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UPDATE: SCV Boys & Girls Club CEO resigns

Silva had been in training with Jim Ventress, soloed in position for 1 week

Posted: July 8, 2014 1:38 p.m.
Updated: July 8, 2014 5:05 p.m.

Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley officials confirmed Tuesday that Sandra E. Silva, who was hired to take over the club from Jim Ventress, resigned after one week.

Sandra E. Silva, who was selected in March to replace Jim Ventress and head up the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, has resigned the position, club officials announced Tuesday.

Bryan Lake, who works at the club’s Canyon Country offices, was named interim CEO of the organization until a new CEO could be found, said Diane Fiero, governing board president for the Boys & Girls Club.

“As of Thursday he will step into that position,” Fiero said.

“Bryan is very well versed on everything at the club,” Fiero said, adding the appointment will provide the club’s board time to find a permanent replacement for Silva.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t work out,” Fiero said of the club’s hiring of Silva. “Our parting was amicable.”

Silva was to succeed long-serving Boys & Girls Club Chief Professional Officer Jim Ventress, who ran the club for nearly three decades, expanding it and building it into a mainstay for many Santa Clarita Valley parents in need of after-school care. Under Ventress’ leadership the club became a character-builder among SCV youth.

Silva started as CEO on April 2 and worked alongside Ventress for three months before soloing in the position on July 1, a week before her announced resignation.

In January, Fiero said Ventress would be “nearly impossible to replace.”

The governing board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley announced in March that Silva was to serve as the club’s chief executive officer.

“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 at the time of her appointment.

She had been a senior executive with the American Cancer Society 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.
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