Please welcome our new Unit Director

Please welcome John Garman, new Unit Director at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club. As Program Director at the Sedro-Woolley Club for the past two years, John has created an environment where Club members are safe, productive and educated, working hand in hand with Club families to support the development of young people striving to be their best in a positive environment with high expectations for good behavior. “John has been the lynchpin of the Sedro-Woolley Club for the past two years, creating a strong and efficient staff team that engages and challenges youth and teens to be their very, very best. John’s priority is ensuring Club Members learn each and every day, and that families see the Club as a partner in education and child development,” says Jill Reid, outgoing Unit Director. 

John Garman

Sedro-Woolley’s incoming Unit Director.

John graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology. John held the interim Unit Director position for the Sedro-Woolley Club during Reid’s six-month term as the Interim Executive Director for the organization in 2011. With roughly 14 years’ experience working with youth and teens, John spent four summers as a Group Counselor at Hidden Valley Camp, planning hiking, backpacking, sports, science, and team-building activities for a group of 6-10 boys ages 8-16 in a 10-week outdoor residential camp setting. John was a soccer coach for three seasons and spent five years volunteering as a camp counselor at Camp I-V, a week-long overnight camp for families affected by hemophilia. John also spent a year with the Skagit Valley College Science Van, and two years as Teen Night Volunteer at the Sedro-Woolley Club, which led to his career with Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. In his spare time, John enjoys exploring the Puget Sound area, his long-time home, through snowboarding and scuba diving. “I’m so excited to take on this opportunity and the challenge to help the Club continue to grow. Jill has established a history of community involvement, in the CLub, something I will build upon. It’s really the kids that keep me coming to the Club. While I encourage them to learn new things, it’s really the kids that teach me,” says Garman.

Outgoing Unit Director Jill Reid will be taking a position with the Whatcom County Boys & Girls Clubs on March 4. Reid has been with Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County for 14 years, as Unit Director since August 2007. Says Reid, “It has been a pleasure working with Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County for the past 14 years. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to impact youth at the Cascade Mall Club, the Mount Vernon Club and, finally, the Sedro-Woolley Club. I feel so privileged to have worked for Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. During my tenure, we developed an organization where Members, staff, parents and community members are invested in the Club and our mission, thus helping the Boys & Girls Clubs to change Skagit County, one child at a time. John will continue the legacy of offering diverse, creative Targeted Programs and great opportunities to help kids and teens excel, while maintaining a safe, fun, and collaborative environment between Club and community.

Please join us in celebration of this transition at the Boys & Girls Club Family Health Fair on Wednesday, February 27th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. We will wish Jill luck in her new role, and give John a big Sedro-Woolley welcome in anticipation of the new leadership at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club.

Please contact John Garman at (360) 419-5523 or with any questions about the Sedro-WOolley Club. For questions about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, please contact Chief Professional Officer David Conover at (360) 419-3723 x 3.

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