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 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.
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.