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Leadership Team

The Boys & Girls Club Leadership Team is recognized as one of the most innovative, mission-focused, relationship-driven, and effective teams in Orange County. For years, the BGCCOC Leadership Team has challenged the status quo, innovated the way a non-profit should operate, and set the standard for mentoring organizations in Orange County and across the country. Every day, BGCCOC Mentor Professionals provide a support system and build meaningful relationships that impact the lives of those we serve.

Message from the CEO
Management Staff
Executive Team

Message from the CEO


Success is a team sport; everyone experiences success because of the generosity of others. Someone was there to help you along the way. Someone was there to teach you the values you have today. Someone was there to help you when you struggled.

I have always been lucky to have a strong support system. I have always been lucky to have mentors in my life that believed in me. I have always been lucky to have someone there when I struggled.

The reason I love the Boys & Girls Club and have made this my personal mission is because this isn't about luck; this is about being intentional, targeted, and laser-focused to ensure every child has the resources, support systems, and mentors he or she needs to reach his or her full potential.

As I look at the kids we serve, I always consider the challenges and obstacles they face, not because we need excuses, but because we need solutions. The kids deserve us to be bold and innovative on their behalf. They deserve first-class service and a 21st century learning experience. They deserve to have a team of people that invest in their future and champion for their success.

As we launch our new Club, I can't help but think about the thousands and thousands of kids who are depending on us. They are depending on us to be their mentors. They are depending on us to be their support system. They are depending on us to be there to help them when they struggle. They are depending on us.

I can't express how proud I am to lead an organization that is this focused on our mission and this committed to the success of our kids.

 

Management Staff


Executive Team

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Chief Executive Officer Robert Santana This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Chief Philanthropy Officer Travis Whitten This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Aguilar This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Chief Financial Officer Sanam Parvizi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Management Team


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Director of School Programs Erica Aguirre This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director of Corporate Relations & Cause Partnerships David Blair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Director of College Bound Juan Carillo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director of Marketing Kathy Corpuz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director of Strategic Initiatives Kristle Duran This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Family Strenghtening Coordinator Lupita Mena This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director of Operations Joe Padilla This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director of Support Services Amber Plummer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director of Health & Wellness Vanessa Rigsby This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director of Teen Services Martha Trejo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Executive Team


Robert Santana, Chief Executive Officer

Robert is a native of Santa Ana; after serving our country in the United State Air Force, he returned home to impact the lives of young people in his community. During four years of active duty, Robert served as a member of the 15th Security Forces Squadron at Hickam AFB Hawaii.

Robert's passion to impact the lives of youth led him to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana. He started as a volunteer and mentor with the Club, and his relationship with the Club continued to grow. As Director of Operations, he oversaw the expansion of the Club from a single site with 12 staff and 130 kids to six sites, 65 staff and over 1,000 children served daily. Within three years of his first visit as a volunteer, he became the Chief Executive Officer of a Club with a strong tradition and progressive approach to improving and expanding programs.

Robert is active throughout the County of Orange and has become a resource to other non-profit groups. Robert's background in law enforcement, business management, and child development creates a unique blend of experience, which leads to his effectiveness as community leader. In 2010, Robert was recognized as one of the Top 100 OC Latinos for his impact and advocacy on the Latino community in Orange County. Robert's track record and prominent role in the community landed him on OC Metro's 23rd annual "Hot 25" list of Orange County's most innovative and influential executives.

Robert currently serves as a member of the Professional Advisory Council to the CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Vistage, and the Planning Committee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Pacific Region Professional Leadership Conference. Robert has also served as president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Orange County Alliance, board member of the Santa Ana Empowerment Corporation, executive secretary of the Orange County Area Council for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and member of several community task forces and philanthropic committees. Robert has volunteered to help non-profit executives and boards with training, strategic planning, and non-profit management.

As the leader of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast, he has brought innovation, vision, and leadership to an organization with almost 60 years of impact. Under his leadership, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast has become one of the premier Boys & Girls Clubs in the Pacific Region.

As a business and community leader, Robert refers to the core values by which he lived while serving in the US Air Force: Integrity First, Service before Self, and Excellence in all he does. These core values, along with his vision and passion, have enabled him to create a mission-driven culture for both the staff and Board at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast.

Robert earned his Bachelor of Science in Child & Adolescent Development and additional teaching certifications from California State University, Fullerton, and holds an associate degree in criminal justice and justice administration from Hawaii Pacific University. He is currently working on his MBA with an emphasis on organizational leadership at National University.

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Elizabeth Aguilar,  Chief Operating Officer

Elizabeth oversees all operational aspects of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast. As Chief Operating Officer, she sets the vision for professional development, program delivery, quality assurance, and day-to-day performance of all Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast sites as well as maintaining relationships with partnering organizations and agencies and the community. Elizabeth completed her undergraduate studies at UC Irvine, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law and Society with a minor in Education. She also holds a Master’s degree in Counseling with emphasis in school counseling from Chapman University.
 
Elizabeth has been working for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast since 2008 when she started as a Youth Development Professional. Over the years, Elizabeth took on several roles in the organization before being promoted to Director of Operations in 2011.
 
Elizabeth sets the standard for each employee that every decision we make and action we take must be mission-driven and kid-centric. Elizabeth follows the leadership mantra of leading by example.

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Travis Whitten, Chief Philanthropy Officer

Travis serves as Chief Philanthropy Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast, and oversees all aspects of donor relations, resource development, and marketing. With an annual budget of approximately $ 2.4 million, he is responsible for ensuring every donor receives a return on investment and has a great relationship and communication with the Club. 

An East Coast transplant and Duke University graduate and Division I men’s lacrosse team player, Travis once oversaw investment services in New York City and financial services upon relocating to the West Coast. He previously managed a team of proprietary traders and established new prime brokerage accounts--all while delivering positive investment returns for the firm’s internal fund--as senior trader for Concept Capital’s West Coast office. After serving the financial and investment industry for over 12 years, Travis followed his heart’s desire in finding a career with deeper meaning and passion at the Club, a safe haven and home away from home for thousands of youth in Central Orange County. 

As a key member in the Club’s executive team, Travis' background in relationship-building, investment management, entrepreneurship, and investor relations leverages his experience to deliver a greater impact on the organization. 

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Sanam Parvizi, Chief Financial Officer

Sanam is the Chief Financial Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast. She joined the executive team in May 2014 and is passionate about the mission of the organization. She is enthusiastic about carrying out the current strategic direction and vision for the Club.

Sanam has expertise in business with a decade of experience in the retail industry as a finance and audit professional and in non-profit as an active member of the Junior League of Long Beach since 2007. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from California State University, Long Beach in 2004 and a Master's in Business Administration from Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management in 2011. Sanam enjoys hula hooping, watching movies, and traveling.

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