Two Palm Beach State College employees have been appointed to advisory boards for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, including one who is making history.
Dr. LaTanya McNeal, assistant dean of student services for the Belle Glade campus, will serve as vice chair of the six-member inaugural advisory board for Clubs in the Belle Glade area, which includes a teen center and six elementary school sites that serve about 1,500 members daily. Her appointment comes at a pivotal time for the organization, which held a groundbreaking ceremony in April for its new Smith & Moore Family Teen Center in Belle Glade. The new 13,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility will allow the Boys & Girls Club to serve more youth.
Marcella Montesinos, manager of the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College, will join the advisory board for the Wellington Club, which is the largest club in the county serving about 400 children per day.
“We’re always glad when members of the community get involved in our clubs by giving of their energy and expertise,” said Steve Cornette, vice president of operations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. “Club kids benefit tremendously when they see that people genuinely care about their well-being and board members make a bigger difference than they even realize.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs serve children ages 6 to 18, and membership is $30 per year. While the clubs have over 5,800 members, through outreach initiatives, they serve over 8,500 children annually. There are seven advisory boards for the county’s 13 clubs, as well as a corporate board.