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Reins new CEO for Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — A new chief executive officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg was named Thursday.

Lynn Reins succeeds Ben Shuman, who has left the organization for other endeavors.

Her appointment is effective on Monday, the board of directors said. Reins has 10 years of experience with Boys and Girls Clubs, beginning her tenure as a youth development professional in November 2010 at the Boys and Girls Club of Franklin-Simpson in Franklin, Ky. She was promoted in 10 years to youth development coordinator, director of education and to director of operations.

Reins said it was an honor to be named the CEO in Parkersburg.

“It is known that 54 percent of club youth say the club saved their lives. I wasn’t a club kid, but that doesn’t mean the club hasn’t saved me. The impact on my life has been indescribable,” she said.

The role of CEO will allow an opportunity to utilize a decade of experience in youth development to serve youth and their families and “creating a brighter future for not only them, but the community of Parkersburg as a whole,” she said.

“I am humbled to be offered this opportunity and will spend my time cultivating relationships within Parkersburg and across Wood County to better serve our most treasured commodities, our young people,” Reins said.

As CEO, her responsibilities will include leading the organization’s strategic direction, oversight of organizational operations, financials, programming, brand reputation, talent recruitment, resource development and stakeholder relationships. The CEO also is the organization’s primary ambassador and lead communicator.

The Boys and Girls Club was assisted in the search for a new CEO by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s CEO Search Team.

Reins has spent her entire career in the Boys and Girls Club culture and has developed her knowledge of youth development and advancement of the mission along the way.

In 2012, she attended Advancing Philanthropy and was one of the team members that saw the Mason Goodnight Memorial Teen Center become a reality for the Franklin-Simpson club. Reins attended the Club Directors Academy in August 2016 to better serve youth, she is a Trauma Informed Care trainer certified in June 2019 and believes leading through a trauma informed lens is a best practice she will continue.

She has been a leader in her community and also with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She led a leadership team of directors of operations from across the Midwest Region at the 2019 Midwest Leadership Conference in Chicago.

Reins has been recognized for her dedication to youth development and community. She was the 2011 Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentucky Outstanding Staff Member and was named the Woman of the Year by the Franklin-Simpson Business and Professional Women in 2019.

Most recently, she was the recipient of the 2020 John Alesch Outstanding Program Staff Award at the Boys and Girls Club Midwest Leadership Conference.

She is vice president of the Franklin-Simpson Business and Professional Women, and serves on the Community Education Advisory Council, Get Healthy Simpson Coalition including chairing its mental health committee, the Boys and Girls Club Midwest Program/Operations Committee since April 2020 and was asked by the organization to serve on the Racial Equity Taskforce.

Reins has a master’s of social work and studied sociology, criminology and nonprofit administration during her undergraduate studies at Western Kentucky University. She is married to her best friend, Travis, and they have three children, Gage, Xander and Scarlett.

She spends her free time binging Netflix, traveling, visiting museums and reading.

The Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg provides out-of-school-time programs for 1,000 youth each year. annually.

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