Joe Jordan | President and CEO
Email: Joe Jordan
Joe is a lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana with more than over 26 years experience at the executive management level with the primary focus on youth and family development. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Indiana Institute of Technology and a Masters of Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is a BGCA Advanced Executive Leadership graduate, a graduate of Leadership Fort Wayne and, in 2017, Joe was named the state of Indiana BGCA Professional of the Year. In the same year he was the recipient of both the prestigious Herman Prescott and Horizon Award for the Midwest region of the BGCA. He sits on numerous boards including Fort Wayne United, a high profile effort to reduce street violence between law enforcement and youth.
“I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to work for such an awesome organization and be part of this tremendous movement. I am excited because of the relevance and the impact we are having on thousands of lives. Each day we walk through the doors of the Boys & Girls Clubs, we have an opportunity to impact a life. Everything we do is about the children.”
Deb Stellwagen | Director of Development and Marketing
Email: Debby Stellwagen
Debby joined the BGCFW in early 2016. A graduate of Concordia University in Chicago, she has over 28 years experience as an Executive Assistant and Event Manager, including extensive experience in media relations and event planning. She is co-chair of the Blue Bucket Brigade, an award winning law enforcement relations program of the BGCFW, nominee for the prestigious Linda Vandeveer Community Service Award and winner of the 2018 Resource Development Award for the state of Indiana (BGCA). Debby launched Project Blueprint in 2018 to open career opportunities in the building trades for our members. Under her leadesrhip BGCFW event attendance has grown from 800 annually to over 1800. She oversees Batters and Bidders, Passport To Manhood, and Smart Girls/Brilliant Women events as well as the Blue Bucket Brigade and SPARK (Special Pathways for At Risk Kids), both of which she initiated, in addition to her executive assistant duties.
“It is so energizing to combine my love of children, passion for helping the less fortunate and the skills I have developed over the last quarter century to make a significant impact on the future of these young men and women.“
Ronnie Lindsey | Director of Operations
Diana Swayze | Director of Programmming Quality and Evaluation
Email: Diana Swayze
Diana joined the BGCFW in June of 2013 and oversees all programming. She has worked over 26 years helping children and families in need reach their full potential. She graduated from Oakland City University in 1991 with a Bachelors of Science. She has experience in the implementation of non-traditional teaching and coaching has and brimgs those skills to the BGCFW..
“The opportunity to work at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne with the children and parents in our community, continues to be a highlight of my career. BGCFW’s mission exemplifies my personal and professional pursuit to assist anyone to reach their full potential through experiencing positive new opportunities. Being a part of our children’s support and seeing them succeed, is so rewarding.”
Ron Hadsall | Director of Human Resources
Ron has worked in Human Resources for more than three decades; including over twenty-five years in various corporate management positions. He co-owned a Human Resource consulting business for eleven years, and is a professional trainer. He has worked with large corporations as well as small local businesses. He brings to the BGCFW a broad range of experience and skills to contribute to the continued development of the club and accomplishment of its mission.
“I appreciate being able to support the positive development of children and youth by working at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne.”
Valerie Magana | Director of Grant Administration and Implementation
Valerie joined the BGCFW in early 2017. A graduate of Indiana University, she developed a career in hospitality management as well as the nonprofit sector. She has been in the nonprofit arena for over 13 years with March of Dimes and Easter Seals Arc. She has coached 5-8 grade volleyball for 8 years. Valerie overesees foundations and grants and works together with the programming staff on program fulfillment and communication. She also oversees the volunteer program.
“I am so fortunate to be part of a wonderful organization that teaches and inspires our youth.”
Louise Misegades | Office Manager
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Louise Misegades is a lifetime resident of Fort Wayne. Before coming to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne, she worked 20 years as the Department Secretary to the Consumer & Family Sciences Department at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. She has done extensive traveling all over the United States and Canada as well as Australia, Tahiti and Fiji. She enjoys quilting and teaching quilting to beginners. She has two adult daughters, Katherine of Fort Wayne and Christine (Mark) of Monroeville, PA, and two adult grandchildren (Gabrielle and Patrick).
“The privilege to work with the children at our club is a gift. To see them grow by learning new skills, making new friends and having experiences they would not have otherwise is wonderful. Of course the many hugs one gets while walking through the club level does not hurt. We are here to make a difference in their lives and I think that sometimes it is the other way around.”