Staff Bio's

Russell Triolo

Chief Executive Officer

Russell Triolo has over 40 years executive level experience and is recognized throughout the Boys & Girls Clubs of America movement as a visionary leader. Russ is a also a Boys & Girls Club Alumni of the Clifton Club.

He has been affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America national movement for his entire 40-year career. He started with Boys & Girls Clubs in 1972 and has held the CEO position at the Union Club for over 35 years. He was named to the charter class of the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton "Hall of Fame” in 2009.

Over his many years of service, Russ has received many prestigious awards from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Professional Association, and from both the Clifton and Union Clubs.

In May 2012, Russ was one of four exceptional professionals recognized as a Masters & Mentors recipient from the Academy of Boys & Girls Clubs Professionals during the 106th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) National Conference in San Diego, California.

In July 2013, Jim Clark, President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America appointed Russ as a member of the prestigious BGCA National Professional Advisory Council. This select group of 23 Boys & Girls Club professionals from around the world, provides valuable expertise and experience that will shape the movement in the future years.

Sal Dovi

Chief Operating Officer

Sal Dovi has worked in the non profit sector for over 35 years at the executive level. He has served as Chief Operating Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County (BGCUC) since 1992.

Sal is responsible for the day to day operations of the organization’s five Units located throughout Union County, NJ. He is the supervisor of over 40 exempt and non-exempt staff. Throughout his tenure at BGCUC he has coordinated the effort of over 200 volunteers annually. He also leads the Club’s many community efforts within those communities that are served by BGCUC.

His major strengths lie in the areas of finance, resource development and facility management. Sal is very active in many civic organizations in Union County. He is the Past President of the Union Township Chamber of Commerce and Founder and Charter Past President of the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce.

Previously, to his career with the Boys & Girls Clubs, he was an Executive Professional with the YMCA for over 20 years. His last position held with the YMCA was President.

Sal has received many honors throughout his career and community service from organizations like Kiwanis, Lions and Optimist Club International.

Carlos Calisto

Comptroller

As a creative director, Ed invests his soul and imagination into every product that he works on. Trained in the exclusive City Design School, he has several years of experience in the field and dozens of highly successful projects and campaigns. Ed has been named Most Promising Designer in his field of expertise for six years in a row. 
 
In his position with our company, Ed has participated in some of our most vibrant and viral campaigns, helping our clients increase revenues, win over new customers and establish themselves firmly as leaders in their respective fields. 

Lisa Sepetjian

Director of Development & Marketing

As a creative director, Ed invests his soul and imagination into every product that he works on. Trained in the exclusive City Design School, he has several years of experience in the field and dozens of highly successful projects and campaigns. Ed has been named Most Promising Designer in his field of expertise for six years in a row. 
 
In his position with our company, Ed has participated in some of our most vibrant and viral campaigns, helping our clients increase revenues, win over new customers and establish themselves firmly as leaders in their respective fields. 

Peggy Woodward

Corporate Office Administrator

Peggy has been with the agency for over 25 years. Her responsibilities include but not limited to: human resource administration, personal records administration, payroll, and financial systems management. She was formally employed as an Administrative Assistant for the Township of Union Recreation Department.

Joseph DeMaio

Assistant to the CEO

Joseph DeMaio began his career at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County in 1990 where he started working part-time as Camp Counselor for our Summer Camp Program. Through hands on training and Boys Girls Club of America trainings, Joe was promoted up the ladder to Social/Cultural Director, Director of Program Services, Director of Teen Services, Roselle Park Club Director, and most recently Assistant to the CEO.

Joe had served on the 1995 Program Institute Committee for two (2) consecutive years providing valuable training to staff within Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the North East Region. He has been a State Youth of the Year Committee Member for the past 10 years and has worked closely with our State Director on a variety of Projects.

Joe has also lead a state initiative with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to increase CLUBService enrollments within Clubs in New Jersey. With this, he has provided informative trainings to Club Staff along with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and has increased CLUBService participation within many Clubs throughout the State.

He is a graduate of Union County College earning an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Business Management and is currently attending Kean University in the Social Work Program.

Yefim Shoykhet

Aquatics Director

Yefim Shoykhet graduated from the Pedagogical University of Russia in St. Petersburg with a master’s degree in Physical Education and sports, specializing in swimming. He has been involved with swimming for more than 40 years now and has successfully worked with a variety of age groups, developing swimmers from novice to Olympics. Yefim has coached over 15 National Junior & Senior qualifiers from the former USSR .

He has been the Aquatic Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County, Union Club since 1992. Yefim has developed and promoted very positive and strong programs for Aquatics such as Swim Lessons, Swim Team and the Summer Swim Camp.

Lucero Cano

Aquatics Assistant

Lucero Cano has been a staff member at our Union Club for 15 years. She has a bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Medellin in Columbia. In the United States, Lucero has completed her bachelors in Spanish with a minor in education. Lucero has certifications as a water safety instructor and CPR. She is a member of the White Foundation helping the Latino community to achieve higher education. In addition, Lucero also belongs to the Columbian Lion’s Club. Lucero has been an asset to our Aquatic programs and has been instrumental in the implementation of our swim lessons providing excellent instruction to our youth members and families in our community.

Lisa Sepetjian

Director of Development & Marketing

Jennifer has been an employee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County since 2000. She started as a camp counselor during the Summer season at the Union Club. Since then she held the position of Front Desk Attendant at the Union Club and Membership Coordinator at the Roselle Park Club. She is now the Office Manager for the Union Club and the Hillside Club Director, overseeing 5 site locations and about 200 kids on a daily basis. 

In addition to being an employee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County she was also a member for over 10 years. Jennifer was chosen as the 2002 Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County Youth of the Year. Jennifer has graduated from William Patterson gaining a bachelors degree in Humanities and Social Sciences and will be graduating this year from the University of Phoenix with her Masters in Management.

Lita Thomas

Elizabeth & Roselle Club Director

Lita is responsible for administration of the Elizabeth and Roselle Club programs and services, in addition to maintaining the fiscal operations, community relations and program development. Before she became our Elizabeth & Roselle Club Director, Lita was employed as the Director of the AmeriCorp program for the International Youth Organization.

Candace Barnes

Education & Teen Services - Elizabeth Club

Candace Barnes has been apart of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County since 1998. She started as a junior camp counselor during the summer seasons at the Plainfield Club. In 2006, Candace was chosen as Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County Youth of the Year. Throughout her college years, she has been an AmeriCorps volunteer and Youth Advisor for the Elizabeth Club. She is now the Teen Services Director for the Elizabeth Club.

Candace has graduated Summa Cum Laude from Montclair State University gaining a bachelors degree in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. Additionally, Candace has earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Georgian Court University.

Erin Duffy

Plainfield Club Director

Erin Duffy has been part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County since 2001. She is a graduate of Kean University with a Bachelors Degree in Recreation Administration. For 8 years she held the responsibilities of the Director of Athletics and Director of the "Summer Fun Club” at the Union Club. She was responsible for organizing and running all athletic programs at the Union Club, overseeing the day-to-day operation for their after-school program, and coordinating and supervising the very popular "Summer Fun Club".

Erin became Club Director of the Hillside Satellite Sites in 2010, a position which she held for 3 years. As the Club Director, she was tasked with supervising 5 after-school program locations in Hillside for grades K-8th, with almost 200 kids enrolled and attending on a daily basis.

Since 2013, she has held the position of Plainfield Club Director. The Plainfield Club is home to over 100 registered members, 8 staff and 20 interns per year. The Plainfield Club runs a variety of programs for all of its members, including Summer Camp, Project Learn, Career Launch and Stand & Deliver. 

In addition to being a Club Director, Erin has a passion for Technology. She is working towards obtaining her certifications, while practicing her skills within the Clubs. Erin works diligently on our website, keeping the community aware of all the great programs our Clubs have to offer. She also travels to each location to try and keep each Computer Lab up and running for the members to use for homework assignments and free time.

DeAndre Hollingsworth

Associate Club Director - Plainfield Club

DeAndre Hollingsworth’s career with Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County began in 2009 at the Elizabeth Club. DeAndre served as the instructor in the Advanced Technology Learning Center and as the Office Manager. While working with the Elizabeth Club, he split his responsibilities with the Roselle Club as a Site Supervisor for a short amount of time.

In 2012, DeAndre made the move over to the Plainfield Club, where he currently serves as the Office Manager. DeAndre has been working with youth for over 10 years and studied Middle Grades Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is also a former Boys & Girls Club member.

Ronald Brangman

Associate Club Director - Union Club

Ron Brangman's career with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County started in 2004 as the Director of Teen Service & Education. He oversaw teen recruitment as well as supervising the activities of the After-School Program for ages 5-10 years old.

Prior to becoming a part of the Movement, Ron worked for several major companies in Finance. During that time he volunteered for 2 years as an advisor for the Keystone Club, the Boys & Girls Clubs teen leadership group. To date, Ron works with many community organizations as a speaker & trainer and currently serves as the Union Club's Associate Club Director
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