Boys & Girls Club of Janesville hires new executive director
Curt Kligora, 43, will begin leading the youth organization Monday, Oct. 24. He was offered the job Friday.
“I was pretty excited,” Kligora said.
He replaces Heather Walz, who resigned in July to become senior director of development at the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay.
Kligora is an instructional aide for the Janesville School District, where he works with first- and third-graders at Monroe Elementary School. He gave his two-week notice Monday, he said.
“Working with kids is up my alley,’’ he said.
Kligora also brings executive director skills along with nonprofit and business experience.
Kligora is former executive director of Beginnings Group Home in Janesville and former executive director of The Gathering Place, Milton’s senior center.
He also owns a farm and riding stable, Clean Sweep Farm, on Serns Road in Milton. He and his brother Chad Kligora own and operate Liberty Station restaurant in Milton.
“So, I’m very familiar with the inside workings of nonprofit facilities and businesses. They are similar with budgets, controlling expenses and finding extra revenue. It’s really what I’m best suited for,’’ he said.
Kligora will continue to be involved in his businesses.
“My farm has a lot of quality people to run it when I’m not there. I’ll still teach lessons and be around for customers,’’ he said.
“As far as Liberty Station, Chad takes care of it. I’m there for support, marketing ideas and a bit of accounting,’’ Kligora said.
Kligora said he enjoys working with children and wants to make a difference in their lives.
The Boys & Girls Club of Janesville, headquartered at 200 W. Dodge St., offers life-enhancing programs and character development experiences in a safe place to learn and grow.
His biggest challenge, he said, will be retaining club donors while finding new givers and resources.
“We need to be able to reach more families, let them know about the club and help parents find a way to get their kids to the club because it’s a great place for children to be in a safe environment,’’ Kligora said.
He is a 1985 Milton High School graduate. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UW-Stout, studied design at London University and earned a master’s degree in safety engineering from UW-Whitewater.
Kligora was chosen from about three-dozen applicants.
The board and hiring committee sought a leader with program and marketing experience along with the ability to work well with children, said Sara Gehrig, board president.
They found those qualities in Kligora plus other bonuses, she said.
“He’s got previous executive director experience, and he knows a lot of people around the community,” Gehrig said. “His resume and experience speak for themselves.’’