Executive Staff

Meet the people behind the impact

Rod Mitchell, M.A. – Interim President & Chief Executive Officer

 Rod Mitchell comes to the club with 18 years of youth development, operations, and educational leadership experience. Rod has been the head of a college, an entrepreneur and has worked at every level of youth services.

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 “doorway” services that help the under-served become viable citizens.

Some of Rod’s significant accomplishments during his time at the club include:

  • Lead the Licensing of our Agency in 2016 to become a Licensed Childcare Agency for the state of Wisconsin
  • Increased non-grant youth-based fee for service revenue from 0 to an estimated $200,000 in FY16-17
  • Agency received an award for outstanding Charity Navigator rating for the first time in its 16-year history
  • Brought in over $200,000 of in-kind facility upgrades provided by multiple professional organizations in the area, in less than two years.

Rod has a bachelor’s degree in Education and Sport’s Management, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. He also holds a certification in Advanced Leadership and Philanthropy from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

In his spare time, Rod enjoys, going to the gym, riding his bike, and watching sports at every opportunity.

Janine Stephens, MBA – Chief Development Officer

Janine Stephens, Chief Development Officer, joined the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County Executive Team in February 2018. However, Janine is not new to Boys & Girls Club having served as AVP of Marketing & Special Events for 7 years prior to leaving in 2016 to become the Chief Operating Officer at a local non-profit for three years before returning to Boys & Girls Club. Janine brings a wealth of experience with more than 10 years working in special events and fund development, leading and growing organizations in the Madison Community, such as Building Brave, and today Boys & Girls Club of Dane County. Janine has also served on many community committees to further the mission of many agencies to enhance educational opportunities and leadership development for young people.

Alexander G. Gagnon, M.Ed – Vice President of School-Based Education

Alex Gagnon, Vice President of Education, has the privilege of working with an outstanding group of individuals who are dedicated to supporting our students’ growth and success. Please visit our Contact Us page to review our school-based team who makes the dream happen!
Alex has nearly a decade of youth development experience with an emphasis on supporting college access and success programming for students who are the first in their families to attend college. Before joining Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Alex was a program officer for a local philanthropic organization focused on promoting post-secondary achievement and equity, and previously worked for more than five years with the Chicago Scholars Foundation in Chicago, IL, as the Director of College to Careers creating leadership pipelines for students from under-resourced communities. He holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Kelly Kleven, CPA – Vice President of Finance

Kelly brings over two decades of experience in Accounting, most recently serving as the Director of Finance with DAiS. In this role, she provided leadership for financial and business functions, served as a strategic, hands-on leader to support the following areas: finance, business planning and budgeting.

Prior to this role, Kelly worked as a Controller for Independent Living, Inc, were she was responsible for finance and accounting operations for six related nonprofit organizations, by leading all accounting, budgeting, internal control, audit, financial reporting and compliance activities.

Kelly holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN were she was an Economics major with a concentration in Accounting.  Kelly graduated Summa Cum Laude she is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Senior Honor Society.  In addition to her B.A., Kelly also has her CPA.