Administrative Staff

Ron McHenry

Ron McHenry

Ron McHenry
Executive Director
rmchenry@skagitclubs.org
(360) 419-3723 x3

Ron McHenry has been in the Boys & Girls Club movement since 2004, when he was hired to develop and initiate programming at the new Music & Arts Center (MAC) in Kennewick which was a new concept in after-school programming for youth. In 2008 Ron was promoted to Vice President of Finance for the organization, serving for two years, before transitioning to the role of Executive Director for the Prosser Boys & Girls Club in 2010. 

Originally from the Seattle area, after 18 years of education, work in music education, and finally Boys & Girls Clubs, Mr. McHenry was called back to Western Washington in March 2014 to work with a new group of dedicated of community leaders desiring a premiere Boys & Girls Club organization for youth.

Having access to tremendous mentors, in and out of the Boys & Girls Club movement, Ron has worked to leverage the talents of a team of dedicated staff professionals, and partner with an engaged Board of Directors, to develop opportunities not otherwise available to youth in Skagit County. Since 2014, the organization has grown 31%, to serve 1,700+ members, and added two additional Club sites in Mount Vernon, and a Community Outreach program in Burlington in partnership with the City of Burlington, Burlington School District, and Burlington Public Library. Skagit Clubs received Gateway to Impact awards in 2015 and 2016 from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and the Board honored as a League of Eagles Recipient in 2016 – just one of 14 throughout the Pacific Region. McHenry is a member of the National Marketing Council for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, was honored with the Sparkplug Award in 2016, and also was one of fifteen executives selected to serve in the Strategic Thought Leaders Symposium in 2016.

Lifelong professional development and education is a passion for Ron, having attended Eastern Washington University, Clemson University, the University of Michigan, and most recently, a post-graduate program at Harvard University. In his spare time, Ron enjoys traveling, reading, and rooting for the Eastern Eagles and Seattle Seahawks. Often accompanied by the newest member of his family, Buster Brown, a four-legged companion that can always be counted on for a friendly hello at the Administration Office, Ron lives in Mount Vernon, and is a member of the Rotary Club.


 

Manny Smith

Manny Smith

Manny Smith
Director of Operations
msmith@skagitclubs.org
(360) 419-3723 x 5

Manny grew up in Tucson, Arizona, where he started attending the Boys & Girls Club at age 6, and was heavily involved in all Club programs. With each year he advanced to the next program, from Torch Club, to Keystone Club, to Youth of the Year, and eventually to Junior Staff, where he received on the job training and even a small stipend at the age of 15. At 16, Manny was hired officially by the Club, running the computer lab, and later as a Teen Coordinator in partnership with the nearby reservation. 

Manny eventually left the Club organization to work as a corrections officer for Juvenile violent offenders in Arizona State. He helped manage programs and staff working with troubled youth on issues such as anger management and substance abuse, helping to lead them towards a brighter future. He then continued on as a Parole officer and worked on Youth rights advocacy. 

Manny has an incredible wealth of experience. He has worked in capacity as a counselor, managed teams of youth development professionals, and managed group programs—creating after-school, weekend, and summer curriculums. 

Manny attended the University of Phoenix, where he hopes to complete his MBA. He is also an avid college basketball fan, but maybe, not quite yet, a Huskies fan. 

 


 

Ian Faley

Ian Faley

Ian Faley
Associate Executive Director
ifaley@skagitclubs.org
(360) 419-3723 x 7

Ian comes to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County from Boston, MA, where he was the Rowing Director & Senior IB Teacher at an urban charter school, Mystic Valley Regional. Lauded as the “highest intensity” rowing coach & director in the Northeast Junior Region, and a longtime lover of all things literary (especially, Hamlet), Ian enjoyed his countless hours teaching English and coaching high-caliber rowing. He revels most over the “chase” of getting students to write well.

Ian was raised on a sheep ranch in South Mount Vernon and attended Conway School & Mount Vernon High School. He remembers attending his first Boys & Girls Club meeting at the Mount Vernon facility, while in high school, and loved seeing the impact of serious youth development. Leaving the area to pursue collegiate studies at Hillsdale College, in Michigan, and Oxford University, Ian fell in love with the liberal arts, learning, and his wife, while abroad.

Recently moved to Mount Vernon with his wife, Theresa, and one-year-old son, Hugh Alastair Crispin Faley, Ian is thrilled about getting involved with the Boys & Girls Club youth development, back in the area where he grew up. He looks forward to seeing the continued improvement of the Skagit County Clubs, and yearns to invest his passion & commitment to education in the community. He is happy to be back in the area where he learned to build fences, play rugby, and quote Shakespeare.


 

Sarah Arquitt

Sarah Arquitt

Sarah Arquitt
Director of Administration
sarquitt@skagitclubs.org
(360) 419-3723 x 2

Sarah joined the staff of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County in January 2013. She brought with her several years of experience as a call center supervisor at a local health insurance provider, which helped her tackle the task of handling many of the the day to day operations of the County Administration Office.

Prior to joining the staff, she served as the Sedro-Woolley Community Council Chair and volunteered at many of the Boys & Girls Club events throughout Skagit County. She remains an active Club Parent at the Sedro-Woolley club where her daughter, Victoria, attends as a teen member.

Sarah is a member of the YMCA Chinook Swim Team’s Parent board, and is the team’s Meet Manager. She is also an active member of the Arts Council of Sedro-Woolley.

In her spare time, Sarah likes to go on road trips and adventures with her husband Josh, and daughter Victoria. She is an avid amateur photographer, and travels around Skagit County, exploring new places to photograph. When not taking pictures, she enjoys playing games – video to board games – and going to the movies.


 

Tammy Findlay

Tammy Findlay

Tammy Findlay
Director of Marketing & Stewardship
tfindlay@skagitclubs.org
(360) 419-3723 x 6

Tammy’s position was created by the Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County in 2014, and she is thrilled to be part of the team. She is very excited to use her marketing knowledge to grow the Club’s presence in the community.

Tammy currently lives in Bellingham with her wife Holly and our two kids, Ella and Audrey. She has lived in Bellingham since 1993 and earned her Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University in 2000. She began her design and marketing career shortly thereafter freelancing for many small businesses and non-profits. She then spent 9 years with Boundary Bay Brewery as their in-house graphic designer and marketing director, cultivating their aesthetic and identity from their beginning as a small brewery to a prominent business that has become a major contributor to the community. For her, design is a clever combination of artistry and language that always presents opportunities for added knowledge and it provides her with a sense of fulfillment.

Tammy’s experience with the Boys & Girls Club is gleaned mostly from her children, who attend the Bellingham Club. They love spending time there and she loves that they get their homework done at the Club!

Other than design, she loves spending time with her family outdoors, camping, biking, swimming, and playing soccer. And, she’ll admit, they love watching TV. Fishing is her favorite activity and she gets out as often as she can onto the water, especially in the Skagit Valley, looking for salmon. So if you are ever looking to do that, she will happily tell you all about it.


 

Katelynn Sullivan

Katelynn Sullivan

Katelynn Sullivan
Community Development Coordinator
ksullivan@skagitclubs.org 
(360) 419-3723 x 8

Katelynn is a native to Sedro-Woolley and graduated in the class of ’09. She then went on to complete a certificate from QC Event School as an International Event & Wedding Planning Professional. She also has a degree in Business Management under Tourism & Hospitality from Skagit Valley College. 

In her new position, Katelynn will work closely with members of the community, coordinating volunteers, and helping making our events a success. 

Katelynn loves the outdoors, going on adventures camping and hiking. She spent one short year in Bozeman, MT but returned to the “Valley” she loves best. 

She recalls fondly her visits to the Sedro-Woolley Club as a youth. From Katelynn: “I never understood fully how much the Clubs do for the kids and the community until I started working here.” She is excited to help youth and the community to get involved so that they may witness the positive Club experience firsthand. 


 

John Garman

John Garman

John Garman
Director of STEM Initiatives, Skagit County
jgarman@skagitclubs.org
(360) 419-3723 x4

John has been with our Clubs since 2007, first as a Volunteer, then as a Program Assistant, then as a Program Director, and then as a Club Director for Sedro-Woolley. In his new position, as the Director of STEM Initiatives, John will run programming at all four of our Clubs, using his strong educational background with a BS in Biology from Western Washington University and his immense knowledge of working with youth at our Clubs. John was also awarded the National Service to Youth Award for over 5 years of Youth Development Professional experience with the Boys & Girls Club.

When asked, “what excites you about Clubs in Skagit County”, John is quick to answer.  “It’s simple, the kids. They’re the most interesting creatures on this planet; they exude playful curiosity and everyday is a new experience. This is the norm that we strive to encourage at our Clubs on a daily basis.”

John also has a strong love for diving in waters of the Puget Sound. He has been scuba diving since he was twelve years old and has accumulated over 600 hours of “bubble time” underwater. He is a member of the PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and is a certified Open Water Diver, Advanced Diver, Rescue Diver, and current Dive Master Candidate. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for the diversity of the underwater world with Club members whenever possible. John also enjoys traveling, hiking, snow-boarding, cheesy movies, fishing, and entomology. He currently lives in Sedro-Woolley with his fiancé, Renee.  


 

Taylor Bannister

Taylor Bannister

Taylor Bannister
Club Director, Anacortes
tbannister@skagitclubs.org
(360) 419-3723 x13

Taylor considers herself a life-long resident of Anacortes, though she was born in Hamilton, Bermuda and spent time in California and Tennessee as well.

Taylor has worked in Youth Development for 8+ years, with experience at the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club as well as the Drama Club Advisor at the Anacortes Middle School. Taylor started at the Boys & Girls Club directly out of High School, in 2007, as a program assistant. After a year she became the Educations Coordinator where she happily stayed through 2010.

After taking a year off to attend Western Washington University, where she studied Theatre Arts and Education, Taylor couldn’t stay away any longer and rejoined the staff at the Anacortes Club as Program Director in July 2011. We are now very pleased to have Taylor move into the position of Club Director after serving as Interim Director for 6 months. She has proven to be well suited to the position.

Her passions outside of the Club include theatre – she can be seen in at least one show a year with the Anacortes Community Theatre – and photography. Taylor lives in Burlington with her husband Noah and daughter Hadley.


 

Angela Freeberg

Angela Freeberg

Angela Freeberg
Area Director, Mount Vernon
afreeberg@skagitclubs.org
(360) 428-6995 x 33

Angela Freeberg has just moved from our Anacortes Club to our Mount Vernon Club as Club Director.  She has eighteen years of experience in youth development having worked with young adults at her church, as a piano instructor, and as a substitute teacher/Reading Tutor-Instructional Assistant in the Mount Vernon School District. Other experiences include working as a Facilitator for the Strengthening Families Program.

Angela joined the Boys & Girls Clubs in 2001 as a Program Lead at our Mount Vernon Club. She took over as Club Director in Anacortes in October 2003 and had been a leader in that community for 10 years. We are thrilled to have her back at the Mount Vernon Club.

Angela has a B.A. in Sociology from Western Washington University.

She lives in her native community of Mount Vernon with her husband K.C. and son, Isaac.


 

 

Alivia Holman

Alivia Holman

Alivia Holman
Club Director, Sedro-Woolley
alivia.holman@skagitclubs.org
(360) 856-1830

Alivia recently relocated here to Burlington, WA and is excited to get to know Skagit Valley and the Northwest. Originally from Whitewater, WI, Alivia has a degree in Health & Human Performance and a Minor in Health Promotion from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  Alivia started going to the Boys & Girls Club when she was 8 years old.

Alivia is an outstanding volleyball player and was with the UW-Whitewater Women’s Volleyball Team when they won Two Conference Tournament. She was named 2012 All-American and set a new record for blocks per set. She loves spending time with family, friends and any outdoor activity.

 


 

 

KJ Evans

KJ Evans

KJ Evans
Club Director, La Conner
kevans@skagitclubs.org
(360) 466-3672 x 23

KJ is new to our Clubs, fresh from Whitewater, WI with a degree in Health & Human Performance and a Coaching Minor from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. KJ’s outgoing personality is a great fit for La Conner. He’s been a part of Boys & Girls Clubs since he was 5 years old. 

KJ is an outstanding basketball player and was with the UW-Whitewater Men’s Basketball Team when they won the national championship. He was also voted MVP and made the Dean’s List. His knowledge of basketball is impressive—ask him anything about the sport.  He loves spending time with family and friends and participating in any sports-related activities. He also has a huge passion for cooking, and learning new methods in regard to preparing fun, and healthy meals.  His #1 passion is impacting the lives of individuals that seek out help, believing in his capability to affect the outcome of someone’s life. For him it is, undeniably, the best part of the job. 

From KJ: “Each Club in Skagit County shares a welcoming, fun-loving environment. The Clubs’ positive vibe makes it easy to interact with members, parents, and staff on a daily basis. The kids in Skagit County are awesome, and willing to listen and learn. This makes teaching a blessing each day.”


 

 
Brian Gustafson

Brian Gustafson

Brian Gustafson
21st Century Site Coordinator, La Venture Middle School
brian.gustafson@skagitclubs.org
360-428-6109 x31177

Brian Gustafson is new to Washington State however; he is not new to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. With over 20 years of experience in Youth Development, Brian has had the opportunity to work in all five regions of BGCA. He comes to Mount Vernon from Rio Rancho, New Mexico where he has been working for Rio Rancho School District’s Students Achieving for Excellence (SAFE) program—a before and after school program for the last eight years. He also coached 8th grade girls basketball for the last six years. Brian is a graduate of Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, New Mexico with an Applied Associate’s degree in Integrated and is a husband and a father two boys, ages 14 and one. He is passionate about working with youth, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s philosophy, and is excited to be a part of the team in Skagit County. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, watching sport and traveling.

 


 

Mary Sue Walker

Mary Sue Walker

Mary Sue Walker
21st Century Site Coordinator, Mount Baker Middle School
marysue.walker@skagitclubs.org
360-428-6109 x32175

 

 

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