President & Chief Executive Officer
Through volunteer work with youth, what impacted Jane the most was realizing what a difference a little involvement with a caring adult can make in a youth’s life. That was what brought her to the Club in January, 2011. Since then Jane has been effectively leading the organization through change, growth and greater impact. A graduate of OSU with a B.S. in Journalism and an M.S. in Education, she is extremely passionate about seeing Club members reach their full potential and purpose. Prior to the Club, she was the Deputy Director of the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) and currently serves as the Board Chair for Leadership OKC’s Youth Leadership Exchange, an Elder for Westminster Presbyterian Church and a member of Rotary Club ’29. Jane will never take no for an answer, constantly striving to give more and more underserved youth, opportunities for a rich future. Some of her favorite things are walking her new wild dog Riley, reading historical fiction and travelling. She and her husband live in Edmond and have two grown sons.
Edmond native Becca Giles has always had a passion for children and a passion for charity. Eager to invest her future into the lives of children in her community, Becca worked in marketing at The Stephenson Cancer Center and as a Development Officer at Make-A-Wish Oklahoma-- both roles solidifying her choice to enter the nonprofit world and help others in need. Becca believes that all children deserve a fun childhood, good role models and resources to grow into upstanding citizens in their community - and believes the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma is here to provide just that. Becca obtained her BA in Communications from the University of Oklahoma and Masters in Non –Profit Leadership from Oklahoma City University and is a member of the Association of Professional Fundraisers (AFP). When she is not hard at work for the Boys & Girls Clubs, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her shelter dog and hanging with friends in the Oklahoma City restaurant scene.
A. Jaye Johnson
Sr. Director of Community Relations & Facilities
Thirteen years ago Mr. A Jaye was told that the community needed someone like him: A champion of youth, a father to many, and a leader of change. Becoming involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs was a step that would greatly impact his life, and almost thirteen years later Mr. A Jaye is still here, and has literally seen the change in youth’s lives. In May of 2013 A. Jaye suffered a major stroke, many believed it was life and career ending. He was paralyzed and lost his speech. After 6 months away from the club and intense therapy Mr. A.Jaye came back more determined than ever to make a difference in the lives of our club members. Some of his favorite things in life are sports; OU & New York Giants football, and Superman. It isn’t surprising that Superman is one of his favorite things as he gets to be a superhero to hundreds of children and youth every day. Mr. A Jaye has always led the charge believing everyone can make a difference; “We all need to do our part.”
Sr. Director of Programs and Outcomes
With five years under her belt as the Unit Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside California, Stephanie is no stranger to the Club’s mission and purpose. Knowing everyday makes a difference, Stephanie doesn’t take time for granted, and ensures the Club and its staff are utilizing the Formula for Impact. Wherever she is, there is bound to be one or two club members alongside her, watching her every move, and following her direction. Even in the busyness of the workday, she makes time to help with homework, read to younger club members, showing them that they are important and valued. In her free time she enjoys standup comedy, quoting movies, and making others laugh.
Unit Director – Santa Fe South
Having studied Psychology & Early Childhood Education, accompanied with previous experience in child development and teaching, it is clear that Amanda is passionate about inspiring and encouraging children to reach their full potential. With an inviting personality and warm smile, Amanda finds unexplainable joy in helping children discover who they are and who they want to become, making her job easy to love. Outside of the club, Amanda loves being an aunt, enjoys spending time with her roommates and family, and likes to cook, sew and travel.
“Every morning I wake up I know I have a purpose. 125 purposes to be exact. Working for the Club allows me to share in the lives of my 125 students and their families.”
Unit Director – Cesar Chavez
Fun-filled and adventurous, to Elijah, nothing beats the one on one experience he gets to have with children and youth. Previously the sports coordinator for the YMCA, Elijah came to the Club not just to work with youth but to impact them daily, creating opportunities for adults to be more than mentors but friends that youth can trust and believe in. Outside of the Club, Elijah is involved in a ministry he founded, “Young Adult Impact Ministry,” designed for young adults to better serve the community they live in. Some of his favorite things include galloping bareback across the plains of Oklahoma, basketball and playing the piano. Elijah is currently engaged to his fiancé, Chiquita.
Unit Director – Telstar Elementary
La Rissa Conn
Director, Arts and Volunteers