the Board Chief Debora Black with the City of Prescott
  • Joe Baynes with the City of Prescott
  • Linda Thein a Community Leader
  • Michael Kouvelas owner of the Hassayampa Inn
  • Alex Vakula with Vakula Law Firm
  • Chief Bryan Jarrell with the Town of Prescott Valley
  • Elena Sanwick with Luxury Prescott Real Estate
  • Steve Schott with Andy Tomlinson Wealth Management
  • James Carr with Foothills Bank
  • Travis Stedman with Arizona Seamless Gutters
  • Andrew Diener with Musgrove, Drutz, Kack & Flack, PC,
  • Tom Toth with Prescott True Value Hardware
  • Matt Holdsworth with Crossfit, Inc
  • John Dunkel with Charles Schwab
  • Leza Lachapelle Dandos with Great Circle Media
  • Donna Werking with Northern AZ Social