Board Leadership

We have two energetic boards of directors, one governing our foundation and the other governing our business operations, these two boards are comprised of community leaders and concerned citizens leading the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast. Their priorities are governance, fundraising, and oversight of our strategic vision.

Board

Dan Lillard, Chair

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Dan was born and raised in Santa Maria. You could say that he is a legacy Board member since his mother served on the board for a number of years before him. He is the Managing Partner of Leavitt Coastal Valley Insurance Services that has been serving the central coast community for over 50 years. Dan cares about his clients, staff, and community. When he’s not working, he’s looking for another Jeep trail to explore with his family.

The Boys & Girls Club is all about making sure the youngest and most vulnerable of our community get an opportunity to succeed, excel, and grow. And Dan couldn’t think of a better mission to get behind.

Debbie Perrault, Vice Chair

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For the past 33 years, Debbie Perrault has shared her passion for Dance and Community Wellness as a Jazzercise Franchisee and Instructor. Launching her initial Jazzercise Classes in a Boys & Girls Club Gym, opened the door to a new passion: serving kids and families “who need us most”. Supporting the Boys & Girls Club Movement, while on Staff as Development Coordinator for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Auburn, and as a Volunteer Board Member for several other Clubs, Debbie has joyfully witnessed the power to change lives that a Safe and Positive Youth Development Program provides. As a first year Board Volunteer for Boys & Girls Club of Mid Central Coast in 2020, Debbie has been both excited and inspired by the professionalism, dedication and flexibility of the Staff while navigating the daily challenges presented during this pandemic year. Debbie lives with her husband, Bob in Grover Beach, and, outside of the dance studio, loves long walks on the beach and gardening in her yard!

Nadine Sullivan, Past Chair

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Nadine is semi retired as a PHD scientist in medical device diagnostics.  She has a consulting business assisting small companies develop diagnostic products in infectious diseases.  Her favorite hobby is reading and she lives in Paso Robles.

Nadine believes in the mission of the Boys & Girls Club especially in providing opportunities the youth would not normally have.

Gene Runkle, Treasurer

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Gene is a retired accounting and finance professional with management experience within multiple organizations, a large international engineering/construction company and two healthcare start-ups. He lives in Paso Robles with his wife, Sue, and 2 cats. He and Sue enjoy wine tasting, traveling (when possible), listening to live music and dining out with friends. In addition, he enjoys spending time on projects around our property and the very occasional round of golf.

Gene supports the Boys & Girls Club because he believes in being an active part of the community. The Club provides a unique environment to help the futures of our youth through our programs, while also helping their parents, the parent’s employers and the community right now.

Eric Hallin, Secretary

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Eric is a Sr. Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch.

Eric was born and raised on the Central Coast, and now resides in Paso Robles where he and his wife Amanda raise their two children, Jacob (7) and Emma (5). Eric specializes in finance, where helps businesses and families manage their wealth, by navigating markets and making smart decisions around tax efficiencies and legacy planning. In his time away from the office, Eric enjoys playing golf at all our local courses (no matter how terrible he might be), and more-so enjoys outdoor activities with his family.

Eric joined the Boys & Girls Club Board because he believes that the best investment anyone can make for the future of our world is an investment in our youth. To Eric, there is no better way to do this than invest some of his time in the growth and awareness of the Boys & Girls Club.

Sue Andersen, Director

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Sue is the President & CEO of Marian Regional Medical Center. She currently lives in Nipomo after living in SLO for 20 years. Sue has been happily married to Steve for 35 years and has two grown children, one grandson, and one rescue dog Max.

Sue has always felt that the Boys & Girls Clubs are so important to our communities and to give kids a safe place to grow up. Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our kids.

Audrey Dodd, Director

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Audrey is a 5th generation Paso Robles resident. After graduating from Paso Robles High School, she attended both Cuesta College and Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo County followed by Sonoma State in Northern CA. Upon graduation, she returned to Paso Robles where she lives with her husband and 2 children. Audrey currently works at Pacific Premier Bank as a 1st Vice President/Senior Relationship Manager. At the bank, she helps a wide range of business clients by providing commercial and agricultural loans and managing deposits. She is very active in her community, volunteers as a youth sports coach and serves on a number of other boards all centered around youth and sports.

The best investment you can make is in the youth within your community. By providing access to a large number of programs and giving positive support within a safe environment, our participants have a great opportunity to grow into empowered and motivated young adults within our communities.

Donna France, RD Committee Chair

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After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Donna, and her husband Greg began growing strawberries in the Santa Maria Valley and today they own and operate over 600 acres of strawberries. Donna is a graduate of the CA Ag Leadership Program, Class 38. She enjoys traveling, gardening, hiking, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

Donna has supported the Boys & Girls Club since 1998, because it is simple. The Boys & Girls Clubs truly changes the lives of our members for the better and empowers our young people to become strong, confident, and productive citizens of the communities they choose to call home

Sandy Leyva, Director

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Sandy Leyva grew up in Santa Barbara, CA and attended local schools. In 2000 she made Nipomo, CA her home. She has two daughters who reside in the area (Ashley/Dana). Sandy has been a Director of Human Resources for over 25 years and is currently the Director of Human Resources and Compliance for Bonipak Produce (Betteravia Farms). It has been a lifelong plan to be part of the Boys & Girls Club and two years ago her dream came true. She has a strong connection to people and their continued development and success.

In her free time she enjoys getting together with family and friends, going to Dodger games, camping, and road trips.

In elementary school she was the marble champ. Her mom saved some of her marbles throughout the years which can be found today displayed in her house in various places as a friendly reminder of the small things that put a smile on your face.

Tim Murphy, Director

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Tim is the owner of Murphy & Associates, a real estate investment company. He lives in Arroyo Grande with his wife Katy, where they breed and raise registered Quarter Horses. Their two sons and their families also live in Arroyo Grande. Tim enjoys golfing and traveling.

After 25 years on the Board of Directors, he still views his service as a way to give back to the community by helping children achieve the mission of the Boys & Girls Club.

Janet Rhoades, Director

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Janet is a Biotechnology Executive with leadership roles in private and public life science companies. Ms. Rhoades has resided on the central coast for over 20 years and has served on the Board for over 5 years.

Conrad Stephens, Director

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Conrad B. Stephens is an attorney and partner at Stephens & Stephens LLP. Mr. Stephens focuses on representing clients in their business, estate planning and real estate matters throughout California. He currently resides in the Village of Arroyo Grande and enjoys golfing, basketball and hiking in his spare time.

Conrad supports the Boys & Girls Club of Mid Central Coast because he believes it has the biggest impact on the Central Coast by providing opportunities for our youth.

Brooks Wise, Coast Council Chair

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Brooks is currently the EVP and Regional President of Pacific Premier Bank. He has been a Board member for over 25 years, former Board President and serves as our Area Council representative. Brooks resides in Nipomo with his wife Katy. He has 2 grown children and 1 grandchild.

Growing up in Southern California and attending Boys & Girls Club programs, he understands the importance and impact the Club has on children.

Michelle Wright, Director

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Michelle moved to the Central Coast from the Fresno area in 2008. It had been her lifelong dream to live on the coast. She and her daughters, Katelyn and Megan, have enjoyed the SLO life after their move to Atascadero. In 2015 she married her husband, Ethan, and moved to Arroyo Grande where her family grew to include his son Ethan and his wife Danyele. Michelle began her career in the medical insurance field and quickly moved from claims processing to Regional Customer Service management. Opting for a life change, she is currently working in veterinary medicine at PETS Hospital in Orcutt and Pismo Beach Vet Clinic in Pismo Beach as the Practice Manager, where she oversees hospital administration, including financial management, recruitment, and human resources; Managing teams of employees, coaching them on professional development to improve their skills. In their spare time, she and her family love traveling, exploring new foods, cooking, watching movies, and reading.

She shares, “I wanted to be a part of an organization that empowers children to reach their full potential and inspires them to do and be more while providing a safe environment.  I believe that the children of today will have a positive impact on our world in the future.  The Boys and Girls Club excels at all of these things and more.  I am honored to take part in their important mission.”

Jim Datter, Director

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I am a retired Sales and Marketing professional mostly in the ‘High Tech’ industry.  A few of my past positions included Regional Sales Manager, Burroughs Corp. (now Unisys); Director Sales Support, Teradata; Area Vice President Western Large Computer Systems Division, AT&T, along with other software and computer companies.  My last position was for 9 years with a local company Coastal Copy.  I handled San Luis Obispo County for them until retiring in 2014.  My real enjoyment in all these roles was enabling customer to utilize technology successfully to improve their business and the resulting success of the customer and support teams.

I grew up in Santa Maria, attending Saint Mary’s, Miller Street School, Fesler Junior High, Santa Maria High and Saint Joseph High School.  I played football, basketball and baseball in High School and one year of football at Cal Poly SLO.  I went into the U.S. Army in 1969 until 1972 and am a Vietnam Veteran.  I returned to Cal Poly and graduated with a BS in Business in 1976 then attended Cal State Long Beach for my MBA.  I was hired by Burroughs Corporation after getting my MBA in 1977.

I look back on my youth growing up in Santa Maria and all the opportunities I and others were given to participate in sports, activities and fellowship after school and during school breaks.   This was mostly because of the many hours spent by adults who set up the activities, monitored them and continued to improve them for the benefit of the youth.  My contributing to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast would allow me to be of service to the youth of our communities like many others were for those I grew up with.

Evan Ferini, Director

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Evan Ferini is an attorney with Kirk & Simas PLC. He was born and raised in Santa Maria, belonging to a large family native to the California Central Coast, and he now focuses on helping those who live on the Central Coast with all their business, real estate, and estate planning needs. Evan lives in Orcutt with his wife, Caitlin, and their two children, Adeline and Nolan.

 Evan believes Boys & Girls Clubs are crucial for communities because they give children a chance to grow up away from the harmful experiences that unfortunately some children must endure. Evan believes that protecting our children, and giving them a safe and positive upbringing should be a top priority for every community.

Foundation Board

Cameron Stephens, Chair

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Hi my name is Cameron Stephens and I am a married 38 year old former Boys & Girls Club member and employee. I have been married to my wife Nici for 14 years and we have a funny, witty, and extremely intelligent 9-year-old daughter named Ella. Both my wife and I grew up in Santa Maria CA and currently reside in Arroyo Grande CA. I am the Vice President of my family’s locally owned and operated chain of (6) tire stores (SM Tire). I enjoy a good round of golf, weekends at Lake Nacimiento and giving back to the Central Coast communities I grew up and now live in. My motto in life is that no one knows how long we have so we all must do our best to leave our families, friends, and community in better standing than when we first joined them.
On why I support the BGCMCC:
I am a former club member, employee, past board president and current foundation board member who feels that our children, their children, and their grandchildren are the next generation(s) of leaders and as such we have a responsibility in the now to lead by example and be good role models so future generations can pass that good example forward. Because at the end of the day “it’s all about the kids”.

Susan Moats,

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Susan Moats was born in Rugby, North Dakota, which is the geographical center of North America. She relocated to Santa Maria in 1964, attended local schools and has resided on the beautiful Central Coast since that time. She is married to Michael Moats, a Board-Certified Dermatologist, who established his practice in 1974. Together with her husband they opened a cosmetic practice, Moats Laser & Skin Care, in 2004. Susan is past president of Kiwanis Club of Santa Maria, served on the Chamber of Commerce Board, Elks Rodeo Queen campaign, Allan Hancock College Foundation and is currently serving on the Boys & Girls Club Foundation Board. She and her husband support numerous charities and nonprofits in the area.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, golfing, exercise, travel and spending time with her grandchildren. Susan and her husband have four children and seven grandchildren.
Susan feels that her time working with the Boys and Girls Club of Mid Central Coast is an investment in the future of our community in addition to meeting so many interesting and generous people who support the Club.”

Peggy Hesse, Secretary

Tom Martinez,

Bob Engel,

Alex Simas,

Tim Murphy, Board Liaison