The chief professional officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Maui with nearly 15 years on the job has resigned to take a similar position in New Hampshire to be closer to family, the group's board of directors announced Tuesday.
Colin Hanlon's departure is effective July 15. He has been the chief professional officer at the nonprofit organization that provides activities for more than 5,000 youths annually on Maui for 14 years.
"It was a family decision to return to the Mainland and be closer to extended family," he said in a news release. "It has been my absolute joy, honor and privilege to work at the Boys and Girls Clubs, serving as CPO for this amazing organization for over 14 years."
Kelly Pearson, Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui operations manager, will be succeeding Hanlon.
"We're very sad that Colin is leaving, but we thank him for his many years of excellent service to the clubs and the youth of Maui, and we certainly respect the decision he has made, and we wish him and his family well in all their new adventures," said Dave Jorgensen, president of the board. "We are very lucky to have someone like Kelly, who will take over and ensure a smooth transition."
Pearson has been with the organization for 19 years, 17 years as director of operations. The incoming club leader has been a part of many local, state and national events and was recently part of a committee at the Boys and Girls Club National Conference that is reviewing the CEO Development tool, an assessment that will help chief executive officers and chief professional officers become better leaders.
In 2012, Pearson received the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Woodruff Fellowship of $10,000, which she used to obtain a master's degree in human resources management from the University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler College of Business.
"She has the experience, passion and love for Maui's youth and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui to take the organization to new heights," said Jorgensen. "She has been groomed for the position, and the board is confident she will be a strong leader."
This position "has been a dream" of hers for many years, Pearson said.
"I honestly thought Colin would be here forever," she said. "He has been a great mentor and friend, and it has been an honor to work with him - we will miss him."
Chartered in 2000, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui has clubs in Central Maui, Lahaina, Makawao, Haiku, Paukukalo and Kahekili. The clubs provide programs and activities for youths for a membership fee of $5 per year. The clubs' core programs include arts, character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills and sports, fitness and recreation.