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Chief Executive Officer

Jacqueline Kronk

Currently serving as CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County, Jacqueline Kronk has deep roots in the South Bend and Mishawaka communities. Her relationship with the Boys & Girls Clubs began in 2011 as Director of Mission Advancement, and in 2019 she returned as CEO of the organization. Under her leadership, the Club has doubled the number of sites across the county and tripled its workforce, serving more kids and families than ever. Jacqueline's focus on creating innovative partnerships and bold vision for the future is having a tangible and sustainable impact on our community.

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Director of Development

Lindahl Chase

Lindahl Chase took on the role of Director of Development for the Club in 2020. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University and was previously a newspaper reporter before moving into marketing, communications, and public relations for a healthcare system. Prior to the Club she spent eight years in Annual Giving at the University of Notre Dame. Lindahl oversees fundraising and marketing efforts, encouraging the community to invest in our mission as we all work together to make this a great place for every child and family.

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Director of Emotional Well-Being

Erica Kelsey

Dr. Erica Kelsey serves as the Director of Emotional Well-being for the Boys and Girls Clubs. Dr. Kelsey is a licensed clinical psychologist. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and earned her Master's and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Kelsey completed her training as a predoctoral resident at Indiana University School of Medicine Dr. Kelsey is a certified integrated behavioral health psychologist. Prior to joining the club, Dr. Kelsey served as Director of Behavioral Health at the South Bend Clinic. Dr. Kelsey started the integrated Emotional Well-being Program at the club in hopes of creating a preventative mental health program that fosters resilience in our youth and also reduces access barriers to exceptional mental health services. 

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Academic Program Director

Susanne Borders

Susanne Borders currently serves as Academic Program Director for Boys and Girls Clubs. Susanne earned her Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Wake Forest College, and her Master’s in Early Childhood Development from Ball State University. For years, Susanne utilized her degree by assisting children to learn to read. She has since then turned her passion into a career  by joining the Boys & Girl Clubs fight to create a better community for the youth by aiding them with extra assistance to help them learn to read and write.

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Literacy Specialist

Kelly Jones

Kelly Jones serves as the literacy coordinator for BGC. She is an accomplished educator with a Master's in Education from Bethel University and a Bachelor's in Romance Languages from the University of Notre Dame. Formerly an English as a New Language (ENL) Specialist at Our Lady of Hungary School, she led small group remediation, crafted lesson plans, and co-led a literacy initiative. With previous experience as a Kindergarten Teacher, Kelly is skilled in assessing student progress, and is deeply committed to language development and student growth. 

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Data Analyst

Dominic Miller

Meet Dom, our Data Analyst! Dom will be working with us through March 2024 to help automate data processes and create visual guides for others to better understand the behind the scenes numbers. Dom is a 2023 graduate from Purdue University where he obtained a Bachelors degree in Computer Science. In his free time Dom enjoys spending time with family, creating music, and hiking outdoors. He is excited to work for our organization before he begins his next journey in Denver, Colorado! 

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Grants Program Manager

Ashley Murray

Ashley Murray took on the role of Area Director for the Club in 2021, and has been with the organization for 13 years. She attended and graduated from Holy Cross College in 2004. Prior to the Club she spent many years working with youth at different organizations. Ashley oversees multiple grants, is the direct supervisor for multiple sites, and assists with hiring. Youth work has always been Ashley's calling. She enjoys working with the youth and their families and the positive impact that our organization has on them.

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Data Analysis Specialist

David Power

David Power was installed as the Data & Assessment coordinator 10.16.2021. The core updates came as a B.A. from the UND and an M.A. from MSU. Having learned from past applications in the for-profit, governmental, and non-profit sectors, David is set to expand the data-driven decision making in the mission-driven culture of the BGCSJC and increase the organization's evaluation capacity.

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Events & Stewardship Specialist

Camille Ritchings

Camille is an Elkhart native with years of experience in the event planning industry. She studied at Southwestern Michigan College and Indiana University of South Bend. Her role as Director of Event Planning for Alpha Sigma Tau sparked her interest and she took a position with White Dahlia Events, a top wedding planning company in our region. As their Director of Coordination, she managed and oversaw a team of planners, working with clients, vendors, and venues across our area. 

Camille is excited to grow her career in the non-profit sector, and will focus on revenue-generating events as well as thanking and cultivating our benefactors, partners, and volunteers. She hopes to bring a fresh set of eyes to this space and launch creative ways to increase awareness of the Club's mission!

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Emotional Well-Being Program Specialist

Jen Sweazy

Meet Jen Sweazy! She is an Emotional Well-Being Program Specialist at the Club. Before joining the Club, Jen was an art teacher for many years. Jen is able to use her background in art to help assist our youth to better understand their emotions in a unique way. In her spare time, you can find Jen at her own art studio, ArtDabbler Designs!

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Community Engagement Coordinator

Madison Ward

Madison "Madi" Ward, originally from Elkhart, graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications: Public Relations. She is driven by bringing people together to foster positive community engagement in our region. She previously worked at the Center for Civic Innovation at the University of Notre Dame as the Internship Program Manager-Elkhart where she was able to bring students together to work on multidisciplinary, community engaged projects alongside community partners.

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Chief Operating Officer

Duane Wilson

Duane serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County’s 25 locations. Along with his oversight of the organization’s day-to-day operating activities, he leads the implementation of new strategic initiatives around process, technology, safety and culture. Duane comes to the Boys & Girls Clubs after 10 years at the University of Notre Dame where he provided internal consulting services for enterprise-wide continuous improvement and innovation projects. Duane holds a B.S. in Social Psychology and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.

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Director of Human resources

Sandra Garcia

Sandra developed a strong operational background while serving as the District Manager for ALDI for seven years. She comes to us after she left her role at Notre Dame in 2015 as a Human Resources Consultant.

Sandra serves on the Board of Directors of La Casa De Amistad and Chicago Scholars Alumni Leadership Association.

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Director of Accounting

Jennifer Miller

Jenny Miller serves as the Director of Accounting. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from Western Michigan University, has obtained her CPA and worked in public accounting, specializing in tax. Jenny joined the Boys & Girls Clubs in December of 2020 and is thrilled to work for an organization so committed to providing opportunity, support and care to the youth in her community. She is continually impressed by the effort and dedication of the staff, volunteers, board members, community partners and Club families.

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Training and Development Coordinator

Janet Brooks

Meet Janet Brooks, our Training and Development Specialist! After volunteering at our Club for some time, Janet wanted to give more to the members and the Clubs. She is very passionate about keeping our staff up to date on the latest training and techniques that will help better serve our Club members!

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Executive Assistant

Cabralin Kehoe

Cabralin is a recent graduate of Ball State University with a degree in marketing. She joined our team as the Communications Assistant in the Spring of 2022, but has now taken on a new role as the Executive Assistant to our CEO. Cabralin is excited to be a part of this organization and believes very strongly in what BGC does for the youth in our community. 

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Area Director

Isiah Miller

With a strong foundation in community service and leadership, Isiah is excited about what the future holds. He plans to continue using his skills and experience to make a positive impact for the Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph County, while also exploring opportunities to expand reach and influence. He is committed to lifelong learning and is always seeking new ways to grow and develop both personally and professionally. One of his top priorities as a leader will be to create a positive work environment where everyone feels valued and supported. He plans to lead by example, demonstrating a commitment to excellence, integrity, and accountability in everything he does.

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Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Cynthia Penaloza

Cynthia Penaloza, our Marketing & Communications Coordinator, graduated from Saint Mary's College in May of 2022 and joined the BGCSJC Team shortly after in September 2022. She is originally from Texas but decided to stay in her college town and give back to the community that helped shape her into the person she is today. By joining our team she is able to fulfill her mission of helping create a better environment for our local youth.

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Emotional Well-being Specialist

Lindsey Power

Lindsey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Indiana with expertise in providing evidence-based treatment and services for youth. Lindsey became a Social Worker because she is passionate about providing effective, strengths-based youth advocacy - she believes every kid deserves for someone to have their back. She specializes in working with youth who have experienced trauma, emotional/behavioral challenges, and obstacles to success in general. Lindsey also has specialized training and expertise in advocacy for youth and families involved in the juvenile justice/child welfare system(s).


Lindsey holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree and a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Michigan State University. She holds national certifications in several evidence-based trauma treatment models. Prior to joining the Emotional Wellbeing Team at BGC, she served as the Clinical Director and Therapist at a Child Advocacy Center in Michigan, and was a Child/Adolescent Therapist in/around the South Bend area for years. Lindsey also enjoys providing clinical supervision and training for Social Work students in their graduate/undergrad college programs. She is excited to have joined the BGC team!

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Area Director

Savino Rivera Jr.

Savino Rivera a native of South Bend, has served his community in multifaceted ways. As a product of John Adams High School and Indiana University where he majored in Linguistics. Savino always had a special place in his heart for empowering youth to be the best versions of themselves. He has served in several professional capacities in the area of student support services which include: IvyTech Community College, Goshen College, as well as John Adams High School. He also lead community health programing in the areas of Suicide prevention, Adolescent mental health, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Asthma Education. Furthermore, specializing in the health needs of the Hispanic community, Savino led the Dame Tu Mano initiative for Beacon Health Systems in Elkhart, Marshall, and St. Joseph counties. Most recently, Savino served as Dean of School Culture for the South Bend Empowerment Zone. He is very excited about the opportunity to join the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County as an Area Director. 

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Emotional Well-Being Specialist

Shaune Thompson

Shaune is an associate licensed mental health counselor in the state of Indiana. She worked for years in student services and student housing at Indiana University South Bend while working on her Bachelor's Degree, then earned her Master's of Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from IUSB in 2019. In her role, Shaune will work with kids as well as members of our staff, as we strive to meet the mental health needs of all.

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Director of Programming

Susie Brennan

As our Director of Programming, Susie Brennan cultivates partnerships with education, youth service, community, corporate, and development stakeholders to

increase engagement and enhance our services and programming.

Susie has a Master’s in Public Health and experience in research, grants management, and working with public school programs. She is passionate about how education and safe after school programming positively impacts the overall health and wellbeing of our community and the next generation!

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Sr. Director of Finance

Jeanette Hamel

Jeanette is currently the Senior Director of Finance for the Boys and Girls Club of St. Joseph County after serving in a similar role for nearly 6 years with a private, multi campus, Indiana high school program for at-risk youth. While performing essential nonprofit related financial reporting and analysis, she is also excited about the vision for the future at BGCSJC and researching networking and funding opportunities to meet the needs of the organization. Jeanette has a B.S. from Purdue University as well as an MBA from IUSB and has worked in nonprofit finance for more than 15 years. She finds the call to serve the community in her finance role a perfect opportunity to mix her love of numbers with helping the youth in our area.

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Director of Mission Integration

Lety Stanton-Verduzco

Lety Stanton-Verduzco first joined Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County in 2008.  Lety attended Saint Mary's College graduating with a Bachelor's in Writing.  Following college, Lety worked for Saint Mary's College in the Center for Women's InterCultural Leadership as Assistant Director of Community Connections. Wanting to transition from working with young adults to youth, Lety became a Bilingual Specialist for the South Bend Community School Corporation. When an opportunity presented itself to be a Club Director, Lety jumped at the chance to work even more directly with youth and their families. Now, after 14 years, Lety is seeing her former Clubs kids become productive, caring and responsible citizens.

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Athletics Program Director

Chad Hershberger

Chad recently became our new Athletic Director. He comes to us from Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation where he taught and coached for the last 16 years. While teaching middle school wellness he also coached wrestling, football, and soccer at Penn. He has a B.S. in Physical Education and Health and Safety. Chad’s goal is to create athletic opportunities for the youth that we serve. 

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Assistant Director of Development

Zach McFarland

Zach began working as the Assistant Director of Development in September of 2022. He joins our team with a plethora of experience in marketing and sales, coming to us from Sound Management (U93), and previously held positions with Wildman Business Group in Warsaw and the Persian Rug Gallery in Elkhart. Zach is passionate about our mission to empower and enable all youth to become caring, successful citizens of our community.

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Emotional Well-Being Program Specialist

Megan Mullins

Megan will be working full-time on the Emotional Well-Being team as an EWB program specialist. She is a recent St. Mary's graduate, holding a bachelor's degree in Psychology. Megan hopes to continue her education in psychology within the next year. Some of her duties include developing and implementing Zones of Regulation, facilitating EWB (SEL) programming, managing the Mightier biofeedback program, and facilitating the universal screening process. She may be out at sites from time to time helping to implement programs or working behind the scenes on Emotional well-being referrals and data management.

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Development Coordinator

Brenna Perry

Brenna has recently stepped into a new role serving as the Development Coordinator. She is a recent graduate, holding a degree in Communications & Design. Brenna worked for five years in the Before and After School program for John Glenn School Corporation before they partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs. She then served as a YDP, which led to her interning at the main office in the Development and Communications Department. After her internship concluded, she served as an assistant to the Operations Team. Brenna loves what she does and is passionate about what the Club does for the community.

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Makerspace Program Coordinator

Lucinda Reese

Hello families! My name is Lucinda Reese, a native Texan, and mom of two young men, and a fun fact about me is I'm also a certified Birth Doula, and still teaching parenting classes to teen moms in my free time! 

 

I'm currently serving in the role of Club Director at Career Academy Boys & Girls Club. Although I love the time I've spent with our families, and teens at Career Academy Club, I will be transitioning into a new role within Boys & Girls Clubs over the next few months. Currently spending my mornings teaching STEM, I will officially be stepping in the role of Makerspace Program Coordinator in December 2023. In this extremely exciting brand new role for our clubs in St. Joseph county, I will oversee the new Makerspace labs that serve our youth at Success Academy @ Boys & Girls Club, Portage School of Leaders. In addition to these two onsite innovative labs, I will also help with planning and the implementation of our super cool Mobile Makerspace that will now bring the makerspace experience to all of our other clubs in the near future! 

 

To share a little bit more of my background, I've had the privilege of working with youth and families in education, for more than 25 years, and taught Career & College Readiness at Purdue Polytechnic and Career Academy High Schools. I started my journey with Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph as the Education Coordinator, back in 2006, and over the years I've had the pleasure of teaching STEM, Spanish Club, Immersion Science, Smart Girls, and coaching our BGC underwater robotics teams. Although our BGC team was the youngest to ever compete in the 2011 MATE Underwater Robotics Competition in Chicago, they took first place! Working for the club over the years also allowed me an opportunity through The JASON Project, where myself and two of our club teens had the amazing opportunity to travel to Crete, Greece, then sailing aboard the ship, E/V Nautilus, through the Mediterranean Ocean, to experience underwater robotics explorations up close and personal! I truly believe any child who attends club will be inspired and part of a community of mentors. 

 

If you see me around our new schools, please say hello!

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Assistant Director of Operations

Rachel Solmos

Rachel currently serves as the Assistant Director of Operations. She helps keep our organization running smoothly and effectively. 

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Math Coordinator

Andrea Vollrath

Andrea Vollrath has been the Math Coordinator for BGCSJC since 2021, and before that was the STEM specialist at Harrison for two years.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, along with teaching licensure.  Before Club, she spent nine years working for Riverbend Community Math Center, first as a tutor and then as the Program Coordinator.

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CLUB DIRECTORS

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North Liberty & Walkerton

Club Director

Heather Harrison

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Lincoln Club Director

Jess Alexander

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Monroe Club Director

Kania Franklin

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Battell Club Director

Abril Curiel

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Hums Club Director

Emily Grimmer

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Liberty Club Director

Dani Gonzales

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Career Academy Club Director

Lucinda Reese

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Warren Club Director

Sarah Bond

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The Club Director

Jaraan Cornell

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O.C. Carmichael Jr. Youth Center Club Director

Ashley Person

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Madison Club Director

Edmond White

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Muessel Club Director

Travis Washington

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Beiger Club Director

Alexis Schlemmer

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John Young Club Director

Fran Bell

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Twin Branch Club Director

Cat Parisi

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Harrison Club Director

Destiny Castillo

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Coquillard Club Director

Ian Williams 

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Darden Club Director

Travis Washington

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Marquette Club Director

Shanell Exum

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Nuner Club Director

Caylie Morales

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Emmons Club Director

Tyshika Jones

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LaSalle Club Director

Tyshika Jones

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Success Academy Club Director

Raymond Martin

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Wilson Club Director

Sarah Bond

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Paramount Club Director

Jess Alexander

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