Staff Leadership

“I’m simply blown away by the staff at the Boys & Girls Club! They don’t just take care of my kiddo, they love him and treat him with respect and heartfelt attention above and beyond anything I could have imagined. I stand impressed and forever thankful!”

– Club Parent

Vaughn Morris – President, CEO

Vaughn is a graduate of Fort Lewis College. Vaughn has been part of the Boys & Girls Club movement for over 20 years and was recruited to open the Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County in 2007. Vaughn serves as the president of the United Way of Southwest Colorado, a trustee of the Pine River Library, and treasurer of the Durango Chamber of Commerce. Vaughn is a graduate of the Leadership La Plata Program and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Harvard School of Business Leadership program. Vaughn enjoys all aspects of sports from participant to referee to spectator.

vaughn.morris@bgclaplata.org

Kathrene Frautschy – Director of Development

A graduate of DePaul University Chicago, Kathrene has been a part of Durango’s non-profit community for 20 years. Working with individuals and business leaders with a heart for kids, Kathrene sees development work as the opportunity to assist people in doing what is, “imprinted on their hearts…making a difference in the lives of others.” Kathrene’s newest hobby is knitting, creating warm and cozy items using hand-dyed wool fibers.

kathrene.frautschy@bgclaplata.org

Ximena Hernandez – Membership Coordinator

Se Habla Espanol. Ximena is preparing for a career in the field of special education. Ximena serves as the Club’s bi-lingual liaison, assisting parents, guardians and Spanish speaking Club members. Ximena is the 2020 Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County Youth of the Year. Ximena enjoys spending time with family, which includes paddle boarding area waters.

ximena.hernandez@bgclaplata.org

Jerad Bussell – Site Coordinator

Jerad is a graduate of Fort Lewis College, with a degree in Anthropology.  Jerad leads Club members in a wide array of programs and activities, providing opportunities to investigate hobbies and careers, try new experiences, and simply be kids within a network of supportive peers. Jerad renews his spirit fly fishing, hiking, gardening, baking, and sharing farm-to-table meals with friends.  Jerad’s aspiration is to operate a summer “mountain experience camp” for kids. 

jerad.bussell@bgclaplata.org

Tana Kelly – Program Specialist

Tana is a Durango native who loves the southwest Colorado lifestyle. Together with her husband, a law enforcement officer, and their infant son, Tana enjoys camping. Tana enjoys baking and cake decorating. Tana is a Disney superfan: she considers Disney Parks to be her happy place. At the Club, Tana loves the funny stories the kids share as they describe their school day or weekend. Club members look forward to STEM Tuesdays at the Club when Tana’s hands-on STEM experiments engage their curiosity.

Peter Behm – Program Specialist

Peter is a graduate of Fort Lewis College, with a degree in English. He fell in love with writing at a young age and aspires to be a writer. Peter is an avid bike enthusiast and especially enjoys riding his bike around Vallecito Reservoir. His favorite reading spot is 81301 Coffee House and Roasters. Peter operates from a coaching perspective, and “hopes to inspire Club members to push themselves to be the best individuals they can be.” Peter is frequently in the gym running healthy lifestyle programs or the tech lab, guiding Club members in academic enrichment activities.

Logan Fullington – Social Media Intern

A Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County alumnus, Logan’s work creating short videos and gathering Club images supports the Club’s 2021 social media and fundraising priorities. Check out his work on the Club’s Facebook and Instagram pages.