Leadership Team

Michael Johnson, MBA
Chief Executive Officer

Michael Johnson, MBA, currently serves as the CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County. Johnson has made it his priority to ensure that Boys & Girls Club continues to be a leader in youth development while enhancing its partnerships to produce positive outcomes for young people and their families. Under Johnson’s leadership, Boys & Girls Clubs through their AVID/TOPS Program has produced high graduation rates for four consecutive years in a row with more than 85 percent of their students currently enrolled in local colleges and universities. Prior to moving to Madison, Wisconsin, Johnson spent 15 years in executive level positions in several cities leading large, complex government and nonprofit agencies. He has an MBA from the University of Phoenix, a BA from Chicago State University and certifications in Human Resource Management at Cornell University and Certifications in Fund Development at the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Johnson currently serves on a host of boards and committees including: The Board of Visitors for School of Human Ecology for the University of Wisconsin. He also is on the Board of the Morgridge Center, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation, STAR Credit Union, Caplin Family Charities and the Overture Center. Michael is married to Toya who serves as the Director of Community Impact for United Way of Dane County and they have two children and are expecting a third in 2013. Click here for pictures, speaking request forms, articles and news clips related to our CEO and the Club.

Rod Mitchell
Chief Operating Officer

Rod Mitchell comes to the club with 15 years of youth development, operations and educational leadership experience. Rod is also an accomplished finance manager, human resource professional and organizational leader. Rod has made it his mission to work “for” youth and provide access to “door way” services that helps the under-served become viable citizens. Rod has a Bachelors degree in Education and Sport’s Management, a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and multiple certifications through professional organizations. In is spare time Rod enjoys, going to the gym, riding his bike, and watching sports at every opportunity.

Nichelle Nichols
Chief Academic Officer

Nichelle Nichols, Chief Academic Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, has served as a non-profit manager and leader in various Dane County organizations serving children and families for the last 15 years. At BGCDC, she provides leadership for all education programs including College Club, AVID/TOPS and college continuation services for students enrolled in college. Nichols has a Master of Science in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University and a B.S. in Family & Consumer Journalism from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an active member of the Dane County Youth Commission. Prior to her role with BGCDC, Nichols’ career has included leadership for school-based educational programs for the Urban League of Greater Madison, development and community outreach  for Community Action Coalition, and management of volunteers and parent programming at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County and Family Enhancement, respectively. 

Karen Gallagher
Director of Development

Karen is a mission driven leader with a national reputation and significant achievement as an educator, coach, fundraiser, consultant, and major program initiator.   Experienced in creating new initiatives, leading and motivating, negotiating and persuading, marketing and public speaking, budget planning and strategizing.