• Ron McHenry

    CEO / Executive Director

    Ron McHenry has been in the Boys & Girls Club movement since 2004, when he was hired to develop and initiate programming at the new Music & Arts Center (MAC) in Kennewick which was a new concept in after-school programming for youth. In 2008 Ron was promoted to Vice President of Finance for the organization, serving for two years, before transitioning to the role of Executive Director for the Prosser Boys & Girls Club in 2010.

    Originally from the Seattle area, after 18 years of education, work in music education, and finally Boys & Girls Clubs, Mr. McHenry was called back to Western Washington in March 2014 to work with a new group of dedicated of community leaders desiring a premiere Boys & Girls Club organization for youth.

    Having access to tremendous mentors, in and out of the Boys & Girls Club movement, Ron has worked to leverage the talents of a team of dedicated staff professionals, and partner with an engaged Board of Directors, to develop opportunities not otherwise available to youth in Skagit County. Since 2014, the organization has grown 31%, to serve 1,700+ members, and added two additional Club sites in Mount Vernon, and a Community Outreach program in Burlington in partnership with the City of Burlington, Burlington School District, and Burlington Public Library. Skagit Clubs received Gateway to Impact awards in 2015 and 2016 from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and the Board honored as a League of Eagles Recipient in 2016 – just one of 14 throughout the Pacific Region. McHenry is a member of the National Marketing Council for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, was honored with the Sparkplug Award in 2016, and also was one of fifteen executives selected to serve in the Strategic Thought Leaders Symposium in 2016.

    Lifelong professional development and education is a passion for Ron, having attended Eastern Washington University, Clemson University, the University of Michigan, and most recently, a post-graduate program at Harvard University. In his spare time, Ron enjoys traveling, reading, and rooting for the Eastern Eagles and Seattle Seahawks. Often accompanied by the newest member of his family, Buster Brown, a four-legged companion that can always be counted on for a friendly hello at the Administration Office, Ron lives in Mount Vernon, and is a member of the Rotary Club.

  • Ian Faley

    Associate Executive Director

    360-419-3723 x7ifaley@skagitclubs.org

    Ian joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County in August of 2014, after moving back to the area from Boston, MA. As a former high school & college teacher, Ian spent years in public education, focused on continued innovation & excellence in the fields of English and Economics, especially. A longtime lover of all things literary (especially, Hamlet), Ian loved teaching writing and helping students enjoy the thrills of reading. His passion for youth education and opportunities brought him to the Clubs, where he has dedicated his energies to increasing the depth & breadth of partnerships that support the ongoing programs for members.

    Ian was raised on a sheep ranch in South Mount Vernon and attended Conway School & Mount Vernon High School. He remembers attending his first Boys & Girls Club meeting at the Mount Vernon facility, while in high school, and loved seeing the excitement of Club members towards the special place. Leaving the area to pursue collegiate studies in Michigan, followed by graduate work overseas, at Oxford University, Ian fell in love with the liberal arts, learning, and his wife, while abroad.

    Ian lives in Mount Vernon with his wife, Theresa, where he spends his free time answering endless questions from his pontificating son, Hugh, and enjoys the antics of his precocious daughter, Evie. Ian is thrilled about his involvement with Boys & Girls Club youth development and looks forward to seeing the continued improvement of the Skagit County Clubs, as he shares his passion and commitment with the community. He is happy to be back in the area where he learned to build fences, play rugby, and quote Shakespeare.

  • Manny Smith

    Director Of Operations

    360-419-3723 x5msmith@skagitclubs.org

    Manny came to Skagit County from Tucson, AZ, where he also grew up in Clubs, and began his Club career. In his first post as Director of Operations, Mr. Smith is responsible for all Club operations, and provides coaching and supervision to the Club leadership team. Cool under pressure, Manny has helped the organization build stronger process and systems to better functional capabilities, and respond as necessary to emergent situations.

    Of the organizational values of Fun, Respect, Integrity, Community, and Acceptance, Manny holds Integrity in the highest regard. His belief is that if you stay true to yourself, and to the mission, that everything else will fall into place.

    When he’s not providing leadership and direction to more than 30 staff, Manny is an avid fan of athletics, and is forgiven for his fervent support of Arizona athletic organizations. He is also a boxer, and was trained by professionals for four years.

  • Sarah Arquitt

    Director Of Administration

    Sarah serves our mission as the Director of Administration, responsible for all elements of Finance and HR. While she is perhaps the furthest removed from the day-to-day operations in our Clubs, Sarah has a tremendous impact. Because of her, staff can count on receiving a correct paycheck, on-time, our bills get paid, and most important, because of her oversight of our food program, thousands of snacks and meals are provided to our kids and teens each month.

    One of her favorite memories was the opening of the Teen Center in Sedro-Woolley. Having a child at the Club herself, she recognized the importance of this, and the ability Clubs staff would have to run several different types of program concurrently.

    Mrs. Arquitt is also a semi-professional photographer, often lending her expertise to the organization at events and Club photo shoots. When she's not editing photos or spending time with her family, she enjoys playing video games on the computer or Xbox.

  • Angela Freeberg

    Area Director, Mount Vernon

    In looking for a career where she could impact youth and families, Angela found the Clubs. She began as a part-time Youth Development Professional, and then began her career climb, quickly moving into the position of Anacortes Club Director, where she served nearly a decade. Currently the Mount Vernon Area Director, Angela oversees the daily operations of the Mount Vernon Clubhouse, and also provides leadership to the LaVenture and Mount Baker Boys & Girls Clubs. Her staff serve more than 200 kids and teens each day.

    What keeps her coming back is seeing the growth and change in the kids served, and she enjoys working in an environment where you are encouraged to be innovative to grow and develop programs for Club members and their families.

    Angela has the longest continuous service in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, and is known to many throughout the community for her commitment to Clubs, and the kids and families served. Angela is also a talented pianist, loves to read, and her favorite place is the ocean.

    Angela has a B.A. in Sociology from Western Washington University.

    She lives in her native community of Mount Vernon with her husband K.C. and son, Isaac.

  • Elizabeth Hanna

    21st Century Site Coordinator, Mount Baker

    Elizabeth started volunteering at age 19 with the YMCA, and that ignited a passion to work with kids and teens. She is driven to show kids that people care about and value them as individuals, and that they aren’t defined by their background or family circumstances. She studied at Northwest University, and majored in Intercultural Studies with a concentration in Urban America. Since then, she has had the opportunity to work with kids from a wide range of backgrounds, from homeless to homeschooled, and she loves the opportunity to help kids overcome the obstacles they face. Elizabeth thinks it is amazing to see the great futures that the kids and teens she has worked with have built for themselves.

    Elizabeth joined the Mount Vernon Club as Program Director in April 2017, and will be now be managing the Mount Baker Club starting in the fall of 2018. She loves horseback riding, hiking, and exploring new places.

  • Shane Collins

    Club Director, Sedro-Woolley

    360-419-3723 x43shanec@skagitclubs.org

    What began as a volunteer engagement opportunity, ignited a deeper interest of working with youth in an after-school setting. After holding positions as a Youth Development Professional, and Program Director, Shane brings his servant leadership ethos into higher play now as the Club Director for the Sedro-Woolley Clubhouse - the largest Clubhouse operation in Skagit County.

    Passionate about the opportunities provided to our Club kids, one of Shane’s fondest memories was a field trip to the Ballard Locks. While there, a massive salmon run was making its way through. Seeing the excitement emanating from the Club members as they witnessed the natural wonder is something he enjoys reflecting on.

    Shane graduated from Northwest Nazarene University, has 3 years experience playing collegiate basketball, and enjoys collecting and flying kites.

  • kristin parkins

    Kristin Parkins

    Club Director, Anacortes

    Originally from New Jersey, Kristin began her westward migration after graduating from Villanova University, then embarked on a solid decade of traveling while working in outdoor education and tourism, and in 2015, joined NOLS, a nonprofit global wilderness school. Kristin is excited to bring her experience and passion for education to the Anacortes Club, and to share her enthusiasm for everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer. In her free time she enjoys gardening, hiking with her dog and exploring her new home turf in Anacortes, WA with her husband.

  • Nathan Allen

    Director of STEM Initiatives

    Nathan is a native to Southern California where his passion for education grew from tutoring his younger cousins. While at the University of Arizona, he discovered an interest for education policy and improving the systems of education around him. After graduation, his love of policy and desire to help students led him to Stanford University where he received his MA in Secondary Education in the teaching of math.

    Nathan joined the mission support team in August 2017 as the Director of STEM Initiatives. Through his position, he enjoys making STEM fun and approachable to students who don’t like science and math in school. He quickly found that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County improves the education of students in research based and effective ways, and he is proud to have joined an organization committed to the growth of America’s youth.

    In his free time, Nathan enjoys many artistic hobbies including playing piano and creative writing. He also travels frequently to Canada to visit his husband who will soon permanently join him in the United States.

  • Tammy Findlay

    Director of Marketing & Stewardship

    Tammy’s position was created by the Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County in 2014, and she is thrilled to be part of the team. She is very excited to use her marketing knowledge to grow the Club’s presence in the community.

    Tammy currently lives in Bellingham with her wife Holly and our two kids, Ella and Audrey. She has lived in Bellingham since 1993 and earned her Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University in 2000. She began her design and marketing career shortly thereafter freelancing for many small businesses and non-profits. She then spent 9 years with Boundary Bay Brewery as their in-house graphic designer and marketing director, cultivating their aesthetic and identity from their beginning as a small brewery to a prominent business that has become a major contributor to the community. For her, design is a clever combination of artistry and language that always presents opportunities for added knowledge and it provides her with a sense of fulfillment.

    Tammy’s experience with the Boys & Girls Club is gleaned mostly from her children, who attend the Bellingham Club. They love spending time there and she loves that they get their homework done at the Club!

    Other than design, she loves spending time with her family outdoors, camping, biking, swimming, and playing soccer. And, she’ll admit, they love watching TV. Fishing is her favorite activity and she gets out as often as she can onto the water, especially in the Skagit Valley, looking for salmon. So if you are ever looking to do that, she will happily tell you all about it.

  • Evan Wright

    Development Coordinator

    Evan joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County in January 2018, in the new role of Development Coordinator, which allows him to use his passion for youth development and his communication skills to grow community support for Club programming. Evan is a liaison between community stakeholders and the Clubs’ members, stewarding Skagit County’s vision of great futures for its youth. He appreciates the fulfillment of bringing together people who are driven to make their community a better place, and those who need their community’s support most.

    Evan has 8 years of experience in education, teaching Scandinavian Language, History, Culture and Literature at the University of Washington while completing his Ph.D in Finnish Language and Literature. After leaving Seattle and UW, Evan, his wife Heather, and their dog Karhu found a home in Burlington, and fell in love with the community.

    Born in Bellingham and raised all over Western Washington, Evan grew up playing sports at various Clubs. He regrets not having taken greater advantage of all the Clubs had to offer when he was younger. The best part about working for the Clubs, according to Evan, is providing a secure future for Club members and making sure that every young person who needs a Club can access it.

    Outside of his work for the Clubs, Evan’s interests include travel, learning and using languages, outdoor activities, and gardening. In the future, he hopes to have a sustainable small farm, growing fruit trees, vegetables, and raising sheep and bees.

  • Brian Gustafson

    21st Century Site Coordinator, Concrete

    Brian Gustafson is new to Washington State, however; he is not new to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. With over 20 years of experience in Youth Development, Brian has had the opportunity to work in all five regions of BGCA. He comes to Mount Vernon from Rio Rancho, New Mexico where he worked for Rio Rancho School District’s Students Achieving for Excellence (SAFE) program—a before and after-school program. He also coached 8th-grade girls basketball for many years. Brian is a graduate of Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, New Mexico with an Applied Associate’s degree in Integrated and is a husband and a father two boys. He is passionate about working with youth, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s philosophy, and is an integral part of the team in Skagit County. He was instrumental in improving graduation rates at the LaVenture Club and now looks forward to his new position managing the Concrete Clubs opening in October 2018. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, watching sport and traveling.

  • Heather Short

    Executive Assistant

    Heather has spent most of her career working in Education. She taught for 2 years in elementary and secondary schools, and 8 years as a Norwegian language instructor at University of Washington while in graduate school. Heather worked for many summers with the Sons of Norway Youth Camp program in Oregon and Washington. She also spent time as administrative assistant to a general contracting firm in Seattle. She joined the Clubs in 2017, and is very excited to see the impact that the Boys and GIrls Clubs have on youth in Skagit County!

    Heather is an avid fiber artist; primarily a knitter and spinner, most days she is wearing at least one thing that she made. She lives in Burlington with her husband, Evan, and their dog Karhu.