Daniel Simmons, M.S., SHRM-CP
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Brandon Kivett re-joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sanford/Lee County as the Unit Director of our OT Sloan Park Unit in November 2014. Brandon’s first BGC experience came as a Club member in middle and high school, in which he attended the Sanford Clubs at Jonesboro School, then to the OT Sloan Park Club. Brandon joined the staff team as a Junior Staff Member in 2001 and worked for the Lee County Clubs through 2006. Brandon left the Lee County Clubs in 2006 to work at the Moore County Clubs until 2012, and he served as the Operations Director at that location, helping to increase attendance by over 300 members on a daily basis and increasing programming and sites. Before re-joining the Boys & Girls Clubs, Brandon took two years off to work in the for-profit sector.
“After taking two years off from Boys & Girls Clubs, I realized what my passion truly was, and that is providing today’s youth with a positive and safe place to come every day. We are providing them with the tools and resources to take that next step in life, and encouraging them along the way. Having worked almost every position at the Club, I know what we must do to work as a team to accomplish these goals for today’s youth.”
- Director of Operations, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina, 2018 to present
- Area Director of Lee County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina, 2017-2018
- Unit Director, OT Sloan Park Unit, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina 2014-2017
Other roles with BGC:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Sanford/Lee County (Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina) Games Room Director, Physical Fitness Director, Junior Staff, Education Department, Church Street Unit Director
- Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sandhills: Southern Pines Unit Director, Aberdeen Unit Director, Director of Operations and Chief Operations Officer.
Professional and Civic Engagement:
- Member-Kiwanis Clubs of Lee County 2016-Present
- First Aid/CPR & AED Instructor Certified 2018-Present
- Food Safety Certified 2017-Present
Bowling, Spending Time with My daughter and Cooking
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.
Joy Roberts began working for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina in October of 2016. During that time, she has worked in the Art room and the Education room. In the past year, she has worked at recruiting mentors and volunteers to work with the members in the Club. Most recently Joy has been responsible for the daily programming and making sure that the Boys & Girls Clubs national programs are being run each week.
She is also responsible for chairing special events that take place in the club such as our annual Thanksgiving dinner and our annual science fair, to name a few. Joy holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical studies. She is married and has 2 sons. She attends Christian Faith Ministries Church in Sanford, she is a member of the adult flag team and is one of the leaders over the youth flag ministry. Her passions are God, family, church and the children in our communities.