Henderson, Las Vegas Boys & Girls Clubs join forces in merger

The Henderson and Las Vegas Boys & Girls Clubs on Wednesday announced their merger into one organization — Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada.

The consolidation will be finalized in September, and no staff layoffs have been identified, said Ken Rubeli, chief executive officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Henderson.

Combined, the organizations employ about 170 full-time and part-time staff members during their high season — summer — and about 140 full-time and part-time staff members during the school year. They serve about 30,000 youths in 17 locations in Clark County.

“The city has grown, and we started to grow over each other,” said Rubeli, who has been approved by both boards of directors to serve as CEO of the combined organization.

Dulcinea Almazan served as president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas but has left the organization to pursue other interests, Rubeli said.

Rubeli has been serving as interim CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas since July 1.

One unified organization is the most efficient way to serve youths and to continue to grow the organization’s brand, Rubeli said. That will eliminate the overlap of locations in Southern Nevada.

Members with the organizations haven’t projected the amount of savings that will result from the consolidation, Rubeli said.

The merger also will eliminate con­fusion among donors and will allow the organization to have a larger presence in Southern Nevada. It will help leverage the donor dollars, taking “the money that we are blessed to get from donors and be able to do more with” it, Rubeli said.

Each organization had been operating independently for about 50 years, he said. There were conversations about merging over the past 10 years, but it wasn’t until a year ago that a more active dialogue started.

The consolidation will benefit youths in Southern Nevada, said Scott Kerestesi, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas Foundation, who is also a member of the new board.

“I’m very excited,” he said. “It’s probably something that needed to happen.”

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