2017-06-15 / Front Page

Elswick resigns Boys & Girls executive post


Lesiak Lesiak The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley is on the hunt for a new CEO.

Mark Elswick, who headed up the local nonprofit for the past nine years, submitted his resignation May 5.

The chief executive said in an email that the time was right for a change.

“I decided to resign and plan on moving on to other ventures in my life that may or may not include nonprofit,” Elswick said in an email to the Acorn. “I plan on spending a few months with the kids this summer then on to whatever is next.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs board of governors has appointed Dean Lesiak to serve as interim president while it looks for a replacement. Los Angeles-based hiring firm Korn Ferry will head up the search.

When Elswick joined in 2008, the organization had four clubs and 1,380 members. Since then, it has grown to nine clubs serving more than 4,200 kids as well as hosting summer camps at five locations and three sleep-away camps.


COMMUNITY PARTNERS—Departing Boys & Girls Clubs executive Mark Elswick, right, is seen here with club founder Cal Johnston, left, and Westlake Village philanthropist John Notter at the organization’s 2016 fundraising gala. Elswick, 51, has submitted his resignation after nine years at the helm. 
ACORN FILE PHOTO COMMUNITY PARTNERS—Departing Boys & Girls Clubs executive Mark Elswick, right, is seen here with club founder Cal Johnston, left, and Westlake Village philanthropist John Notter at the organization’s 2016 fundraising gala. Elswick, 51, has submitted his resignation after nine years at the helm. ACORN FILE PHOTO Elswick said he expanded the annual budget from $600,000 to $5 million.

“Mark Elswick inspired our organization to provide quality programs focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and character and leadership skills,” said Jennifer Wissusik, Boys & Girls Clubs director of operations.

“He has been proactive in growing our organization and developing a successful team,” she said.

Lesiak retired after a career as a bank regulator and executive officer and as a regulatory consultant in a national advisory service practice.

His volunteer service includes board positions with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, New West Symphony, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, PSI Chapter Diamond Association and Boys & Girls Clubs.

Lesiak has volunteered and contributed to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Moorpark and Greater Conejo Valley for the past 20 years.

Last November the Agoura Hills-based organization received a pair of $1-million gifts from local benefactors, plus thousands of other dollars in live and silent auction donations during its 14th annual Stand Up For Kids gala event at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. The money will be used to complete the construction of a club at Redwood Middle School in Thousand Oaks.

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