Boys & Girls Club Welcomes New Executive Director


The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the arrival of the Club’s Executive Director, Dorian Mendez-Vaz.

Ms. Mendez-Vaz brings to Milford a wealth of executive level nonprofit leadership. Most recently she served as Interim Pastor at Taylor Memorial Baptist Church in Paulsboro, New Jersey. She is the founder and President of Within Her Reach, Inc, a nationally focused 501c3 in Chicago for at-risk adolescent and teenage girls.

She is the formal National Coordinator for Children’s and Intergenerational Ministries for American Baptist Churches USA in Valley Forge, PA. Additionally, Dorian served a Lower School Head, Director of Admissions and Teacher at St. Phillip’s Academy in Newark, New Jersey. She formally directed the national Fellows Program for the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University in New York City. She also formally served as Campaign Director and Research and Planning Associate for United Way of NYC and Chicago. Dorian is the proprietor of “Manna from Heaven – Sweet Cakes,’ which she established in 2006. She worked as an independent consultant for Westside Future YMCA in Chicago, Elizabeth Port Presbyterian Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and Families and Work Institute in New York, NY.

Dorian earned her Master of Divinity from Drew University Theological School; her M.Ed. in Psychological Services from Springfield College in Massachusetts; her M.A. in Religious Studies from Chicago Theological Seminary; her B.S. in Elementary Education from American International College. She lists Our Children, Their Hope: A Litany for Children in Poverty (ABC-USA, 2007) and “Sowing Good Seeds” (an article on childhood literacy in The Children’s Corner, fall 2007) as publications.

Dorian is elated to continue her career as Executive Director of a Boys & Girls Club. “I have a passion for working with and on behalf of children and youth.  I also believe that central to our well being as a society is how we help our young people excel to their greatest potential.  I am excited about joining the team of the Boys & Girls Clubs of DE whose mission is to do just that, I and look forward to working with the community of Greater Milford to make this one of the flagship clubs.”

The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club will be host a Welcoming Reception open to the public to honor Ms. Mendez-Vaz Thursday, December 16 from 4 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Club located at 101 Delaware Veterans Boulevard. Please contact Denise Mullen at 422-4453 for more information.