Thank you to all our staff, volunteers, board members, partners and donors for making what we do at Boys & Girls Club possible!
Allie Friese has been the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Long Beach Peninsula (BGC) since December of 2014. Earlier that year, she received her Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts from Evergreen State College, with a focus in political science, and is currently attending Villanova University to complete her Master’s of Public Administration with a certificate in non-profit management.
During her time with BGC, membership has tripled and daily attendance has more-than-doubled. She prioritizes community involvement, staff development, and strengthening the organization’s foundation.
In the past ten years, Allie has completed two service years: one in the UK and one as an AmeriCorps VISTA. During her time as a VISTA, she served as the coordinator of the fledgling Teen Advocacy Coalition in South Bend, which is still thriving.
Allie is currently a member of Rotary International, serves on the Pacific County Human Services Advisory Board, and as the second vice chair for the Pacific County Democrats. She also freelance writes for the Chinook Observer.
In her free time Allie likes to spend time with family, work on her house, read and write, and take care of her many stray and foster cats. She plans to stay in Pacific County.
Colton Christner graduated from the University of Northern Iowa’s College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences in 2012 with a degree in Academic Study of Religion and a minor in Public Relations.
Since graduation, Colton has completed two years of AmeriCorps service: one in Little Rock, Arkansas as a camp counselor at Joseph Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp, and one in the Pacific County Resilience Corps. During his time as an AmeriCorps volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club of the Long Beach Peninsula, program quality improved and he formed the plans to start the BGC Teen Center which opened up in the fall of 2016.
In August of 2016, he accepted the Director of Operations position at the Boys & Girls Club and decided to call the Peninsula his home. Since then, the club has seen an average daily attendance of 70 kids. He has introduced many new programs to the organization by creating partnerships with the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Girls Scouts of Southwest Washington, among many others.
In his free time he likes to travel, play tennis at the Lighthouse Resort, and spend time on the beach.
Kathie Markham Kyle moved to Long Beach in 1970 with her parents and fell in love with the community. From 1981-1996 she taught preschool before obtaining her Bachelors degree from Evergreen State College.
After college she returned to the Peninsula to pursue her passions: youth education and community enrichment. She worked at Head Start, Tlohon-nipts Alternative High School, and Peninsula Learns. In 2003, Kathie moved to Milwaukie, Oregon with her husband and started Green Acres Day Camp which she considers to be one of her life's greatest accomplishments.
After she retired, she returned to the place she's called home for so long and began working as an emergency substitute at Ocean Beach School District and Boys & Girls Club. She also goes by "Sonshine" the Clown on the weekends and at special events!
Francisco Galvin was born and raised on the Peninsula and graduated from Ilwaco High School in 2011. After high school he attended Clatsop Community College in Astoria and received an Associate of Science Degree.
From there, he decided that working with children peaked his interest. He began coaching youth soccer and started working for Ocean Beach School District as a substitute as well as Boys & Girls Club.
Now in his third year at the Boys & Girls Club, he has seen membership increase significantly and many other improvements in the club.
"I feel truly grateful anytime a club member reaches out to me because it gives me the opportunity to have a positive influence on them. I enjoy the connections that are made by working with each club member."
In the future Francisco intends on returning to college to become an Elementary Education Teacher.
Isa Cline was born in Seattle, WA and moved throughout the state while growing up in foster care system. He obtained his GED in 2002 and decided to study social work in college.
In 2013 Isa founded a small non-profit organization called Family Welfare Cooperative located in Ocean Park which supports families involved in the Child Welfare System.
He moved to the coast in December of 2015 in order to be near family and has embraced the community as home. He currently is studying to be an EMT in hope to one day become a paramedic.
In 2016 he was hired by the Boys & Girls Club where he facilitates programs such as Torch Club and has taught members the classic game of Chess. When he is not working he spends time with his eight-year-old daughter and volunteers as a Long Beach Firefighter.
Jeanna Black was born in the Seattle area and moved to the Peninsula with her family at the age of nine. She graduated from Ilwaco High School in 2004 and attended Clatsop Community College where she obtained an Associate Degree in Business Management.
After graduation she began working in the banking industry. Throughout her 10 years in the industry, she gained an appreciation for the small town community and found a passion for helping people.
In 2012 she started volunteering as Team Chair for the local Relay for Life chapter until it was combined with the North County chapter.
She returned to school in 2016 to pursue her Esthetics License, and started working at the Boys & Girls Club. She plans on opening Magnolia Boutique Spa in the spring of 2017 located in Long Beach, while continuing to manage the front desk at the club.
Keltik Rain Schwabel (left) is from the coast but left for the city in order to study English and Education at St. Martin’s University. After two years, she returned to coast to serve the community where she grew up. She is currently serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer for the second year.
Rachel Rule (right) grew up in Washington and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Eastern Washington University in 2012. In 2014, she obtained a professional certificate in Natural Science Illustration at the University of Washington.
Mike Henochowicz (above) hails from the Washington D.C. area where he attended American University. He graduated in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in History, and decided to travel across the country to serve as an AmeriCorps members as part of the Pacific County Resiliency Corps.
Clinical Director of Willapa Behavioral Health
Retired CPS Case Worker
Retired Elementary School Teacher at Ocean Park Elementary
Director of Pacific County Health Department
Craft 3 Finacnce Department
County Commissioner District 2
Co-Owner of the Adrift Hotel & Inn at Discovery Coast
Ilwaco High School Art Teacher
Ocean Beach School District Superintendent
Loren C. Corder Foundation
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Great Northwest Federal Credit Union
Bank of the Pacific
Kiss of Mist
Oceanside Animal Hospital