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

Plainfield Clubs

145 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060

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.

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Russell Triolo

Chief Executive Officer

Russell Triolo has 50 years executive level experience in the Boys & Girls Clubs Movement and is recognized throughout 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 45 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 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 30 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.

Yefim 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.

Patricia De Castro

Union Office Manager

Patricia has been with Boys & Girls Club of Union County since 2011. She worked at Union Club’s Front Desk for several years focusing primarily on membership retention and recruitment.

Lita Thomas

Lita Thomas

Elizabeth Club Director

Lita is responsible for administration of the Elizabeth Club. Before she became our Elizabeth 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 a part 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.

DeAndre M. Hollingsworth

Plainfield Club Director

DeAndre M. Hollingsworth’s career with Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County began in 2009 at the Elizabeth Club as the Computer Lab Instructor. During his time with the Club, he has served as a Site Supervisor, Office Manager, Teen Services Coordinator, and Keystone Advisor, and Associate Club Director. He is now Club Director in Plainfield, overseeing before & after-school programming, summer camp, and full day programs throughout the Plainfield Community.
Melissa MacNicoll

Melissa MacNicoll

Plainfield Youth Development Coordinator
Educational Services

Melissa has been a member of our staff for the past two years, and was recently promoted to her current position. Prior to joining the Boys & Girls Club staff, she was employed as Executive Team Leader with Target Corporation where she led 25+ team members and was responsible for transitioning departments to drive profitable sales.  Melissa has previous Boys & Girls Club experience having volunteered at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County in Jersey City as an afterschool classroom assistant


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.

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 Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County.

Brian Phillips

Brian Phillips

Board Chair

Citigroup, Inc.
Brenda Williams-Butts

Brenda Williams - Butts

Chair Emeritus


Sid Vaidya

Vice Chair Financial Services

Investors Bank
Anthony Osbourne

Anthony Osbourne

Vice Chair Resource Development

Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.

Frank Purdue

Francis J. Purdue

Vice Chair Support Services

True & Associates

Ed Palmieri

Vice Chair Operations

Economic Planning Group

Robert Poles

Board Secretary

Geraldine Boone - Board Member

Geraldine Boone

Board Member

Wendy Cama

Wendy Cama

Board Member

Crowe LLP

Susan Cannilla

Board Member

Prudential Financial
Lisa Gingeleski

Lisa Gingeleski Esq.

Board Member

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper
Demond T. Hargrove

Demond Hargrove

Board Member

Union County College
Frank Lawrence

Frank Lawrence

Board Member

James R. Guerra,
Architects & Planners
Marcy Metz

Marcy Metz

Board Member

B.J. & M. Auto
Asisco Auto, Inc.
Scott Myers

Scott Myers

Board Member

Robert Oliver

Rob Oliver

Board Member

Universal Technical Institute
Joi Stanley

Joi M. Stanley

Board Member

Progressive Achievers

Jennifer Young

Board Member

Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski
Amir Youssef

Amir Youssef

Board Member

Buzz It Forward

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.

Yvette Bonk

Yvette Bonk

CAB Member

Fresh Start Children’s Boutique BY & EY Management
Stephanie Branna

Stephanie Branna

CAB Member

The Branna Insurance Agency
Mary Kaplonsi

Mary Kaplonski

CAB Member

Helsinn Therapeutics
Ruth Sutton

Ruth Sutton

CAB Member

Silpadia Designs

Jocelyn Virgil-Phillips

Jocelyn Virgil-Phillips

CAB Member


"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.