About Us

 

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Ohio gives young people the support, guidance, tools, and skills to succeed in life. We provide comprehensive, affordable after school and summer programming for youth ages 6 through 18. Membership costs just $10 per child per year and entitles youth to unlimited Club access. It is a place where great futures are started each and every day.

Our History

  1. 1948

    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Ohio, then called the Westside Boys Club, was founded to give boys from the Franklinton and Hilltop communities a safe alternative to hanging out on the streets.

  2. 1955

    Columbus’ second Club, the Milo-Grogan Boys Club, opened on Cleveland Avenue to serve youth from the Milo-Grogan neighborhood.
    Learn more about how we are rebuilding this Club.

  3. 1970’s

    The Westside and Milo-Grogan Boys Clubs began allowing girls to join as official members.

  4. 1990

    The organization officially changed its name to Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus. 1990 also marked the completions of the Westside Club renovation creating a 12,000-square-foot teen center.

  5. 2008

    Milo-Grogan rennovations were completed adding important amenities like air conditioning and separate program spaces for juniors and teens.

  6. 2010

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus entered into a partnership with KIPP Journey Academy to serve an additional 200 youth at the KIPP-Connect Boys & Girls Club.

  7. 2013

    The Ohio Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs received a state grant allowing Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus to open the R.I.S.E. and South Side Boys & Girls Clubs.

  8. 2014

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus partnered with Homeport Ohio to open the Pheasant Run Club and Metro Early College Middle School to open the UA/Metro Club.

  9. 2016

    The Westside Boys & Girls Club relocated from Franklinton to the Hilltop neighborhood to better serve youth and was renamed the J. Ashburn Jr. Club.

  10. 2018

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus expanded its reach to even more youth by merging with Boys & Girls Club of Marion County.

  11. 2019

    The Louella Hodges Reese Clubhouse opened to provide Newark youth a safe and engaging space after school and during the summer.

  12. 2020

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus officially changed its name to Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Ohio, bringing its Columbus, Marion, and Newark sites under one name.  In addition, the organization launched its Investing in Great Futures campaign to rebuild its Milo Grogan Clubhouse and provide sustainability of its mission for generations to come.

Our Impact

The positive impact the Clubs have on youth in Central Ohio is impossible to ignore. Great Futures Start HERE!

 

 

Our Leadership Team

  • Kristy Adams
    Interim Club Director, South Side

  • Mindy Boyd
    Club Director, RISE

     

  • Maggie Breeding
    Market Director, Marion

  • Mallory Conlin
    Sponsored Program Officer

  • Howard Fairley
    Interim Club Director, J. Ashburn Jr.

  • Juliann Garrett
    Chief Advancement Officer

  • Julie Kirk
    Philanthropy Manager

  • David Koeppen
    Maintenance Coordinator

  • Germaine McAlpine (Mr. Mac)
    Chief Operating Officer

  • Olivia Namulwinda
    Club Director, Milo Grogan

  • Addie Natalie
    Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager

  • Angie Shock
    Chief Financial Officer

  • Lee Sessley
    Site Lead, Livingston

  • Haley Smith
    Campaign Coordinator

  • Amanda Vozzella
    Market Director, Newark

  • Doug Wolf
    CEO

  • Rachael Yoho
    Site Lead, KIPP

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Board of Directors

  • Steve Weis
    President
    Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

  • Sandra Rich
    Immediate Past President
    Nationwide

  • Johnathan Northup
    First Vice President
    Huntington Bank

  • Laurie Kamerer
    Second Vice President
    Limited Brands

  • Mike Schott
    Third Vice President
    Harold C. Schott Foundation

  • Randy Randolph
    Treasurer
    Community Volunteer

  • Phil Goldstein
    Secretary
    Community Volunteer

  • Jonica Armstrong
    Big Lots

  • Raj Bellani
    Denison University

  • Chris Boyd
    Merrill Lynch

  • Bob Brokaw
    Fifth Third Bank

  • Bryan Carson
    Huntington Bank

  • Dr. Melissa Crum
    Mosaic Education Network

  • Randy Dupler
    Dupler Office

  • David Hatcher
    The Champion Companies

  • Stephanie Infante
    Lindy Infante Foundation

  • Catherine Kennedy
    Community Volunteer

  • Tani Mann
    The Dispatch Printing Company

  • Kim Smalley
    Community Volunteer

  • Sarah Wallace
    First Federal Savings & Loan