Board of Directors

For 67 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove has been serving the children of Central Orange County. Thanks to our incredible partnerships with the Garden Grove Unified School District, Garden Grove Police Department, and the City of Garden Grove, we have been able to grow and thrive and become one of the leading youth-serving organizations, not just in Garden Grove, but in the world.

Our success is in large part due to our "whole child" approach. Our school-age and family support programs, along with our core BGCA (Boys & Girls Clubs of America) programs help to ensure our goal that every family we serve has access to the resources they need to be safe, healthy, and happy.

As board members, we play a very key role in ensuring that the Club continues to grow and remains a positive place for kids. With the burden of Trusteeship, Planning, Policy, and Evaluation, and Resource Development we ensure our incredible staff can complete our mission "to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."

Our Board, staff, volunteers, community partners, and supporters work together for each of the more than 6,800 children we serve daily and 31,000 individuals annually. Our promise to you:

  • Offer safe, enriching activities with professional, caring adults in a positive environment
  • Make achievement in school a priority and reality
  • Focus on the development of the whole child through family foundations and community partnerships.

Each child has the opportunity to be a successful and productive member of the community. We are that catalyst of change to point them in the right direction, often changing their entire situation, giving them strength, offering help, providing purpose, and sometimes even saving their life. Join us in Unlocking the Potential of the kids we serve and create a better future not only for them but also for our community and world.

Sonya Sell

Board Chair

Advisory Council

Dr. Kenia Cueto

Stephanie Klopfenstein

Lisa Kim


Executive Board

Board Chair – Sonya Sell

Retired, Credit Union of Southern California

Vice President – Don Nielsen

Golden West College Professor

Treasurer – Steve Sanders

Retired, Garden Grove Police Department

Corresponding Secretary – Tan Luong

IT Consultant

Recording Secretary – Lollie Beauchamp

Retired, Garden Grove Hospital

Past Chair - Jeff Spargur

Retired, Garden Grove Fire Department


Board of Directors

Gus Castellanos

Democratic Party

Mike Silva

CR&R Environmental

Dr. Dawn Miller, O.D.

Dr. Dawn Miller O.D. & Associates

Carla Poulin

Meridian Link

Sheena Shimizu


Connie Van Luit

Retired, Garden Grove School District

Janet Scott Tyler

Retired, Human Resources

Cesar Gallo

City of Garden Grove


Associate Council

Estela Go

Go Family Dental

John Nishimoto

Marshall B. Ketchum University

Mark Parades

Mercy Health

Melissa Sais

Garden Grove Unified School District

Genevieve Walser-Jolly

Severson & Werson

Greg Tamanaha

Assured Partners

Cristina Blevins

First 5 OC

Michael Lerner

5-Star Marriage & Family Therapy

Jennifer Steen




Board Volunteer Application