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Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield

Contact Kristin


Title:
Director of Operations/Associate Director
Hometown: Danbury, CT
Joined the Ridgefield Club: 2008
Years in the Boys & Girls Club Movement: 10
Email: kgoncalves@bgcridgefield.org
Phone: 203-438-8821 ext. 17

About Kristin

Kristin first joined us in September of 2008 as an intern from Western Connecticut State University, where she graduated with a BS in Health Promotion Studies and a concentration in Community Health.  Following her internship she was hired as a Program Coordinator, and became our Program Director in Fall of 2011.  in April of 2014, Kristin was named Director of Operations.

Over the summer, Kristin plans our daily Camp Schedule, and is always planning new activities for our members, plans all of our field trips and is our "Camp Nurse." She also serves as our Aquatics Director, and can often be found on the pool deck!  During the school year, Kristin serves as our Associate Director, and oversees the daily programming offered at the Club, program staff and the overall Club operation on a daily basis.  She also works closely with the high school students and advises the Keystone Club.  She can often be found in the Teen Room with her "Keystone Family" or in one of the learning centers.

Kristin has been extremely involved in the Club's initiative to implement programs from Boys & Girls Club of America, such as our Year of Service Events.  She was selected to serve on the Adult Steering Committee for two Northeast Regional Keystone Conferences, and two National Keystone Conferences.  She also served as the conference co-manager for the Northeast Regional Torch Club Summit. In November of 2013, Kristin was the Co-Manager of the 2013 Northeast Regional Keystone Summit, held in Danbury, CT.  At the Summit, Kristin was named the 2013 Northeast Regional Keystone Advisor, an honor her Keystone Club members submitted her for.  

Kristin has been a member of the CT Association of Boys & Girls Club Professionals since joining the movement in 2008.  She currently holds the position of Vice-President and Treasurer of the CT Association, providing opportunities for our Club members to participate in State-Wide Club Events!

Kristin grew up in Danbury, and has worked with children her whole life.  Before joining us at the Club, she previously taught preschool in Danbury for 7 years, and volunteered at many local elementary schools, providing one-on-one homework help.  She is extremely excited to be overseeing membership activities and staff, and she has many ideas to share with the members.

Check out some of Kristin's work here! Attached is a publication written by Kristin for Boys & Girls Club of America's national magazine "Connections." In this article Kristin writes about ways to bring more Teens in and offers insight to Clubs nationwide on how to grow their Teen programs.