President & CEO
Matt received his B.A. in English Literature from University of California Santa Cruz and Master's in Education from National University with an emphasis in crosscultural teaching.
Matt brings over 17 years of Boys & Girls Club experience and joined the Boys & Girls Club of Vista in 2007. As a former high school educator and journalist, Matt is passionate about eliminating the opportunity gap between children. He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Vista and volunteers with the Sunrise Kiwanis Club of Vista as a Key Club Advisor.
Under Matt’s leadership, the Boys & Girls Club of Vista has grown from two sites to five sites from a budget of $700,000 to $1.7 million. Matt lives in Vista with his wife, Denise and two daughters, Grace and Emma.
Vice President of Development
Susan brings over ten years of Boys & Girls Club experience serving in a variety of roles through Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove and the South Coast Area. She also served as a consultant for Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Planning & Measurement which helped develop the National Youth Outcomes Initiative. Most recently, she served as the Development Director for Words Alive.
She holds a Master of Arts Applied Linguistics from Biola University and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Vanguard University.
Director of Operations
P: (760) 724-6606 ext. 24
Raul oversees the implementation of our programs and supervises staff. Raul brings invaluable expertise to the Boys & Girls Club of Vista. He is a youth development professional with 30+ years of experience working with at-risk youth. Raul's enthusiasm and passion for kids sets the tone for the Club's activities. His main focus is on fine arts, career development, gang prevention and inclusion of classes for special needs students. He was a key player in helping start the Boys & Girls Club La Colonia program for at-risk youth in Solana Beach.
He believes that the Boys & Girls Club of Vista is the "Best Kept Secret in Town". Once parents and kids come through the doors, they feel the positive energy and warm environment that is set by the staff at the club. Raul attended USIU to purse his degree in bilingual education. He taught kindergarten and 6th grade in the Encinitas school district for 11 years. He focused on special programs by teaching Spanish as a Second Language at Skyline Elementary, led the Si Se Puede Soccer Clinic and created Art & Sports activities for students in the San Diguito area.