Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. We seek to provide our members with:
Since 1949, The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Santa Rosa has provided boys and girls with a place to learn, play, develop academic skills, and engage in physical activity. We satisfy the age-old desire of young people to have a "club" of their own. Our club is staffed by full-time and part-time Youth Development Professionals. Additionally, this team of professionals are supplemented by passionate and caring volunteers.
At the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Santa Rosa, we value diversity. We are a place for boys and girls of all races, religions, and cultures. Our programs and activities are conducted in the warm, friendly atmosphere of facilities especially designed for youth programs. The Club is open to all members at any time during hours of operation, and we have an open-door policy. We offer varied and diversified programs that recognize and respond to the collective and individual needs of girls and boys. Our Club is guidance-oriented and emphasizes values inherent in the relationships between young people, their peers, and adults. We help boys and girls make appropriate and satisfying choices.
Amber Heidtke joined the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Santa Rosa in April 2016. As the Executive Director, Amber brings vision and leadership to an organization with over 70 years of impact on youth in our community. She is passionate about creating a culture of positivity, learning, physical activity, creativity, and providing the best club for our members, staff and donors. Amber brings over 17 years’ experience in development with non-profit organizations in Sonoma County. Amber has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, is a member of the Sonoma County Alliance, a board member of the Leadership Alumni Association, board president of HEART (Homeless Alternatives Resource Team), a member of Impact 100 Redwood Circle, and is also a graduate of Leadership Santa Rosa’s Class of XXXIII.
"No kid is unsmart. Every kid's a Genius at something. Our job is to find it. And then Encourage it." - Robin Sharma. For the past 8 years, Mike Whetstone has volunteered his time working with children at a non- profit organization helping kids to achieve their goals and dreams. As Director of Operations, Mike continues to follow his passion to be a positive role model for children. The staff and the programs he has developed provides structure, leadership, and motivational skills to achieve a positive outcome and make a genuine difference in the lives of children.
For the past 11 years, Jasmine Meza has been actively involved with the Boys and Girls Club. She started out as a member and continued being involved as a volunteer. Now, she is our Membership Coordinator. As a Membership Coordinator, she strives to be a positive role model for the children as well as being kind and welcoming to everyone who walks in the facility. She is the primary contact between the parents and kids and makes sure that every kid has checked in safely and soundly.
Dheepa Johnston serves as the Director of Development for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Santa Rosa, where she works with the community at large by engaging donors and volunteers in support of the club’s mission. Dheepa comes to Santa Rosa from South Carolina where she started her career in medical sales and had her first experiences in philanthropy. She served on the board of the Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity as well as volunteering with the local Boys and Girls Club. Dheepa’s passion for the Boys and Girls Club stems from the desire to inspire and enable the youth to help them reach their full potential. Dheepa holds an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management and is a member of Leadership Santa Rosa Class 34 through the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber. She is a member of Sonoma County Alliance, Young Professionals Network, Sonoma County Professional Women and a former member of the Junior League of Napa-Sonoma.
Christine McBride - Youth Coordinator - Colgan Meadows Club
Daniel Theobald - Athletic Coordinator
David Spanier - Education Coordinator
Emily Rasmussen - Youth Coordinator
Miriam Espinoza Flores - Youth Coordinator - Gray's Meadow Club
Joshua Smith - Youth Coordinator
Nahomy Banuelos - Youth Coordinator - Rowan Court Club
Yerixia Onate - Youth Coordinator
Joe Henderson, Board President - Heritage Realty/Santa Rosa Junior College
Michael Henry, Treasurer - Poppy Bank
Karen Rasmussen, Secretary - Monte Vista Elementary School
Bill Place, Facilities Head - NorCal Glass Products
Damian Gulbransen, Board Member - St. Joseph Health
Kim McDonald, Board Member - McDonald Leavitt Insurance
Chris Stier, Board Member - St. Joseph Health
Casey Williams, Board Member - Recology
Holly Byck, Board Member - OptiRev
1949 – Founded July 8, 1949 as Santa Rosa Boys Club
1949 – Opened first Clubhouse in 1949 at 707 Hahman Drive
1952 – Hugh Codding donated the land and built the current main clubhouse at 1011 Hahman Drive
1989 – The first girl became a member of the Santa Rosa Boys Club
2002 – Changed name to Boys & Girls Club of Greater Santa Rosa.
2005 – Adopted a strategic expansion plan to open Clubs in all affordable housing complexes.
2010 – Evert B. Person and Finley Foundation provides endowment to Boys & Girls Club of Greater Santa Rosa to ensure Club’s future for years to come