Former Hope Services Director Named Boys & Girls Club CEO

May 4, 2016, 2:16 PM HST
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Chad Cabral. Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island courtesy photo.

Chad Cabral. Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island courtesy photo.

After five years as Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island, Zavi Brees-Saunders will be stepping down from the role.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island announced Wednesday that Chad Cabral will take the role, leading six locations of service on the Big Island.

Cabral has over 15 years of experience in educational administration. He worked for student and academic support programs at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo and at Colorado State University.

Raised in Hilo, Cabral also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master of Science Degree in Educational Administration.

In his most recent role, Cabral served as Director of Development for Hope Services Hawai’i Inc. In his role, he oversaw the development of needed community partnerships and funding resources that helped to provide greater support for the island’s growing homeless population.


Cabral brings a high level of grant writing and resource development experience to the position and hopes to expand the Boys & Girls Club’s youth development services and enrichment programs.


The Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island services over 1,000 youth each year, providing weekday afterschool activities and specialized intersession programming for community youth ages 6 to 18.

Currently, the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island operates locations out of Hilo, Keaʻau, Pahoa, Hāmākua, Pāhala, and Ocean View.

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