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.

Mary O'Brien, Director of Finance and Human Resources

Mary joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties as the Director of Finance and Human Resources in 2011. She raised her family in Petaluma, where they participated in several Boys & Girls Clubs athletic and enrichment programs.

Mary has over 20 years of Accounting and Human Resources experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining BGCMSSC, Mary was Director of Accounting and Human Resources for Easter Seals Northern California, a large non-profit organization that brings early intervention to at-risk infants and children. She was Director of Finance and Human Resources for Light Full Foods, a natural foods manufacturer & distributor. Mary was the Controller for Barbara's Bakery, an international manufacturing & distribution company of natural foods. Mary was the Financial Accounting Supervisor for L-3 Communications, an international integrated space communications system design and production corporation. Mary is a team player, and enjoys working collaboratively. She has a genuine interest in people, a high level of integrity, and a strong desire to improve the environment in an organization and move it toward success. Mary is also a Certified Massage Therapist and a trained Hospice care provider.

Robert Marcus, Director of Operations

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 Director of Operations, 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, Program Director, Downtown River Clubhouse

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, Branch Director, Lucchesi Park Clubhouse

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.

Ben Cain, Program Director, McDowell Clubhouse & McKinley Clubhouse ASES Program

Ben joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties in September of 2008 as a coordinator at Round Walk Village. In December of 2008 he joined the director team as Program Director of Davidson Clubhouse in San Rafael. In August of 2009, he took over as the Program Director of McDowell Clubhouse in Petaluma and is happy to be a part of such a wonderful organization who strives to make a difference in the lives of kids. Ben also has over four years of experience working with a variety of youth and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Sonoma State University.

Heather Hammond, Program Director, Round Walk Village Clubhouse

Heather has been working for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties since the summer of 2010. She has worked as a Summer Camp Counselor at the Luchessi Park Clubhouse, Program Coordinator at the McDowell Clubhouse, Lead Program Coordinator at the McDowell Clubhouse, and now more recently as the Program Director at the Roundwalk Village Clubhouse. Some of Heather's favorite programs to run at the Club are those that help to develop leadership skills within youth that allow them to push themselves to be leaders within their own communities. Heather received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Geography at Sonoma State University where she studided the 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 within and outside the United States which is where she developed her passions for working with youth and their communities, social justice, and taking on new risks and challenges.

Ayesha Karim, Program Director, Old Elm Village Clubhouse

Ayesha began her career with the Boys and Girls Club of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties in January 2013 as a program Coordinator at Old Elm Village Clubhouse. She later became the Program Director in 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 over five years of experience working in after school programs in Berkeley, California, where her favorite programs 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 into our Healthy Habits program and got involved in our Smart Girls program where she has made it her goal to help teen girls with everyday life challenges. Ayesha’s main objective for Old Elm Clubhouse is to help our Club Members be open-minded to their surroundings and to introduce them to many cultures and communities.

Juliet LaMariana, Program Director, Davidson Clubhouse

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.

Dan Landa, Program Director, Corona Ranch Clubhouse

Dan first started with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties in March of 2010, as a Program Coordinator at the McKinley Clubhouse. He then became Club 203's Teen Program Coordinator in August of 2010 through August of 2011, where he was able to build amazing heartfelt relationships with the teens by gaining trust and showing how self-respect and respect for others can vastly change one's life. Dan has had opportunities to work with youth prior to becoming part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties, through an internship with (VORP) Victim Offender Reconciliation Program in Fresno, CA. Dan received his B.S. in Criminology with a Victim Services Option from the California State University, Fresno in 2009. While working towards receiving his degree, Dan completed his internship with VORP and assisted in the startup of a triathlon based nonprofit "tri-this" based in Fresno CA. Dan has always strived to see the positive in any situation and has been able to pass this ability along to the youth he has worked with thus far. Dan carried this tradition along with him as the Program Director of the Corona Ranch Clubhouse.

Katie Raphael, Program Director, STAR and MLK Clubhouses

Katie Raphael began her Boys and Girls Clubs career 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, where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Communication and a Minor in Education. She has 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 then went on to become the Program Director of the S.T.A.R. Clubhouse and the M.L.K. Clubhouse, which she helped open in August 2013 in Marin City.

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.