FAIRFIELD — Wakeman Boys & Girls Club announced last week that Sabrina Smeltz will assume the role of CEO in May. Sabrina was hired as Wakeman’s Chief Operating Officer in 2018 as part of a broader CEO succession plan. Since then, she has focused on the day to day operations of the organization, which includes the original Clubhouse in Southport, the Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse in Bridgeport, and Outreach programs at McKinley and Holland Hill schools in Fairfield. In addition, Sabrina has been influential in Wakeman’s plans to open a third clubhouse on Madison Avenue in Bridgeport.
David Blagys, Wakeman’s Executive Director, will assist Sabrina through the transition and will continue with the organization, focusing on the important work of resource development and the Madison Avenue project. Blagys joined Wakeman in 1981 and has served as the Executive Director since 1984. Under his leadership, Wakeman has grown from a single Southport location serving 650 boys, to an organization with four sites serving over 3,300 youth from diverse communities and socioeconomic backgrounds. He has guided the organization through three successful capital campaigns that resulted in the expansion and then renovation of the Southport Clubhouse, and the opening of the Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse.