March 10th for regional position with youth club

BY VINCE ECHAVARIA

After 20 years with the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, including ten years as its chief executive officer, J.R. Dzubak will leave the club to become the regional service director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Pacific Division.

Dzubak, 35, said he will leave the Venice club Friday, March 10th, to begin the new position with the Boys & Girls Club Pacific Division based in Long Beach.

He said he applied for the regional service director position in December and was selected for the job two weeks ago.

The Venice club has begun a national search to find a replacement for the chief executive officer position, he said.

Dzubak said that, while he has enjoyed his years with the Venice club, the new regional position with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America presents him with a great opportunity to expand his personal contribution to youths throughout the region.

“I’ll miss my kids the most,” said Dzubak, who has lived in the Venice area for 15 years.

“It’s been just an exhilarating ride and I’ve enjoyed it so much.

“I’ll miss the community involvement and the support we get from the community.”

As the regional service director for the club’s Pacific Division, Dzubak will be responsible for the oversight of 30 regional clubs.

When Dzubak moved to Los Angeles from Philadelphia at the age of 15 he joined what was then the Boys Club of Venice for its after-school activities and opportunity to receive a college scholarship.

He continued to stay involved with the Venice club and became its chief executive officer ten years ago. While serving in that position, he oversaw club fundraising, strategic planning and community development.

During his tenure at the Venice club, he oversaw the development of the James Collins Center, a major physical expansion of the club at its current site, 2232 Lincoln Blvd.

The first phase of the $6 million facility opened in September 1999 and the second phase opened in June 2000.

Dzubak was also instrumental in expanding the club’s activities and membership into partnerships with schools and other entities to bring after-school, tutoring and other programs to a broader number of local youngsters.

Dzubak said that when he first joined the Venice club there were about 400 members, but the club has now expanded to 4,400 members at four sites.

Although Dzubak will leave the Venice club after 20 years, he said he will continue to be able to work with the club in a “new capacity” with his new position.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to share the knowledge of what we’ve been able to build here with new clubs,” Dzubak said.