Our Team

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. 

Jacqueline Hanoman

Executive Director

Jacquie is Venezuelan-Guyanese and has been in the United States 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 dream world 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 Owen

Strategic Initiatives Coordinator

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.

Paige Dennison

Community and Program Anchorwoman

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 went back to Ball State in 2019 to complete her degree in Early Childhood Education.

Matthew Mercer

Maintenance/Rental Assistant

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 enjoys playing video games.

Jack McFarren

Sports and Wellness Coordinator

Jack McFarren grew up in the Broadripple area of Indianapolis. He went to St. Joseph’s College and Ball State University, where he got his degree in Sports Administration. He loves practicing sports and teaching sports to kids. He is an avid basketball player. He loves working with kids, enjoys playing video games, working out, hiking and cooking.

Rachel Foster

Education and Creativity Coordinator

Rachel Foster grew up in the Muncie-New Castle area. She did her undergrad in Fine Arts Studio and History at Anderson University and her Master’s Degree in History at Ball State University. She is passionate about education and creativity in all its forms. She enjoys creating through printmaking and paint media and is loves cultivating creativity in others. She enjoys exploring different cultures through food and art and spends time collecting plants and exploring nature with her dog and her partner.

Conner Tighe

Social Media/Reporter

Conner Tighe grew up in Muncie for much of his childhood. He went to Ball State University, where he got his degree in Journalism. He loves writing and the arts. He is a wildlife advocate. He loves caring for plants, animals, playing video games, listening to music and reading.

Sensei John Hampton

Head Instructor

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 40 years and continues to compete at the national level in Kata. Since 1984 at various centers and colleges, he has been teaching judo, 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 2014.

Sensei Carey Mountcastle

Instructor

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 Dalton

Maintenance Supervisor

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.

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

Diane Curtis: Director, Anderson University, Retired

Gabriel Tait: Associate Professor, Department of Journalism, Ball State University

Courtney Bishop: Community Engagement Program Coordinator, Open Door Health Services

Peggy Lewis: Retired, Teachers College, Ball State University

Jennifer Warrner: Assistant Professor, Construction Management, Ball State University

Rachel Stahlke: Sr. Technical Program Manager, Twilio

Susan Johnson: Director, Associate Dean of Science, Retired, Ball State University

Dallas Lambert: Director, Nurse Manager, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital

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