Leadership & Board of Trustees


President & Chief Executive Officer

Samuel S. Gray, Jr.

Samual Samuel S. Gray, Jr. is president and Chief Executive Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford (BGCH). Promoted to this position in October of 2007, Gray is responsible for providing leadership for all aspects of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford, which annually provides youth in Hartford with quality after-school and non-school hours programming. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of BGCH, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations for 8 Club locations throughout Hartford.

Gray began his career with the Boys & Girls Clubs movement in 1991, serving as Program Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Richmond, VA. In his 26 years as a Boys & Girls Club Professional, Gray has worked in numerous program and management capacities in Richmond, Virginia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Gray was recognized by the Hartford Magazine in 2009 and 2010 as one of Greater Hartford 50 Most Influential People; by the Hartford Business Journal in 2010 as the Nonprofit Organization of the Year; in 2009 as one of Greater Hartford Top 40 Under Forty; by Leadership Greater Hartford as one of recipients of the 2009 Polaris Award; and by Kappa Alpha Psi with their 2009 Community Service Award.  Gray is a distinguished level management member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Academy of Boys & Girls Club Professionals.

Gray has been associated with Boys & Girls Clubs since the age of eight.  He believes that his journey as a club member to a youth development ambassador is a gift.  He challenges youth to dream and exposes them to things they may not otherwise be exposed, to become productive, responsible, caring citizens in our community.

Administrative Team

Victoria Copes, Director of Finance

Helen G. Sneed, Director of Human Resources

Sandra Casarez, Administrative Manager

Club Operations and Programming

Shawonda Swain, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Shannon Heay, L.C.S.W., Director of Operations

Julie Dube, Director of Program Services


Matt Broderick, Vice President of Development

Chelsea Adams Craig, Director of Communications

Jen Paquette, Director of Resource Development Operations

Mary E. Kiernan-Gonzalez , Grants Manager


Our Board

I. Bradley Hoffman, Chairman
Alan J. Kreczko, Vice Chairman
Kate Conway, Treasurer
Earl F. McMahon, Secretary

Board of Trustees
Bradley Akubuiro – United Technologies Corporation
Aura Alvarado – CREC
Gail Billet – Community Partner
Karlos Boghosian, D.C – Capitol Chiropractic Center LLC
Phillip M. Bonee – May, Bonee & Clark
Richard P. Brainerd* – Community Partner
Kathleen M. Bromage* – The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
John F. Byrnes – R.C. Knox & Company, Inc.
Michael Cicchetti – Frontier Communications
Landon D. Chase – Chase Enterprises
Katherine Conway – Travelers
Gregory C. Davis, Esq. – Travelers
Nuala E. Droney – Robinson + Cole
Charles Frazier – Radiance Innovative Services
Dr. Antonio Fernandez – Hartford Hospital
Joel Freedman – Community Partner
Rohan Freeman – Freeman Companies
Chief Reginald Freeman – Hartford Fire Department
Willis H. Gee, Jr. – Cigna
Jonathan Gengras – Gengras Motor Cars, Inc.
Galen C. Gordon – ESPN
Denise M. Harris – Bank of America
Kevin T. Henry, Esq. – Law Offices of Kevin Joiner, LLC
I. Bradley Hoffman – Hoffman Auto Group
Thomas D. Jones, III – Aetna
Molly L. Knorr – UnitedHealth Networks
Alan J. Kreczko – Community Partner
Duncan R. MacKay – Eversource Energy
Bruce Mandell – Data-Mail, Inc.
Earl F. McMahon – Reid & Riege PC
Jennifer M. Quigley – Community Partner
Matthew Delis Ritter – Shipman & Goodwin, LLP
Jason Rojas – Trinity College
Shara Slattery, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLC
Spencer A. Sloan – Spencer Sloan Photography
Joseph B. Smith, CPCU, ARM – Smith Brothers Insurance, LLC & Smith Brothers Financial, LLC
Donna Stout – Community Partner
Timothy J. Sullivan – Wells Fargo Advisors
Susan Tully – WVIT, NBC Connecticut
Anthony Vidovich – XL Catlin Global Claims Organization
Dantaya Williams – United Technologies Corporation

Life Trustees
William J. Cochran*
Alex W. Creedon, Jr.*
John A. Donaghue
Winthrop P. Eldredge*
Jay G. Fromer*
Robert B. Goode, Jr.*
Eugene T. Green*
Jan-Gee W. McCollam
G. Robert O’Brien*
Oliver L. Patrell*
John P. Preysner, Jr., Esq.*
John Rafferty, Sr.*
John H. Riege, Esq
John S. Stout

*Past President