About Us

Who We Are.

The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford is a dedicated youth facility that is open daily, managed by professional staff and made available and affordable to all youth.  We serve more than 1,600 Children (ages 6-18), offering programs and services to promote and enhance their development. We inspire confidence, a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence in this POSITIVE PLACE FOR KIDS.
BGCS is located in census tract 214 on Stamford’s West side, where over 70% of the community is categorized as low income. With over 45% of our youth coming from single parent households, many of these young people have no adult supervision at home and spend each day at the Club until parents return from work. 42% of our youth are African American, 50% Hispanic, 4% Caucasian, 2% multi-racial and 2% from other races. Approximately 58% of the members are male and 42% are female.
The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford’s focus is to offer programming in the core areas of Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. The Boys & Girls Club has many committed partners who have supported and continue to support the many program offerings that are made available to our members.  


The Mission of Boys & Girls Club of Stamford is to enable all youth to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. We strive to empower our youth and provide a safe and supportive environment with caring adult professionals and volunteers. We strive to achieve our mission by offering facilities, programs and support systems that assist young people in their academic, social, athletic and cultural pursuits. Our formula for impact focuses on children’s academic success, good character, citizenship and healthy lifestyles. 

Our Vision

Provide a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.


Boys & Girls Club of Stamford is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization.

Safety Policy

See below for our Club safety policy.

Meet the Staff

Every staff member at the Boys and Girls Club of Stamford is a thought leader who has made significant contributions to our community, club and its members. Each one brings a unique set of skills and expertise to our organization. 

Rowena Track

Chief Executive Officer
203-324-0594 (ext. 101)

Jeff Pytlak

Director of Operations
203-324-0594 (ext. 102)

Sam Gordon

Director of Development
203-324-0594 (ext. 107)

Max dixon

Director of Major Gifts

Laraine Mehr-Turlis

Director of Finance & Admin.

James Kendall

Senior Program Director
203-324-0594 (ext. 103)

Barry Woods

Teen Program Director
203-324-0594 (ext. 112)

Sedera Jones

Membership Director
203-324-0594 (ext. 100) sjones@bgcastamford.org

Lamar Ranger

Director of Programming & Admin.
203-324-0594 (ext. 104)

Steve Basquiat

Sports Director
203-324-0594 (ext. 105)

Dale R. Holder

Asst. Director of Development
203-324-0594 (ext. 106)


Executive Assistant
203-324-0594 (ext. 109)

Maribel sandalo

Yerwood Center Director

Dwayne Stephenson

Alt. Yerwood Center Director

Melissa stanley

Yerwood Program Director

mike halley

Yerwood Program Director

Board of Directors

Andrew Zeitlin
Board President 
Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Karyn Ward
Vice President 
The Ashforth Company
Fanny G. Ferreira
Board Secretary
People’s United Bank
Joseph Zeni
Board Treasurer
Neil Frieser
Immediate Past Board President
Frontier Communications


Gayle Alswanger
Stamford Hospital
Matthew Blumenthal
Koskoff, Koskoff, & Bieder P.C.
Tom Burger
Gridiron Capital
William Brevard
Stamford Police Department
Brian Carroll
Chris Catania
Point 72
Scott Centrella
Diserio, Martin, O’Connor & Castiglioni LLP
Steve Elbaum
Robinson + Cole LLP
Amy George
Terex Corporation
Michelle Girard
NatWest Markets
Christopher Grundy
Jenice Jeter
A+E Networks
James Johnstone 
Shahzad Khawaja
Seth Lapine
Lapine Inc.
Lauren Neubauer 
Bridgewater Associates
Gregg Peters
Kelly Saltzgaber
Kit Thorpe
Natasha Tomai 
Newmark Knight Frank
Nancy Westington
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

Board Member Emeritus

Honorary Board Members

Gary Wendt
Rick Redniss
Bob Hartt
Bruce Rogers
John Griswold
Tom Rich 
Margaret Carlson
Clay Fowler
Darrell Harvey 
Allan Houston 

Please note that it is the policy of Boys & Girls Club of Stamford not to engage in political activity or endorse candidates for political office. Any endorsements expressed by individuals associated with Boys & Girls Club of Stamford are not those of the organization.