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, Alan, and their two sons, Nathan and Jackson. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and writing, and is an avid hunter and sports enthusiast.
William Penny Jr.
Chief Financial Officer | Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
William Penny Jr. is the Chief Financial Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA). He joined the organization in November 2015 following a career in banking and finance.
His role as VP Finance and Administration with BGCAA includes responsibility for all organization, program accounting and financial management. Will collaborates with the President/CEO and other executives in managing the organizations finances to ensure a smooth delivery of services for BGCAA program initiatives. He ensures all reporting meets regulatory, GAAP, Donor and Granting agency requirements and assists in leading various programs’ financial management to establish and maintain strong working relationships with donor and granting entities. In addition, he provides oversight of program revenue and expenditures to ensure expense allocation is made to the appropriate projects and their objectives, oversees the preparation of financial reports, and builds financial administration capacity throughout the organization.
Prior to joining BGCAA in 2015, Will was a commercial banking and finance professional with Wachovia Bank in White Plains, New York. In 2004, he moved to Austin as part of the Wachovia team charged with increasing the banks presence in Texas. In 2008, Wachovia was acquired by Wells Fargo Bank and Will continued work with them until July 2013. Will then joined Austin nonprofit Con Mi MADRE as their Accounting and Finance, a position he held until joining BGCAA. During 2014, he also worked as a bookkeeper at Waterloo Counseling and during 2014-2015 as an Accounting Manager for Revolve Solar.
Will holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Skidmore College and a Professional Accountant Advanced Technical certificate from Austin Community College. He is a graduate of the Leadership Austin program and served from 2008-2013 as a Board member and Chair of Access to Capital Committee of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Will is a native of White Plains, N.Y., and lives in Austin with his wife and two children, Sofia and Emilio.
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.
Executive Director- Foundation Development & Administration | Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
Wes Livesay is a passionate, experienced, determined and hard-working professional who enjoys matching client passions with opportunities to bring on change, successes, and positive outcomes. His job strengths include board development, sales/management, fundraising/revenue generation as well as working with individuals, corporations, communities, and foundations.
Wes’s role is to serve as the Executive Director for the ABGC Foundation. He will be working with the ABGC Foundation to help build its endowment from 2 million to 15 million as well as supporting and raising funds for the Boys and Girls Club of the Austin area. In addition, Wes will help with this year’s 2018 Duck Derby and work in step with the BGCAA in achieving its goals. Prior to this role, Wes served as the Foundation Director for the Hill Country Region of Baylor Scott & White Health. He spent 7 years with Baylor Scott & White working the first 4 years at the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center- Hillcrest in Waco and the last 3 years serving at the new Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Marble Falls/Horseshoe Bay. While in his roles, Wes handled all Foundation activities, community work promoting the health system, and led the Hill Country Development Advisory Board
Wes is a graduate of Baylor University with a BBA degree (bachelors of business administration) in Marketing & Real Estate. Wes also received his graduate degree from Baylor earning a Masters in Management. He is a past member of the Waco and Marble Falls Rotarian chapters. Wes is also a member of AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) and AHP (Association of Healthcare Professionals). Wes held the office of Vice President for External Affairs while serving AFP for the Waco Texas chapter.
Wes was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in Waco. He is the oldest of 3 siblings. Wes has a younger brother and sister who both live in Waco. Wes is an uncle to 7 nieces and nephews. Wes currently resides in Bee Cave and will have been in the Austin area for 4 years this coming February.