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Boys and Girls Club hires new director

The new director is experienced in raising money, which the club's board expects to come in handy.

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 16, 2001

NEW PORT RICHEY -- The Boys and Girls Club of Pasco has hired a new director with a background in fundraising and grant writing.

Susan Stackpole-Kelley, 50, who worked for eight years at the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation in Clearwater, will start Monday, she said.

She left the foundation to recruit volunteers for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tampa Bay in Pasco County, but resigned after three months to run a marketing consulting company, Susan's Office Solutions, out of her Holiday home, she said.

"I'm tremendously excited to be back in an environment where I can work with children again," Stackpole-Kelley said.

She was one of three finalists out of eight applicants for the job, club treasurer Paul Lembo said. Former director Pennie Anderson, who had been executive director since 1998, resigned Dec. 31 to accept a higher-paying job as the head of the Citrus County Boys and Girls Clubs, board president Steve Luikart said.

Stackpole-Kelley was interviewed last week, Lembo said, and the board was especially attracted to her background in fundraising.

"We're really excited about the future of the club," Lembo said.

Stackpole-Kelley, who attended Northeastern University in Boston, is finishing her undergraduate degree in management and ethics at Trinity College of Florida in New Port Richey, she said. She is a member of several local groups including the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce and the West Pasco Service Council.

The executive director oversees the teen center and club in New Port Richey and the centers in Shady Hills and Lacoochee, Luikart said.

"My intention is to help them raise a lot of money if I can," Stackpole-Kelley said.

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