Operations Director, Pamela Nealey
1. Short Bio (Where are you from, college degree, etc): Hometown Chicago (Chi-town), Recently moved from Flowery Branch GA. Lived in Rocky Mount, NC and Troy, AL.
2. What role/job do you do at BGCM? Director of Operations. I help oversee all of Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan’s 9 Club sites to make sure they are operating safely, effectively and that members are having fun!
3. When did you first get started with BGCM? Parent of a Club Member, Volunteer, Program Director, Executive Director, Area Director, Curriculum Specialist/National Training Associate, Director of Operations
4. What is your favorite thing about being a part of the BGCM Team? As a new member of the Team, I love the passion of all the employees, our Unit Directors and Program Leaders truly have a passion to work with youth.
5. What is your favorite memory or moment with the Club so far? Visiting the Project Child Site this summer and a little one with special needs wanting a hug but he had to ask first. He was being taught about personal space and making sure the person he wants to hug is okay with getting the hug…WHO WOULD NOT BE!
6. If you had to pick one program, activity, or event that you enjoy the most at Club, what would it be? Keystone and Torch Clubs. I think they give our members opportunities to participate in leadership and community service activities. They also are given chances to travel to leadership conferences. This is what makes our organization so unique, the opportunities we provide for our members.
7. How has being a part of the Boys & Girls Club movement influenced your life today? I have been with the Boys & Girls Club Movement for 18 years, it has been my life and I believe in our mission. I “bleed” BLUE…BEST JOB EVER!!
8. As a kid what was your favorite school subject? English
9. Who has had the most influence on your work career? There are so many people I can only name a few. Henry Saxon was my first BGC Director and he created a “monster”. I am a strong leader because of him. Next was my Kharimasud Olufemi, he motivated me push forward to reach my career goals, to be strong and let my passion show in a positive way. Sidney Boyd was the first trainer I experienced in the movement, he taught me how to be the best Training Associate ever and influenced me to never give up on my dreams. Judith Pickens inspired me to finish my education and not let anyone push me to leave an organization I love and a person who works in our field of youth development is important because we work with our future leaders and we are “a force to be reckoned with”. So many others that I could name but I cannot forget my Mother, she has been there with every position, every move to another state and has allowed me to put my all into every position I have been in because she is my ROCK and motivates me every day I wake up in the morning.
10. Where are you currently on your life’s journey and what are your future plans? My life journey is to find my final destination in the Movement. I have moved 3 times with the Boys & Girls Club…where will I end my life’s career? I know it will be with the Boys & Girls Club but is Manhattan KS my final destination…I love it so far!
11. What is your favorite candy bar and why? I love anything thing with chocolate…it’s just so good!
12. What is number one on your bucket list? I have so many number ones but I will say a vacation in Hawaii.
13. If a kid wanted to grow up to have a job like you, what advice do you have for them? Stay in School, Get Good Grades, Be Nice to others, Love helping others, be a people person and always do your best and be the best YOU that you can be!