Boys and Girls Club


Boys and Girls Club staff are carefully screened and interviewed before being hired to work with the children. Staff have extensive training and most of all have a passion for the children and maximizing their potential.

Our Staff

Bruce LeClaire - Chief Executive Officer
Bruce LeClaire- Chief Executive Officer

Bruce is enrolled in the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Bruce has worked with Native American Youth for the past 30 years. Before joining the Boys and Girls Club of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Bruce worked for the Durango School District as the Title VII Family/School Coordinator. Bruce was also a Program Director for the Durango Project of Intermountain Centers for Human Development. Intermountain operated residential behavioral treatment program for Native American Adolescents in Group Homes, Foster Homes and a Semi-Independent Living program. Bruce is a peacetime veteran; he served in the United States Army as a Combat Engineer. He was a squad leader and reached the rank of Sergeant.

Sara Santisteven-Administrative Assistant

Sara Santistevan is an enrolled member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Sara has joined the Boys and Girls Club of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe beginning in April of 2017 as an Administrative Assistant.

“I am looking forward to working alongside the experienced staff of the Boys & Girls Club, and the families and youth in the community. I will strive to provide a professional and courteous working environment. Building positive relationships with the youth and community members is what I am most looking forward to gaining with my career with the Boys and Girls Club.”   


Cassandra Sanchez
Cassandra (Cass) Sanchez- Site Director

Cass has been with Boys & Girls Club since 2011 and has expanded her position from Program Aide to Program Coordinator to Behavioral Coordinator and most recently Site Director. Cass graduated from Fort Lewis College with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Criminology.

“My favorite part of working for BGC is the relationships that we get to build; not only with our club members, but other youth in the community, other entities in the surrounding communities, and people involved in the Boys & Girls Club movement across the country.”


Tristany Sanchez- Program Coordinator

“I have been with the Boys and Girls Club since the summer of 2013. During my time as a Program Aide, I implemented programs for Character and Leadership. Some of my favorite program activities were Random Acts of Kindness, SMART Moves and the Bully Project. In my years at BGC, I have grown from my position of a Program Aide to the first full-time Program Aide and now the Program Coordinator. My favorite part of the work that we do is watching the kids grow up into young adults.”

Journii Nez- Behavioral Coordinator

I started working for the Boys and Girls Club the beginning of September 2017 as a part time program aide and I worked myself up to the Behavior Coordinator position in late April of 2018. Before working for the Boys and Girls Club, I graduated with a Public Health and Psychology degree. My focus in Psychology was aimed toward Child Psychology, and I’m glad I got the opportunity to put what I learned to the test working with a diverse group of club members. I hope to be some sort of positive influence for those who need us the most.

Program Aides



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