The Wonderful Women of BGCCG
March is Women’s History Month! The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia (BGCCG) is lucky to have some of the most diligent and dedicated women in middle Georgia leading in their Clubs and Administrative office. These are the wonderful women of the BGCCG, behind the scenes.
Meet Devorba Russell!
Devorba Russell has been with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia for 14 years now. She currently serves as the Club Director for our King Danforth Unit.
Just like the rest of our Club Directors, Devorba has a heart for the children and teens in our community. Her favorite thing about working with the Boys & Girls Clubs is being able to work with our youth.
Fun Fact: Devorba used to run track and play basketball in school!
Devorba Russell’s ongoing goal is to reach more of the children and teens in our community, so that our mission can continue to positively impact our young people. We’re incredibly grateful to have someone like Devorba on our team!
Meet Donna Simpson!
Donna Simpson is our Vice President of Administration and Executive Assistant to the CEO. She comes from a local community in Coffee County but found her way to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia.
What Donna loves most about the Boys & Girls Clubs is seeing how it builds and restores the community. Her favorite part of the job is being able to witness every working part of the Boys & Girls Clubs, from the kids in the Clubs all the way to the administration.
Fun Fact: Donna was a chaplain for four years at her local police department and a youth director for 11 years at her church. Can you tell she loves being involved in her community?
Donna is one of our newest members to the BGCCG team, and we couldn’t be happier to have her on board. Her energy and optimism reach not only her coworkers but our community as well.
Meet Esther Suarez!
Esther Suarez has been with the Boys & Girls Clubs for about 15 years, she currently serves as our Federal Grants Finance Administrator and Chief Financial Officer.
What Esther most enjoys about her work is the team element, she loves the camaraderie and teamwork among her coworkers. What she loves about our Clubs is the growth she’s been able to witness.
Fun Fact: Esther has had her own CPA firm since 2005, she’s been in business for 28 years. What an achievement!
Esther is excited to see the future growth of our youth. She loves knowing that we help young people each and every day.
Meet Katrina Williams!
From a young age Katrina was a part of the Club, she started out at our Carl D. Thomas Memorial Unit as a Club kid. Nowadays you can find her in our administrative office or at any one of our six locations throughout Central Georgia.
After graduating high school, Katrina obtained her degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Organization Management. She taught Pre-K and HeadStart, all while working part-time at the Boys & Girls Clubs. She then became the assistant director for our Forsyth-Monroe County Club and is now our Program Compliance and Teen Leadership Development Director.
Fun Fact: In 2005, Katrina was our Youth of the Year winner and scholarship recipient. Her talent was art, something she still loves to do today!
We’re grateful to have Katrina on our team. Her Club experience, hard work, and dedication helps carry out our mission each and every day.
Meet Lawana Marlin!
For 8 years now Lawana Marlin has been the Club Director for our Candler County Club.
Lawana tells us her favorite part of the job is knowing that kids have a safe place to be, to grow, and to learn. She makes sure every day is a great day to be a Club kid, “I have the love and the passion for working with kids.”
Fun Fact: Lawana and her husband are pastors at a local church in Statesboro!
We don’t know what we would do without Lawana Marlin, we are incredibly lucky to have her be a part of the BGCCG family. Thank you for all that you do Lawana!
Meet Nancy Abarca!
Nancy serves as our Resource Development & Marketing Coordinator. She joined our team in October 2020 as an intern. Upon graduating from Wesleyan College in May 2021, she became a part-time staff member. After over a year of growing with our organization, we are proud to have brought her on in a full-time role at the beginning of this year!
Though she juggles many tasks, Nancy most loves going to the Clubs to capture our program in action. Seeing the kids grow and learn inspires her as she continues to share our mission and message with the greater community.
Fun Fact: Nancy loves to travel and has visited 25 out of the 50 states in the U.S. She’s halfway there!
Thanks to Nancy for keeping our organization in the public eye! A huge thanks for all her hard work.
Meet Rachelle Wilson Mosely!
Our Vice President of Mission Advancement & Chief Development Officer, Rachelle has been with the organization since September 2020. Having grown up in Macon, Rachelle knows first-hand the impact of community organizations. She is proud to serve the community that helped her when she was a child.
Fun Fact: Rachelle served in the Peace Corps in Morocco.
Mixing her love for Macon, international experience in youth development, and passion for writing altogether, Rachelle’s experiences converge to create a unique approach to her role and leadership within our organization.
Meet Sarah Miller!
Sarah Miller has been with the Boys & Girls Clubs for about 30 years now. She is currently a Unit Director for our Murphy Felton Tindall Unit.
If you have ever met Sarah Miller, you know her love and dedication for children is very apparent. Overtime, she has been able to see her Club kids grow and develop into accomplished adults. Being able to see their progress has been a great pride and joy for her.
Fun Fact: Sarah was a schoolteacher for 30 years before joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia!
Sarah Miller looks forward to seeing her Club grow and seeing our community gain awareness of Boys & Girls Clubs presence and mission. Her hard work and dedication make us proud!
Women’s History Month is a celebration for the contributions women have made not only throughout history, but currently in our society as well. This month, take it upon yourself to celebrate the women in your life. Celebrate the women who raised, mentored, or helped you grow. Recognize the women in your life, explore the history of women’s rights, learn about what issues women still face today, support women-owned businesses or nonprofits. Find a way to learn, support, or advocate this month.
One way you can celebrate is by joining us on Friday, March 25, 2022, for our Rising Tide: Women’s Leadership Brunch. We’ll have women in leadership from central Georgia, a panel discussion on mentorship, live art and music, and so much more. Finish off Women’s History Month strong, bring your friends, invite your mentor(s), or come alone and find fellowship among the women in your community.
To get your ticket(s) or for more information visit our site.
Happy Women’s History Month!