New York Life executive chosen top Boys & Girls Club board volunteer

Tamra Billinghurst-Black, a Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland board member, has been named the outstanding board volunteer for 2018 by Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Michigan/Ohio Area Council.

The Olmsted Township resident received the honor last weekend at an area council-sponsored event in Southfield, Mich. Billinghurst-Black, who is a corporate vice president for human resources at New York Life Insurance Company, has led quarterly pro bono training for BGCC staff members over the past two years. Training subjects have included resiliency, accountability, diversity and high-performing teams.

BGCC President and CEO Ron Soeder said the training has “made a significant difference.”

Billinghurst-Black has been a BGCC board member for three years and is on the board’s human resources committee. She has conducted approximately 10 training sessions with full- and part-time staff members and has worked closely with directors to help them improve the Club experience. Soeder said Billinghurst-Black created “what we call a ‘power circle’ that starts each session filled with tears, laughter and tremendous support for each other as we talk about a Club member that is on our heart. We leave these sessions clearly understanding why we do this work and what is most important.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland provides fun, safe places for kids to go after school. BGCC has a professional youth development staff and focuses on academic achievement, healthy lifestyles and character development. There are currently 14 Clubs in Cleveland and Cleveland Heights.