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After more than 30 years of leading Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula, President and CEO Steven S. Kast announced last week he will be stepping down effective April 30.
Kast has overseen and played a role in the growth of the organization from a single club of 250 boys to an entity that spans 25 sites across the Peninsula and serves more than 9,000 boys and girls ages 6 to 18, according to a recent news release from the organization.
With clubs in Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, York, Gloucester and Mathews, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Franklin and Eastern Shore, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula has a presence in every major locality in the area it serves and has established itself as a leading youth development organization under Kast’s leadership.
Kast, who was the fourth executive director in the 70-year history of the organization, was also a designated field consultant for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the founding President of the Virginia Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. In those capacities he traveled to assist Boys & Girls Club organizations across the country and state.
In 2015, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula executed a management agreement with Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia, and Kast began serving in a dual-capacity as President and CEO of both organizations.
“We thank and honor Steve for his tremendous service for the last 32 years,” said Linda Rohrer, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “In concert with the Board of Directors, he has built Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula and the Foundation into a well-known and esteemed nonprofit and has made a tremendous impact on the youth in our community.”
Though Kast is departing next month in order to pursue other opportunities, his vision for the organization will persist in the implementation of Strategic Vision 2020.
Kast led the creation of this plan, which outlines a strategy to meet the organization’s needs, emphasizing leadership development and succession.
“It has been an incredible privilege and personally gratifying for me to have led the Boys & Girls Clubs for the past few decades,” Kast said. “I’ve been surrounded by an incredible Board as well as dedicated staff. I’m confident that with this team in place the Clubs will continue in development and make a difference in the lives of so many children.”
Deputy Director/COO Harold B. Smith will assume the role of president and CEO after a transition period, while Kast will remain close to the organization in a voluntary capacity to assist in the achievement of its mission.