Senior Leaders

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Pat Halberstadt, Chief Professional Officer

After Pat earned her degree and teaching credential, she decided to “try something a little different” before devoting her life to public education.  Expecting to spend a brief year serving her hometown as director of her local Club, she soon discovered that she would never consider leaving this new avocation, and the Club has grown from serving 50 kids a day to more than 5,000 daily.

Most recently, she spearheaded the establishment of a health center which provides medical, dental, vision and counseling services to the children of the central Orange County.  In...
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Mark Surmanian, Executive Director

Mark Surmanian, M.B.A., serves as the Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove (BGCGG). Mark completed his undergraduate studies at Pepperdine University, earning a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. After several years in the financial services' industry, Mark joined the BGCGG movement in 2007 as an ASES Site Coordinator at Doig Intermediate.

After two successful years at the programming level, he transitioned to Assistant Youth Athletics Manager, helping to provide fully functional sports leagues for over 50 sites and 2000 participants. During...
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Jennifer Cisneros, Vice President, School Age Programs

Jennifer earned her Associates Degree in Liberal Studies, with hopes of working in the field of education.  Being exposed to the Boys & Girls Club movement as a volunteer in 1999, Jennifer soon realized her desire to build her career aspirations around youth development.  Her passion for developing the whole child, led her to discover different tools, strategies and techniques used in impacting youth.    

In May 2000, Jennifer joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove team, as the Learning Center Coordinator (LCC). By June 2001, she was...
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Christina Sepulveda, Vice President, Family Strengthening

Christina Sepulveda, M.A., is Vice President, of Family Strengthening for Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove. The organization currently has 5 club sites, 49 ASES school sites, 2 High School ASSETS programs, a licensed preschool, Truancy Reduction Center, Family and Youth Outreach Program(individual and family counseling) at Garden Grove’s Juvenile Justice Center; parent education including nutrition and healthy living classes; Readiness on the Road (school readiness) in Santa Ana; Be Great Academy providing free, small group academic tutoring to Garden Grove Unified School...

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