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David Roark

Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee        2015 Hall of Fame Inductee

David Roark

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mountain Empire • Bristol, Tennessee

David was born in Bristol, Virginia, attended Bristol public schools and was a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol from the age of 6.

He attained a Bachelor of Science Degree from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee and a Master of Science Degree in Business Management from Southeastern Institute of Technology, Huntsville, Alabama.

His Boys & Girls Clubs experience has included Program Director, Boys & Girls Club of Bristol, Virginia from 1971–1973; Executive Director of that club from 1973-1978. In 1978 he became the executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Huntsville in Alabama and remained there until 1982. In that same year he joined the Southeast Service Staff as a Regional Service Director, a position he held until 1985 when he was promoted to Assistant Regional Director. In 1987, he was promoted to his present position of Regional Vice President/Southeast.

He and his wife Jane have been blessed with two children, Susan and David, and three grandchildren, Chandler, Lily and Adam.

He says of his experience with the Movement: The Boys & Girls Club was the primary reason I achieved high school graduation. Because of exposure to a broad range of social, education and cultural experiences through the Club program, I was able to pursue success and later begin a career in the Boys & Girls Club Movement. I owe more than I can ever repay to the thousands of volunteers and professionals who have been and are dedicated to making America better by making a better life for America’s disadvantaged young people.