Working within education or a related field. Being in a small-town environment. Making an impact on Generation Next.
When Dana Duran went looking for new career opportunities, the Boys & Girls Club of Craig met all the criteria.
"I'm just so excited to get there and see what kind of difference I can make," said Duran, the club's new executive director and permanent replacement for former director Johnathan Godes. "I want to learn more and build on what works."
The Boys & Girls Club of Craig board of directors announced Monday that Duran, who is currently the assistant director of admissions at Regis University in Denver, would begin work in early June.
Boys & Girls Club officials offered words of praise for Duran in a press release issued Monday.
"We are very excited to have Dana Duran on our team," said Dave DeRose, Boys & Girls Club board president. "With Dana's education in nonprofit management and her career as a regional recruiter for Regis, we are sure that she will be an outstanding addition to our staff."
Club director of resource development Terry Doherty, who served as the interim club director, said Duran brings excitement to the club.
"Dana strikes me as an organized, compassionate and motivated individual, who brings enthusiasm and passion to the table," Doherty said. "She will bring a whole new dynamic dimension to the team."
Duran, 27, received her Bachelor of Science degree from Regis and is close to completing her master's in nonprofit management. She is married to Ryan Duran, a Moffat County High School graduate.
Jim Dodd, chairman of the club's executive director search committee, said Duran received the backing of her current employers, who said, "losing her will be a huge loss for Regis."
Duran replaces Godes, the club's first director, who resigned in March to pursue other opportunities.
Since its inception in 2004, the club has grown from 70 members to about 700 today, and more than 120 local youths participate in club activities each night.
Duran, who interviewed for the job in late April, said the executive director position offers her "an opportunity to give back to the community and offer support to youth programs."
"To stay in the educational framework is a bonus, and the job is very attractive to me," she said.
She also said she looks forward to working with the board of directors to "actualize their vision" of the club's future.