David Kupecky, Executive Director
David Kupecky has been working with children in and out of the classroom for over 15 years in a variety of roles. David started as a part-time group leader in YMCA Latchkey programs throughout college after graduating he began teaching 6th grade math. After a few years working in the classroom David realized his true passion was working with students in an afterschool setting. The importance of offering a safe space afterschool where students are challenged to discover new interests is paramount. After running school based programs throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens for 8 years, David joined the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens in 2013. As Executive Director David oversees the operations of the club and programs. David attended the University of Hartford and Columbia’s Teacher College.
Samantha Baksh, Director of K-12 Programs
In 2013, Samantha Surujlall joined the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens’ team as Site Director and was quickly promoted to Program Director. She brings with her over 10 years of experience as a youth professional in New York City’s urban communities. She dedicates her time to strengthening and supporting the program staff, as well as overseeing the daily operations of the Elementary, Middle School and High School departments. Samantha Surujlall emphasizes the importance of developing programs that enable club members to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.
Asia Blume, Club Program Manger
Joining the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens in 2005, Asia Blume began her career teaching health and youth development as an off-site staff member. She was promoted to Director of the Teen Center 6 years later after finding a greater need for her expertise working with the teenage population of the club. Asia Blume wears many hats at BGCMQ, bringing her love of sports as Director of Basketball Operations. Asia Blume is described as being extremely passionate about her work and puts the needs of the children first. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education from C.W. Post Long Island University, as well as certification in Behavior Management, First AID/CPR Pro.
Pamela Brown joined the BGCMQ team in 2015 as the Program Director for the satellite site at PS/MS 146Q. She brings with her over 8 years of experience of operating as an After-School Program Director in Queens, NY, as well as her love for athletics. Pamela Brown has strong passion for providing children with a safe and enjoyable learning environment. She has taught students to use their passions to navigate their way through school and life, and remains committed to the positive development of Queens’ youth.
Kelsey Smalls, School Based Program Manager
Kelsey Smalls joined the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens in July of 2018. He brings over 10 years of experience from many different roles in the Afterschool field that started as a Youth Worker back in September 2008. His devotion as a role model carries over from after school programming as he also coaches youth football in Harlem for LBX Empire. Kelsey is a resourceful and innovative strategist who thrives in challenging situations and has a proven track record of success running after school programs over the past 6 years with expertise in curriculum planning, staff development and developing model programming with a focus on enrichment and community outreach. Kelsey thrives on treating every child in the program as his own.
Tiffany Mayol, After School Program Director of P.S. 100
Tiffany Mayol, Program Director, is a native of the Bronx, NY. She holds a B.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology with a minor Early Childhood Education from CUNY Lehman. Tiffany started her nonprofit career working at New York Junior Tennis & Learning as an after-school director. Ms. Mayol is currently the After School Program Director for Boy’s & Girl Club of Metro Queens @PS100. The afterschool program offers classes in STEM, Art, Sports and Dance. In addition, students receive an hour of Homework time a day. Ms. Mayol has a strong passion for providing children with safe, nurturing environment that promotes learning and social emotional growth.
Naomi DeVore, After School Program Director of P.S. 62
Naomi DeVore, Program Director, is a native of Queens, NY and mother of two beautiful energetic children. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource administration from CUNY York College. Naomi started her management career as a part time shift manager with McDonalds Corp., where she was awarded Best Shift Manager from McDonald’s New York Metro Region division. Naomi has an eye for managing people where she strongly believes that the success in any organization lies in the people that are hired to pushed the organization to the next level. Managing people is a transferrable skill that Naomi was able to transfer to the nonprofit sector. Naomi started her nonprofit career working at Black Spectrum theatre as an theater arts after school director.
After 3 years of directing a middle school program, she switch to directing an elementary program with the Boys and Girls Club.
Kayleen Estevez, After School Program Director of P.S. 254 & P.S. 66
Kayleen Estevez, our After School Program Director at P.S.66 & P.S.254, has been part of our Boys & Girls Club family since she was only 5 years old! Making her way through our pipeline, she's been able to combine her treasured childhood memories as a club kid with her passion for teaching in order to create programs that help her give our youth an after school experience they'll remember forever. Kayleen believes that every child deserves to feel recognized and empowered. Thus, she prides herself in building positive relationships with our youth that will help them push their limits and ultimately, encourage their overall growth. Because she knows what it is to be a "club kid", she hopes to build a similar memorable experience for our youth today.
Miquana Hill, After School Program Director of P.S. 90
Miquana Hill has been a part of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens for over a decade; starting her journey as a youth to now an After-school program Director. Her commitment to the Boys and Girls Club is shown through her passion by providing a safe and learning atmosphere for our youth. Miquana prides herself in give back to others and share many creative ideas to innovative the mind of the youth. At my program I offer STEM based learning projects, Physical Recreation, Dancing and Arts and Culture. With my programs my members are not only challenged intellectually but are allowed to share their creative ideas with others.
Patricia Torres, After School Program Director of Pre K and 3K
Mrs. Patricia Torres realized that she was passionate about education after being a Youth Pastor for five years. She started working as an Early childhood teacher and worked her way up to teaching college level courses. After years of teaching in the catholic, private and public sectors, she later decided to go into the Administrative field where she has blossomed as a leader. Education has always been her driving force in life and she continues to fulfill those dreams daily. Mrs. Torres is the newly appointed Early Childhood Director/Principal of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens. Planting seeds at a young age can bring fruitful children who will blossom into future leaders. It is with great passion that we offer this program, so we can start building our community.
Stacie Persaud, After School Program Director of MS and Teen Center
Stacie Persaud joined the BGCMQ team as of August 2017 as the Program Director for the middle school department here at the main clubhouse. She currently works with both the middle school and teen department. She brings with her over 10 years of experience in the After-School field. Stacie has a strong passion for creating a family-environment among staff and children. In addition, challenging children to step outside of their comfort zone to reach
their full potential.