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By Cari Hachmann

Elizabeth Beas, director of development at the Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area
Elizabeth Beas
Rick Croom, director of operations at the Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area
Rick Croom

Two new directors have joined the Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area. With more than 12 years of local experience in nonprofit fundraising and management, Elizabeth Beas was hired as Director of Development. Having worked for the Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove for the past 11 years, Rick Croom joined the club as Director of Operations.

Beas has dedicated her career to helping local children’s charities build lasting relationships to serve their missions. Born and raised in Dana Point, Beas grew up playing indoor soccer at the local club and has since lived in San Clemente for the past nine years with her husband.

She said the Boys & Girls Club has always been dear to her heart. Through her work, she has learned about the incredible impact the Boys & Girls Club has on kids and their families.

“When the opportunity arose to become a part of this wonderful team and mission, I knew I couldn’t pass it up,” Beas said. “It means so much to me to be able to work with our community to help the Club grow to provide more opportunities for more kids.”

In his most recent role, Croom served as Site Supervisor at Faylani Elementary for the Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove. He has also held positions in human resources and volunteer coordination. A kid at heart, Croom enjoys collecting retro video games and participating in gaming tournaments. He is a Huntington Beach native who loves to surf and is looking forward to exploring the great local beaches in South Orange County. In his position as Director of Operations, Croom will play a lead role in managing the day-to-day operations of the club.

Croom said he is excited to get to know the club’s youth and impact their lives in a positive way.

“I have worked for Boys & Girls Clubs for 11 years and want to bring my excitement and passion for youth to the Club,” Croom said. “I am also looking forward to getting new programs implemented, getting to know the community, and working with my team to make the Club as fun as possible for the youth in the area.”

The Boys & Girls Club will host big events coming up, including its Driving Dreams Golf Tournament on June 7 and Great Futures Gala on November 2. If you’re interested in more information on these events, visit Beas can be reached at, Croom at


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