Leena Mathew, MBA, CPA

Leena Mathew, MBA, CPA

Chairperson

Leena is a seasoned and ethical business leader with over 30 years of professional experience managing teams and complex financial projects. Leena’s philanthropic leadership for The Boys & Girls Clubs movement includes her service as the President of the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Burbank, Chairperson of Los Angeles Area Council, and Treasurer of the LA Alliance. In addition, Leena has served as the Angel City Chorale’s past Board President and current Board Vice President.

Jay Duke

Jay Duke

Vice Chair

Jay Duke is a local resident here in the Antelope Valley since 1957. Graduating locally from Antelope Valley High School and then moving on to further his education at CSUB graduating with a degree in Economics and with a minor in Communications. Jay Duke has been the executive director for the Antelope Valley Boys & Girls Club since 1992. He has provided leadership for the club since its start up as a single site youth center in Palmdale, to a multi-site (currently 20 sites) Boys & Girls Club serving over 1,000 children every day.

Under Jay’s leadership The Antelope Valley Boys & Girls Club has gone well past after school youth recreational programs and has evolved into an organization specializing in youth education, personal growth, educational and career development. The club provides over 50,000 meals annually to families and works closely with all families including low income, foster, unemployed and homeless.

Matt Nelson

Matt Nelson

Treasurer

Matt began his career in Youth Development while attending College of the Canyons when he picked up a part time job at an afterschool program in Castaic. When he transferred to San Francisco State University he continued working with youth at a summer camp in the East Bay. During that time, he developed a passion for working with kids most in need. After completing his BA and returning to Santa Clarita he found the Boys & Girls Club. When he was offered a full-time position as Education Director, he found a career path that matched his interests and passion.

At Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley he’s gone from program delivery to administration to his current role of CEO. Since taking on the role in 2017, Matt has developed an exceptional team of youth development professionals, developed new community partnerships, developed an operational reserve, and weathered the storm of the last year. Going back to school in 2016 for his Master in Public Administration, Non-Profit Sector Management gave Matt the education and tools to better serve the Club and community.

Matt lives in Saugus with his wife Angelica, their daughter Isabella, and their two dogs. For fun he loves camping, reading, and off-roading.

Patricia Siqueiros

Patricia Siqueiros

Secretary

Patricia Siqueiros began her tenure at the Variety Boys & Girls Club (VBGC) in May 2012 as a part-time counselor funded by a grant from the University of Phoenix. Her impact was quickly felt and she soon became the Senior Program Director. In 2015, Patricia transitioned into the role of Executive Director. Before stepping into the position, Patricia developed and implemented programming in the VBGC College and Career Center, utilizing the theoretical knowledge that she obtained during her graduate studies. She knows that it is critical to expose children especially those in underserved communities to opportunities in higher education from a very early age; consequently, the organization has become known for its innovative approach to this work. It remains a great passion of hers, and she brings that programming experience and intimate knowledge of the community to her role as Executive Director. She has been a great asset to the Variety Boys & Girls Club team, adding credentials and experience in working to enhance leadership and college eligibility opportunities primarily for Latino students in East and Central Los Angeles. Patricia received her B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley, a M.A. in Educational Policy from Stanford University, and a School Counseling Credential from Cal State Northridge. Her primary focus is to help VBGC members realize their full academic potential by providing them with opportunities and resources to obtain a post-secondary education.

Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs Board of Directors

Leena Matthew
Chief Volunteer Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley

Jay Duke
CEO, Antelope Valley Boys & Girls Clubs

Oscar Hernandez
CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Whittier

Nicole Chase
CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Fernando Valley

Matt Nelson
CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley

Carl Kanowsky
Chief Volunteer Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley

Patricia Siqueiros
CEO, Variety Boys & Girls Clubs

Emily Harvey
Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Venice

Sergio Carrillo
Chief Volunteer Officer, Boys & Girls Club of LA Harbor

John Miller, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Sr Vice President, Affiliate Relations

Kelly Reynolds, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Vice President Field Services, Pacific Region

Teresa Walch, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
National Vice President, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Clifford Hackney, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Director Organizational Development

Mary Boyce-Johnson, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
National Director, Metro Services

Alyce Vasquez, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Director, Strategic Alignment

Ryan Scheel, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Lead Director Organizational Development

Tracy West-Grubb, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Director Organizational Development

Misty Miller, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Sr Vice President

Hector LaFarga, Jr., Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Director Organizational Development