1100 Vollintine
Memphis, TN 38107
Club Hours
Monday – Friday: 2:00p.m.-8:00p.m

John Dustin Buckman Club

Directions to John Dustin Buckman Club

Club Director – Ron Nelson

Ron Nelson was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He is a graduate of LeMoyne-Owen College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. In October 2005, Ron became the Program Director. While serving in this capacity, he instilled positive character and leadership skills and quality programming. Growing up, Ron was a member of the Dixie Boys Club for 11 years under the direction of Bernal Smith. Ron has been an active member of the Association of Boys & Girls Club Professionals and now is the Director of the John Dustin Buckman Club.

Email: [email protected]

John Dustin Club Director, Ron Nelson

Program Director – Raya Smith

Raya first got involved with the BGCM movement when she was 7 years old. Not only was she a Club member, but she was also employed by Club Director as a Youth Development Program Staff. Raya left her BGCM part-time position to pursue other job opportunities but quickly returned as a volunteer in 2016 (only breaking during the height of COVID). Raya is not only the lead dance coach instructor but is known to lead various programming in the Club and assist with a multitude of tasks around the Club. Raya is known for her passion for working with youth in the North Memphis community, positive energy, her organization skills, her assistance with sports activities and youth recruitment, and for being a positive influence on the young ladies who participate in the Smart Girls programming.

Raya brings a positive youthfulness to the Club and is a great team player. She excels at recruiting other community individuals to volunteer in the Club.  She has recently rallied the Club members’ parents to become more involved with the Club through a support group.

Email: [email protected]