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Great Futures Start Here

For more than 65 years, the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley has provided a positive environment for children and teens throughout the Valley

Our Mission

Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as caring, productive, and responsible citizens.

Our Vision

To provide a world-class Club experience that encourages leadership, academic success, good character, citizenship, and a healthy lifestyle.

Core Values

The following core values exemplify our mission:
Trustworthy – Respectful – Inspired – Dependable – Enabled

Our Team

Our team of staff and volunteers impact the lives of more than 2,000 kids in the Valley annually. We are dedicated to providing a positive environment and a pathway to opportunities and life-changing programs.

Shaye A. Roscoe

Chief Executive Officer

Shaye joined the Club in 1999, beginning as an intern and working her way from counselor to director. In 2013 she was named Executive Director and has been passionately advocating for the youth of our community ever since.

James Queen, Director of Operations

James A. Queen

Director of Operations

Jim was a member of our Club when he was a child, and he joined our staff in 1987. He has served in nearly every capacity, including Physical Director and Unit Director, and is now our Director of Operations.

Diane Potkay Lenskold

Director of Development

Diane is a Derby native and Yale graduate with a wide variety of development and marketing experience. She joined our team in 2019.

Marie Ambrosini

Bookkeeper

Ann Marie Wheeler

Office Manager

Jennifer DeLeon

Raymond P. Lavietes Clubhouse Unit Director

Breon Sanders

Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse Unit Director

Jesse Patrick

Raymond P. Lavietes Clubhouse, Program Director

Baron Jones

Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse
Program Director

Lisa Smith

Raymond P. Lavietes Clubhouse
Membership Coordinator

Taylor Maynard

Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse
Membership Coordinator

Mike Cannici

Elizabeth Shelton School Satellite Program Supervisor

Club History

Established in 1926 as the Community Building Association
Incorporated as a Boys Club in 1956
Merged with the Community Center in 1969
Girls became full-time members in 1980
Changed name to reflect service increase to entire Valley in 1993 to Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley
Opened Raymond P. Lavietes Clubhouse in Shelton June, 1999
Opened Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse in Ansonia May, 2009
Opened Seymour Unit in December, 2013

Our Board of Directors

Frederick W. Serra*

The Entrepreneur LLC
Chairman of the Board

John Schaible

SDG Innovations
Board President

Christopher Douglas

Encon Heating & A/C
1st Vice President

Richard Carroll

Mazda Financial Services
2nd Vice President

William M. Miller*

Treasurer

Susan M. DeLeon*

Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P.
Secretary

LaRae Benjamin, Prudential
Karen Bentlage, TK Ventures
Harry Burlakoff, Minuteman Press Shelton
Brendan Carey, Carey & Guarrera Real Estate
Keenan Carey, Carey & Guarrera Real Estate
Patrick Carey*, Carey & Guarrera Real Estate
Arlene Clancy, Community Member
Dave Condon, Diversified Nonprofit Services
Martin Coughlin, Community Member
Michael DeLeon, CDW
Michael Duncan, Edgewell Personal Care, LLC
Michael P. Healey*, Community Member
Justyna Janucik, People’s United Bank
David Jones, Splash Car Wash
James Lane, Community Member
Robert Lesko, DiMatteo Insurance
Nicholas Luise, Community Member
Vincent Luzietti, Trident Funding
Sabrina Maldonado, Community Member
Ben McGorty, State Representative
Michael McKeon, Ultimate Software
Kurt Miller, City of Ansonia
Kenneth Nappi*, Community Member
Katie Nappi-Miller, School Teacher
Joseph A. Pagliaro, Jr.*, Riverview Funeral Home
Albert Paolozzi, Newtown Savings Bank
Jeremy Radtke, Better Packages, Inc.
Joe Salemme, Community Member
Carlo Sarmiento, City of West Haven
Lisa Serra, Faces Forever Young Skin Care
Diane Stroman, Community Member
Dominick Thomas, Esq.*, Cohen & Thomas
Jimmy Tickey, Community Member
Linda Welch, Community Member

Smilow Advisory Committee

James Chester
Gilbert Delvalle
Edwina Figeuroa
Bart Flaherty
Loni Richards
Subo Richards
Lisa Savoid
Diane Stroman

Lifetime Board

Joseph Andreana*
Louis Dagostine
LeRoy Glover
David M. Grant*
William C. Nimons•
Jack O’Donnell
Calvin K. Price*
Kenneth E. Schaible*
Charles H. Sullivan*
Leo Vine, Esq.*

* Past President