Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe gets new director |

Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe gets new director

The Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe has a new executive director, De-Anne Hooper.

With little chance to adjust, Hooper has been thrown into the task of enhancing the program with a 21st Century Community Learning Grant, a federal grant from the United States Department of Education and the C.S. Mott Foundation. The grant will provide about $191,000 to the Boys and Girls Club,

But for Hooper, who graduated from U.C. Davis in 1985 with a B.A. in economics, the transition should run smoothly. In fact, part of the reason she was selected had to do with her experience, which has included distributing grants, said Jeff Tillman, President of the Boys and Girls Club. Hooper has experience in management for the United States Peace Corp, Marriott Corporation and Stanford Sierra Camp. She has also spent two years teaching English as a second language at Lake Tahoe Community College and has spent the last six years as Health Education Coordinator for El Dorado County.

“I think we felt strongly that she knew the community,” Tillman said. “She was plugged into the community,” he added.

The former executive director Steve Conway resigned on June 10. Don Radford acted as interim director until Hooper was hired earlier this month. Hooper was chosen by a subcommittee of the Boys and Girls board of directors.

“I think the Boys and Girls Club is going to fly and do tremendous things for the community,” she said.

The Boys and Girls Club runs its after school program Monday through Friday between 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the South Tahoe Middle School multipurpose room and offers programs for kids between 6 and 18 years of age.

Hooper said that money from the grant will be used to expand on the local program and to provide money to increase staff and provide them with more comprehensive training. It will also go to operational costs for things such as art supplies, field trips and a mentoring coordinator.

“It’s going to enhance the programs tremendously,” she said. “It’s going to help the program thrive when in the past it has struggled.”

The grant will provide a better ratio of adults to children, something Hooper views as very important.

But there is a catch. After the end of each year, the three-year grant will be re-evaluated based on matrix test scores of those in the program.

The 21st century grant, which is being administered through the Lake Tahoe Unified School District will be shared with the Family Resources Center, Sierra Recovery Center, Tahoe Youth and Family Services and South Tahoe Women’s Center.

The Boys and Girls Club is also in the process of working out a lease agreement with the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, said Mike Hambsch, member of the board of directors and chairman of the lease committee.

The agreement he is negotiating would allow for the Boys and Girls Club to construct an actual facility where the old South Tahoe Middle School tennis courts are now. According to the arrangement the facility would be used by the middle school during the day.

A formal presentation of the grant will be made to the school district on Nov. 14.

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