Boys & Girls Club of Valdosta embarks on new chapter with Kristin Hanna at the helm

Apr. 23—VALDOSTA — As the Boys and Girls Club of Valdosta celebrates its 80th year of community service, it prepares for significant organizational changes set to redefine its future. On May 1, the club will mark the dawn of a new era with the appointment of Kristin Hanna as its new chief executive officer, succeeding Brian Flemming, the outgoing CEO, who transitions into the role of senior advisor.

Flemming, expressing his confidence in Hanna's leadership abilities, remarked, "Kristin has earned the role of CEO. She has the vision and dedication to lead the Club in its next chapter, and I am excited to see the great work that is ahead." With nearly a decade of experience at the Boys & Girls Club, Hanna has held various roles, from programming to fundraising.

In a statement, Hanna shared her heartfelt gratitude for the opportunity to lead the organization. "I've seen firsthand the importance of our programs for the children we serve, the hard-working families we partner with, and our region," she said. "The Club has done incredible work over the last 80 years, and I am honored to work alongside our community to continue and build our programs."

The transition symbolizes a momentous period of growth for the Boys & Girls Club as Flemming transitions into the senior advisor role. Having successfully led and strengthened the club for 15 years, he will now channel his expertise and passion into spearheading a campaign for a new workforce development campus for teens. This initiative aims to equip youth with essential work and life skills.

Flemming commented on the new Workforce Development project, "There is an important opportunity before us to equip our teens for success after the Club. I am ready to focus my efforts on this important project, not just for our teens, but for our entire community."

With these exciting changes, the Boys & Girls Club of Valdosta's mission will remain: "To enable all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens." The organization's commitment to youth and the community remains unwavering as they venture ahead, club officials said.

Hanna's journey with the Boys & Girls Club of Valdosta began in the fall of 2014 when she was hired to work with a group of sixth-grade girls. Over the years, her dedication to the organization has only deepened, culminating in her appointment as CEO.

"This community is special to me because it has always been my home," she stated in her announcement as CEO. "I look forward to partnering with the community as we continue to help the community's youth reach their brightest futures."

The club's future promises excellence, innovation, and boundless opportunities for growth.

"Children are a gift," Hanna emphasized, "and I am committed to ensuring they have every opportunity to thrive."

The Boys & Girls Club of Valdosta serves nearly 1,000 children daily across Lowndes and Brooks counties. The community can stay updated on the Club's latest developments through their website or social media.