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 United States for 14 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.
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.
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.
Christina grew up in Yorktown, IN where she graduated high school. She graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Sports Administration and later earned her master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Children, Youth and Family Ministry. Fueled by coffee and carbs, Christina manages the center’s community outreach and programming, as well as the children’s ministries at Urban Light Community Church and Avondale United Methodist Church. With her husband, Zach, Christina homeschools her two daughters, Lilo and Dory; who also attend the After School Program at the Ross Community Center. Christina and her family love being outdoors, going to Disney World, and playing board games.
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.
Amanda is from Jay County, Indiana. She did her undergrad at Ball State University in Psychology. Now she is pursuing her Master of Social Work degree. She is passionate about working with children and hopes to continue working with them after she graduates in the summer of 2023. Amanda began helping with the After School Program to complete her practicum but enjoyed it so much that she decided to stay on as a staff member. When she is not working she is socializing with her friends and family and reads in her spare time.
Sensei John Hampton
Sensei Hampton is a Seventh-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
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.
Our Board of Directors
Mark Flodder: Board of Directors President, Industrial Technology Teacher, Retired
James Borgmann: Board of Directors Treasurer, Attorney At Law, DeFur Voran
Jennifer Warrner: Board of Directors Secretary, Assistant Professor, Construction Management, Ball State University
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Diane Curtis: Board Member, Director, Anderson University, Retired
Gabriel Tait: Board Member, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism, Ball State University
Courtney Bishop: Board Member, Community Engagement Program Coordinator, Open Door Health Services
Peggy Lewis: Board Member, Teachers College, Ball State University, Retired
Susan Johnson: Board Member, Director, Associate Dean of Science, Retired, Ball State University
Dallas Lambert: Board Member, Director, Nurse Manager, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital