At the Ross Community Center, we have a diverse team of people dedicated to the central mission of the organization. Our small staff and large group of volunteers work closely together to make our center a better place every day.
Jacquie is Venezuelan-Guyanese and has been in the US for 11 years. She is a sociologist and educator with a Ph.D. from Purdue University, loves kids, engaging with people and is passionate about lifelong learning. She lives in her dreamworld of hope and reality, weaving the rich tapestry of possibilities for the Ross Community Center to succeed. To Infinity and Beyond! is the motto by which she lives her life.
Amanda is a native of Fairmount Indiana and has lived in Muncie for five and half years. She is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington in Hospitality Management and has worked in the private sector for several years. This is her first job with a nonprofit and she enjoys it! She loves spending time with her family, gardening, and interior design.
Amber is a senior social work and psychology major at Ball State University. She is from Hartford City and enjoys working with all members of the community. She enjoys reading and gardening. Amber wants to work with children after graduation in the spring of 2019.
Originally from Ashley, Indiana, Austin is studying music education at Ball State University. In his time in Muncie, he has enjoyed his experiences in the Thomas Park/Avondale community, and he especially enjoys hanging out with the kids at the Ross Center. He will be student teaching in Frankfort, Indiana in the fall of 2019.
Paige is from Gas City, Indiana, the home of James Dean. She studied Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Ivy Tech and Ball State University. She enjoys working with kids and helping parents get connected with services they are unaware of. She likes to meditate, go on bike rides and enjoy nature. Paige will be going back to Ball State in 2019 to complete her degree in Early Childhood Education.
Matthew was born and raised in the Thomas Park Avondale neighborhood, the Ross Community Center neighborhood. He went to Muncie Central High School and loves building, repairing and making our center look nice. He is a technology enthusiast and playing videogames.
Sensei John Hampton
Sensei Hampton is a Sixth degree blackbelt (Rokudan) in Judo. He is a lifelong judoka, having begun practicing at age nine. He was an active competitor in Shiai for forty years and continues to compete at the national level in Kata. He has been teaching judo since 1984 at various centers and colleges, including Indiana University Bloomington, where he was an adjunct professor in the School of Kinesiology, and Ball State University in Muncie. He is the founder of the Ross Community Center Judo Academy, which began in 2012.
Sensei Carey Mountcastle
Sensei Mountcastle is a Third degree blackbelt (Sandan) in Judo. He began training at Plattsburgh Air Force Base in Plattsburgh, New York in the mid 70s. Sensei Mountcastle is an active competitor in Kata and former National Champion. He has been teaching Judo in Indiana since 2011, previously at Anderson Judo Club and has been at the Ross Community Center Judo Academy since 2016.
Tom was born and raised in Muncie, and was an altar boy growing up. He left Muncie to explore the country and lived in Indianapolis, Athens and Atlanta, Georgia, and Tampa Florida. Tom is an avid reader and enjoys going to the beach and enjoys being outdoors camping, fishing and having a barbeque with his family and friends.
Nick is a native of St. Albans, Vermont and is a second year Masters student in Sports Administration program at Ball State University. He enjoys spreading excitement through fitness and sport/recreation. Nick is passionate about working with kids and providing positive sport experiences for the youth of the Muncie community. His hobbies include, reading, working out, and golfing! Also an avid baseball fan and currently works with the baseball team at Ball State.
Ingrid is a lifelong Muncie resident and former student at Ivy Tech Community College and James Beauty College. She is incredibly passionate about working with and inspiring children, and has enjoyed being with the Community Center for almost a year as a receptionist. Ingrid hopes to re-attend beauty school in the near future and learn upcoming techniques for coloring and cutting hair.
Skyler is currently in the first year of completing a Master’s degree within the sport administration program at Ball State University. He also works with the university as a researcher and fitness class instructor. The Bowling Green, Ohio native plans to pursue a career as a university professor and researcher within the fields of collegiate sport, sports facilities, and consumer behavior. Skyler is excited to be volunteering with the Ross Community Center, specifically assisting with administrative duties and website maintenance.
Madison Dunker is currently working towards her Masters in Sport Administration while working for the Ball State athletics department. The northern Illinois native and former student-athlete plans to continue her career in athletic administration, student development, and support. She will continue to volunteer with us this semester and help with our after-school programming and fundraising efforts.
Our Board of Directors
Mark Flodder: President, Industrial Technology Teacher, retired
James Borgmann: Treasurer, Attorney At Law, DeFur Voran
David Heilman: Secretary, Landscape Architect, FlatLand Resources
James Harding: Director, Biology Teacher, Muncie Central High School
Diane Curtis: Director, Anderson University, retired
Tania Said: Director, Director of Education, Owsley Museum of Art, Ball State University
Rachel Stahlke: Director, Manager, Professional Services, Ontario Systems
Susan Johnson: Director, Associate Dean of Science, Retired, Ball State University.
Dallas Lambert: Director, Nurse Manager, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital