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 Operations
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.
Patricia Torres, Early Childhood Program Manager
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.
Shannon Eaves, School Based Program Manager
Shannon has over 15 years of youth development experience in after school programs throughout New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. She worked her way up from teaching science classes at a museum to managing multiple programs and contracts. Currently, Shannon trains Site Directors and enforces BGCMQ policies to ensure compliance with grant agreements and regulations mandated by after school partners. She also provides professional development training on topics such as continuous quality improvement, trauma-informed practices, and youth development. Shannon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University and a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership, Executive Education from Fordham University. She is also an External Assessor endorsed by The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality to conduct research quality data on after school programs. As a child, Shannon participated in after school programs and she strives to give the same support and positive guidance she experienced.
Crystal Houser, After School Program Director of P.S. 121
Crystal Renee Houser has been working and advocating for inner city youth for over 15 years. She has experience that stretches over the 5 Boroughs. She grew up in Brooklyn, ENY where going to high school was an option. After dropping out, with much prayer, she went on to obtain her diploma and decided to continue her education to support her passion, the youth. She obtained her BA in Human Services with a concentration in Child and Family Welfare. Crystal has overcome obstacles in her life that makes her more than qualified to be the Site Director of P.S. 121Q and the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens are very pleased to have her on our team. We are confident that the impact she'll have will be phenomenal. Any time spent away from work is dedicated to her family, and music and writing poetry is what helps her daily. She has goals that she hopes will one day change the world, one child at a time.
Kayleen Estevez, After School Program Director of P.S. 146Q
Kayleen Estevez, our After School Program Director at P.S. 146Q, 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.
Kevon Davis, After School Program Director of P.S. 66 & P.S. 254
Kevon Davis initially joined the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens family in 2013 as a teen member who made active use of our basketball programs. In between pursuing a degree in Health & Physical Education from Corning Community College & being captain of the Red Barons Basketball team there, Kevon spent his summers as a group leader with our middle school summer camp programs. It was here that he was able to foster positive relationships with our youth & quickly become a role model that our younger members were able to look up to. In no time, he was promoted to Sports Specialist where he was able to continue motivating & empowering our youth to be their best selves on & off the court. Looking back, he would have never imagined landing the role he has today as an Elementary Director of not one, but two of our after school programs, but he couldn't be prouder of the example he's been able to set for our kids by doing so. Most of the youth he began his summer days as a group leader with are now high school graduates and he wants to continue striving to be the best role model he can be to continue reminding them and begin teaching incoming members that you have to be willing to work hard to make a difference.
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 theater 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.
Oscar Manosalvas, After School Program Director of P.S. 90
Oscar grew up in Queens playing soccer for several youth academies within the borough before joining Auburndale Soccer Club in 2008 as a youth player. He began his career working with children at Auburndale as a coach, referee, mentor, and director. His love for the written language, and story-telling helped him create a new approach to teaching American history through film, music, and literature and he was quickly promoted in order to provide the children of Auburndale fun ways of learning the common core curriculum. Oscar earned a BA in History and American Studies from Queens College in 2017. He taught English, and Social Studies for eleventh, and twelfth graders before joining the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens.
Stacie Persaud, After School Program Director of Middle School
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.
Tania Coy, After School Program Director of High School
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.
Treshawn Brown, After School Program Director of P.S. 80
Ms. Brown started at Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens Inc. as a group leader and due to her hard work and dedication, she was promoted to Assistant Director within three months. With a determined mind and self-motivation, she continued to improve and was propelled to her current role as Director. Ms. Brown brings years of experience via teaching students in a variety of settings. In her role, she emphasizes the need to cater to both inner-city and suburban students which makes her an asset to this organization. She has a strong passion for the growth and development of children and community engagement. Ms. Brown strives to engage students in the larger community. Throughout her career, she has immense experience incorporating community service projects into her classrooms. For example, as a teacher, she along with faculty and students volunteered at local community gardens and soup kitchens. She has also integrated service learning into lesson plans. Ms. Brown is a compassionate, enthusiastic, intelligent individual who promotes positive contribution to her students and the community at large.