Carla Knapp, Vice President, 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. She now serves as Vice President 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 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 1 organization in the following state:
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Seminole Tribe of Florida
Kelly Concho-Hayes, Lead 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 18 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:
Boys & Girls Club of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Boys & Girls Club of the Aha Macav (Fort Mojave)
Boys & Girls Club of the San Carlos Apache Nation
Boys & Girls Club of White Mountain Apache
Boys & Girls Club of Dine Youth – Many Farms (Navajo)
Boys & Girls Club of Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
Boys & Girls Club of Gallup
Boys & Girls Club of Ohkay Owingeh
Mescalero Apache Boys & Girls Club
Pueblo of Pojoaque Boys & Girls Club
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
Cherokee Youth Center
Boys & Girls Club of Catawba Nation
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Boys & Girls Clubs of American Samoa
Anna Bear, Director of Organizational Development, Native Services, BGCA
Anna Bear is a Nez Perce Tribe Descendant who was born and raised in Lapwai, ID, in the heart of the Nez Perce Reservation. Anna is married to Frank Bear and is blessed with two amazing bonus children, Peyton and Tyus, and several nephews and nieces. Anna and Frank also have supportive, strong and large families whose unconditional love and support make it possible for Anna to give back and support our youth and communities. Anna has extensive nonprofit management experience and has been with the Boys & Girls Club Movement for 18 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’s service area includes 12 organizations in the following state:
McCurtain County Boys & Girls Club of the Choctaw Nation
Boys & Girls Club of Chelsea
Boys & Girls Club of Durant
Boys & Girls Club of Darlington
Boys & Girls Club of Delaware County
Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa County
Boys & Girls Club of Nowata
Boys & Girls Clubs of Green Country
Boys & Girls Club of Sequoyah County
Boys & Girls Club of Adair County Schools
Boys & Girls Club of Tahlequah
Boys & Girls Club of Wilson
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 13 organizations in the following states:
Penobscot Boys & Girls Club
Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills
Boys & Girls Club of the Leech Lake Area
Red Lake Nation Boys & Girls Club
Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Three Affiliated Tribes
Boys & Girls Club of Turtle Mountain
Boys & Girls Clubs of Rosebud
Boys & Girls Club of the Missouri River Area
Boys & Girls Club of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe
Woodland Boys & Girls Club
Mashkisibi (Bad River) Boys & Girls Club
Boys & Girls Club of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Christian Weaver, Director of Organizational Development, Native Services, BGCA
Christian Branden Weaver is an enrolled member of the Shinnecock Nation and is passionate about serving Native communities. He is a powwow dancer, creative director and philanthropist.
Christian has been in the development and strategic planning industry for over 14 years. Prior to joining BGCA, Christian served as the Manager of Corporate and Tribal Relations for the American Indian College Fund. Christian also sits on the board of Natives in Philanthropy, the Denver Facilities and Energy Efficiency Board and has previously served on the economic development committee for Shinnecock, on the board of directors for the Atlanta based not for profit, drawchange, and on the board of the Atlanta Jaycees.
Christian and his partner Chantal (Little Salmon Carmack-Crow Clan) live in Denver where they raise their beautiful daughter, Nashawa.
Christian’s service area includes 13 organizations in the following states:
Boys & Girls Club of the Southern Ute Tribe
Kickapoo Boys & Girls Club
Boys & Girls Club of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Boys & Girls Club
Boys & Girls Club of the White Earth Reservation
Boys & Girls Club of the Crow Nation
Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Cheyenne Nation
Boys & Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County
Boys & Girls Clubs of HoCak Nisoc Haci
Boys & Girls Club of Lower Brule
Boys & Girls Club of the Grand River Area
Boys & Girls Club of Little Wound School
Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe
Jacquie Van Huss, Director of Strategic Growth, Native Services, BGCA
Jacquie has been working mostly within Indian Country for more than 25 years. Her strong leadership experience and capacity building along with her ability to construct solid relationships within communities has brought about positive developments for various tribal organizations and Native communities.
Furthermore, Jacquie has vast experience with Tribal TANF Programs (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), directing, managing, developing and implementing compassionate and accountable social service plans including youth wellness components. Her strong community outreach and relationship building skills are something she prides herself in.
Jacquie is an enrolled member of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California. She was previously elected to the Tribal Council and served 10 years with terms as Tribal Chairperson and Tribal Secretary, developing and implementing tribal government initiatives. She is very proud of her tribe and their accomplishments over the years. Born and raised in the exact geographical center of California in the beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountain community of North Fork, Jacquie has 3 fun-loving, full of life grandchildren, Téa, Tatum and Sawyer, whom she absolutely adores.
Jacquie’s service area includes 3 organizations in the following states:
Boys & Girls Club of Big Valley Rancheria
Boys & Girls Club of Kumeyaay Nation Wellness
Boys & Girls Club of Agai Dicutta Tuamuhvi Nobe
Norma Brown, Senior Club Support Specialist, Native Services, BGCA
Norma holds a BBA in Organizational Behavior from the University of North Texas School of Management. She joined BGCA in 2013. In her current role, she serves as the BGCA liaison for Native Boys & Girls Clubs, and supports BGCA Native Services.
Alyce Vasquez, Executive Assistant, Pacific West, BGCA
Alyce joined BGCA in July, 2016 as Executive Assistant to the Pacific Region, she currently provides support to Carla Knapp VP, of Native Services. Alyce has over 8 years of administrative experience supporting C- level executives. She has a varied background in project management, event planning, scheduling/coordination. Alyce holds a B.A. in Political Science from Mount Saint Mary’s University.