Peggy Decker has been named the new director for the Oakhurst Boys & Girls Club. The club has been without a unit director since Feb. 2 when Richard Pastoria left the club.
"It's a great opportunity and I'm really excited about it," Decker said.
Decker is a new Mountain Area resident. Originally from Santa Rosa, she has background in K-6 education, parks and recreation management and aquatics.
In Santa Rosa, Decker worked as a boathouse and animal barn manager in Howarth Park for 10 years. She was also a lifeguard and taught swim lessons for both the city pools and Sonoma County Family YMCA.
She taught in two districts in Santa Rosa, including a three year position as the physical education teacher in the Bellevue Union School District where she also coached the Bellevue Bulldogs basketball teams from 2008-2011. Her boys team ended up winning two back to back Championships in 2009 and 2010.
Since moving to Ahwahnee, she has been lifeguarding and teaching aqua-aerobics at the Baker Swim Complex in the summer, and substitute teaching K-12th grades during the school year. Decker also coached the "B" Team Rivergold Hawks boys basketball team for 2013.
Decker has a strong background in agriculture and horses, receiving her American Farmer Degree in FFA, being crowned Miss Russian River Rodeo, and competing on livestock judging teams at both the junior college and senior college levels.
A graduate of the Santa Rosa Junior College with both her AA, AS, and Animal Science Certificate, Decker moved on to receive her BS in Agriculture Education with a minor in Animal Science from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
Decker's interests outside of work include independent film making, kayaking, jewelry creation, gardening, and playing the fiddle.