Our Staff



Mandy is the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington County and has been since October 2005. Mandy studied at Purdue University, she worked 5 years as a Program Director at both the Adams County Boys & Girls Club & the Jorgensen YMCA. She knows every line to Dirty Dancing and loves rocking out in the car with her son to “Don’t Stop Believin.’”


Ashley is our Director of Operations and has been working at the Club since 2003. She started at the front desk while in college, and although she had been planning to attend law school, after becoming involved with Club programming, she found that she couldn’t leave it behind. Ashley speaks Arabic, loves Harry Potter, and could probably beat you in a game of Spades with one hand tied behind her back. 


Desiree is our Program Director and has been at the Club since 2010. She studied Journalism and Secondary Education at Ball State. Desiree volunteered at a Club while she was in college and enjoyed her experience so much, she started working for us! She loves the Colts, is terrified of birds, and was named after a Neil Diamond song.  


Mike is our Teen Director at the Club. Mike graduated from Indiana University in 2015 with a degree in Recreational Sports Management. Outside of work, he enjoys kayaking, and traveling the world! Before coming to our Club, Mike worked at the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington for 2 years. Mike says his favorite part of working at the Club is building relationships with youth.


Melinda is our Executive Assistant and has been working at the club since 2014. Melinda was a business owner for 18 years and was previously a Human Resource Generalist before joining our team. Her favorite part about working at the club is seeing timid children blossom with confidence instilled by our club staff. Her dream is to someday reside in an old creaky library located deep in a woods where it’s always Autumn, while honing her ninja warrior skills along with her grandsons.          


Allison has been with the Club since 2009, but started attending the Club when she was just 11 years old. Alison currently works with our teen members in the Teen Center. Alison graduated from Huntington North High School in 2012, and went on to complete three semesters at IPFW. When she is not busy at work, Alison enjoys playing slow pitch softball, riding 4 wheelers, and being a youth leader at here church. If you ask Alison who the cutest baby ever is, she will definitely tell you that it’s her niece!                   


Elijah is one of our Youth Professionals and leads our members during FLL (Lego Robotics) and Pokémon club. He is a Huntington native and is currently studying Secondary Education at IPFW and hopes to become a U.S. History teacher. Elijah is a fan of vintage baseball, Marvel comics, and the Legend of Zelda. 


Angel became a member of the Club when she was 6, began as a Junior Staff member in 2010, and this year became a Youth Development Professional. After being a member for twelve years, she knows how to cover anywhere we need extra staff. Angel is the oldest of five in her family, so whether she is working or not, she’s always surrounded by kids. She is always up for Taco Bell, pedicures, or taking a good long nap.


Zach has been at the Club working as a Youth Development Professional for four years. He started off as a volunteer and now runs Muscle Men and Indiana Kids. After switching his major twice, he plans to finally graduate from Huntington University in 2016 with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. Zach believes that the best part of working at the Club is getting to spend time with the kids and hear how their lives are going. He also believes that Netflix is life.


Jordan has been one of our Jr. Staff members since the beginning of 2015. He helps run Kid’s Café and works with other staff members as well as with the Club kids. He started attending as a member after seeing how much his older sister enjoyed the Club. Jordan’s favorite part of the Club is seeing the kids smile and being part of providing them with a bright future. 


Kayla is a Web Graphic Design major at DeVry University and does all of our marketing and volunteer coordinating. She loves “helping all the kids learn and grow in a fun, safe environment and to helping them be good little humans.” Although Kayla is quite tiny (she wears size 3.5 in kid’s shoes), you might find her playing hockey in her spare time.


If Chris Traeger were female, it would not be far off from our dear Lisa. Your girl runs all the fitness programs here at the Boys & Girls Club; she started helping out with BOOST a few years ago and has been helping us be up in the gym working on our fitness ever since. Lisa is an expert at having fun, and walking on her hands. She has sworn to use her biceps only for good.      


Abbi is a staff member tasked with running the Junior Game Room. She is a college student studying Human Services and hopes to work with children and families in need after graduating. Along with having a heart for children, Abbi is also very fond of cats and wishes she could adopt every single one of them.


Daline is our Front Desk Attendant. She graduated from New Philadelphia High School, then worked for Ormsby appliance for 11 years. She loves working with children, the public, and the staff. When Daline isn’t assisting our Front Desk, she’s part of the Huntington County Disaster Team. If you are ever out walking your dog, you might meet Daline, because she needs to pet every dog she sees. 


Tim is our in house artist who has been with us since 2011. He runs art classes daily for our members, and is always willing to help when we need decorations. Tim loves photography and to cook and bake. His favorite part of working at the Boys & Girls Club is sharing his knowledge with members to boost their creativity. 


Madi is a Youth Development Professional who began in April 2016. She is currently studying Social Work at Huntington University. Madi runs our Game Room and Subs. She heard about the Club through a class at HU, and became a volunteer, but she loved us so much she decided to start working here instead. Madi is an addict of both coffee and thrift shopping. She has no intention of quitting or getting help.


Michaela has been with us since August, 2016 working in the Teen Center. Outside of working, Michaela is a Graphic Design major in her senior year at Huntington University. Don't count on Michaela to dig in the dirt with you because she has a crippling fear of worms! When she is not working, Michaela enjoys watching Disney movies, creating art, and playing volleyball. Michaela says that the best part of her job is "Getting to be a part of the lives of these growing teens, sharing my life with them and then getting to watchband hear their stories evolve and mature."                 


Joy is a graduate of HU with a degree in Missions. Joy is in charge of running our Creative Canvas and Girls & Glam clubs. If you see Joy with a paintbrush in her hand, its because she loves to paint! Another thing Joy enjoys doing in her spare time is playing "Disney Scene- It" with her family. Joy says her favorite part about working at the Club is seeing members grow their artistic skills and confidence. 

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