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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware has selected Payroll Manager, Karen Nelson and Club Director Paul Dorey as this year’s “Joseph Dulin Staff of the Year” award recipients. This annual, statewide honor goes to the staff person, who exemplifies the attributes embodied in Joseph Dulin,

Karen’s nominations from colleagues focused on her consistent “above and beyond” performance. The changes over the last year as it relates to benefits, pay and operations that impacted the one person payroll department were especially challenging. Challenges in which Karen exceeded expectations and always met the numerous deadlines. Karen works closely with the Finance and Human Resources teams and is an asset to both areas and all of the employees across the state. The behind the scenes support of our staff allow their focus to always remain on the needs of the youth of Delaware who are served daily in our clubs.

Karen joined the Boys and Girls Clubs with 10+ years of experience in Human Resources and Payroll Processing. She consistently makes time for professional development which often results in a positive financial impact for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware which ultimately results in being better able to serve the your of Delaware.

Paul Dorey has been with the Boys and Girls Club organization since 2007. Before his appointment as Executive Director of the Milford Club, a position he accepted in 2019, he served as an Administrative Assistant, Aquatic Director, and Program Director (managing both the Seaford and Laurel Clubs) at the Western Sussex Club from 2007-2019. Paul’s nomination for this honor came from the observations of his colleagues and staff for his administrative abilities and interactions with his Club team, community, and the children and families the Milford Club serves. Throughout this very challenging year, he has been a stalwart, positive role model for students, showing them courtesy, respect and understanding in their efforts to manage their challenging academic schedules. He helped maintain a structured, positive learning environment to enhance the “virtual learning” supports provided at the Milford Club site. Throughout his career, Paul has excelled in the multiple roles he has held.

Paul is a graduate of Delaware Technical & Community College and The Community College of the Air Force. He has also completed specialized training at the Delaware State Police Academy, and with the Department of Education. Paul has completed innumerable training and certification programs and does not hesitate to share his knowledge and support wherever needed. At the Milford Club, one often will find Paul working with individuals in a Club garden, supervising a late-night teen program or assisting in the early morning childcare program. Paul has a genuine interest and concern for the success of other Clubs across the state. He does not hesitate to volunteer his assistance and encouragement with projects at other Club sites and often goes “above and beyond” to assist staff members, who are facing adversity.

About Joseph H Dulin Staff of the Year Award 

The Board of Directors established the Joseph H. Dulin Staff of the Year Award when Mr. Dulin retired after 30 years of service with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware. This award is presented to the staff member who best exemplifies the following positive attributes of Joseph H Dulin: dedication to the job as illustrated by performance above and beyond what is normally expected; a concern for the well-being of children; support for the mission of the Boys & Girls Club; concern for the welfare of other staff; a positive role model; a leader and an innovator.

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