At Brooklyn Lifestyle Athletic Club, we inspire members to live a healthier, happier, and more balanced life through custom programming focused on athletic excellence, academic achievement, and the necessity of connecting with yourself and others through fun and leisure. For us, it’s all about empowering the people of our Brooklyn community with the tools and confidence to find their purpose, make the changes they need, and improve their lives.
THE BKLA LEADERSHIP TEAM
After executive roles at iconic media and advocacy brands like GLAAD, Real Simple, and People , Tamara is now president of BKLA and COO of its owner, Legacy Growth Partners, a community- and values-driven business development and investment company. Famous for giving advice on how, as a minority, to be heard and have a voice, Tamara is also known for a few not-so-secret talents: organizing, decorating, and throwing events people never stop talking about.
As captain of the ship, she sets the course for BKLA’s renovation and rebranding, with an aim to grow membership, programming, sponsorship, joint ventures, revenue, and community impact.
Vice President, Member Experience, Sports
Devale played three years in the NFL before retiring from the Cleveland Browns and founding Elite Prototype Athletics with his brother in Brooklyn. He also lights up screens everywhere, from films to TVs (lately on NYC’s Verizon FiOS1 Sports) to Youtube (where he vlogs with The Ellises, his family of five).
Devale leads the sports and health club side BKLA, where he directs the strategy and development of a range of member favorites, from sports programs to group fitness classes.
Vice President, Restaurant & Catering
You name the industry, Kevin has dabbled in it-from professional services firms like PwC and Arthur Anderson LLP, to real estate, to music management. Today, he co-owns Crystal Manor Catering Hall and JHCS Inc., a full-service nursing agency. In his spare time (when he finds it!) you can catch him playing with his kids or collecting another stamp in his passport.
Kevin creates the vision for all things food-related at BKLA, from sourcing healthy ingredients and crafting menus to directing the team serving in our restaurant or at a catered event.
Vice President, Member Experience, Youth Programming and Events
An expert-level event marketing and brand strategist, Kim was most recently the Special Projects Director at Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, and Women’s Health magazines-and possibly also recently at your favorite soccer field (you can often find her at matches across the country with her soccer-star daughter Mia).
At BKLA, Kimberly not only oversees programming for kids (think camps and after-school care), but also any event you can hold at BKLA, from baby showers to birthdays to corporate events.
Senior Director, Member Services
Martie directs all aspects of serving our members BKLA, including welcoming new members and retaining existing ones, promoting member wellness, and responding to any elevated concerns.
Brennen keeps everything running smoothly at BKLA. His maintenance and janitorial staff manage repairs, tackle day-to-day issues, and ensure our facilities are warm and welcoming.