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
Experience: Before coming to the Bloomington Club, Neil was a Social Studies Teacher at Many Farms High School on a Navajo Reservation, and a Social Rec Coordinator through the Americorps program. Neil started as the Teen Coordinator at the Lincoln Street Unit and is now the Unit Director at our Lincoln Street Unit. Neil has been with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington since 2011.
Favorite Quote: “Team work, making the dream work.”-Anonymous
Hobbies: Neil enjoys playing music, hiking, wrestling with dogs, cooking, and riding bikes.
Did You Know?: Neil has 3 dogs and 2 cats.
Email: Neil Smith
Crestmont Unit Director
Did You Know?:
Ellettsville Unit Director
Experience: Oscar has worked with the American Cancer Society , CDS Family Behavioral Health Services, and now with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington since 2014.
Favorite Quote: “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” -Thomas Jefferson
Hobbies: Oscar enjoys sports and race-cars.
Did You Know?: When someone needs cheering up, Oscar has a 30 second dance party!
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
Experience: Stephanie has worked in the nonprofit field for more than 10 years. Her experience has been primarily working with individuals with disabilities. Stephanie’s focus has been on compliance, behavior management, program planning and staff development.
Favorite Quote: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hobbies: Stephanie enjoys kayaking, photography, gardening and crafts.
Did you know?: Stephanie loves to read and write silly poems.
Email: Stephanie Bryant
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
Degree: Bachelors of Science in Media Management, Ohio University
Experience: Jack has five years experience working with youth in Outdoor Education and After School settings. He began working at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington in 2013.
Favorite Quote: “Let the wild rumpus start!” – Where The Wild Things Are
Hobbies: Jack enjoys music, camping, and riding bikes.
Random fact about yourself: Many weekend you can find Jack playing banjo for square dances around the Bloomington area!
Email: Jack Laskey
Degree: Bachelors of Science in Accounting, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Experience: Clem has over 35 years of financial accounting managerial experience with 22 years as a CFO of at tool manufacturer in Iowa. He has worked in public accounting, farm equipment and steel distribution, and windows manufacturing. He has spent the last 5 years involved with financial accounting management of non-profit organizations.
Favorite Quote: “Fixing what is broken today, will make tomorrow run smoother.” -Anonymous
Hobbies: Clem enjoys spending time with children and grandchildren. His hobbies include gardening, fishing, bike riding, basketball, and involvement in his local church.
Random fact about yourself: Clem was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army back in the 1970’s.
Email: Clem Toohill