READING, PA- The Olivet Boys & Girls Clubs of Reading and Berks County on Monday announced the appointment of Allen Reese as its new chief executive officer. After a vigorous search of hundreds of applicants nationwide, officials said in a press release that they determined Reese had a wide array of attributes that would be instrumental in the continued growth of the organization, which operates seven clubhouses in Reading and one in Pottstown. Reese has more than 20 years of experience managing nonprofit organizations.
Most recently he was chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the South Coast Area in San Clemente, Calif., which serves about 1,800 children annually. He also led the North San Luis Obispo County Boys & Girls Club along the Golden State’s central coast.
“Allen possesses a fascinating constellation of attributes that match perfectly with the needs of Olivet Boys & Girls Club kids and staff,” said Eric Savage, chairman of the Olivet board. “I feel I can speak for our whole community when I say that Allen will make great things happen for the kids who need us most in both Reading and Pottstown.”
While Reese has spent most of his career on the West Coast, he is no stranger to the Keystone State. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, went on to earn a master’s degree in public policy from Rutgers University in New Jersey and received another master’s degree in counseling from Neumann University in Delaware County.
Reese succeeds Pablo Tejada, who was promoted in July to the national organization.
During Tejada’s time with Olivet, the organization received the Gateway Impact Award, presented by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for recognition of exceptional increases in average daily attendance. The club’s three-core programming areas promote academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship.