Our Leadership Team takes pride in being one of the most innovative, mission-focused, relationship-driven, and effective teams in Orange County. For years, this team has challenged the status quo and set the standard for both local and national mentoring organizations. Every day, our Leadership Team works to ensure our Mentor Professionals have the tools and resources they need to provide a support system and build meaningful relationships that create a positive, lasting impact in the lives of those we serve.
Robert is a native of Santa Ana; after serving our country in the United State Air Force, he returned home to impact the lives of young people in his community. During four years of active duty, Robert served as a member of the 15th Security Forces Squadron at Hickam AFB Hawaii.
Robert’s passion to impact the lives of youth led him to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana. He started as a volunteer and mentor with the Club, and his relationship with the Club continued to grow. As Director of Operations, he oversaw the expansion of the Club from a single site with 12 staff and 130 kids to six sites, 65 staff and over 1,000 children served daily. Within three years of his first visit as a volunteer, he became the Chief Executive Officer of a Club with a strong tradition and progressive approach to improving and expanding programs.
Robert is active throughout the County of Orange and has become a resource to other non-profit groups. Robert’s background in law enforcement, business management, and child development creates a unique blend of experience, which leads to his effectiveness as community leader. In 2010, Robert was recognized as one of the Top 100 OC Latinos for his impact and advocacy on the Latino community in Orange County. Robert’s track record and prominent role in the community landed him on OC Metro’s 23rd annual “Hot 25” list of Orange County’s most innovative and influential executives.
Robert currently serves as a member of the Professional Advisory Council to the CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Vistage, and the Planning Committee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Pacific Region Professional Leadership Conference. Robert has also served as president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Orange County Alliance, board member of the Santa Ana Empowerment Corporation, executive secretary of the Orange County Area Council for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and member of several community task forces and philanthropic committees. Robert has volunteered to help non-profit executives and boards with training, strategic planning, and non-profit management.
As the leader of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast, he has brought innovation, vision, and leadership to an organization with more than 75 years of impact. Under his leadership, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast has become one of the premier Boys & Girls Clubs in the Pacific Region.
As a business and community leader, Robert refers to the core values by which he lived while serving in the US Air Force: Integrity First, Service before Self, and Excellence in all he does. These core values, along with his vision and passion, have enabled him to create a mission-driven culture for both the staff and Board at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast.
Robert holds an MBA with emphasis on organizational leadership from National University, a Bachelor of Science in Child & Adolescent Development and additional teaching certifications from California State University, Fullerton, and an associate degree in criminal justice and justice administration from Hawaii Pacific University.
Elizabeth has been working for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast since 2008 when she started as a Youth Development Professional, and has taken on several roles in the organization before being promoted to Chief Planning & Measurement Officer in 2018. In this role, she develops the planning and measurement tools needed to execute the strategic plan of the organization at its maximum capacity. She also supports with developing policies, systems and procedures to fulfill the Club’s mission.
Elizabeth completed her undergraduate studies at UC Irvine, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law and Society with a minor in Education. She also holds a master’s degree in Counseling with emphasis in school counseling from Chapman University.
Caroline Cecil serves as Chief Financial Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast. She leads the Finance team as it supports the Accounting and Human Resource functions of the organization by being solution-focused and viewing growth opportunities through a practical business lens. Caroline’s expertise lies in strategic planning through partnering with the CEO and Executive Board to drive the organization’s mission while ensuring long-term financial sustainability.
Caroline earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business with an emphasis in Finance and Entrepreneurship and a Master of Accounting from USC’s Leventhal School of Accounting. She is an active licensed CPA and began her career at a Big 4 public accounting firm, KPMG. Caroline leveraged her technical accounting knowledge and entrepreneurial skills when she went on to serve at the Merage Investment Group Real Estate in Newport Beach.
While Caroline enjoyed her for-profit experience, her nurturing nature and passion for children motivated her to direct her impact toward the education field. She believes that creating confident and grounded children is a critical step to building the future. This led her to excel in her role at Sage Hill School as well as St. Anne School prior to joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast.
Kristle recently earned her Executive MBA from Chapman University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Literary Journalism from the University of California, Irvine.
Travis serves as Chief Philanthropy Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast, and oversees all aspects of donor relations, resource development, and marketing. With an annual budget of approximately $5.5 million, he is responsible for ensuring every donor receives a return on investment and has a great relationship and communication with the Club.
After a decade-long career in financial services and investment management, Travis followed his passion to find a career with deeper meaning. Aligning to the Club’s mission, impact, and belief that nonprofit is a tax status and not an excuse to operate a poor business model, Travis joined the team in 2012. By leveraging his background as an entrepreneur, he strives to build relationships that ensure every donor sees the impact his or her support creates and has a true understanding of the return on investment that fosters change in the lives of the youth and families the Club serves.
As a key member in the Club’s executive team, Travis’ background in relationship-building, investment management, entrepreneurship, and investor relations leverages his experience to deliver a greater impact on the organization.