The Leadership Team is critically important to the success of our event. This amazing Team is guided by the National Conference Advisory Board and provides big ideas, new connections, practical strategies and adds credibility to the planning process. This comprehensive Leadership Team represents the diversity of out-of-school time programs and includes representatives serving at all levels of the field. We are a quality conference truly planned by out-of-school time professionals, adding voice and value to the needs of the field.

Leadership Team will be announced soon!

For more than 16 years, Tia Quinn has worked at all levels of programming in the field of after school, supporting out-of school time programs throughout the nation via training, technical assistance, quality assurance, and program development. In addition to serving youth through not-for-profits in Hartford, CT and San Diego, Tia spent the first part of her west coast experience working at an after school program and later as a Program Director, overseeing programming at 65 before and after school programs through Harmonium Children’s Services, one of the largest after school providers in California. Tia also served for 5 years as the Co Lead for Region 9 Technical Assistance Center, After School programs at the San Diego County Office of Education. In this capacity, she supported over 600 after school program sites in San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties, serving over 50,000 students annually. While in this role Tia managed numerous regional and statewide committees and after school initiatives including the well known After School Math website www.afterschoolmath.org and the After School Content Literacy Project for California in collaboration with the California Department of Education and San Diego State University.
In the regional lead capacity, Tia and her team were the 2005 recipients of the California School Board Association’s Golden Bell Award for Partnerships and Collaboratives as well as the Cities, Counties, and Schools (CCS) Partnership Award 2005. Additionally, Tia is the recipient of the 2001 Director of the Year, awarded by Mentor San Diego; and the California School-Age Consortium’s 2006 Award of Excellence, Program Administrator of the Year. A proud moment was having a research paper, Children of Divorce, A Population At Risk, published in Spectrum, an undergraduate scholarly journal, during undergraduate studies in Psychology and Sociology, University of Hartford. Tia serves on the Board of Directors for Eveoke Dance Theatre in San Diego and supports the pursuit of Eveoke’s mission to cultivate compassionate social action. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Collaborative Solutions, Sacramento, CA and believes in the CCS mission to help others discover innovative and effective ways to achieve shared goals. Most recently, Tia is a member of the Mission Hills Town Council in San Diego to directly impact the community where she lives.
As an Out-of-School Time Consultant, Tia presents customized workshops and staff development seminars at numerous local, state and national conferences. Tia works closely with school district administrators, CEO’s, non-profit agencies, program directors, supervisors, and line staff to increase student retention, promote academic achievement, and overall student success through quality staff development opportunities. With contracts throughout the U.S., Tia trains on topics such as No Parent Left Behind, Positive Discipline, Professionalism, Creating Community Partnerships, as well as intensive work in the area of Staff and Program Leadership, and assisting programs serving older youth through student surveys and focus groups.
Tia is the Founder and Executive Director of the BOOST (Best of Out-of-School Time) Collaborative, supporting out-of-school time professionals through quality professional development opportunities, program and resource development, building community partnerships, promoting the importance of quality out-of-school time programming, opportunities to share promising practices, and a variety of consulting services. She is the founder of the Annual BOOST (Best of Out-of-School Time) Conference in Palm Springs, California, one of the nation’s largest conferences for after school and out-of-school time professionals, bringing together all levels of key stakeholders to initiate change and inspire quality programming. Tia is passionate about creating positive change for today’s youth as well as the people, communities, and partners supporting them in the out-of-school time hours.