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BGCL Welcomes New Board President and Member

December 13, 2018

Kevin McGovern of Boston was elected as president and Natasha Ballou of Andover as a member of the Board of Directors at the recent BGCL annual meeting.

According to BGCL Executive Director Markus Fischer, board members serve as the governing body of the club, providing guidance and oversight to ensure the ability to provide critical programs focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyles and community involvement for more than 4,000 youth members.

"We are grateful for the important contributions of time, broad experience and perspective by these Merrimack Valley leaders for the benefit of our kids," Fischer said.

As managing partner for Deloitte in New England, McGovern leads a team of more than 2,200 professionals providing audit, tax, consulting and risk and financial advisory services to more than 500 companies in the region. In addition, he sets the strategy and execution for Deloitte's community impact initiatives including its RightStep college preparedness program and workforce development.

McGovern, a longtime member of the BGCL Board of Directors and Executive Committee, is a Certified Public Accountant who holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. He is a board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter, Massachusetts Business Roundtable and New England Council, as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, Boston College Chief Executives Club and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley Tocqueville Society.

"I am very honored to help lead an organization that makes such a tangible and vital contribution to our community," McGovern said. "You can have all the innovative programs in the world, but it starts with youth having a place that is safe, structured and nurturing. The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence delivers that to our community every day."

Ballou, a BGCL alumna and former Girl of the Year who was inducted into its Alumni Hall of Fame in 2017, serves on the club's Development Committee. As a vice president of alternative investment services at JP Morgan, she manages daily operations of more than 30 hedge and private equity funds with $10 billion in assets while overseeing investor relations for all new business implementations.

Ballou earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a Concentration in Finance from UMass Amherst and a Master of Finance and Control from Harvard University. She is a past member of ALPFA (Association of Latino Professional in Finance and Accounting) and NABA (National Association of Black Accountants).

Ballou, who was actively involved in the Keystone Club community service group while a high school member at BGCL, credits those early leadership experiences with developing her entrepreneurial spirit and other best practices that have proven valuable throughout her career.

"The club is such an important place for the youth in our city to stay safe, but also to learn, develop and broaden skills," Ballou said. "It gave me the opportunity and exposure to try different things, and now I want to use my influence to help younger members find their path."

 

Did You Know?

The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence is the only club in the country (among 4,200) that has had four members go to the National Youth of the Year competition.