OUR TEAM


EXECUTIVE

 

Matthew Troy (+)
Executive Director



Matthew joined Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens in October, 2015. He brings over a decade of nonprofit management experience with some of this city's most dynamic institutions. He is passionate about education and has dedicated his career to supporting organizations that serve youth. Prior to joining the Club, Matthew served as the Director of Development for Kids Creative. He improved the organization's fundraising and marketing capacity in support of after school and summer programs that serve 1,800 NYC students. Previously, Matthew led government and community affairs for Lincoln Center, the world's largest performing arts center, during its $1.2B redevelopment. He raised millions for the center's arts education programs and helped bring free performances to audiences citywide. Matthew began his career in and around City Hall including work as an advocate for nonprofit organizations. He is a lifelong New Yorker with family roots in Astoria that go back more than 30 years.

Andy Rodriguez (+)
Programs Director



Andy brought over fourteen years of experience in Youth Services and the non-profit sector when he joined the Club in May 2016. His experience includes advocacy for displaced families, designing and implementing dynamic youth programs, as well as program management and administration. He has worked in a variety of environments: schools, community centers, athletic programs and family residences. Andy understands and appreciates the transformative power that youth programs can play in the lives of the young people and families in the neighborhoods they serve. He has lived in Astoria for over 10 years and is excited to be a part of an organization that serves the community.

Elsbeth Grant (+)
Education Director




Elsbeth Grant joined Variety Boys & Girls Club as the Education Director in August 2018 after graduating with an MBA from Columbia Business School. While at Columbia she served as the Co-President of the Social Enterprise Club and worked as a Consultant for the Center for Public Research and Leadership, an education policy center based out of Columbia Law School. Prior to CBS she taught middle school math and technology, and coached the track team, at The Young Women's Leadership School of the Bronx through the NYC Teaching Fellows. While teaching full time, she completed her Masters at Relay GSE. Elsbeth is passionate about the power of education to transform lives. She believes that after school programs are an opportunity for kids to be exposed to ideas, career paths, and passions that they don't get to explore during the school day.

Marianne Evangelou
Chief Financial Officer

Denise Cermanski (+)
Development Director






OPERATIONS

 

Lainey Johnston (+)
Administrative Coordinator





Erica Ammann (+)
Volunteer & Marketing Coordinator





PROGRAMMING

 

Gift Adeboyeku (+)
Site Director | Academy of the City



In June 2016 Gift Adeboyeku joined the Variety team. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling, which allowed her to provide therapy for students ranging from elementary through high school. Prior to working at the Club, Gift was a Program Coordinator at After-School All Stars for 4 years, where she created after school and summer programs for students in elementary and middle school. She has been working with children for over a decade and continues to inspire youth to achieve their goals.



Diana Franco (+)
Site Director | I.S. 10 Horace Greeley



Diana Franco has been working with children for about 14 years and joined the Variety Boys and Girls Club in August 2017. She previously worked for Orange County Library in Florida creating children's activities and promoting reading and writing. From 2009-2017 she worked at Goodwill Industries for after schools program where she worked her way up from an ESL instructor to Program Director. Her motivation is watching the kids grow up as participants in our program and then coming back to volunteer as a way of giving back to the community. As a mother of three boys, Diana knows the importance of providing a safe and fun place for children.



Maria Loizi (+)
Site Director | P.S. 70Q





Alex Macaulay (+)
Site Director | Astoria Boys & Girls Club



Alex Macaulay began his journey with the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens in 2012, when he volunteered through Ophelia Theater Company to teach the Club members Theater Arts. Since then he has been working to make a positive impact on the youth and families of the community by building a strong team and an even stronger program. He began by managing the Summer Youth Employment Program for 4 years and then took over the role of Site Director for Variety Boys and Girls Club in Astoria. He hopes that this position can help bring fulfilling experiences to the amazing kids that will define and create the world of tomorrow. His goal is to expose the kids to all the possible routes their lives can take, and help the club members pursue the path that makes them the happiest.



Giovany Bolivar (+)
Aquatics Director





Charles Melone (+)
Athletics Director




Tony Ferruggia (+)
Swim Coach