Joe Jordan | President and CEO
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Joe is a lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Joe has over 25 years of experience at the executive level of organizational management, working in community organizations whose primary focus is youth development 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 also a Boys & Girl Clubs of America Advanced Executive Leadership Graduate and a Graduate of Leadership Fort Wayne. In 2017, he was named the state of Indiana Professional of the Year by the Boys and girls Clubs of America.
“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 | Executive Assistant, Board Liaison, Event Manager
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Debby joined the Boys & Girls Clubs in early 2016. A graduate of Concordia University in Chicago, she brings nearly 26 years work experience as an Executive Assistant and Event Manager promoting and handling all details for the largest events the Fort Wayne area has to offer. Debby also has extensive experience as an Executive Assistant including board preparation and communications. In addition to her assistant duties Debby oversees the clubs events such as Batters and Bidders, Passport To Manhood and Smart Girls and does event fundraising. She is co-chair of the clubs Blue Bucket Brigade, an event she recently developed with the Fraternal Order of Police.
“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.“
Diana Swayze | Director of Educational Programs
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Diana joined the Boys & Girls Clubs in June of 2013. She has worked over 25 years helping children and families in need reach their full potential. Diana graduated from Oakland City University in 1991 with a Bachelors of Science and the desire to teach and coach. Her lengthy experience in the implementation of non-traditional teaching and coaching has and will continue to fulfill her lifelong desire and dream come true.
“The opportunity to work with the children and parents has been a highlight of my career. BGCFW’s mission exemplifies my personal and professional pursuit to offer everyone he opportunity to be respected and to reach their full potential. No matter what their circumstances are, I learn so much from these wonderful and talented children that we serve.”
Sarah Neace | Director of Staff Development
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Sarah has been working with youth since 2001. She has worked with several youth organizations including Campus Life, Bright Futures Atlanta, and the Boston Project. She started working at the Boys & Girls Club in 2006 at the front desk and accepted a position as Director of Program Development in 2007. She graduated from Huntington University in 2005 with a Bachelors of Arts in Biblical studies and earned her Masters in Nonprofit Administrations and Leadership at Capella University in 2013.
“Working with youth is just part of who I am. It motivates, challenges, and inspires me every single day.”
Ida Smiley | Director of Nutrition Services
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Ida has been with the BGCFW since early 2014 and worked in the kids club area. She accepted the Director of Nutrition Services position in late summer 2016. Ida has four children and a husband of 21 years.
” To build such an awesome professional relationship with the members and parents has been heart touching. It makes everything that I do at this amazing organization such a blessing.”
Valerie Magana | Resource Development Director
Valerie joined the Boys & Girls Clubs 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 also has coached 5-8 grade volleyball for 7 years.
“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 of Monroeville, PA, and son-in-law and two adult grandchildren.
“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.”