Jamie Heil

Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of King County

Redmond, Washington

Class of 2008, Sociology major

The executive director for the Kirkland Boys & Girls Club, Heil works with the club advisory board to plan two major fundraising events: Summer Dreams and the Don James Golf Classic. She also prepares and manages the club’s annual budget; leads and manages a team of directors to succeed in their departments; and builds and maintains strong relationships with school principals, community organizations, and businesses. The club serves approximately 2,200 kids annually through drop-in athletics and summer camp programs.

How does your time at SPU connect to what you’re doing today?

The club is the second home for these kids and SPU was my second home. It was where I felt safe, shared happy moments with my closest friends, and where we shared tears. I know my professors and all the staff there work so hard to make sure students feel welcomed and loved. Every day, my staff and I try hard to ensure our club kids feel like this building is something so much more. I would like to think that I’m empowering and leading my staff to change the world for our club kids. There isn’t a person in the organization who doesn’t show up wanting the best for every child that walks through our doors.

Which SPU faculty or staff member made a difference in your education?

Dr. Jennifer McKinney pushed, encouraged and changed my life the most while at SPU. I absolutely know I would not be the person I am today without her.

What advice would you give to current SPU students?

Joseph Campbell said, “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” Take a deep breath, it will be OK.