January 7, 2015 – Former KeyBank executive to lead fundraising, marketing and communications efforts.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse has appointed Shelly L. Van Dusen director of fund development. She will be responsible for designing and implementing fundraising strategies and activities which support the organization’s mission to be a premier provider of youth development services, enabling young people living in some of the city’s most challenged neighborhoods to realize their full potential. Van Dusen will also guide marketing and communications initiatives.

She has 25 years’ experience and was previously vice president of marketing and public relations at KeyBank. During her tenure at Key, Van Dusen also directed its philanthropic programs and collaborated with numerous local nonprofits. She has extensive community service and fundraising experience as a former board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse and Huntington Family Centers, and a past member of the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer Committee. Van Dusen currently serves on the Syracuse University Hardwood Club Board of Directors.

“Shelly is a tremendous addition to our leadership team,” said Katie Centolella, chairman of the board for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse. “Her vast experience, diverse talents and passion for the organization is the ideal combination to help position the clubs for future growth and sustainability.”

Van Dusen earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the State University of New York at Potsdam and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse. She’s also a past recipient of the Central New York Business Journal Women in Business Award and the YWCA of Syracuse Diversity Achievers Award.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse: Since 1892, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse has empowered thousands of young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The organization serves 1200 youth (ages 6-19) annually at four city locations (East Fayette Street, Shonnard Street, Hamilton Street and Central Village) and Huntington K-8 School. The clubs provide a safe environment, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship and high impact programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. For more information, visit www.bgcsyracuse.org.

Shelly Van Dusen can be reached at 315-579-1103 or svandusen@bgcsyracuse.org.