Who We Are


Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.


Provide a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.


Union Club/Corporate Office

1050 Jeanette Avenue, Union, NJ 07083

Phone: 908-687-7976

Elizabeth Club

513-515 Richmond Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202

Phone: (908) 351-3344

Roselle Clubs

Dr. Charles C. Polk Elementary School

Harrison Elementary School

Washington Elementary School

L.V. Moore Middle School

Kindergarten Success Academy

Phone: (908) 351-3344

Plainfield Clubs

145 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060

Stillman Elementary School

Queen City Academy Charter School

Phone: (908) 822-8672


Caring, well-trained staff, are the foundation for all we do in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County. There is a strong bond of love, trust and friendship that has been forged between the kids and the staff who guide them.

Russell Triolo

Russell Triolo

Chief Executive Officer

Russell Triolo has 45 years executive level experience in the Boys & Girls Clubs Movement and is recognized throughout the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) movement as a visionary leader. Russ has been our Chief Executive Officer for the last 39 years. He is member of the National BGCA President’s Advisory Committee and was a prestigious member of the BGCA “GREAT FUTURES” National Commission that developed the worldwide direction of BGCA and it’s 4000+ local Clubs through 2025.


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 Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County (BGCUC) since 1992.

Carlos Calisto


Carlos Calisto’s non-profit career spans over 25 years, the last 20 with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County. Carlos started his Boys & Girls Club Career in 1996.

Lisa Sepetjian

Marketing & Development

Lisa comes to Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County with a background in Sales & Marketing in the corporate sector. She brings over 15 years of experience working with key accounts to develop special programs.

Peggy Woodward

Corporate Administrative Assistant

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.
Joe DeMaio

Joseph Demaio

Assistant to the CEO

Joseph DeMaio began his career at  Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County in 1990 as a part-time camp counselor. He now works closely with our CEO on special projects and events for the organization.

Yefin Shoykhet

Aquatics Director

Yefim Shoykhet 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.
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Lucero Cano

Assistant Aquatics Director

Lucero Cano has been a staff member at our Union Club for 17 years. 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.
Gemma Samper

Gemma Samper

Union Community Center Director

Gemma Samper has been a Director of our Bingo operations for over 20 years.
Jennifer Cerquiera

Jennifer Cerqueira

Union Office Manager

Jennifer has been an employee of Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County since 2000. She is now the Office Manager for the Union Club and was the Hillside Club Director, overseeing 5 site locations and about 200 kids on a daily basis.
Lita Thomas

Lita Thomas

Elizabeth & Roselle Club Director

Lita is responsible for administration of the Elizabeth and Roselle Clubs. Before she became our Elizabeth & Roselle Club Director, Lita was employed as the Director of the AmeriCorp program for the International Youth Organization.
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Candace Barnes

Elizabeth Education & Teen Services

Candace Barnes has been apart of Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County since 1998. Through the years, she has been an AmeriCorps volunteer and Youth Advisor for the Elizabeth Club. She is the Teen Services Director for the Elizabeth Club.

Erin Duffy

Plainfield Club Director

Erin Duffy has been with Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County since 2001. Her current responsibilities include Director of the Plainfield Club, Website Content Manager and IT technician for the Club.

Deandre Hollingsworth

Plainfield Associate Club Director

DeAndre Hollingsworth’s career with Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County began in 2009 at the Elizabeth Club as the Computer Lab Instructor. He is now Associate Club Director in Plainfield.

Ronald Brangman

Union Associate Club Director

Ron Brangman has been a part of Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County since 2004, as the Director of Teen Service & Education. He currently serves as the Union Club’s Associate Club Director.
Jurvany Damas

Jurvany Damas

Union Education & Teen Services

Jurvany Damas has been with the Union Club for over 15 years, first as a member, then as a part-time staff member for many years. She now oversees the Education and Teen Programs.

Board of Directors

The guidance and commitment of our Board of Directors is truly the lifeblood of our organization. Comprised of local business and civic leaders, these volunteers lend their substantial expertise, commitment and support in leading the
Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County.

Marcy Metz

Marcy Metz


B.J. & M. Auto
Asisco Auto Inc

Bob Poles


Toll Brothers
Wendy Cama

Wendy Cama

VP of Financial Services

Crowe LLP
Frank Lawrence

Frank Lawrence

VP of Support Services

James R. Guerra Architects PA
Brian Phillips

Brian Phillips

VP of Resource Development

Brenda Williams-Butts

Brenda Williams-Butts

VP of Operations


To Be Announced

Board Secretary

To Be Announced

Geraldine Boone

Geraldine Boone

Board Member

Lisa Gingeleski

Lisa Gingeleski

Board Member

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.
Demond T. Hargrove

Demond Hargrove

Board Member

Union County College
Michael Kaplonski

Michael Kaplonski

Board Member

Attorney At Law
Marie Maguire

Marie Maguire

Board Member

BCB Community Bank
Mary Makfinsky

Mary Makfinsky

Board Member

Wells Fargo
Scott Myers

Scott Myers

Board Member

Robert Oliver

Rob Oliver

Board Member

Universal Technical Institute
Anthony Osbourne

Anthony Osbourne

Board Member

Wilentz, Attorneys at Law


Ed Palmieri, Jr.

Board Member

Economic Planning Group
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Kimberly Smith

Board Member

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Tricia Vohden

Board Member

Vericon Construction
Derrick Watkins (2)

Derrick Watkins

Board Member

Derrick Watkins Enterprises

Wycliffe Wilkinson

Board Member


Jennifer Young

Board Member

Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, PC

Corporate Advisory Board

The Corporate Advisory Board is a vital link in the Clubs' mission to connect with the local business community in the Union County area.

Stephanie Branna

Stephanie Branna

CAB Member

The Branna Insurance Agency
Yvette Bonk

Yvette Bonk

CAB Member

Fresh Start Children’s Boutique BY & EY Management
Mary Kaplonsi

Mary Kaplonski

CAB Member

Helsinn Therapeutics
Russell Lomuscio

Russ Lomuscio

CAB Member

Northeast Planning Corporation
Ruth Sutton

Ruth Sutton

CAB Member

Silpadia Designs

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader"
- John Quincy Adams

Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County appreciates everything our staff and volunteers have done, are doing, and will do to ensure that we continue to make a difference around our community and in the lives of young people.