Senior Management Team

President/ CEO, Freddy Williams 
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        Freddy Williams is a Boys & Girls Club alum who brings many years of experience and proven non-profit success to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast. He has been involved in Boys & Girls Club capacities ranging from junior staff member as a teenager, to serving as a volunteer and unit board member in college, to serving as a Club Director. Prior to joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast, Freddy served as the CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties and the Director of Operations of the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County. His work with the Boys & Girls Club Movement has been recognized with multiple national awards for program development, marketing efforts, fundraising success, and board development. He also brings valuable experience as a former political strategist where he developed skills in comprehensive marketing, complex data analysis, and strategic planning.
       Freddy also serves on the National Advisory Committee for Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Government Relations department, is the former Executive Secretary of the Florida Area Council of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, is a national trainer for board development, and is an executive coach and mentor for new CEOs in the Southeast region for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He has also served as a program consultant for United Way World Wide and has developed high school graduation and family engagement strategies in partnership with Harvard University’s Family Research Project.
       Freddy is a graduate of Harvard University’s Organizational Performance Measurement and Effective Management Program and has undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Mass Communications from the University of Florida. Freddy was named a Robert W. Woodruff fellow while earning his Masters of Business Administration from Florida International University. Freddy has formal post graduate training in Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management from the University of Central Florida. He also received post graduate certificates in Non-Profit Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University and Fundraising Management from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
       He married his college sweetheart, Melissa Finley Williams, who is a Pinellas County native and is the principal attorney at Finley Williams Law Firm specializing in estate planning, business law, and elder law. In his spare time, Freddy enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, watching football, boating, fishing, playing golf, and traveling.

Chief Operating Officer, Mandy Burnette

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Mandy Burnette, a native of Knoxville, TN has more than 17 years of nonprofit management experience, with the majority of her time spent with the Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee and Florida. As Chief Operating Officer, Mandy is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization, including the six club locations. Ms. Burnette oversees all aspects of programs with a primary focus on program development and implementation; staff development; supervision of staff; facilities; and budget management. She has been recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America as a Learning Coach and is a graduate of their Advanced Leadership Program for Advancing Philanthropy Project and Transformational Project. She also serves as the Vice Chair for the Department of Juvenile Justice Advisory Board for the 6th circuit. Mandy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Child Development and a Minor in Psychology from the University of Tennessee. 

During her free time, Mandy enjoys volunteering at the Humane Society, playing with her rambunctious puppy Winnie, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying beach and boat days. 

Chief Development Officer, Cassie Kackley

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Cassie Blanton is the Chief Development Officer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast.  She comes to Pinellas County from Destin, Florida where she began her career with the Boys & Girls Clubs movement. She has been involved in youth serving organizations since her graduation from the University of South Florida in 2009 and is passionate about making a lasting positive impact on the communities in which she serves. Cassie's goal is to take over the world. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and running marathon races for causes close to her heart.
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