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Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Arely Gamez

Arely Gamez
Unit Director: Sunny Hill Elementary
Short Bio:  I am very family oriented. I am currently going to school for criminal justice. I love whales and I love being weird when I don’t have to be serious.
What is your favorite thing about working with BGCDT?:  My favorite thing about working with BGCDT is being able to make an impact with the kids no matter how big or small.

Staff Spotlight: Isaiah De La Cruz


Isaiah De La Cruz

Unit Director: Meadowdale Elementary

Short Bio:  I Enlisted in the United States Army reserves at the age of  17. After completing  Army's Basic Combat Training  & Advanced Individualized Training, I joined the Boys & Girls club movement! I began at CMS and later Transferred to Parkview and now serve as the Unit Director at Meadowdale Elementary.

Alumni / Staff Spotlight: Karri Haiges ~ 2014 BGCDT Youth of the Year

Short Bio:  I am 20 years old and a junior in college. I go to Illinois State University, Go Redbirds!, and am majoring in special education.  I enjoy short walks to the fridge and strawberry ice cream :)   I love reading (so if you know any good reads, please feel free to let me know) and cooking (also accepting secret family recipes to amazing meals).

Staff Spotlight: Carlos "CJ" Solarte

Carlos "CJ" Solarte
Music Director
Short bio:  I am a 30 year old kid. The first house I lived in was 1915 Bristol Circle. I always considered this community as home and a very special place. Many decades ago, I went to pre-school and learned my abc's in the building that is now our teen center. I am the Boys & Girls Club music director and our group is called "Blue Voices". 
Some of my music accomplishments include: