Staff

Hal Smith

President & CEO

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Hal Smith was born and raised in Yorktown, Virginia. He is a 1994 graduate of George Mason University with a B.S. in Public Administration. Hal has been in the Boys & Girls Club movement for a total of 12 years as both a board member and staff. Prior to his Boys & Girls Club career, Hal spent 16 years in the residential construction industry, specializing in large scale renovations and custom home building. Now, Hal is responsible for the operations and administration of 13 Club sites, a workforce development center, and TowneBank Athletic Park.

Hal is a graduate of Boys & Girls Club Leadership University School of Executive Leadership through the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He is proud to serve as a Task Force Member on the Newport News Mayor’s Initiative to End Bullying and on the board of the Denbigh Youth Alliance and the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth.
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Angel Nelson

Chief Operations Officer

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Angel Nelson is the Chief Operating Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula. Helping youth reach their full potential has been a passion of Angel’s for many years.  

Angel began her journey within the Boys & Girls Club Movement in 2004 as the Program Director for Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia. Moving at a steady pace upward, Angel has held many leadership positions. She was the Director of Operations for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Trident Area in Charleston, SC and Area Director for Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte, in Charlotte, NC.

Prior to becoming the Area Director in Charlotte, NC, she was the Executive Director for Girls Inc. of Southwest Hampton Roads, Virginia.  Angel served 20 years in the United States Navy as a Career Counselor.

Angel attended Saint Leo University, majoring in Business Administration.  Angel is a graduate of Boys & Girls Club Leadership University School of Management through the University of Michigan-Ross School of Business and also obtained a Certificate in Human Resource Management in the United States Navy.

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Gus Altschuler

Chief Administrative Officer

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Gus Altschuler is the Chief Administrative Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula where he oversees Administrative duties, Finance, and Human Resources. He was born and raised in Newport News attending Menchville High School. He later graduated with a B.S. in Economics from Longwood University in 2014 and in 2020 graduated from the University of Tennessee with an MBA.

Susan Cookman

Director of Development

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Susan Cookman is the Director of Development for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula where she oversees all fundraising and marketing. She grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from George Mason University in 2002 with a degree in Political Science. Prior to her career in non-profit fundraising, Susan worked on Capitol Hill for the US House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in the Office of Political Affairs for the White House.  Before joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula, Susan served as the Director of Development and Marketing for the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck in Kilmarnock, VA.

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DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
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Madison Owens
MARKETING & SPECIAL EVENTS DIRECTOR
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Cindy DiMarino
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM INITIATIVES
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Chanda Bowie
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Donald Johnson
ATHLETICS/SAFETY DIRECTOR
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DIRECTOR OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
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Michele Brinkley
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
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Noelle Mangus
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Marc Lattimore
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Calvin Moon
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Richard Ruffin
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CROSSROADS VILLAGE

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Gary Rippel
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Walida Hooker
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GREATER HAMPTON ROADS

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MATHEWS

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Josh Goffigan
UNIT DIRECTOR
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LaTanya Littleton
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Keisha Waller
UNIT DIRECTOR

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