The Club's Professionals

ADMINISTRATION





David L. Solo, President/CEO

David Solo has spent the last 21 years working with various Boys & Girls Clubs in the Pacific Region. David was formerly the Director of Major Gifts and Annual Giving for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, the Chief Executive Officer for the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo, and the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Western Lane County, Florence, OR. David is a graduate of Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Advanced Leadership Program. David is a member of the Academy of Boys & Girls Club professionals, and a Resource Development Consultant for Boys & Girls Clubs of America in the Pacific Region. David was a recipient of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Service to Youth Award in 2005. David is a member of the Wells Fargo North Coast Valley Community Advisory Board, Petaluma Health Center Board of Directors, Vistage, Marin Forum and the Rotary Club of Petaluma. David attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in 1992. He was a NAIA College Football Pre-Season All American and Academic All-American and All Conference athlete in 1990 and 1991. David's lifelong commitment has been to raise funds for programs to improve the lives of children in need, and he attended the Boys Club in Kirkland, WA as a child growing up.

Robert Marcus, Chief Operations Officer

Robert was the founding director of the STAR Clubhouse, and he has worked with Boys & Girls Club since July 2010. Prior to his tenure with BGCMSSC, Robert held the position of Program Specialist with the City of San Leandro's Department of Recreation and Human Services. In this position Robert was directly responsible for overseeing after-school programs, NFL Flag Football, Jr. Warriors Basketball, and the Summer Adventures day camp. Robert attended California State University, East Bay, graduating cum laude with a Bachelors of Science Degree.

In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Robert provides a wealth of program management experience and expertise to all of our Clubhouses.

Cary L. Dacy, Development Director

Cary joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties as the Development Director in December of 2008. She has been involved with the Club since 2004, when her son began tee-ball. Born and raised in Texas, Cary moved to California in 1998 after receiving her Master's Degree in Child Psychology from the University of North Texas. She began her career as a case worker for Child Protective Services, and upon moving to California became a school counselor for two public schools in Santa Rosa. In 2006, she received her certificate for Fundraising and Resource Development, and began a new career as the Development Director for Social Advocates for Youth. Having worked for various non-profits for over 15 years, Cary took on the challenge of raising money and spreading awareness for the programs that affect the lives of children, youth and their families. As the Development Director for BGCMSSC Cary oversees the Annual Crustacean Celebration, Hansel Auto Group Golf Challenge, Just Takes One Community Campaign, Rise & Shine Breakfast, Marketing and Donor Relations for the Club. She is an active member of Grant School PTA, a Friend of the Petaluma Education Foundation, an aspiring golfer and runner, and a devoted baseball mom of Petaluma National Little League.

Michael Fishman, Development Associate

Michael was born and raised in Sonoma County and is a former Boys and Girls Club basketball player.He has volunteered for the Carousel Fund, Petaluma Sunrise Rotary and the West Coast Cat & Dog Rescue. He joined the staff in May of 2013, a year after graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in psychology. He has been providing crisis intervention and emotional support for children and their families over the last few years in Oregon. He is a long time Petaluma resident, rising golfer, and devoted Giants and Warriors fan.His passion for serving youth and children lead him back to the Boys & Girls Clubs.

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

Erica Briceno, Eden Housing Site Programs Director

Erica, a Petaluma native, joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties in 2007, as the Downtown River Program Coordinator. Erica stepped into the Clubhouse leadership role shortly thereafter. Passionate about connecting the Clubhouse to the community, Erica is adept at offering Members real world learning experiences such as visiting the fire department, area museums, and the ever-bustling downtown area to learn about Petaluma history.

Joey Brisson, San Jose Middle School Clubhouse Program Director

Joey Brisson first started with the Boys & Girls Clubs organization in Chico, California as a volunteer whose sole job was to play games and have fun with the club members. In March of 2009 he joined the BGCMSSC staff as the Club 203 teen room coordinator. He has since become the Lucchesi Park Branch Director overseeing use of the facilities, the athletics department, Club 203 teen room and the afterschool program for members in 1st through 6th grade. Joey holds a B.A. in Environmental and Cultural Geography from CSU Chico.

Nick Huelga, Petaluma School Sites Program Director

Nick has been working for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties since the fall of 2012. He began his Club career as the Lead Program Coordinator at the Luchessi Park Clubhouse in Petaluma. He was quickly appointed as the Club’s Education Coordinator where he was responsible for developing and enhancing the educational components of the entire organization. In the winter of 2010 he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Geography from Sonoma State University. During his college career, Nick worked as the Summer Camp Director for 3 years of “Super Kids Camp,” which was run through SSU. Currently, Nick is the Director of School Site Programs in Petaluma where he oversees the McDowell, McKinley, and Cinnabar Clubhouses. Nick has over 7 years of experience working with the youth ranging from athletics, academics to community outreach. Nick has also been an active volunteer in our local church community helping with youth programs and other various events.
Heather Hammond, Burbank Housing Site Programs Director

Heather has been working for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties since the Summer of 2010. She has had the opportunity to work in different capacities at a variety of the Clubhouses in Petaluma including: Lucchesi Park, McDowell, Cinnabar, Round Walk Village, and Old Elm Village. Some of Heather's favorite programs to run at the Club are those that help to develop leadership skills within youth that encourage them to be leaders within their own communities. Heather received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Geography at Sonoma State University where she studied the relationship between people and place and how they influence one another. In college Heather was involved with an organization, INTERVARSITY, that allowed her to travel to low-income communities abroad and within the United States where she developed her passions for working with youth and families, social justice, and learning about cultural and ethnic diversity.

Ayesha Karim, Education Director

Ayesha started with the Boys and Girls Club of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties in January 2013 as a program Coordinator at Old Elm Village. She became the new director on January 2014. Prior to coming to the club, Ayesha received her B.A. in Sociology with a focus on children and youth from San Francisco State University. She has five years of experience in working at an after school program in Berkeley, California. Her main programs that were done there were Bollywood Dance and teaching children about healthy lifestyles with balanced organic cooking. When starting as a coordinator at Old Elm she incorporated her skills of cooking to our Healthy Habits program and got involved in our Smart Girls program where she has made it her goal to help these teen girls with everyday life challenges. Ayesha’s main objective for Old Elm is to make our club members be open minded to their surroundings and to introduce them to many cultures and communities.

Juliet LaMariana, Luchessi Park Clubhouse Branch Director

Juliet's past experience includes a position as Program Coordinator at McKinley Clubhouse as well as Program Coordinator for Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County. Juliet was a Program Supervisor, for the "Kids Club" Summer Program through the City of Petaluma's Parks and Recreation Department. Juliet has also been an active volunteer for the past ten years for the Old Adobe Union School District's 6th Grade outdoor education program, and is currently one of two directors for the program. As a college student at San Jose State University, Juliet worked as a Resident Advisor and was active in developing programs that enhanced residential life on campus. A number of the programs that Juliet developed won national awards. Juliet holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography.

Katie Raphael, MLK Clubhouse Program Director

Katie Raphael began with the organization as a volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club of Carpinteria, California in 2011. Her experience at the club inspired her to continue her work with youth upon graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara, earning her Bachelors in Communication and Minor in Education. She then traveled to volunteer in a youth organization in a small village in Nayarit, Mexico to expose herself to another culture and language. After her return, she joined the BGCMSSC staff as a Program Coordinator for the S.T.A.R. Clubhouse of Sausalito in September 2012. She has since then become the Program Director of the M.L.K. Clubhouse, which she helped open in August 2013 in Marin City.

Margana Suendermann, Cove School Program Director

Margana started working for BGCMSSC in 2012 after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Community Recreation from California State University, Chico. She has held the positions of Program Coordinator at the Davidson Clubhouse in San Rafael, Site Coordinator at the STAR Clubhouse at Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito, and is now the new Program Director for the Cove School Clubhouse in Corte Madera. Margana has always had a passion for working with youth in recreational settings. She has volunteered for Marin County 4-H Camp the last 10 years and has also worked for various summer camps in Davis, South Lake Tahoe, and Germany.

Franklin Smith, Marin County Athletics Coordinator

This is where Franklin's write up will go once I get it from him.

Danny Alvarez, Director of Athletics

Danny Alvarez is a Petaluma native who has a passion for culminating confidence, passion, and fun in children through athletic programs. Upon graduating from Petaluma High School he went on to Sonoma State University where he majored in Sociology and minored in Environmental Studies and Planning. During his time at Sonoma State, he worked with the Campus Recreation Department as the Student Sport Club Coordinator, serving as an advisor to all non-NCAA campus sport teams. After graduating from SSU he became the Recreation Sports Coordinator for the City of Calistoga where he led all youth and adult sports programs. When he heard about the opportunity to serve the youth in his home town with the Boys and Girls Club he couldn't pass it up! Outside of work, Danny trains and competes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and enjoys snowboarding and rooting on the Giants, Warriors, 49ers, and Sharks.