Experience: Jeff worked for 14 years in public and private education in Bloomington at Monroe County Community School Corporation and St. Charles, spent 12 years as a small business owner, and now 8 years as Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington.
Favorite Quote: “All children will impact this community in one way or another.”-Anonymous
Hobbies: Jeff enjoys sports, hunting/fishing, being a handyman, and helping kids realize their potential.
Did You Know?: Jeff cries with pride every time he sings the National Anthem.
Email: Jeff Baldwin
Resource Development Director
Experience: Leslie spent three summers in college as a Head Teacher for a day-camp program responsible for 60 children ages 5 to 12, ran and acted as a counselor for a summer camp, worked 2 years in full-time ministry, spent 2 years as Development Director at LIFEDesigns, and has been the Resource Development Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington since 2014.
Favorite Quote: “Be the same person when no one is watching as you are when everyone is watching.”-Anonymous
Hobbies: Leslie has lived in Bloomington since 2005 and is very active in the community as the Vice President of the Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association, Vice President of BNI Bloomington One Chapter, Advisory Member of the Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission, and Marketing Committee Chair for hYPe, the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals group. Leslie has been married to her husband Chris, a lifelong Btown resident, for 6 years. They like to fix-up their 100 year old house, go antiquing/to flea markets, attend IU sporting events of all kinds, watch the Colts play football, visit the Farmer’s Market, and are very involved in their local church, Genesis.
Did you know?: Leslie loves to have family dance parties in the living room.
Email: Leslie Abshier
Director of Operations
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Health and Fitness, Purdue University
Experience: Jeigh worked at the Boys & Girls Club of Montgomery County for almost 11 years after graduating from college. She spent the first two years as a Program Director and was then promoted to Unit Director. Jeigh worked for almost 4 years at the City of Bloomington in the Parks and Recreation Department before being hired on as the Director of Operations at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington.
Favorite Quote: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman
Hobbies: Camping, hiking, spending time with family and friends, cooking, gardening, road trips, reading, listening to music
Did You Know?: Jeigh spent a month living in a tent at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch in Woodbourne, New York
Email: Jeigh Hockersmith
Lincoln Street Unit Director
Email: Neil Smith
Crestmont Unit Director
Did You Know?:
Ellettsville Unit Director
Email: Oscar Gonzalez
Crestmont Unit Program Director
Email: Aaryn Eady
Lincoln Street Unit Program Director
Experience: After teaching third grade for two years in Honduras, Tabitha worked in Indianapolis with Latino youth in college success programming. She has over 10 years experience in youth development programs.
Favorite Quote: “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” – Cesar Chavez
Hobbies:Tabitha enjoys playing sports and card/board games, cooking, and breaking it down on the dance floor.
Did You Know?: Tabitha is one of nine kids, but she’s her parents’ favorite.
Email: Tabitha Truax
Ellettsville Unit Program Director
Bachelors of Arts in Developmental Psychology & Neuroscience from IU-Psychological & Brain Sciences
National Board certified Clinical Massage Therapist
Experience: Ann has worked for 30 years in the field of education, youth programming and athletic training. She also worked as a professional performing artist in the circus for 15 years, eventually directing traditional tent shows and running a professional circus school in Europe. She brought successful circus programs to the Boys & Girls Clubs here in Bloomington for the past 4 years and this is her first year in a full-time position.
Favorite Quote: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson
Hobbies: Ann enjoys doing puzzles, playing board games, euchre and cribbage, listening to all sorts of music and watching movies with my kiddo. And, of course, teaching circus arts to a new generation of performers!
Did you know?: Ann holds a circus world record for the heaviest catch ever made by a woman on the flying trapeze? She caught 210lb “Little” Ray Valentine, Jr. doing a flyaway!
Email: Ann Dorwin
Resource Development Associate
Did You Know?:
Fundraising Events Coordinator & Lemonade Day City Director
Experience: Amy worked as Advertising Director for the Indiana Daily Student for 13 years, then 3 1/2 years with Monroe County YMCA Association, most recently as Director of Member Services and helped launch the new NW branch. She joined the Boys & Girls Club in March of 2014.
Favorite Quote: “Two paths in a woods diverged. I took the one less traveled, and that has made all the difference.”
Hobbies: Amy is very active with the Exchange Club of Northside Bloomington, and enjoys scuba diving, reading.
Did You Know?: Amy is a former EMT.
Email: Amy Swain
Camp and Program Director
Email: Jack Laskey
Email: Clem Toohill