The Olivet Boys and Girls Club announced today that its board of directors has appointed Christopher Winters as CEO for the organization effective June 10, 2019. Winters, who has served for 21 years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives most recently as a Legislative Chief of Staff, will oversee operations at all 11 sites.

Winters is a Reading native and a long-time resident of Berks County. He graduated from Alvernia University and served our country in the U.S. Navy. In addition to his experience working with and for the people of Berks County, Winters has significant tenure in non-profit management and governance, having served on over a dozen non-profit boards and committees over the past 20 years.

Winters replaces interim CEO, Angel Helm, who expertly led the organization for the past five months. Gary Redner, Chairman of the Olivet Board, commented, “Ms. Helm has provided leadership, financial and personnel stability and a genuine sense of caring to our organization. We simply cannot thank her enough for the time, wisdom and expertise she has given to the staff, board and most importantly, the children we serve.”

A committee comprised of board members and community partners conducted an extensive search of potential candidates from Berks County over the past five months. Rachel Kuhn, search committee chairperson, noted, “Our search process was highly competitive and revealed the high caliber of non-profit professionals in our community. Mr. Winters was unanimously appointed by our board to this position, and we look forward to the energy, expertise and enthusiasm he will bring to our organization.”

Winters said, “I am excited to begin working for the future of the Olivet organization and collaborating with our team to inspire hope and ignite a bright future for the children of Olivet and the Greater Reading community.”

Winters begins his tenure on the heels of the inaugural Leaders and Legends dinner to benefit Olivet Boys and Girls Club held on May 16, 2019. The event featured former Eagles tight end Brent Celek and alumni speaker, Rick Perez. Paul Rosa was honored as the 2019 Champion of Youth, and Penske was recognized as the Partner for Great Futures. The event raised over $450,000 to support youth programs at Olivet, most specifically summer camp and summer learning activities.

Laurie Waxler, Development Director, shared, “We are thrilled with the outcome of the very first Leaders and Legends dinner. Thanks to the generous and committed donors in Berks County, we are able to continue to offer high quality programming to at-risk youth in our community who need us most.”

Olivet Boys and Girls Club has been serving the youth of Reading and Pottstown since 1898 by providing youth with a safe, fun and positive environment where they can thrive.