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Katie Leao named director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada

by John Barrette
jbarrette@nevadaappeal.com

A new chief professional officer has been named at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada

Western Nevada College Director of Development Katie Leao takes over in November as head of the organization that also oversees the Carson Valley chapter.

Leao came to work for Western Nevada College as coordinator of student life in December 2006.

She holds a master's degree in education in counseling from Northern Arizona University, where she received her undergraduate degree in parks and recreation management.

"We are extremely excited as a board," Board President Johnny Olivas said. "We have found the right person to move forward. She's going to be a great person to move forward."

Olivas said Leao will lead a staff of about 20, including regular and junior staff.

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Leao was 2009-10 was named WNC's outstanding administrative faculty member of the year.

Carson City's Jed Block, who served as foundation chairman the first year Leao was director of development there a few years ago, called Leao a "very nice person" when he learned of her new role. "I think Katie will probably do a good job," Block said.

The club will announce soon when ground will be broken on the teen center addition. Donors put up at least $485,000 to help build the center, which triggered a $1.2 million that was contingent on at least $400,000 being raised earlier this year.

The $1.2 million is coming from the William N. Pennington Foundation in Reno.

The teen center addition will be 6,000 square feet, about half the size of the existing club structure at 1870 Russell Way, and it will be built on the east side.

Leao's predecessor was Laurie Gorris, who left the club earlier in the year.