Who We Are
The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven provides programs full of education and enrichment for children and families, especially those from low-income households. Our dedicated Administrative Staff, Board of Managers, Partners and Volunteers make this all possible.
Stephanie Barnes has a history of proven leadership and has served in her role as Executive Director since 2008. Ms. Barnes is responsible for all day to day operations of the Boys & Girls Club including all organizational programs, the direct supervision of the Club’s staff, all development efforts and management of the Club’s total operating budget.
Her achievements and strong background include fifteen years of relevant experience working for leading non-profit organizations where she provided executive level leadership and key decision making. Ms. Barnes has been recognized as one of New Haven’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2006 and as a Woman of Achievement by the Girls Scouts of Connecticut in 2012., Her past experience includes: working for The APT Foundation, the AIDS Interfaith Network, Inc., the United Way of America and most recently as Project Coordinator of the Youth@Work Partnership for the City of New Haven. She is also the current President of The Connecticut Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs.
Carlos Collazo has over 18 years of experience working in the non-profit sector. He joined the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven in June 2013. In his role, he will oversee programs and operations with primary focus on program development, human resources, community relations, grant/budget management, facilities and major building renovation projects. Previously, Carlos was Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Redding-Easton and prior to working for the Redding-Easton Club he was Unit Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Bridgeport.
During a time of tremendous growth at the Boys & Girls Club of Redding-Easton Carlos directed the addition of numerous programs. Under his tenure the Boys & Girls Club of Redding-Easton expanded not only in sports offerings, but developed new programs designed to promote character & leadership, the arts, health & life skills and education & career development. Carlos was the driving force behind those efforts. His combination of enthusiasm, commitment, professionalism and positive attitude have attributed to his successful track record.
Chantel Gray has been employed at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven for 8 years. She started at the Club as a Lead Counselor and transitioned into the Membership & Outreach Coordinator over 5 years ago. Her responsibilities as the Membership Director include promoting club membership through community outreach, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with members and their families and manage all membership registrations. Chantel has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Western Connecticut State University. In 2015, Chantel Gray was promoted to Director of Programs & Family Services. In her new role she will be responsible for program delivery, supervision of program staff organization-wide, implementation of BGCA’s Formula for Impact organization-wide, member outreach, recruitment and retention, parent outreach, engagement/ recruitment and retention.
Tharon Mayes joined our staff as Director of Sports Programming in August 2009. Tharon is a former NBA player and NCAA star who is giving back to the community he grew up in by drawing on his successes and helping youth develop into well rounded college hopefuls, and more importantly well-rounded individuals. Tharon graduated Richard C. Lee High School in New Haven and went on to become one of the Top 25 players in Florida State University basketball history, as well as their all-time 3-point shot leader. Tharon also played in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers and the LA Clippers before becoming a dominant force in the European Professional Basketball league where he played for nine seasons in Spain, Italy and Greece.
Board of Managers
• Daniel Adelman, Board President
• Stan R. Dombroski, Second Vice President
• Gail D’Addio, Treasurer
• Marilyn Burlenski
• Sharon Codeanne
• Alex A. Discepolo
• P. Gregory Mickelson
• Paul Michael Portnoy
• Gary Sklaver
• Jeff Updyke
The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven has partnered with several innovative organizations in order to bring better support to the Club and its members. We would like to thank the following organizations for teaming up with us to help deliver our message of hope to the youth of greater New Haven:
• Adelman Law Office
• Albertus Magnus College
• Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Tau Xi Omega Chapter
• Boys & Girls Club of America
• Boys & Girls Club of New Haven Alumni Association
• Carolyn Foundation
• Chubb Insurance
• City Missionary
• City of New Haven
• Citywide Youth Coalition
• Comcast Foundation
• Darden Restaurants
• Easter Seals, Good Will Industries
• Elizabeth Carse Foundation
• First Niagara Bank Foundation
• George & Grace Long Foundation
• Helping Hands Community Thrift Store
• Hill Family Alliance
• Housing Authority of New Haven, Elm City Communities
• Industrial Heater Corp.
• Jack & Jill, New Haven Chapter
• Lowes Charitable & Educational Foundation
• New Alliance Foundation
• New Haven Police Department, Police Activities League (PAL)
• Parent Advisory Council
• People’s United Community Foundation
• Quinnipiac University
• REACH- Hospital of St. Raphael
• Southern Connecticut State University
• Taco Bell Foundation for Teens
• TD Bank Foundation
• The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
• The Mickelson Company
• The Milford Bank
• United Way of Greater New Haven
• University of New Haven
• Yale University
• Yale New Haven Hospital