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 68 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 16 years’ experience in development with non-profit organizations in Sonoma County. Amber has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management 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.
Emily joined the Boys & Girls Club in June of 2016. She utilizes her expertise at the organization to help manage the clubs' finances. Having attended the Rohnert Park club as a child, she has a passion for our club and our goals. Emily is a mother of four and enjoys being around children on a daily basis. Emily cares deeply for our clubs’ programs and services, which help promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. BGCSR is a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day!
For the past 10 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.
Marykathryn Souther - Athletic Coordinator
Rosemarie Brady - Program Coordinator
David Spanier - Education Coordinator
Jacqueline Brezinski - Youth Coordinator Gray's Meadow
Jessica Perez - Youth Coordinator
Emily Rasmussen - Youth Coordinator
Deandra Rodriguez - Youth Coordinator
Yerixia Onate - Youth Coordinator
Joe Henderson, Board President
Chris Stier, Treasurer
Karen Rasmussen, Secretary
Bill Place, Facilities Head
Damian Gulbransen, Board Member
Kim McDonald, Board Member
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 Central Club
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