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.
John DeCristoforo, Chief Executive Officer
John joined the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens as its Chief Executive Officer in December 2015, with over 20 years of resource development, marketing, and public relations experience in the non-profit arena. John oversees the Club’s resource development and marketing strategy including annual appeals, special events, grants, corporate and foundation sponsorships, planned giving, endowments, capital campaigns, and media relations. Prior to joining the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens, he was the Director of Development & Public Relations for UCP of Suffolk and also worked for the Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club, American Cancer Society, and American Red Cross. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Scranton and is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Phoenix.
Samantha Surujlall, Program Director
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.
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.
Christine De Vieira
In 2014, Christine De Vieira joined the team of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens as the Program Director of Middle School. Previously Christine De Vieira operated as a Science Teacher for middle school, as well as experience as an Education Specialist for After-School. Also an Education Specialist for BGCMQ, Christine De Vieira supports the program in its many academic areas. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Adolescent Education from St. John’s University, and a Master’s Degree in English from Queens College.
Joining the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens in 2007, Jonathan Rua lends his expertise in sports as the Athletic Director. A long-time team member of the Boys and Girls Club of America, he began his career as a Group Leader and Social Recreation Specialist at the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Long Island City, moving up to Sports Program Supervisor for the Hempstead Boys and Girls Club of Long Island. Jonathan Rua believes in teaching the values of sportsmanship, teamwork, and dedication, and building an inclusive athletic program that focuses on living a healthy, responsible lifestyle. Jonathan Rua holds an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Queens College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Teaching Certification at York College.
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.
Shannon Eaves joined the BGCMQ team in 2013 as the Program Director for the satellite site at PS/MS 146Q, later transitioning to her current role as Director of the Elementary Department. She brings over 10 years of youth development experience in After-School and summer programming honed during her time as a Youth Program Manager in Beacon programs throughout New York and the San Francisco Bay are. Shannon Eaves’ desire is to give youth the same support and positive guidance she experienced throughout her childhood. Shannon Eaves holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University.