Leadership

Driven by Experienced and Caring Leadership 

The senior leadership of Boys & Girls Clubs Metro Atlanta has dozens of years of experience in youth development and specialized fields. They come with the passion, talent, and resolve to meet the needs of our kids. Meet our team!

Stephanie Blank


Corporate Board Chairwoman

Stephanie Blank has a passion for making a difference. A North Carolina native, she grew up believing that education and community involvement are twin pathways to creating a just and more inclusive society. A longtime champion of children and education, Stephanie was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to chair the Child Welfare Reform Council, which was recently created to improve our child welfare system and better protect Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens. She is the founding chair of the governing board of GEEARS, the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students which is leading a statewide movement to help businesses, government leaders, providers, and parents maximize the economic return on the state’s investments in early care and learning. Blank is the founder of the Nasarian Foundation which will focus its investments on early education, child health, and other issues impacting children ages birth to five.  She served as chair of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation Board of Trustees until 2010, and is now a member of the CHOA System Board. She serves as the mentor leader for the Emerging Leaders for Children’s Healthcare and is also a member of the Quality Committee. She chaired the capital campaign for the Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta and is co-founder of Mothers & Others for Clean Air. Also, she is on First Lady Deal’s Children’s Cabinet, and is on the national board of Jumpstart, an early education program. Blank is a well-known community leader and philanthropist and was named 2000 Georgia Philanthropist of the Year by the National Society of Fundraising executives.  She has been a trustee of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, and currently serves as Senior Strategic Advisor for Childhood initiatives. In 2001, she was a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s Abe Goldstein Human Relations Award. She received the Girls’ Opportunity for Adventure and Leadership “Going for the GOAL” Award in 2001. She was named to the YWCA of Greater Atlanta’s Academy of Women Achievers and, in 2002, was designated their “Woman of the Year”. In 2007, she received the Big Voice Award from Voices for Georgia’s Children and, in 2011, she received the Women’s Leadership Award for Excellence in Education from the Atlanta Metro United Way. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Blank lives in Atlanta and is the proud mother of three children, a son and boy-and-girl twins.

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Missy Dugan


President & CEO

Missy Dugan is the President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, where she oversees the organization, including 25 Clubs in 10 counties. Most recently, Missy was the chief operating officer for BGCMA. She joined BGCMA as vice president of marketing & development. Missy brings her experience with operations, fundraising, and marketing to the organization through years of work within the Boys & Girls Clubs of America movement. Prior to her coming to Boys & Girls Clubs, she served as a Congressional Aide to two members of the US House of Representatives. Immediately prior to joining Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, she was the vice president for DNS Associates, a for-profit organization specializing in capital and endowment campaigns to non-profit organizations. Missy holds a B.A. degree in business from the University of West Georgia, and numerous achievement awards through her work within Boys & Girls Clubs. Missy currently sits on several boards to include the United Way of Greater Atlanta and serves as a trustee on the University of West Georgia Foundation board. Her husband, Senator Mike Dugan, represents the 30th District of GA and is a LTC (R) in the US Army. They are the proud parents of two children, Meghan and Beau. In her spare time, Missy enjoys hanging out with her family and running.

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Senior Staff

Michael Armstrong, PhD

Vice President of Club Operations & Evaluation

Mike Armstrong, PhD, is the vice president of Club operations & evaluation for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. In this role, he leads a remarkable team of youth development professionals to ensure that all of BGCMA’s Clubs provide the highest quality experience for the children and youth of metro Atlanta. As a community psychologist, Mike brings with him over 15 years of experience in applied research, adolescent development, public health, and community development. He has served in a range of leadership positions and conducted program evaluations across multiple domains within both the public and private sectors. With expertise in strategic planning, program evaluation, performance management, and mixed-methods research design, Mike’s work in evaluation has led to program enhancements and continuous quality improvement in Georgia’s public health system and within multiple nonprofit organizations. Most recently, Mike was the vice president of evaluation & measurement for BGCMA and was responsible for establishing an outcome-based management system and cultivating a culture of strategic learning leading to continuous quality improvement and data-driven decisions.

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Sam Delaney 

Chief Financial Officer

Sam Delaney is the Chief Financial Officer at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. In this role, he is responsible for the organization’s accounting, financial planning and analysis, tax, insurance, and treasury activities. Sam brings more than 30 years of financial experience to this position. His experience includes 21 years with General Electric in various senior financial roles –both domestic and international, five years as CFO of Petfirst, a pet insurance company, and most recently with Columbia Residential, an affordable housing company based in Atlanta. Sam graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. In addition, Sam most recently served on the board of the Kentucky Derby Museum. In his spare time, Sam enjoys competitive tennis, international travel, and attending major sporting events.

Sam Delaney

Claire Guitton

Vice President of Club Safety & Risk Management

Claire Guitton is the vice president of club safety & risk management at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. She serves as a liaison for Club staff throughout BGCMA’s network of Clubs. Claire provides strategic direction to Club staff to ensure our quality programming. Claire has been with BGCMA since 1988, when she started her Boys & Girls Club career as a part-time employee. Over the years, she has held numerous positions within the organization, including running multiple Clubs. Most recently, she served as the regional vice president of operations for the DeKalb, Gwinnett, and West End County Clubs. Claire fell in love with working with at-risk kids while working at a swimming pool in an underprivileged area. She was amazed at how eager the children were to learn and how appreciative they were of her kindness and work with them. She looked into the Boys Club at that time, began working, and never looked back. She graduated from Agnes Scott College and was the recipient of BGCMA’s Care Award in 2005 and the Hometown Heroes award in 2006.

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Stephanie Hodge

Chief Human Resources Officer

Stephanie joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta in September 2011 as vice president of human resources. She has since been promoted to chief human resources officer. She is responsible for managing human resources and supporting the organization’s strategic initiatives. Stephanie brings over 15 years of progressive HR experience in the for-profit financial services industry. Her most recent experience was as HR director, North & South America, for PRGX, Inc., a global business analytics and information services firm. Stephanie is a certified professional in human resources (PHR) and holds a Master’s degree in organization and management from Capella University. In addition, Stephanie has most recently earned the role of vice president, operational effectiveness & administration for the board of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association for African Americans in HR (NAAAHR). Stephanie and her husband Kenneth are proud parents of a blended family of four kids: Zariyah, Malik, Zoe, and Xavier.

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Candice Moore

Chief Development Officer

Candice Moore joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta in May 2011. In her role as chief development officer, Candice leads a talented team of development and marketing professionals to secure the financial resources the organization needs to fulfill its mission of helping youth in metro Atlanta reach their full potential. Prior to BGCMA, Candice worked for The Walt Disney Company for 11 years in their corporate giving division.  She held several positions that included responsibilities in the areas of community relations, volunteer management, national nonprofit partnerships, cause-marketing, special events, and strategic planning.  While at Disney, Candice also served as a board volunteer at Boys & Girls Club of Burbank including two years as board president. Following a desire to play a more direct role in supporting a cause for which she had formed a strong passion, Candice left Disney to assume a development position with Boys & Girls Clubs of America where she worked for three years securing and overseeing national corporate partnerships and national cause-marketing promotions.

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Natasha Rice

Vice President of Business Administration

Natasha Rice joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta in October 2015. In her role as vice president of business administration, she actively manages Club facilities and vehicles striving to provide a safe, positive, and engaging environment to prepare and inspire children and teens to achieve Great Futures. Prior to BGCMA, Natasha worked for PulteGroup and The Home Depot. Her experience and exposure to construction projects allows her to be creative with materials that are durable, but also inviting to our Club members.  In the process of BGCMA Club renovation and maintenance projects, she is continuously updating material and product types to withstand a flurry of activity and support the growing needs of our members.  She has had experience as a management consultant, commercial banker, and a volunteer to child focused nonprofits and she is thrilled to now serve the community from within the organization. Natasha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers College and a Master of business administration from Georgetown University.

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