CEO Announced

Boys & Girls Club appoints new CEO
By Brandi Bottalico bbottalico@capgaznews.com
Published: September 22, 2015
After four years working at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, Lisa Mondoro has been promoted to chief executive officer, the organization announced Monday.  

“I’m just absolutely thrilled and honored that the board has asked me to do this,” she said. “It just happened the way it was supposed to happen.” Mondoro, who was previously senior director of operations for the club’s six locations, will replace Steven Cornette, who resigned at the beginning of this month after less than 18 months at the helm. “Lisa is very well versed on everything at the club,” said Peter Summers, chairman of the group’s board of directors. “She has an inherent understanding of the Boys & Girls Club on both a local and national level and has the skills and drive to quickly step into the CEO role.”  

Mondoro has more than 20 years of experience in youth services and has been a county resident for 14 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology/criminal justice from Longwood University and is working on completing her master’s degree in special education. She has what it takes to lead the organization in the right direction, Summers said. “We want our clubs to be places the children want to come,” he said. “We need to make sure we’re offering programs that attract the children and we’re providing a nurturing environment for them and Lisa will do that.”  

Mondoro said she has no plans for dramatic changes but wants to build on the strong partnerships that already exist. As a mother of two teenagers who attend South River High School, she is interested in reaching out to teens who typically put the Boys & Girls Club’s offerings on the back burner, she said. She wants to inform them of the opportunities available at the organization, such as college preparation programs, homework help and job openings.  

 Mondoro first started working with the organization seven years ago through a partnership with the Anne Arundel County Public School’s Alternative Center for Education program, located at the Wiley H. Bates Boys & Girls Club. ACE is for students who have been suspended from area middle schools and are brought to the Boys & Girls Club, where their education can continue in a supervised setting.  

 She said through that experience she learned helping children is her purpose in life. “I knew that I would always be with Boys & Girls Club in some capacity,” she said. “It’s my passion. It’s where I’m always going to be.” Mondoro then began working at the Boys & Girls Club of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County and has served in many roles since, including director of education, director of programs and senior director of operations. 

She has also worked in the public school systems in Anne Arundel and Fairfax County, Virginia. She will assume most of her responsibilities as senior director of operations, she said. Down the road, the organization will look for a replacement. The experience she has through the various programs at the Boys & Girls Club will be beneficial to her as CEO, as she knows the organization and families well, she said. “In this position I can create more partnerships to serve even more kids,” she said. “My focus is to keep remembering that it’s about the kids. We are a business and organization, but it’s for the kids and about the kids.”
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