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Daniel K. Simmons, M.S., SHRM-CP
Daniel Simmons joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sanford/Lee County as the executive director in July 2015. Upon the merger of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sanford/Lee County and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Eastern Piedmont, Daniel became the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina in October 2016. The organization currently serves well over 1,000 children per year in Lee and Chatham Counties. As of April 2018, plans are underway to open a Boys & Girls Club program in Harnett County.

“My heart is with the children in our communities who need us the most: those who are food insecure; those who suffer from physical and emotional abuse, neglect, and abandonment; and those who live with a single parent. I am keen on our organization being a significant part of the support system for children in our communities for nourishment, character and emotional development, and career development. I am absolutely convinced that our program and our staff are the best resources available for our children. Period.” - Daniel

Current Role(s)

  • - Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina, 2015-Present
  • - Adjunct Instructor, HR Management, Central Carolina Community College, 2015-Present


  • - Master of Science, Human Resources Management, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • - Bachelor of Arts, Music & Business Administration, Winthrop University
  • - SHRM-CP Certification, Society for Human Resource Management

Professional and Civic Engagement:

  • - Court-Appointed Special Advocate for Children (Guardian ad Litem), 2017- Present
  • - President, Sanford Rotary Club, 2018-2019
  • - Member- Board of Directors, Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, 2016-2019
  • - Member, Central Carolina Society for Human Resource Management
  • - Member, 4-H Advisory Council, NC State Cooperative Extension, 2017- Present

Hobbies and Interests:

  • - ATV four-wheeling and dirt-biking
  • - Wine tasting and vineyard touring with his wife, Jessica
  • - Performing on trumpet with the Lee County Community Orchestra, freelance performing in the area, and teaching trumpet lessons

Tonya Newell began interning for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sanford in August of 1997.
She began working for the organization in December of the same year. Through the years she has worked many different positions: art director, education director, health & life skills director, unit director, director of operations, grant coordinator.
She has served as the director of administration for the past 12 years.
Tonya holds two bachelor degrees. One degree is in human services and the other in biblical studies. She has been married for sixteen years and she has four children. She attends Christian Faith Ministries Church in Sanford. Her passions are God, family, church, and the children in our communities.

Elizabeth Colebrook 

Born and raised in Sanford, Elizabeth has over a decade of experience working for and with many non-profits in and around Lee, Chatham, and Harnett Counties. She spends much of her free time serving the need of the local community. Most recently, she was instrumental in the development and organization of Emerging Leaders Society through the local United Way of Lee County. Elizabeth has been successful with engaging donors and providing opportunities for them to become more active volunteers in our community. She has managed, coordinated, and organized school supply drives to benefit the local public school system, food drives for hungry families, supported El Refugio through community outreach programs, and assists with the Point-in-Time Count through the local homelessness task force, S3 Housing Connect in Lee County, and currently serves on the newly formed Harnett County Homelessness Taskforce working to provide similar services to their community members. She is excited to now serve as the newly appointed Sgt. at Arms for the Rotary Club of Sanford. She is a Chamber Ambassador and a member of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, member of the Chatham Chamber, Sanford Area Growth Alliance, and Lillington Area Chamber of Commerce.

In her personal life, Elizabeth is most proud of being a Mother to her two wonderful children. They most enjoy vacationing at their cabin in McDowell County, WV and summer time at the family beach house on Emerald Isle. She is an Elder at Jonesboro Presbyterian Church where her family has attended for 5 generations. Elizabeth is excited about her position and role within the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina. She fully believes in the mission of the Club to help children and teens find success, work towards achievements in school, make healthy choices, and become engaged members of their community.