Meet Our Staff

Dan Grabowski- Founder/CEO

Candice Jackson- Director of Operations- I began my Club career in 1997 at the Boys & Girls Club of Manville, in Lincoln, RI.  Over my two decade long career with Clubs I have held the positions of : Youth Camp Director, Teen Center Director and Director of Resource Development having the opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of the day to day life in the Club.  Although the majority of my daily schedule consists of grant reports and program plans, my office door is always open and you’ll usually find a member or two hanging out at my desk saying hello.

Bonnie Piekarski, Director of Program Development-  I have been employed with Boys & Girls Club of Woonsocket since May of this year. I am however a past parent as both of my daughters formerly attended the program. I enjoy spending time with my daughters, reading, softball and other activities. I also teach yoga and cooking during the summer program.
Shawn Harris- Athletic Director- Shawn has been with the club going on four years. Besides overseeing the teen center, he also is responsible for the basketball leagues being run out of the club. This includes youth/adult summer league and adult fall league.
Aaron Auslander -Site Coordinator/Program Director We welcome Aaron as a new addition here at BGCW. 

Matthew Rodriguez- Youth Development Specialist Matthew has been employed here at the club on and off for 3 years. His focus is working with the 5-8 year old group but he also does run our chorus, which is open to all ages.

Kevin Pontier - Boxing Coach- I have been working at the Club since 2015. What I enjoy the most about my job is teaching my students and seeing them progress and build up from the first day they came in. 

Aukeem Lyons - Youth Development Professional I have been employed at Boys & Girls Club of Woonsocket since 2014.  . I enjoy working here and helping people. I want to show the kids that it's okay to be themselves. I started a poetry and lyric appreciation Club with the 9-12 year old members

Marilyn Urizar-Youth Development Professional  Marilyn has been with the club a little under a year. She runs an Art Class as well as a cooking class within the 9-12 year old age group.

Edwin Jones-Teen Center Development Professional  Edwin is one of the teen center staff as well as a referee within the basketball league here at the club. Not only is he employed with us but he always was a member growing up her in the city.

Yvette Armstrong-Youth Development Professional Yvette has been employed with the club since she was fourteen years old and she now is in her second year at R.I.C. She was also our Youth of The Year two years in a row. Yvette is primarily responsible for running Art Club. 

Brittany Esquilin-Youth Development Professional  Brittany is currently a student at U.R.I and her main focus is the 5-8 year old group. She is always positive and upbeat. She is responsible for homework help as well as activity planning for the age group. 

Jocelyn Bentancur- Youth Development Staff Jocelyn is currently in her second year at R.I.C. She runs the summer book club which gets members summer reading done. She also continues a literacy program within the club for fall as well as a Pen Pals Club where the children will have pen pals around the country.