Born into a Boy Scout family in a small town near Worcester, Massachusetts, Carolyn developed an early passion for youth development that still serves BGCGW Club members well. When asked how she charted her course, Carolyn said, “The course was charting ME!”
During college, working with elementary and middle school principals at challenging YMCA out-of –school sites gave Carolyn the first look at some of the relationship management and “let’s fix it” skills we rely upon her for today. However, she was also a published poet and truly wanted to be a writer!
After exploring this option, the youth development ‘bug’ resurfaced in a job offer as Program Director with a small Boys & Girls Club in Hudson, MA “about the size of Murrygate”. Finding the Clubs completely different from the Y in their philosophy and focus, Carolyn fell in love with the Movement, especially programs like Torch Club. She progressed through larger Clubs and experiences with everything from Mission Youth Outreach grants to resource development.
Ready to pursue a different path, in 2005 Carolyn’s husband, Jeffrey, a Federal Police Officer was transferred to the tri-state area, and Carolyn became Education Director at Manassas Branch.
She has always enjoyed being a generalist and today describes herself as a jack- of- all -trades. Based at the Hylton Club, Carolyn is known and valued by all as the “go-to” face of the Clubs. Her work in coordinating the PWC Send a Kid to Camp Carnival this summer, which involved interaction with all departments within BGCGW as well as outreach to external partners and Board Members leading to conversations about future Club support, is just one of the reasons Regional Vice President Jim Almond nominated Carolyn for this month’s award.
In addition to stepping up in the midst of many organizational personnel changes, Carolyn worked with COO Mark McCaffrey to develop a template for an MOU to help make it easier for the entire organization to engage in secure partnerships.
When asked what motivates her to go above and beyond in doing her job, Carolyn responded “Making sure our Clubs prosper is my job”.
Trying to find that elusive work/life balance is an ongoing org-wide challenge identified by our Virginia Branch Ops Liaison, and she knows there are many others, but Carolyn ended our conversation saying “I’m very happy with this organization. We’re heading in the right direction!”
We thank Carolyn for her part each and every day in making this a reality.