Two new faces join Boys & Girls Club team
By Heather Graves
GREEN BAY – The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay (BGCGB) added two new faces to its staffing team – Erin Tyink, vice president of development and Danielle Taylor, marketing and communications coordinator.
“The team here is wholly dedicated to the success of the youth that walk through our doors, and I am thrilled to be in a position to connect our donors to that work,” Tyink said. “After all, it’s only with their support that we get to help kids write their own stories of success.”
Tyink comes to BGCGB from ThedaCare Family of Foundations, where she handled fundraising efforts in many different areas.
Prior to that, she spent five years with CHAPS Academy, a nonprofit in Shiocton focused on mental health services for youths and families.
Tyink earned a bachelor’s degree in human services leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
“Working with kids has always been an area of interest, in fact, I went to college thinking I would be a high school English teacher,” she said. “But I learned in the clinical classroom setting that direct service just wasn’t for me. I since have had the opportunity to find my professional passion in fundraising, and this role allows me to do both: focus on helping donors reach their philanthropic goals to provide kids with the opportunities they need to succeed.”
The club has five locations throughout Greater Green Bay, where memberships are available for $10 per year.
Tyink will lead BGCGB’s philanthropic efforts to support the club’s $3.5 million budget.
“My favorite part of philanthropy is building meaningful relationships, and this opportunity will allow me to do just that,” she said. “The last year has been a challenge for everyone, but our youth have sustained incredible losses academically, socially and emotionally. We will be forced to remain agile and, instead of striving to maintain the best practices of old, learn to quickly implement next practices in order to meet their emerging needs.”
Tyink said she is ready to help navigate BGCGB into a post-COVID world.
“We’ll need to continue building on the community’s trust in our organization to take leaps, try new things, collaborate, stretch and grow to meet the needs of the kids we serve,” she said. “We’ll need to be brave, bold and transparent in order to do that.”
While new to the area, Tyink said her and her family – husband Alex and two-year-old son, Odin – are excited to be part of the Green Bay community.
In her free time, Tyink enjoys being outdoors, backpacking and hiking whenever she can.
She also enjoys gardening and cooking.
Taylor is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where she obtained her bachelor’s in communication and nonprofit management.
The Oshkosh native said joining BGCGB is a homecoming for her.
“After graduating, I moved to Dubuque for a short time to be closer to my now husband as he has worked to finish his bachelor’s,” Taylor said. “After getting married on Jan. 2, 2021 we knew that after his graduation in May our goal was to move back closer to family, which led me to my current position.”
Prior to coming to the BGCGB, Taylor led marketing and communication efforts for the Dubuque YMCA/YWCA – growing the oranizations’ program attendance and membership numbers.
In her role as marketing and communications coordinator, Taylor will service a liaison between the club and the community.
“My hope is to be the conduit between the club and our community, to share the amazing things happening and help people understand what the club truly is,” she said. “We are a place for all kids, at all times, and I could not be more excited to help connect the community to our mission. Being a part of an organization focused on building great futures for kids is simply an opportunity I could not pass up.”
In her spare time, Taylor enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, kayaking or snapping photos of nature.
She also enjoys dance.
“A personal passion of mine has always been dancing, when time allows, there is nothing better than a ballroom dance lesson,” Taylor said.