Bannister will lead Boys & Girls Club

Taylor Bannister

Taylor Bannister

Original Article taken from the Anacortes American posted on August 26, 2015.

After a six-month search, the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club has a familiar face as its new club director: Taylor Bannister.

Bannister is an eight-year employee with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. She has served as program director in Anacortes and, for the last six months, as the interim club director, after long-tenured director Angela Freeberg switched to Mount Vernon to take on the struggling clubhouse in that community.

Each of the three finalists would’ve served the club well, but there was something special about Bannister that really set her apart, said club Executive Director Ron McHenry.

“Taylor didn’t simply want a job with our organization as a club director,” he said. “She wanted to be the Anacortes club director.”

The search was conducted by Boys & Girls Clubs of America, on behalf of the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club, and at no cost to the local organization.

With the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County in the top 10 percent of growth for clubs nationwide, and exciting new initiatives that lead youth development on the horizon for the young organization, the candidate pool was strong and featured professionals from all over the country, according to a press release.

It took three rounds of interviews to cull the field down to three who would be interviewed by a final panel that included Anacortes Police Chief Bonnie Bowers, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephanie Hamilton, and Gary Robinson, the director of Anacortes Parks & Recreation.

With Taylor Bannister’s selection, club leadership is a family affair, as her husband Noah serves as director of operations for the organization. Prior to this, Noah supervised all club directors, so the organization has restructured and McHenry will assume that role for the clubhouse.

“With a capital campaign in Anacortes on the horizon that will already require my attention, and Mr. Bannister working to open two new locations in Mount Vernon this fall, adding expanded food programs, and increasing technology infrastructure, this repositioning also makes sense for the long-term growth strategy of the organization,” McHenry said.

At the start of September, Taylor Bannister will be joined by a new program director, Andrew Worcester, who has spent the last two years in Seward, Alaska, working in clubs. Worcester will bring a new perspective to the clubhouse, which is seeing record numbers of youth in programs.

He has a master’s degree from University College London, and experience working in rural communities with at-risk youth populations.

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