Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (BGCEV) announced the Board of Directors have selected Connie Perez as the new Chief Executive Officer, replacing Mark Hanke, who moved out of state. Connie will also serve as President.
“After a thorough selection process, the Board of Directors are delighted that Connie will lead BGCEV as we navigate through the evolving and expanding landscape of helping all children in our community,” said Chairmen of the Board of Directors, Deborah Walden-Ralls. “We have no doubt Connie is the right person for this position as she has proven her leadership skills and value creation in her past roles.”
With a background in healthcare and business management, Connie is best known as an inclusive values-driven leader with the demonstrated ability to integrate strategic thinking and visionary leadership with effective operations. Connie most recently served as a consultant with Hospice of the Valley after spending a year as a Senior Vice President at nThrive following its acquisition of Adreima, where she had served in the roles of CEO or President for over 10 years. Prior to that Connie had served as the vice president of clinical operations of Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
“I consider the opportunity to serve Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley the greatest honor and privilege of my life. I look forward to increasing our funding and building our team as we increase the number of children served in our community. Through the Boys & Girls clubs “Formula for Impact” programs designed to build Good Character and Citizenship, Healthy Lifestyles, and Academic Success we will ensure that in our 11 clubs and charter school every child’s experience is one that makes a positive difference in their life.” said Connie.
Connie is also a leader in the community, having served on the Board and as Chair of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Ryan House and the Arizona Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). She has also served on the board Hospice of the Valley and chaired HFMA’s National Women Lead Here initiative. Connie has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loyola University and a Master’s of Management from the Executive Management program at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley
For over 55 years Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (BGCEV) has served more than 35,000 youth and teens with educational, fun and healthy programs and opportunities at our 11 branches in Chandler, Tempe, Queen Creek, Mesa, Guadalupe, Gilbert, Laveen, Sacaton and the Mesa Arts Academy. BGCEV offers Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, STEM, Sports, Fitness and Recreation programs for youth and teens ages 5-18. The three priority outcomes are: Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. To learn more about BGCEV, please visit our website at www.clubzona.org or call 480.820.3688.