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Our Motto:
We are the Boys and Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley!
Our kindness will shine brighter than a star.
Our pride is strong and so are we. 
We are responsible and respectful. 
We work as a team. 
We encourage others and hold each other accountable

One Club. One Team. One WE!

About the Team
We are a crew of passionate individuals working together to create a positive & fun environment for youth to learn and grow.

Leadership

Aaron Miltenberger

CEO & President
Tel: (719) 850-1464
On-Call Tel: (719) 588-5433

aaron@bgcslv.org

Mr. Miltenberger joined the Boys and the Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley as President/CEO in April of 2018. A long time advocate for historically underserved and marginalized youth, with over 25 years of working in student and youth development programs. Mr. Miltenberger has worked with foster homes, environmental education programs, youth corrections, wilderness therapy programs and with social services. He was a three-year employee at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley working in the Intel Computer Clubhouse. Most recently, Mr. Miltenberger was the Director of Student Life & Recreation at Adams State University, where he worked for 10 years. He received his Master in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from ASU in 2012 and is pleased to serve the community in this new capacity.

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Dale Baker

Operations Director

(719) 589-5252
opsdirector@bgcslv.org

 

Dale is a valley native with over two decades of operations and workforce management experience. Husband and father of two grown daughters, Dale has deep family ties to the San Luis Valley and a strong level of dedication to the youth of our diverse communities. With a broad understanding of the challenges faced by children and parents, he brings compassionate, yet firm, leadership to the Club membership and staff, acting as a mentor and guiding force that continues to carry the organization into the 21st century.

 

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Cassidy Meehan

Director of Social Emotional Learning

(719) 589-5252
seldirector@bgcslv.org

Cassidy, a Colorado Native, came to the Valley about six years ago with an AmeriCorps Program, Alpine Achievers Initiative. After that, she worked at the Crestone Charter School for about five years as the School Counselor. During that time, she developed and grew a comprehensive Social-Emotional Learning program that every K-12 student received.

Cassidy has extensive experience with Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). She received her Masters in Social Work in 2021 and has extensive experience with SEL curriculums and behavior management. Her graduate thesis was focused on SEL and Career Development with high school students. During her years at the Crestone Charter School, Cassidy developed, implemented, and sustained a comprehensive K-12 SEL program and every student received weekly SEL lessons.

Cassidy looks forward to continuing to deepen her roots in the Valley and serve the kids and teens in these communities. She deeply believes in the inherent value of each person and supports youth to cultivate their skills to become happy and productive members of society. During her free time, Cassidy loves to be outside and play in creeks. She characterizes herself as joyful, kind, and playful - a perfect fit for the organization.

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Position Vacant

Health Navigator

(719) 401-4156 (Direct Line/Text)
(719) 589-5252 (Alamosa Clubhouse)
pending@bgcslv.org

Look for this position to be posted soon on our Join Us page!

Please direct employment inquiries to 

humanresources@bgcslv.org

Access the Position Description & Apply online HERE.

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Theresa Shown

Finance Director

(719) 589-5252
finance@bgcslv.org

Theresa is a graduate of Adams State University who combines her MBA degree with over 20 years of experience serving non-profit organizations to bring an exciting portfolio of skills and abilities to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley’s executive team. Her extensive accounting background and passionate drive to give back to the community allow her to focus her role as Finance Director towards helping valley youth achieve their goals and dreams in our richly diverse world. She also loves the outdoors and can often be found tending her large garden, camping, and hunting. When not exploring the wild outdoors, she cares for her loving family and attends church.

Lola Garcia

Human Resources Director

(719) 589-5252
lola@bgcslv.org

With an extensive background in Human Resources and a strong passion for helping people achieve their goals, Lola brings a powerful skill set and vast personnel management experience to the growing team of caring professionals at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley. She is always inspired by her two boys, Nathaniel and Nicholas, who are actively involved in sports, which can make for a hectic yet incredibly rewarding family life that is often spent watching games or just hanging out with family and friends. Lola looks forward to making the BGCSLV a choice employer in the San Luis Valley, with competitive pay and benefits, in addition to creating a rich learning environment where staff can develop their skills and continue to grow as service professionals.

 

Tamra Jaquez

Alamosa Unit Director

(719) 589-5252
unitdirector@bgcslv.org

Tamra Jaquez is a highly experienced manager with over 14 years of experience in the workforce. She has a strong track record of success in training and developing employees, and has a proven ability to motivate and inspire others. Tamra is also a skilled leader and has a proven ability to build and maintain high-performing teams.

Tamra was born in Alamosa, Colorado, but spent most of her childhood in various areas of Colorado, New Mexico, and California. She returned to Alamosa 12 years ago to raise her children. Tamra is a proud mother of three children and two grandchildren. She is also an avid outdoorswoman and enjoys spending timefishing and camping with her family.

Tamra is excited to work with the great community of Alamosa and deepen her
roots with the San Luis Valley. She is passionate about her work and believes
that everyone has the potential to succeed. She is committed to helping her employees reach their full potential and is always looking for new ways to
improve the workplace.

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Garrett Marquez

Assistant Operations Director

(719) 589-5252
garrett@bgcslv.org

Garrett is most passionate about introducing kids to the outdoors and providing them with memorable experiences. This makes him an ideal leader for the Outdoor Adventure program. Previously a teacher, Garrett has experience educating and working with kids. On a Sunday, you can find him cheering for the L.A. Chargers or hiking to big bodies of water.  

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Shawna Lease

Outdoor Adventure Director

(719) 589-5252
outdooradventuredirector@bgcslv.org

Ahoy! My name is Shawna Lease, I am a Colorado Native with a passion for environmental stewardship and science. I am a huge nature lover and adventurer, from the tops of mountains all the way to the bottom of the ocean.

I think that in every outdoor activity we participate in we can find ways to incorporate science and sustainability. Even just picking up a few pieces of trash as we leave a park can have a positive impact on our planet.

I have a background in Biology and Anthropology, and the San Luis Valley is bursting with outdoor experiences to learn and teach about all aspects of history and science. I am excited to have the opportunity to help youth safely explore and learn from the wonderful world that surrounds them.

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Gabriela Patronis

Northern Valley Unit Director

(719) 588-4661
gabriela@bgcslv.org

[Bio Pending]

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Dave Hargis

Director of Marketing &

Resource Development

(719) 589-5252
marketing@bgcslv.org

With an extensive background in Sales, Marketing, Office Management, and Career Services, Dave brings a diverse set of skills that is well paired with a strong sense of wonder and hope for the future. 

Dave's innate belief that we all have the potential to help each other create meaningful lives for ourselves and prosperous communities that enrich us all is strongly linked to his love of heroes, science fiction, and his faith in the ability of each one of us to be a catalyst for each others greatness! Semper Fi!

Organizational Chart

Our 2023 
Board of Directors

Note: BGCSLV Board terms are three years, are renewable, and are staggered.

In addition, the organization has 100 percent of board members contributing financially to BGCSLV on an annual basis. 

Mr. Adam Lopez, Multi-Media Sales & Digital  Specialist Valley Courier

Chair  (2023)

County of Residence: Alamosa

Board Member Since: 2023

Term Expires: 2025

Contact Info: Email adam.lopez281@gmail.com Tel 719-588-7982

 

Mr. Robert Van Iwaarden, Owner, Van Iwaarden Builders, Inc. 

Secretary (2023)

County of Residence: Alamosa 

Board Member Since: 2005 

Term Expires: 2026

Contact info: Email vib@gojade.org Tel 719-589-4224

 

Mr. Mike Hudson, CPA and Shareholder, Wall, Smith, Bateman & Associates, Inc. 

Treasurer (2023)

County of Residence: Alamosa

Board Member Since: 2014

Term Expires: 2023 

Contact info: Email mikeh@wsbcpa.com Tel 719-580-3619

 

Ms. Judy McNeilsmith, Chief Operating Officer, La Puente Homeless Services

County of Residence: Alamosa 

Board Member Since: 1998 

Term Expires: 2026 

Contact info: Email jmcneilsmith@gmail.com Tel 719-588-0779

Mrs. Kimberly Chacon, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Adams State University

County of Residence: Rio Grande

Board Member Since: 2019

Term Expires: 2026

Contact Info:  k73chacon@gmail.com Tel 

 

Mrs. Helen Sigmond, Lawyer Private Practice

County of Residence: Alamosa

Board Member Since: 2021

Term Expires: 2024

Contact Info: helensigmond@gmail.com  Tel 

 

Mrs. Anke Spiegelhauer, CPA, MT, Tax Manager , Wall, Smith, Bateman & Associates, Inc.

County of Residence: Rio Grande

Board Member Since: 2019

Term Expires: 2026

Contact Info: ankes@wsbcpa.com Tel 719-589-3619

 

Dr. Lauren Sonderegger, Valley Wide Health Systems 

County of Residence: Alamosa

Board Member Since: 2021

Term Expires: 2024

Contact Info: lauren.sonderegger@gmail.com  Tel 510-502-0325 

 

Ms. Meagan Smith, Director of Operations, La Puente Enterprise

County of Residence: Alamosa

Board Member Since: 2021

Term Expires: 2024

Contact Info: director.enterprises@lapuente.net Tel

 

Ms. Holly Van Hoy, Youth Services Librarian, Alamosa Public Library

 County of Residence: Conejos

Board Member Since: 2021

Term Expires: 2024

Contact Info: hvanhoy@ci.alamosa.co.us Tel

 

Charlotte Ledonne

County of Residence: Alamosa 

Board Member Since: 2022

Term Expires: 2025

Contact Info: charlotte.ledonne@gmail.com Tel

 

Ms. Angelica Raya

County of Residence: Alamosa

Board Member Since: 2022

Term Expires: 2025

Contact Info: rayaangel020@gmail.com Tel

 

Mr. Antonio Sandoval

County of Residence: Antonito

Board Member Since: 2022

Term Expires: 2025

Contact Info: antsand50@hotmail.com Tel 719-580-5730

 

Mr. Rob Oringdulph, Retired, Edward Jones

County of Residence: Alamosa 

Board Member Since: 2007 

Term Expires: 2026 

Contact info: Email oringdulphr@icloud.com Tel 719-580-0130
 

Ex Officio

 

Mr. Ron Chapman, CPA and Shareholder, Wall, Smith, Bateman & Associates, Inc. 

Emeritus (2020)

County of Residence: Alamosa 

Board Member Since: 2007 

Term Expires: N/A 

Contact info: Email ronc@wsbcpa.com Tel 719-580-3692

 

Parent Representative

Mrs. Esther Mendoza, parent educator Early Childhood Center

County of Residence: Alamosa

Board Member Since: 2017

Term Expires: 2023

Contact info: Email mendozaesther65@yahoo.com Tel 719-588-5386

 

Youth Representative

Amaya Garcia- White Buffalo

Current Youth of the Year 2022

Board Member Since: 2022*

Term Expires: 2024

 

Cynthia Mejia, 

Previous Youth of the Year 2021

Board Member Since: 2021*

Term Expires: 2023

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We are the Boys and Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley!

Our kindness will shine brighter than a star.
Our pride is strong and so are we. 
We are responsible and respectful
We work as a team
We encourage others and hold each other accountable
One Club. One Team. One WE!
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Our Mission

To ensure that all children and youth, especially those who need us most,

are offered opportunities to realize their full potential as responsible,

caring and productive citizens of a richly diverse world.

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