The Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County is pleased to announce that Ryan
Smiley has been appointed by the Board of Directors as the organization’s
new President. Smiley has been fulfilling the duties of President on an
interim basis since Chuck Leer retired last spring.
"The last several months have been a period of transition for the Clubs. We
have had the opportunity to see Ryan deliver exceptional leadership in that
transition," said Tim Rice, Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County Board
Chairman. "We’re confident in Ryan’s commitment to doing what’s best for
Porter County’s kids, his focus on measuring outcomes to determine success
and his strong stewardship of resources. We’re excited about his ability to
lead the organization from being good to great, which can only mean great
futures for the kids in our communities."
Originally from Chesterton, Ind., Smiley earned a B.S. in Sports Management
from the University of Tampa. He began a career in non-profit management
with a privately held organization in Florida and then joined the YMCA
movement in 2003. He successfully served multiple YMCA organizations
throughout Florida in a host of management capacities. In 2008, he joined
the YMCA of Broward County/Sheinberg Family YMCA of Weston, Fla., as
Operations Executive Director, where he consistently improved operations
management and exceeded financial goals of a $6.5M organization, serving
over 18,000 individual members.
In April 2012, he, his wife Dena and their two children, moved "back home"
to Valparaiso and Smiley began his career with Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter
County as the Director of Operations. His focus on staff development,
program enhancement, club experience and community and school relationships
resulted in a 26% increase in daily average attendance in 2012. He quickly
began to re-establish his roots and became involved in a host of community
initiatives. He is a member of Valparaiso’s Fit City council, is in the
current class of Valparaiso Chamber’s Leadership Academy and served as an
External Steering Committee Member for Portage Township School’s P.E.A.K
Program. Smiley is committed to making Porter County a better place to live,
work and play.
"I want to ensure that every child in Porter County has the same
opportunities I had growing up here," said Smiley. "With a continued focus
on the Clubs three priority areas, healthy lifestyles, good character and
citizenship and academic success, we are able to provide hope and
opportunity to nearly 1,000 Porter County kids every day."
Smiley is only the third person to lead Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County
in its over 40-year history. "The impact the Clubs has had on Porter County
over the past 40 years has been incredible. Kids who have grown up in the
Clubs are now our communities’ teachers, coaches, police officers, business
owners and civic leaders, "remarked Smiley. "We have an extremely dedicated
group of Board of Directors and staff who are committed to our mission.
Through their efforts and those of all of our supporters, I’m looking
forward to nurturing our relationships and growing our resources to provide
even more children with the support they need to have great futures in the
years to come."
Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County has been opening doors to great futures
for Porter County’s youth since 1971, providing high quality programs
focusing on academic success, good character, leadership and healthy
lifestyles for over 4,800 boys and girls each year.
For more information on membership, volunteer opportunities or to make a
tax-deductible donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, please
contact your local Club, call (219) 464-7282 or visit