Meet Our Senior Team

Joseph Pratt
Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer
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Joe joined the Club in January 2014 from the Office of the Rhode Island General Treasurer, 
Gina Raimondo, where he was Deputy Treasurer and Chief of Administration. Prior to the Treasury, he was a senior public affairs professional with Fidelity Investments, and worked 
for Bryant University and United Way of Rhode Island. He brings a wealth of experience in 
the public and private sector developing successful community partnerships, building philanthropic support and leading transformational change. Joe resides in Newport with his wife, Lesley, and their three sons. He is a graduate of Providence College and a proud alumni 
of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County.

Joe Tomchak                      
Assistant Executive Director  
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Joe Tomchak joined the BGC Newport team in October of 2015 as the Assistant Executive Director. Prior to Boys and Girls Newport Joe worked 
as the Director of Program Services and Outreach for BGC Pawtucket. Joe obtained a Bachelor's Degree from Providence College in Public and Community Services as well as in Sociology. He grew up in Middletown, New Jersey. Joe is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hiking, going to the beach and running. He currently lives in Bristol, RI and has a little boy.  

Christopher Perrotti                    
Director of Operations 
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Chris Perrotti joined the team in the fall of 2016 as the Director of Operations. He 
is an accomplished senior manager in the hospitality, special events and consumer industry and has received numerous awards and designations. His early career was spent developing and growing the Newport Yachting Center in Newport’s downtown historic waterfront. He later served as a senior manager in a number of different companies using what he learned about customer service, the importance of working with the local community and just plain hard work to help these companies grow and become prosperous. Chris is a realtor with Century 21. He holds Bachelors of Arts Degrees in Religious Studies and Psychology from Salve Regina University and an Executive Certificate of Entrepreneurship from Babson College. Chris is married with three children and is passionate about the time he spends with them. However, just 
as important, Chris has learned that he loves working with and for people and has been known to go above and beyond to make customers happy.
Erin Flynn
Director of Finance
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Erin joined the Club in November 2016. Before returning to her home in Newport in 2011, Erin spent 20 years in Munich, Germany where she was the CFO of Munich’s professional hockey team (Red Bull Munich); helped start the Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Munich; taught English to children and was the CFO of TVM Techno Venture Management. Erin earned her CPA while working with Coopers & Lybrand in Boston; has her MBA from Babson College and BS in Mathematics from Mary Washington University. Erin is thrilled to back in her hometown and working with the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County!

Lyn Wooten
Executive Assistant
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Lyn started with the Club in March 2010 as Administrative Assistant. In 2011, Lyn became the Club's Executive Assistant, responsible to the Director and overseeing the Front Office. She works to support all the Club Staff and activities as needed. Lyn lives in Portsmouth, RI with her husband of 40 years. She enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren and friends. 

Meet Our Professional Staff

Jake Crowell
Director of Camp & Rentals

Jake joined the BGC team in February of 2016 as the Director of Camp 
and Rentals. He grew up in East Providence and graduated from East Providence High School in 2008. From there he attended the University 
of Rhode Island where he graduated with a degree in Political Science. 
Prior to working at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County he worked 
at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pawtucket for 10 years as a Supervisor at 
Camp Ramsbottom and Rentals Coordinator. In his free time Jake is an 
avid outdoorsman and loves to listen to music. Currently Jake lives on 
the Camp Grosvenor grounds. 

Lauren Day                     

Program & Student Attendance Manager
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Lauren has been a part of the Boys & Girls Club team since November 2010. During her time here, she has overseen programming, the North End Clubhouse and Camp Grosvenor. Lauren received her degree in Human Development & Family Studies 
with a focus in child settings and minored in Spanish at the University of Rhode Island. While at URI, Lauren was on the Women’s Rowing Team for three years. She 
is originally from New Jersey, but fell in love with Rhode Island during her time at URI. Lauren loves to spend time with her family during her free time.  

Nathan Delude                      

Kids Clubhouse Program Coordinator - Ages 10 +
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Nate joined the club in December 2016. He comes with over 5 years of experience working within another Rhode Island Boys & Girls Club and brings smiles and laughter to wherever he is. Nate has a Bachelors degree in English Literature from URI, some formal education in the area of education psychology, and is currently finishing his Masters Degree of Public Administration at URI. Nate lives a very active lifestyle and always seems to be up to something. His goal every day is to make the world a better place to live in.

Michelle DosSantos
Drop In Program Coordinator
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Michelle Dossantos joined the team at the end of Summer 2016 as our Drop in Program Coordinator. Michelle will work closely with the Drop in Program Director to plan and implement programs and address behavioral issues. Since 2012, Michelle worked with the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket as a counselor for Central Club programming, the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative and Camp Ramsbottom. In 2014, she took responsibility as a Supervisor providing oversight, management and support to all 3rd - 5th grade students and 6 to 10 staff members. 

Ryan Kelly
Kids Clubhouse Program Coordinator - Ages 5 - 7 

Ryan Kelly joined the Club in July 2016 and will help Shannon Maher and Nate 
Delude oversee the Kids’ Clubhouse. He has a bachelor’s degree in Administration 
of Justice from Salve Regina University and minored in Psychology. He is currently working on his Master’s Degree of Education and Counseling at Providence College. He enjoys spending time with friends and family during his free time and making a positive impact on people’s lives

Shannon Maher
Kids Clubhouse Program Coordinator - Ages 8 & 9 
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Shannon Maher joined the team in 2017 will work directly with Nate Delude to oversee the Kids Clubhouse program. Shannon was born and raised in Newport, RI. She graduated from Rogers High School and went to to earn a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Salve Regina University. Shannon has been working with youth and families for over 10 years. Most recently, she worked as a lead teacher for Head Start in Newport. She now lives with her husband and fifteen year old twins. She enjoys taking part in outdoor activities and spending time with friends. 

Catherine Mureddu                     
Director of Marketing and Events
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Catherine started in April 2014 as Events Manager. She has 14 years of fundraising and marketing experience and 10 years of experience working in customer-service/hospitality-related industries. She spent 13 years at Salve Regina University, most recently as their Assistant Director of Development for Fundraising Events. Catherine was promoted in July 2014 to Director of Marketing & Events where she continues to manage event activities as well as marketing and communications. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island and an M.A. in Human Resources Management from Salve Regina University.   
Orlando Peace
Student Attendance Facilitator & North End Program Director

Orlando joined the team in the summer of 2016 and will oversee programming and staff at both the Central Clubhouse and Florence Gray Center. He previously worked as a Classroom Behavior Specialist with the Bradley School in New London, Connecticut. He was a Therapeutic Mentor for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and was the Head Facilitator for Heavy Hitters, an after school mentoring program for at risk youth, which used fitness training and boxing to improve behavior and foster a healthy and conscientious lifestyle. 
Ryley van der Velde
Sports and Recreation Coordinator
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Ryley joined the Boys and Girls Club team in October of 2017. Ryley comes to the club from the Hamden, CT Special Olympics Office. She graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in Human Development. At Connecticut College Ryley played collegiate field hockey and is now the Assistant field hockey coach at Salve Regina. At the club, Ryley will be running kids programs in the gym, organizing RIYBA and helping to oversee the adult fitness programs. She lives in Newport and loves sports and outdoor activities. 

Anne Weeks              
Director of Aquatics
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Anne joined the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County in February of 2017. Anne comes to us from the Valley Shore YMCA in CT. She graduated from St. Joseph's College in West Hartford, CT with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition where she swam collegiately. She will have oversight of all our Aquatics Programs, including lessons and the swim team. Anne also oversees the Adult Fitness Programs. 

Erin Wood             
Development and Strategic Initiatives Manager
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Erin joined our team in April 2014. She received a B.S. in Health Education with a concentration in Community Health from Rhode Island College. Erin came to us from The Special Events Department at The Preservation Society of Newport County. Prior to that,  she had an internship at The New Bedford Recreation Department, and 7 years experience working for The Newport Recreation Department. Erin coached girls basketball at Thompson Middle School and continues to coach at Rogers High School. She lives in Newport and enjoys playing golf.

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