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UPDATE: New CEO takes the reins at SCV Boys and Girls Club

Posted: March 21, 2014 6:57 p.m.
Updated: March 21, 2014 6:57 p.m.

Sandy Silva


The governing board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley announced Friday that Sandra E. Silva has been tabbed to serve as the club’s chief executive officer.

Silva will take the reins from Jim Ventress, the longtime chief professional officer at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley who is retiring effective June 30.

“I consider it an honor to have been selected by the Santa Clarita Valley Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors as the organization’s next chief executive officer,” Silva said in a news release. “Jim Ventress has dedicated his career to the Boys and Girls Club organization, and with his passion for serving kids has made an indelible, incredible mark on the lives of so many young people and their families.

“I will do all I can to continue his legacy of service and, in partnership with our terrific team, to serve kids the very best I can, as Jim has done,” Silva said.

Silva was selected based on her nonprofit leadership background, according to the news release, including recently serving as vice president of membership for Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.

Silva has also served as CEO of the Inland Valley chapter of the American Red Cross and as a senior executive in Los Angeles and Riverside counties for the American Cancer Society.

“Sandy comes to us with a wealth of experience in leadership, fundraising and team-building,” said Diane Fiero, governing board president, in a news release.

“She is a results-driven professional who we believe will build our capacity and help take us to the next level.”

“As a club kid in her youth, she understands firsthand the importance of our work with kids,” Fiero continued. “We believe she has the right mix of dedication to youth and non-profit leadership experience needed to guide the Club’s continued growth and development.”

As a senior executive with the American Cancer Society, Silva worked with oncology professionals to develop compassionate service to cancer patients and care for low-income and non-English-speaking cancer patients.

She has been named Mujer Destacada (Exceptional Woman) in community leadership by La Opinión newspaper and served on the boards of several Southern California organizations serving women and youth, including Soroptimist International, Girl Scouts, the Hispanic Women’s Council, and the Multicultural Area Health Education Center.

She is a member of the National Latina Business Women’s Association and the National Association of Professional Women.




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