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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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kbob: Posted: July 8, 2014 5:19 p.m.

It look slike she was already looking for a job...She was a candidate for the Executive Director Position at CSU Pomona...Here is the link:

Waste of time for the Boys and Girls Club!

kbob: Posted: July 8, 2014 5:21 p.m.

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Lotus8: Posted: July 8, 2014 6:22 p.m.

The not-for-profit business is just a business to some. She probably got a better, higher paying offer and bolted.

chefgirl358: Posted: July 8, 2014 6:44 p.m.

That was not cool at all for her to waste everyone's time with training her, interviewing, processing her through HR, etc. Not cool!

cms96: Posted: July 8, 2014 7:44 p.m.

Has anybody visited a Boys and Girls Club? I personally have and my children have told me some pretty scary stories about the kids that go there. I don't blame this lady for resigning.

cj26481: Posted: July 8, 2014 8:26 p.m.

I have visited several B&G Clubs. Two of my children went to the local Club for several years. The staff made sure that their homework was done before they went out to play. The staff and high school tutors were available to help them if they ran into any problems. The other kids were well behaved and treated my children with respect - probably because the staff went out of its way to also do so. My children were never scared or threatened. Rather they came home with new friends, their homework done, and I felt relieved because I knew they were safe.

SReilly12: Posted: July 8, 2014 11:27 p.m.

I honestly don't see anything wrong with what she did. So what if she was a candidate for the job at SCU, maybe she applied for it long before she took the job at the B&G Club. Maybe she didn't think she was going to get the job and settled for the next best. Maybe the selection process at SCU wasn't completed till after the fact. It's the cost of doing business. And it can happen either way. Last company I worked for, I cleared in a new Executive, that we snagged from another job, BUT before he actually reported to work everything fell apart and we terminated him. Not because of him, but because of company issues. Lucky him, he got a payoff, but then he either had to look for new employment or go back to previous employer with his tail between his legs and see if he could get his job back. As I said, cost of doing business, it happens all the time.

timothymyers02: Posted: July 9, 2014 11:42 a.m.


I agree. The CSU Pomona job (good find kbob) is a high end gig and the selection process can take up to a year, and since it was competitive she had to hedge her bets on employment. Unfortunately, I could not open her resume on the CSU website but if she got this CSU gig she was EXTREMELY qualified for the Boys and Girls Club and this is the risk one runs when the job market perks up.

kbob and chefgirl538, two word: 13th Amendment!

SReilly12: Posted: July 10, 2014 4:25 a.m.

timothymeyers02: Well there you go.......possibly over qualified? We constantly hear about unemployment numbers, but what we don't hear about is the employees that took big downgrades in their careers just to keep a job. I'm looking at this as an opportunity came a knocking kind of thing and not something that was done intentionally to waste anyone's time.

Maybe there is a lesson to learn - put this position under contract.

timothymyers02: Posted: July 11, 2014 5:05 p.m.

OK, upon reviewing this Sandra E. Silva's Linked in profile (that is where the photo came from) I am 95% confident that she is NOT the person up for the Counseling Services job at CSU Pomona. Sandra E. Silva's (extensive) background is in non-profit management and fundraising, and it appears that she was acting as a contractor for B&G Club with a company called the Charter Group which provides interim execs for nonprofits in transition, so I am guessing she separated because there was some better non-profit gig.

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