Our dedicated, highly-trained staff are the reason for our success. Led by our Executive Director, Mike Conibear, and the rest of our leadership team, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County employs over 80 well-educated, passionate leaders who are committed to our mission. We are proud to be able to serve the Lorain County community in such a remarkable way.
Our Leadership Team
Mike is the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County. He has held this position since 2000 and was instrumental in the start-up of the organization when he opened the first club in Oberlin in the year 2000.
Mike is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Education. He has been actively involved in Boys & Girls Clubs for over 28 years. His professional career started in Valparaiso, Indiana as a program director. From Valparaiso he accepted a Unit Director position with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo and then the Executive Director position with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County.
Mike’s accomplishments include taking the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County from 30 annual members to over 3000 as well as growing a daily attendance from 25 to over 800. Mike oversees the operation of 14 Boys & Girls Club units spread across 3 cities in Lorain County. He has also opened 13 new chartered Boys & Girls Clubs of America units and established many new Club partnerships in underserved communities throughout the county.
Mike’s primary agenda has never changed in the last 30 years: he strives to offer quality programs for the children and families of Lorain County and make positive impacts on the lives of under-served youth.
Director of Operations
Tony began his work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County in 2009, joining the staff to oversee the mentoring, tutoring and work experience programs. In 2012, he was promoted to Outcomes Coordinator where he collected and compiled the data to enhance the organizations accountability plan. He was then promoted to Education Director in 2013 to revive the organization’s education programs and provide the primary oversight of all 11 of the organization’s 21st Century Learning Community sites, the two SPARK early literacy programs and the staffing for each of those programs. In the fall of 2015, Tony Dimacchia was promoted to Director of Operations, overseeing all staff, and club operations.
Tony has played a critical role in the implementation of educational programs and technology throughout the organization, contributing to the academic achievement of all members. He was also instrumental in solidifying the local partnerships with the Lorain City School system, community college and other business, professional and educational entities.
Tony graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Tiffin University in 1997. He continued his education at Bowling Green State University where he received Masters Degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction and Education Administration. He has also completed course work from Ashland University for a teaching certification in History.
Tony worked for Lorain City Schools for several years teaching middle school computer science. He currently teaches at Lorain County Community college and is serving his second consecutive 4 year term on the Lorain Board of Education. He has also been a high school basketball and soccer coach for the past 18 years.
Diane joined the Boys and Girls Club of Lorain County in August 2017 as the Education Coordinator. Born and raised in Lorain, she is proud to serve the community which has given her so much. After graduating from Heidelberg University with degrees in Education and History, Diane began her teaching career in Charlotte, North Carolina. For 12 years, she taught middle school Social Studies and served as an instructional coach in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District. She also received her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Arkansas State University and National Board Certification in Middle School Social Studies.
Diane's role with the Boys and Girls Club will be to work directly with the Literacy Leads in the 21st Century sites. She will support the Literacy Leads' creation and implementation of literacy lessons. Additionally, Diane will support the success of the 21st century sites by working closely with the staff.
Diane lives in Lorain with her husband, Kyle, and their two daughters, Emerson and Carson, along with their two dogs, Bailey and Tippy Lu.
Director of Sports Recreation
Director of Teen Program Development
Rick joined Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County in 2010 as a mentor and is now the Director of Sports and Recreation and the Director of Teen Program Development. On his journey from mentor to director, he was a Youth Development Professional and Unit Director at Lorain High School. He has been an integral part of successful teen programming and currently advises the Youth of the Year program and manages the Keystone Club.
Rick holds a State of Ohio Education Para-Professional License, Ohio High School Athletic Association Pupil Activity Certificate and Ohio High School Athletic Association Soccer Referee License. He is certified in Sports Medicine and CPR. From 2006-2012, he coached within the Lorain City School District.
In 2006, he was head coach of the Admiral King girls’ soccer team, later shifting to head coach of the High School boys’ soccer team in 2010. He also worked as a student services para-professional and culinary arts teacher’s aide for the Lorain City School District.
Rick is passionate about mentoring and tutoring and believes they—along with an education—are the fundamental tools that impart the knowledge and skills necessary for success. His goal is to ensure students succeed at all levels of academia so that they graduate as responsible and caring citizens and can choose their desired career path after high school. He feels that his passions mesh beautifully with the mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County and he is proud to be a part of the movement.
Rick and his wife, Carrie, have been married for 13 years and are blessed with two children; Mary, 12 and Vincent, 7.
Outcomes Coordinator & 21st Century Program Director
Chad Heileman joined the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County in June of 2013 as the Outcomes Coordinator. Since 2014, he has also become 21st Century Program Manager, overseeing our 12 21st Century School-Sites. His primary role is to collect, manage, and produce tangible data that demonstrates the impact our clubs are having on the character, academic success and health and wellness of our members. In addition to data management, Chad has been an integral part of the recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and training of new employees as well as the professional development of our current employees.
Before working for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County, Chad worked as a curriculum developer and lead presenter for Campus Impact. There he traveled the country, teaching topics such as Bullying Prevention, Dating Violence Prevention and other anti-social behavior prevention to K-12 students. He also worked for Lorain County Community College as a Computer Instructor for the Connect Your Community program, providing digital literacy to those re-entering the workforce.
He has a Master's of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a Bachelor's of Science in English. He has been teaching, mentoring, and/or coaching youth for the last 13 years. He is passionate about serving his community and is dedicated to helping youth reach their full potential. He lives in Lorain County with his beautiful wife, Kim, and two children, Seth and Lilliana.
Jess Lucas joined the Boys & Girls Club of Lorain County in June 2012 as an intern while finishing her degree at Kent State University. Shortly after interning and graduating, with a Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Studies, Jess was hired as a Director of Program Development for Longfellow Middle School. After working at a teen site, Jess was transferred to overseeing our stand alone site, Desich Family Campus. Currently, Jess is an Area Director and her primary role is to manage and oversee all traditional stand alone sites in the Boys & Girls Club of Lorain County organization.
Jess is involved in planning major events at Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County, such as Field Day, Christmas parties and our major clothing distribution in partnership with Jobs & Family Services. She is also responsible for setting up transportation and coordinating field trips for our members to enjoy and have fun!
Jess is honored to be working with such an impactful organization and is motivated to ensure the youth in our community are being lead to a successful future.
Jess is the proud mother of her 2 year old daughter and looks forward to what life and this organization will bring her way!
Nick Suetta joined the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County in the summer of 2014 as an accounting consultant to aid in grant reporting. In June 2016, Nick was officially hired as the Finance Manager. Nick is responsible for all accounting functions, including grant reporting.
Nick graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree from Hiram College while majoring in Accounting and Finance. Nick is a member of Hiram College’s Alpha Society and received Accounting and Financial Management Honors from Hiram College.
Nick married his high school sweetheart, Regan Keys, in August 2014. They reside in the Elyria neighborhood Nick was born and raised in.
Nick is honored to be able to work for an organization that gives back to the youth of his hometown community. Nick believes the Boys and Girls Clubs helps prepare the youth of Lorain County to be successful at anything they wish to achieve.
SPARK Program Manager & Supervisor LHS and GJW
Matt Lawhead joined the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County in July 2013 as the SPARK Program Manager. Matt is also the Supervisor of the LHS and GJW sites.
Matt has over 15 years of experience coaching basketball with 8 of those years spent as head coach. Matt also has been teaching middle school and high school social studies since 1994 starting off in Ohio and eventually teaching in Las Vegas, Nevada before returning back to Lorain.
Matt is honored to be working with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County!
Nancy has been a grant writer for the Lorain County Boys & Girls Clubs since the summer of 2012. Under her leadership, the Boys & Girls Clubs have significantly increased new grant funds. Ms. London holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a Master’s of Public Health from Boston University. She has helped local community-based organizations obtain grant funds since 2002. She is delighted to be directing these skills towards raising funds for Lorain County Boys & Girls Clubs!