Staff Michelle Duenas

C. Michelle Duenas, Grants Manager, Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, oversees grants management, program management and staff training and development.  Michelle has been with the organization for 22 years.  She started as a Youth Development Director at the Mesa Branch in 1993, and then worked at the Tempe Branch as a Youth Development Director.  In 1997, she became the Branch Executive at the Tempe Branch and served in this role until January 2007, when she was promoted to Area Director, overseeing six branches.  In August of 2010, Michelle took on the role of Grants Manager, thus expanding her nonprofit management skills.

C. Michelle Duenas graduated from ASU in 1990 with a degree in Recreation Management and a certification in American Humanics, Inc.  She began her professional career as a Program Director at the Waiakea Settlement YMCA in Hilo, Hawaii.  Two years later, she returned to Arizona and was hired as the Youth Development Director at the Mesa Branch, Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley.  For 22 years, Michelle has been employed with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley in four different positions.  Michelle is a National Training Associate for Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Program Basics, Formula for Impact, Outcome Driven Club Experience and SMART Moves prevention programs.  In 2002, Michelle served as the mentor for the Tempe/East Valley/Arizona/Pacific Region and National Youth of the Year; Donald E. Smith.  Michelle was the T.A.P.D.A.C. committee representative for the state of Arizona, for the Pacific Region from 2006-2011.  T.A.P.D.A.C. (Training and Professional Development Advisory Committee) members are advocates for training and professional development for the Boys & Girls Clubs staff nationally, regionally and for the state in which each T.A.P.D.A.C. member resides.  In May 2006, Michelle received the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Professional Development Award of Excellence, the highest honor a professional can receive from Training & Professional Development.  Michelle was the State Chairperson for the State of Arizona Youth of the Year program, 2003-2006.  Michelle is very active in her community and is a past commissioner on the Gilbert Parks & Recreation Board, as well as a Past President of the Mesa West Rotary Club.  Michelle is an active member and a National Board member of The Professional Association for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  She is on the Concerned Professionals Committee and the Chapter Chairs Committee for the Association.

Michelle resides in Val Vista Lakes (Gilbert, AZ) with her two boys.  When not working, Michelle enjoys reading, writing and spending time in the outdoors.  Michelle also enjoys all sports, especially baseball, and has a lifelong goal of attending MLB baseball games in every city/stadium in the country.  Michelle is an advocate for youth and is passionate about training and developing professionals to work with youth, employing the Youth Development Strategy, which gives youth a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and power or influence.
Michelle Duenas
Grants Manager

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