CEO / President
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.
CDO / Executive Vice President
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.
COO / Senior Vice President
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.
Vice President 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.
Vice President of Operations, Skagit Valley
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.
Site Coordinator, Burlington - Allen
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.
Club Director, Anacortes
Andrew Flores got his start with Boys & Girls Clubs in Prosser, WA while working on a degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University. He then took a break from Clubs to focus on his practicum and worked with those experiencing homelessness. This work was instrumental in changing the trajectory of his career. Because of his earlier Club experience, Andrew understood the positive impact that Boys & Girls Clubs can have on youth and decided that he wanted to be a part of changing youth lives positively early-on—to help prevent factors that lead to homelessness. In his free time, Andrew enjoys playing basketball, football, and binge-watching Netflix. Also, One might also be surprised to learn that he is a Dallas Cowboy fan, but don't hold it against him.
Director of Marketing & Stewardship
Site Coordinator, Concrete - HS & Interim Site Coordinator, Burlington - LU
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.
Vice President of Operations, Mountains & Sound
Christina Trader comes to the Burlington Lucille Umbarger Site with ten years of Boys & Girls Club experience and a background in education & math. In her free time Christina loves to spend time near the ocean, reading, writing, scrapbooking, and spending time with her family. She is also an active Rotarian, and is President-Elect of her Rotary Club. Christina’s passion to help children achieve their goals and potential is evident when she works with Club members to complete homework and in activity planning. She believes that the Club is about creating a family-type atmosphere and having fun while learning. Christina is excited to be part of #SkagitPride and work with the Burlington Community!