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Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Native Services Unit

In February 2013, the partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and communities with Native Clubs strengthened even more with the development of the Native Services Unit (NSU)! Based out of BGCA’s Southwest Service Center in Richardson, TX, the NSU is committed to addressing the challenges and issues unique to Native lands. The NSU has very ambitious goals to aid in the sustainability and development of all Native Boys & Girls Clubs. Click here for an interactive
map of Native Boys & Girls Clubs.

To learn more about team members of the NSU, as well as the specific Native organizations team members serve, click on their names below. 

Kevin McCartney, Senior Vice President, BGCA Pacific-West, BGCA

Nationally recognized as a leader in the Boys & Girls Club Movement, Kevin is known for his ability to keep perspective of “what’s best for kids” while establishing community partnerships that ensure sustainability. He has been a Boys & Girls Club Professional since 1983. During this time, Kevin helped to establish new organizations in Tracy, California and Sacramento California, where he was the first Chief Professional Officer at both Clubs. He led both organizations through board development, capital campaigns, construction, program development and facility openings. In the fall of 2000, he accepted the position of Director of Government Relations to help expand the State Alliance efforts in the Pacific Region.

As Vice President of Government Relations, he worked to serve more children through helping to create new public-private partnerships with government agencies and growing the Alliances nationwide.

In June 2007, Kevin joined the team in Washington D.C. to assist on the BGCA federal appropriations and was promoted to Senior Vice President on July 1, 2008 where he now leads the effort on federal and state funding for young people across the country. In 2015, the Government Relations team generated nearly $138 million for local Clubs.

In November 2015, Kevin took on the critical new role of Senior Vice President, BGCA Pacific-West. In his new role, he supports the ever-growing complexity of a region that covers four time zones, contains more than 1,000 Club locations, and serves as the home of many corporate partners and other key relationships. Kevin is in the process of establishing a new BGCA Western headquarters in Los Angeles, which will be fully staffed to better support continued growth in the West, build capacity for local Clubs, and engage community partners.

Kevin and his wife Debra have two grown children, Sean and Mary Kate, and four grandchildren: Mari, Kate, Emmy, and Liam.

Carla Knapp, National Director, Native Services, BGCA

Carla is a proven visionary and strategic leader with more than 15 years of executive level, non-profit experience. She began her work in BGCA with the chartering of the BGC Penobscot in her home and served as the Chief Professional Officer. Carla grew the service area for youth and partnered with five federally recognized tribes to expand programming for Native youth.

Carla has received numerous awards to include the Executive Director's Award for demonstrating outstanding performance, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Native Service to Youth Award and most recently Carla was the 2013 recipient of the Maytag Leadership Award, honoring dependable leaders throughout the BGCA movement.

In 2013, Carla accepted a position with the BGCA’s Native Services Unit to assist Clubs on Native lands across the country as one of the Native Service Unit’s Directors of Organizational Development later to be promoted to the National Director of Native Services.

Additionally, Carla is a tribal member of the Penobscot Indian Nation, and Bear Clan, married to Joseph Knapp and proud mother of two children, Imalah and Gary. With the support of her family, Carla’s mission is to provide opportunities that improve the lives of youth and communities.

Carla's service area includes 4 organizations in the following states:

Florida

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Seminole Tribe of Florida

Maine

Penobscot Boys & Girls Club in Old Town, ME

North Carolina

Boys & Girls Club of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
Cherokee Youth Center


If you are interested in starting a Native Club in one of Carla's states, contact her via 207-299-3078 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Kelly Concho-Hayes, Director of Organizational Development, Native Services, BGCA

Kelly Concho-Hayes is an enrolled tribal member of the Navajo Nation and hails from Tsayatoh, New Mexico. She is Red Running into Water (Navajo) born for the Acoma (Child of the Little Eagle Clan) and Zuni people (Child of the Turkey Clan). Kelly is married to Jeremy Hayes from Nambe Oweenge (Winter Clan), who is currently serving 16 plus years in the United States Navy. They have three daughters, Nanabah, Lena Povi, and Makowa.

Kelly holds her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and Bachelor of Science in Education from Montana State University. Growing up on the Navajo, Acoma, and Zuni reservations, Kelly is deeply rooted in her traditional teachings from her family and community. Her work has always been with American Indian and Alaskan Native people, which has allowed her to collaborate with various organizations, tribes, and villages across the United States including Hawaii and Alaska at different capacities.

Kelly's service area includes 14 organizations in the following states:

Alabama

Boys & Girls Club of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Arizona

Boys & Girls Club of the Aha Macav
Boys & Girls Club of the San Carlos Apache Nation
Boys & Girls Club of White Mountain Apache

Minnesota

Boys & Girls Club of the White Earth Reservation

Mississippi

Boys & Girls Club of Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

New York

Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in Hogansburg, NY

Kansas

Kickapoo Boys & Girls Club in Kansas in Horton, KS
Boys & Girls Club of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in Mayetta, KS
Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Boys & Girls Club

New Mexico

Boys & Girls Club of Gallup
Boys & Girls Club of Ohkay Owingeh
Mescalero Apache Boys & Girls Club
Pueblo of Pojoaque Boys & Girls Club


If you are interested in starting a Native Club in one of Kelly's states, contact her via 505-660-6733 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tim Reiplinger, Director of Organizational Development, Native Services, BGCA

Tim brings over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector through Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA’s. He has played an integral part in the start-up and sustainability of Native American Boys & Girls Club Organizations on the Leech Lake Reservation and the White Earth Nation. His leadership and vision has directly contributed to the advancement of youth services for two Northern Minnesota Tribes.

Prior to joining the Native Services Unit for BGCA in 2015, Tim served as the CPO for Boys & Girls Clubs of the White Earth Reservation. During his 11 years as CPO he was responsible for board development, financial stability, organizational growth, staff development and many other aspects of the Clubs operations. He began his career with the Boys & Girls Club movement in 1999 as the Program Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Leech Lake Area, where he played a vital role in the development of program services to over 500 youth on the Leech Lake Reservation. Tim credits his 16 years of work experience in local Boys & Girls Clubs as major reasons why he developed the skills necessary for the work he does today.

Tim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Corporate & Community Health Promotion from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in Superior, Wisconsin in 1995. Tim graduated with honors as he held a 3.65 GPA over the course of his post-secondary experience. He also was a multi-sport athlete as he played both football and baseball during his 4.5 years of college.

Tim is a descendant of the Cherokee Nation and Choctaw Nation through his mother. He lives with his wife Kristi in Bemidji, Minnesota and has 2 daughters, Madison and Avery. He enjoys spending time with family and friends and especially loves playing golf in the summer as well as watching the National Football League in the fall and winter as a huge fan of the Minnesota Vikings.

Tim's service area includes 15 organizations in the following states:

Colorado

Boys & Girls Club of the Southern Ute Tribe

Michigan

Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills in Brimley, MI

Minnesota

Boys & Girls Club of the Leech Lake Area in Cass Lake, MN
Red Lake Nation Boys & Girls Club in Red Lake, MN

Nebraska

Boys & Girls Clubs of HoCak Nisoc Haci in Winnebago, NE

North Dakota

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Three Affiliated Tribes in New Town, ND

South Dakota

Boys & Girls Club of Three Districts Youth Services in Fort Thompson, SD
Boys & Girls Club of Lower Brule in Lower Brule, SD
Boys & Girls Club of the Grand River Area in McLaughlin, SD
Boys & Girls Clubs of Rosebud in Mission, SD
Boys & Girls Club of the Missouri River Area in Wagner, SD

Wisconsin

Boys & Girls Club of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Band in Hayward, WI
Woodland Boys & Girls Club in Neopit, WI
Mashkisibi (Bad River) Boys & Girls Club in Odanah, WI

Wyoming

Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe in Fort Washakie, WY


If you are interested in starting a Native Club in one of Tim's states, contact him via 218-766-5252 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Anna Calkins, Director of Organizational Development, Native Services, BGCA

Anna Calkins is a Nez Perce Tribe Descendant who was born and raised in Lapwai, ID, in the heart of the Nez Perce Reservation. Anna has extensive nonprofit management experience and has been with the Boys & Girls Club Movement for 17 years. Most recently she was the Director at the Lapwai Branch of the Boys & Girls Club of the Lewis Clark Valley for 15 years. Anna has both implemented and overseen several youth development programs and activities including Immersion Mentoring, On the T.R.A.I.L. to Diabetes Prevention, mentoring programs, SMART Moves, Tribal Suicide Prevention Program, and GO On Higher Education program. In addition to experience with program implementation, she also oversaw the successful building and sustainment of a brand new Boys & Girls Club building for the community of Lapwai.

During her time at the Lapwai Branch, Anna had active involvement with her Club, community, and Tribe serving on committees, groups, and boards to increase her circle of influence to provide more support and opportunities for Native youth. Additionally, she has also served the Boys & Girls Club of America as a National Training Associate and Native Advisory Committee member.

Anna is also a Lewis Clark State College alumna and earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Minor in Special Education.

Anna's service area includes 16 organizations in the following states:

Montana

Boys & Girls Club of the Crow Nation in Crow Agency, MT
Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Cheyenne Nation in Lame Deer, MT
Boys & Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County in Ronan, MT
Boys & Girls Club Little Rockies, MT

Oklahoma

McCurtain County Boys & Girls Club of the Choctaw Nation in Broken Bow, OK
Boys & Girls Club of Chelsea in Chelsea, OK
Boys & Girls Club of Durant in Durant, OK
Boys & Girls Club of Darlington in El Reno, OK
Boys & Girls Club of Delaware County in Jay, OK
Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa County in Miami, OK
Boys & Girls Club of Nowata in Nowata, OK
Boys & Girls Clubs of Green Country in Pryor, OK
Boys & Girls Club of Sequoyah County in Sallisaw, OK
Boys & Girls Club of Adair County Schools in Stilwell, OK
Boys & Girls Club of Tahlequah, Oklahoma in Tahlequah, OK
Boys & Girls Club of Wilson in Wilson, OK


If you are interested in starting a Native Club in one of Anna's states, contact her via 208-790-5207 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Linda Ashley, Club Liaison Services Specialist

Linda Ashley joined Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) in 2000. The first 10 years were spent in the resource development department as the administrative assistant for the Vice President and Director, and coordinator for two major fundraising events. In June 2010, Linda transferred to the organizational and executive development services department providing assistance to her assigned Clubs. Linda also coordinates two scholarship programs and eagerly takes on any special projects that come her way. In her current role, she acts as the BGCA liaison for over fifty Native Boys & Clubs and provides administrative support to the National Director.

Linda and her husband Tony have raised one son and three daughters. Most of her spare time is spent enjoying family including seven precious grandchildren.

Contact Linda at 972-581-2375 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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BGCA Native Services Unit
Dallas Service Center
2107 N. Collins Boulevard
Richardson, TX 75080

Direct: 972-581-2375
E-mail: BGCANS@BGCA.ORG