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 Johnsons 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.
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.
Chief Academic Officer
Nichelle Nichols recently served as the Vice President of Education and Learning at the Urban League of Greater Madison. She is also on the Dane County Youth Commission and was the past regional conference chairperson for Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, and chair of the popular Men Who Cook annual event which raises scholarship money for local high school students. Prior to the Urban League, Nichelle worked as the Director of Development at the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, served as the Resource Development and Volunteer Coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, and Family Specialist at Family Enhancement.
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.