Who We Are

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About Us

For 24 years, Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Alabama has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. The Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Alabama actively seeks to enrich the lives of girls and boys whom other youth agencies have difficulty in reaching. We are dedicated to ensuring that our community’s  youngsters have access to quality programs and services that will enhance their lives and shape their futures.

The Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Alabama is part of a nationwide affiliation of local, autonomous organizations and Boys & Girls Clubs of America working to help youth of all backgrounds develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. It is facility-based and offers daily access to a broad range of programs in five core program areas: Character and Leadership Development; Education and Career Development; Health and Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.  

Our programs have taken regional awards in 7 of the last 9 years, including Best Overall Program, Sports, Fitness & Recreation Program, and Best Education & Career Development Program.  Our Director, Program Director, and Executive Assistant are also regional award winners for 2014, 2012, and 2011, respectively.

With the 2014 expansion of our main Club, we serve more of our local youth than ever before, and see them into young adulthood in a safe, caring environment

Administrative Staff

Lonnie Groomes

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 Executive Director

ozarkbgc@yahoo.com

334-445-0512

Jessica Moore

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Unit/Program Director

jessicabgc@yahoo.com

334-445-0512

Amy Phillips

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Administrative Assitant

amy36360@yahoo.com

334-445-0512

Main Site Staff

Amber Chancey/Healthy Habits

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Amber is the ISS Teacher at DA Smith Middle School. She has 3 biological children ages 18, 15 and 13 and she has many, many children of all ages who she has adopted and love as her own!

Kanesha Kilow/Membership Clerk

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Kanesha will be the first smiling face you see when you walk through the door! She was also once a Club kid.  She is excited to spend a great summer with you!

Olivia Smith/Gamesroom

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Miss Olivia aka Ms. O works in the gamesroom and has worked with the BGC for 20 years. She loves and enjoys working with the children.  After leaving the club, some return and find out that she is still here and remembers all the great times they have had!

Becca Merritt/Computer Lab

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Becca is a student at Troy University majoring in Business with a concentration in Marketing. This is her 2nd summer at the BGC and she is super excited!

Mikaela Sullivan/Computer Lab

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Mikaela is super excited to help Club members learn about computer science. She loves every opportunity she gets to help children grow and learn. This summer is going to be amazing and she can't wait.

Krista Grider/SMART Moves

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Krista has been working at the BGC for 3 years. She is the SMART Moves instructor and teaches students basic life skills that are relative in their everyday lives as they become older.  She looks forward to this summer and meeting lots of new faces and creating more exciting opportunities through her teachings. 

Shane Stumpf/ Gamesroom

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Shane's hobbies include skateboarding and running.  He is very knowledgeable with Photoshop also. His favorite subjects in school are study hall and lunch. (Are those really subjects?)

Kenzi Payne

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Kenzi loves being outdoors and playing sports. She is very gullible and will laugh at anything. She plans on being a teacher and a softball coach when she gets finished with college. 

Megan Ritter

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Kylie Gallaspie/Gamesroom

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Kylie is a junior at Carroll High School. She is excited to be in the gamesroom this summer. She attended the Club for 9 years before she started working at the BGC and she truly believes it is an amazing experience.

Cheyene Hughes/ Project Learn

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Cheyene is a senior at Troy University majoring in Elementary Education. She is so excited to be able to work with the children this summer before her internship.

Sophia Ruffin/ Arts & Crafts

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Sophia is a high school collaborative services teacher. She coaches high school volleyball and track & field.  She loves working with children to help them learn how to be creative and inventive. 

Kalei Shirah/ Triple Play

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Kalei loves anything to do with sports and the outdoors. She plans to graduate from Troy University with a degree in education. 

Dorian Chancey

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Dorian will be going to Ehiplia College for teater after this great summer!

Belynda Brandt/Sewing

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Julia Adams/Cheerleading

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Julia is an upcoming junior at Carroll High.  She has been a cheerleader for 6 years. She is very excited to teach young kids how to cheer for their school and hometown. GO EAGLES!

Callie Ganey/Tennis

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Callie is a junior at Carroll High School. She participates in tennis, cheer and dance. She is looking forward to teaching the kids how to play tennis.

Kimberly Caplinger

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The kids call her Ms. Kim. She teaches Healthy Habits during the school year and drives the bus for field trips in the summer.

Crystina Williams/ Bus Driver

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Christina is a full time 9th grade teacher. She volunteers with the BGC in Virginia for 3 years. She loves plays, cheesecakes and babies.

Lupita Thomas/ Swim Assistant

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Lupita is a junior at Carroll High School, and she is a part of the color guard. She is super excited to be working at the BGC this summer!

Isabell Stafford/Project Learn

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Isabell attends GW Long High School. She loves spending time with her friends and going on adventures.

South Dale Staff

Alex Register/ Site Director, Healthy Habits, SMART Moves

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Amber Arguelles/ Project Learn, STRIDE

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Amber is the mother of 5 children. She graduated from Carroll High School in 2001 and is currently a student at Wallace Community College. She is also a Veteran of the United States Air Force.

Juda Lollis/ Triple Play

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Judah is always doing something to pass the time. He loves interacting with others. If anyone has any issues, hes the one to always listen!

Chelsea Treadaway/ Intern

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Chelsea is a social work intern at Troy University. She is from Wichsburg, Alabama.

Angie Barefield/ Bus Driver

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Midland City Staff

Site Director, Triple Play & STEM

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Miss Courtney is a mom of 2!  She loves arts & crafts, painting and pups.  She is going to school at Troy University to be a High School Science/Biology Teacher. She has 5 pups that are all rescues!

Shuntell Braswell/ SMART Moves & Project Learn

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Shuntell not only works at our Midland City location, she is a substitute for Ozark City Schools. Working with kids is her passion! 

Leah Baker-Morris/Arts & Crafts & STRIDE

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Leah was recently married in October of 2018. She has two children ages 12 & 10. She also works as the Auxiliary Teacher of the Pre-K program at Midland City Elementary. 

Ayana Ingram/ Healthy Habits

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Aayna is from Ozark. She is a recent graduate of Alabama A&M University. She enjoys laughing, learning and hanging with friends and family.

Hillary Dykes/ Intern

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Hillary is a student intern. She is a social work student at Troy University in Dothan. 

Glenway Staff

Tiffany Dees/ Site Director, STEM & Project Learn

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Mrs Tiffany (Mrs Tip) This is her second year a part of the BGC.  She also works at the GW Long High School.  She has been working with kids more than 12 years.  She has really enjoyed her time with the BGC and thanks the parents for sharing their children with her!

Samantha Patterson/SMART Moves, Healthy Habits, Arts & Crafts

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Samanatha has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. She loves to camp and be on the water. She goes by Sam or Ms. Sam!

Jonathan Rogers/STRIDE

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David Minnifield

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David enjoys playing sports such as football and basketball. He loves to watch movies.

Arianna Johnson/Intern

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Arianna is a senior social work student at Troy University. She loves to run, compete in Spartan races, crossfit or any physical activity that keeps her moving.