About Us

Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau (BGCP) operates with a mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.   We are a Member Organization of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), a nationwide Movement of community-based, autonomous organizations working to help youth of all backgrounds develop the qualities needed to become leaders.  BGCP was originally created to fill a critical need for afterschool youth development in the Cashiers area. We offer daily access to a broad range of programs which are all focused in some way on our three Priority Outcome Areas: Academic Success, Healthy & Active Lifestyles, and Good Character & Leadership. 

Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau was born out of a casual conversation between tennis great Andy Roddick and the late William McKee in 2012. Roddick, McKee, and many others collaborated both to create the Mountain Challenge Tennis Exhibition—providing a good portion of our initial funding—and also

a steering committee which determined that the BGCA model was a good fit for addressing community need. The initial plan was to open a Club in Cashiers in 2015. The financial generosity of our Founders’ Circle and the hard work of many community volunteers allowed us to open our doors on September 15, 2014—a year ahead of schedule.

Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau houses its daily activities within the Cashiers Community Center. From these humble beginnings, we continue to grow and incorporate more programs and activities to enhance the experience for every child.

Our Team

Josh Helms, Executive Director

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Josh is the Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau; he lives at Camp Merrie-Woode in Sapphire, where his wife, Betsy is the Associate Director.  Josh and Betsy have a son, Owen, a lovely baby daughter, Leigh, and a beagle named Irma.  They spend a great deal of time in the outdoors and enjoy hiking, paddling, and backpacking.

 

Josh’s experience working with children began at Camp Grier in Old Fort, which is a coeducational summer camp affiliated with the Presbyterian Church; he worked his way up from a Counselor in Training through various positions including Program Director, Orientation Director, and Summer Camp Coordinator, where his role evolved from one working hands-on with campers to one in which he taught others to work with kids.   Josh’s experiences at Grier were integral in his choice to pursue a degree in Leisure Studies and Recreation Administration at UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A., 1996) and also his decision to attend the Divinity School at Wake Forest University (M.Div., 2004). 

 

After moving to Merrie-Woode, Josh decided to shift gears to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy. Although assisting others in the community to regain and maximize physical function was a rewarding venture, Josh is thrilled to have the opportunity to return to youth development right here on the plateau.

 

Lori Quinn, Executive Assistant & Stewardship Coordinator

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Lori has been a key member of the BGCP team since our inaugural year in 2014.  She attended St. Petersburg College for Marketing Management and recently graduated from Southwestern in Business Administration. Her employment history is rich with non-profit experience; most recently, she worked special events at the Bascom Art Center.  She also previously worked as an office assistant at Summit Charter School while serving as an officer on the Summit Family Association. Her passion is traveling with her family of three terrific children and wonderful husband, Bill. 

Contact Lori about giving to our Club.

Vivian Weatherby, Operations Director

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Vivian came to BGCP in January 2015, but she joined the Boys & Girls Club Movement several years before as a volunteer at the Washington Elementary Boys & Girls Club in Raleigh, NC while studying psychology at North Carolina State University. Vivian’s youth development experience comes from many years at Camp Merrie-Woode, a traditional wilderness summer camp for girls just down the road in Sapphire, NC. At Merrie-Woode, she held various roles including Whitewater Canoe/Kayak Instructor, Waterfront Director, Junior Counselor Leader, and Head Counselor.  Vivian loves to travel, but she also enjoys spending time on the hiking trails right around the Highlands/Cashiers plateau with her doggos, Galahad and Charlotte. 

 

Contact Vivian to learn more about programming, employment opportunities, or general operations at the Club.

Cameron Ward, Education Director

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Cameron joined the Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau as Education Director and Volunteer Coordinator in 2019. She started with the Club as a volunteer in 2016 and is very excited to be serving members full-time. Before joining the Club, Cameron has worked with several not-for-profit organizations including Camp Merrie-Woode in Cashiers, NC and an animal welfare group in Charleston, SC. Over the past few years, she has been in between Costa Rica and Cashiers working with high school students and sharing the many learning opportunities and experiences the outdoors has to offer.  Cameron is happy to be back in Cashiers, one of her favorite places in the world, with her pup Oso.

Contact Cameron for volunteer opportunities at our Club.

Lea Gilbert, Front Office Coordinator

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Lea Gilbert joined BGCP as the Membership and Front Office Coordinator in 2020. She has previous experience working as the Production Manager for Camp Merrie-Woode and just recently graduated UNCA in May 2020 with a Bachelor's in Drama and minors in Arts Management and Accounting. Before finding her way to Cashiers, NC, Lea worked as a teaching assistant at different community theatres and interned at other nonprofits such as the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival and NC Stage Company. While she doesn't have any dogs in Cashiers, Lea loves her family dog, Stone, and loves being back in the mountains giving her the excuse to eat as many s'mores as she wants.

Contact Lea for enrollment information or membership inquiries.

Our Board of Directors

Tom Barry

Lisa Bates

Joni Wavra Benitez

Mike Benitez

Sarah Jennings

Erika Mathis

Anne McKee

Becky McKee

Sallie Peterkin

Emily Reback

Jim Robinson

Marcie Snowden

Allen Tansil

Nat Turner

Robin Walker

Cary Weems

Eleanor Welling

Duncan Wheale

Susie Young

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42 Community Place

Post Office Box 1812

Cashiers, NC  28717

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