CEO | Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
Misti Potter is the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA). She was promoted to lead the organization in March 2017 after serving for two years as executive vice president.
Her role as CEO of BGCAA includes leadership, development and operational oversight for the 28 local clubs and four outreach programs, which are located in schools, community centers and housing authority sites in Travis and Bastrop Counties. BGCAA provides academic success and health, wellness, character and leadership services to more than 12,000 Austin youth each year. Currently, BGCAA provides quality out-of-school-time programs and services for an estimated 2,300 kids ages 6–18 on a daily basis. As CEO of BGCAA, Misti will work with a high-performing volunteer board of directors as well as program and development teams to raise more than $7 million annually to support the daily operations of the organization and more than 200 employees.
Misti’s nonprofit career spans more than 20 years, nearly all of which have been with the Boys & Girls Clubs movement. She launched her career with the organization in 1997, beginning with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Athens/Limestone County (Alabama) and later moving across the South to serve the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Alabama, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis and then the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, which brought her back to her home state of Texas.
Prior to joining BGCAA in January 2015, Misti spent four years as president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rockwall County. Under her leadership, the Rockwall County nonprofit grew from 70 to more than 800 members—expanding its services into neighboring communities, establishing signature events such as the Angels Among Us Breakfast and building a foundation of respect and recognition among community leaders and supporters.
Throughout her Boys & Girls Clubs tenure, Misti has become known as a change agent, leveraging her great passion and talent to organize and orchestrate resource development campaigns and plans that have raised more than $40 million. Her nonprofit management expertise includes board development, program creation, marketing and public relations, staff and organizational development, general operations and executive level management.
Misti is not only making an impact in Greater Austin—she is also providing leadership on a national level. She is past president of the Professional Association for Boys & Girls Clubs, with which she has been involved for more than 12 years and in 2014 became the third woman ever to be elected president over a period of 60 years. Misti is also a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America President’s Advisory Committee, a professional advisory council to the national president, Jim Clark, and she is a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National 2025 Strategic Planning Commission. She has also served on numerous other Boys & Girls Clubs of America conference planning committees during her two decades with the organization.
In 2013, Misti received the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Southwest Region Rookie of the Year Award, and in 2014 she was selected as the recipient of the Jim Wetherington Southwesterner Award for the Southwest Region. Misti has also received both the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Regional and National Professional of the Year awards. Additionally, she successfully completed the Executive Management Level certification of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Leadership University and was one of just 15 development professionals in the country to be chosen to participate in the inaugural class of the Strom Thurmond Leadership Institute at Clemson University.
A proud Lone Star State native who was born and raised in rural West Texas, Misti lives in Austin with her college sweetheart and husband of 20 years and their two sons. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and writing, and is an avid hunter and sports enthusiast.
Chief Human Resources Officer | Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
Rachel Dauw is the Chief Human Resources Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA). She happily joined the organization in May 2017.
In her role, Rachel leads the Human Resources department in strategic candidate sourcing, develops employee engagement initiatives, handles performance management and feedback systems, reviews all HR procedures to increase efficiency, and ensures policy compliance.
Rachel began her HR Generalist career in 2000. She has worked in a variety of industries, but finds nonprofit fields to be the most rewarding. She got her start at an internet start-up firm supported by the University of Texas’ Austin Technology Incubator, then onto a national television programming company filming documentaries, prestigious higher education organization, and workforce development.
In her most recent role, through planning and collaboration with the executive team, Rachel boosted staff morale resulting in an increased retention rate of 10%. She also decreased the applicant pipeline time from applied to hired by 50%.
Rachel attended the University of Texas at Austin and received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. She is a certified Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR).
In her free time, she enjoys arts and crafts projects with her two daughters, Madeline and Margot, watching movies with her husband Chris, volunteering at organizations that help children, traveling the globe, and socializing with friends.
Chief Program Services Officer | Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
Robert Fowler is the Chief Program Services Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA).
In his role, Rob oversees day-to-day Club operations and Program Services initiatives across all of the Club locations in the Greater Austin Area, including Travis and Bastrop Counties.
William Van Pelt
Executive Vice President | Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
William Van Pelt has been involved in both the nonprofit and corporate industry throughout his career. Most recently William was the CEO of an organization providing heart surgery for children from around the world and increased funding and the number of surgeries provided through offices in Texas and Louisiana. Previously, he led the strategic direction and partnerships with a division of UNICEF dedicated to promoting global education in the classroom. Prior to this role, he managed North American operations of Adecco, the world’s largest staffing firm. A native of Southern Illinois, William graduated from Southern Methodist University 1990 and resides in Austin, Texas.
Chief Financial Officer | Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
Wendi Brockwell has over 20 years of experience in accounting and financial leadership. Throughout her career Wendi has focused on helping businesses achieve financial stability, sustainability and implementation of technology in order to operate efficiently. Wendi has both an MBA and a Master of Science in Accounting with a Controllership specialization from Strayer University.
Wendi worked at a large regional accounting firm in Colonial Heights, Virginia. In this role she was involved in financial statement, tax preparation and consulting for several small and medium non-public entities in a variety of industries. Some of the industries she has experience in include construction, realtors, developers, health care professionals, manufacturing/distribution, and transportation among others. In many instances, she worked with clients on implementation of new technology or training on current technology in order to provide more accurate day to day information for the clients.
Wendi also served as an Adjunct Faculty member at a Virginia community college for 10 years. During this time, she was responsible for the preparation and instruction of classes for both degree seeking and continuing education students.
Wendi subsequently took a position as Comptroller with a non-profit association in Florida. In this capacity, she was charged with managing the entire accounting team as well as reporting on financials to the Board of Directors. She was also charged with managing the relationship with the external accounting firm and the financial management of other entities created for additional business purposes. During her tenure, the association experienced tremendous growth.
Most recently, Wendi has provided CFO services to businesses in the Orlando area. These small to medium sized businesses may not have the budgets or the need for a full-time CFO, however they flourish with the support of an out-sourced CFO. “I truly enjoy working with privately owned businesses and non-profit organizations. My goal is to insure businesses are receiving accurate and timely financial information so that the CEOs can make the best decisions for these entities.”
Wendi is thrilled to be joining the team at the Boys & Girls Club of Austin. “Everyone that I have spoken with at all levels of the organization has truly led me to believe this is where I need to be. The family environment and commitment of both the staff and the Board members show what a truly special team Misti Potter has created.”
Wendi has a passion for sports and fitness and is a Peloton cycling addict. She also enjoys working with youth through sports and feels that some of life’s greatest lessons can be learned through sports and the adversities faced in competition. Wendi has one adult son, Bradley, who lives in Florida with his labrador retriever, Bailey.