Brandi Poling has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of the Lide White Boys & Girls Club.
The board of directors of Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson County confirmed Sunday that Poling had resigned from the organization effective March 2, and that a search is underway for a new CEO.
In an announcement last week on Facebook, Poling said, “I would first of all like to thank the kids, families and the community for allowing me to serve them the last 20 years. I am excited and saddened to announce I have officially resigned from the club. I have accepted a new position outside the not-for-profit world that will allow me to spend more time with my family and work on my physical, mental and spiritual health. I am confident the club will continue to press forward as it so proudly has done the last 67 years. It truly has been an honor.”
Poling began serving as executive director in August of 2018 following the retirement of Ray Black Jr. after 34 years in the position. She previously had been Black’s administrative assistant for 18 years.
As the search begins for a new individual to lead the organization, Chris Shelton, president of the board of directors, will serve as the interim CEO. Shelton said “all club operations and programs will continue on a regular basis. We wish our outgoing CEO well on her future endeavors and look forward to continuing our more than 60 year legacy of providing young people with a safe, inclusive environment where they are able to thrive. Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson County’s commitment to our club members, their families and our community is unwavering.”