Who We Are

About Us

For 23 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

 Executive Director



Jessica Moore

Unit/Program Director



Amy Phillips

Administrative Assitant



Main Site Staff

Amber Chancey/Healthy Habits

Miss Amber is the mother of three amazing teenagers. She works at DA Smith Middle School during the school year as the ISS teacher.  She stays busy volunteering for her kid's activities which include; band, baseball, cheer and theater.  She is also the PTO President at DA Smith.  She loves spending her summers at the BGC teaching cooking in the morning and field trips in the afternoons.

Kanesha Kilow/Gamesroom

This is Miss Kanesha's forth summer at the BGC. She works the gamesroom and serves breakfast and lunch.  She enjoys working with your kids and seeing them grow over summer.

Olivia Smith/Gamesroom

Miss Olivia aka "Miss O" has been working with the BGC for many, many years.  She has worked at Glenway as site director before.  She really loves the kids and enjoys watching them learn new games and win prizes.  They are her joy!

Alison Melanson/Computer Lab

Miss Alison has been working with the BGC for almost a year as the computer lab teacher.  Her favorite thing to di is watch movies and learn how they are made.  Some of her favorite movies are Princess Bride, Interstellar and Starwars.  She also has two cats named Jasper & Malachite.

Rebecca Merritt/Computer Lab

Miss Becca is from Ozark and is 19 years old.  She currently attends Wallace Community Colege and transferring to Troy University in the fall to pursue a degree in exercise science and then a Masters in Occupational Therapy.  She loves going to the lake and spending time with family and friends.

Courtney Blankenship/ Project Learn

Miss Courtney is a soon-to-be 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.

Kimberly Curry/SMART Moves

Miss Kim is a recent Troy University graduate.  She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.  She loves working with kids.  It is her passion to teach them how to become successful adults.  In her spare time she loves to read, do DIY project and spend time with family and friends.

Angel Brown/Gamesroom

Miss Angel is working in the gamesroom this summer.  She loves music. She plays several different instruments and she is excited to be here this summer with your kids!

Carrie Thomas/Arts & Crafts

Miss Carrie is the arts & crafts instructor.  She has lived in Ozark for 40 years and originally from Connectucut.  She has one daughter (21) and twin boys (18).  She has enjoyed arts & crafts her whole life with painting being her favorite.  She enjoys seeing people use their minds in a creative way.

Taylor Hayes/Triple Play

Coach Taylr is orginally from Florence, Alabama before moving here for teaching/coaching position at Lisenby Primary School.  He attended the University of North Alabama and was a part of the UNA Baseball Team.  His hobbies are anything sports and outdoor related.

Alexis Overton/Triple Play

Miss Alexis is a 24 year old college student soon expected to graduate.  She is a former long time member of the BGC and she is excited to be back as a staff member!

Kaitlyn Edwards/Video Games

Miss Katy is currently a high school student and on to her senior year.  She is currently in the top 10 of her class. She participates in many organizations which she enjoys!

Katelyn Phillips/Video Games

Miss Katelyn is in the video games room this summer. She loves country music, Jesus and the color yellow.

Belynda Brandt/Sewing

Miss Belynda teaching our summer sewing class. This is her second summer with us!

Deric Kennedy/Theater

Mr. Deric is a graduate of Troy University and is an emerging actor/singer/director.  He has worked in commercials and music vieos, most notably with Keith Sweat and Rapper 2-Chainz.  Other credits include BET's The Quad, indie-sieries Wanted Dead, Web Series Side Chick, and his leading rold in "The Other Side".  When he isn't acting, he enjoys most his 6 year old brother, Jonathan and his beloved fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha.  

Samantha Adams/Cheerleading

Miss Samantha is a rising senior at Carroll High School.  She plays soccer, and on the varsity cheer squad as well.  She taught tennis at the BGC last year and now she is the cheer coach.

Anna Browning/Tennis

Miss Anna is the tennis instructor and look forward to teaching the kids daily.  She loves sports, traveling, Jesus, and making friends.  She is looking forward to an awesome summer with the kids.

Kimberly Caplinger

This is Miss Kim's first year at the BGC.  She loves the kids and says they make her job fun!  

Bruce Baker/Bus Driver

This is Mr. Bruce's first sumer with us!

Tori Coker/Membership Clerk

Miss Tori is the membership clerck at the BGC.  She gets the opportunity to form relationships with parents and their children.  She is so glad that you all have decided to become a part of our BGC family!

East Gate Staff

William Pearson/Site Director & Triple Play

Mr. William loves long distance running, skateboarding, and art.  His favorite book is "Where the Wild Things Are" He also enjoys serving people. 

Amy Tharpe/ Project Learn & Art

Miss Amy aka "Moma A" enjoys working with the children and being a great role model for them. She likes to help others and loves being creative and doing art projects with the children.

Shantell Braswell/ SMART Moves

Miss Shantell "Miss B" loves Disney, working with children and trying her best to make a difference in the lives of her BGC babies. Her favorite books are the Harry Potter Series.

Amy Middleton/ Computer Lab

Miss Amy has 3 wonderful sons and she loves to read.  She also has a love of history and is studying to become a history teacher.  She has enjoyed all her time inspiring our BGC babies as they become young men and women.

Glenway Staff

Marci Williams/ Site Director & Healthy Habits

Lisa Pedroza/ SMART Moves & Project Learn

Carolyn Huggins/Computer Lab

Jonathan Rogers/ Gamesroom

South Dale Staff

Erica Redding/ Site Director & Healthy Habits

Miss Erica is currently the South Dale Site Director.  She has several years of teaching her belt!  She has one son who is 17 years old.  During the summer, she is responsible for the Healthy Habits program with their kiddos.  She enjoys every minute of it!

Michael Shafer/ Triple Play

Mr. Michael is a graduate of Carroll High School.  He is involved in youth ministry at his church.  He is heading up the Triple Play & SPARKS program at South Dale where he teaches kids to have fun and get active

Tori Asodi/ STEM & Computer Lab

Miss Tori graduated valedictorian of her senior class at Carroll High School in 2018.  She will be attending Adelphi University this fall to pursue a degree in pre-med biology.  She is in charge of the STEM and Stride Programs at South Dale and loving every minute!

Loretta Wilson/ SMART Moves & Project Learn

Miss Loretta is married with two daughters.  She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Midland City Staff

DeVaughn Moore/ Site Director & Triple Play

Cheyene Flowers/ Project Learn & Healthy Habits

Payden Souza/STEM & Computer Lab

Katee Forrester

Taylor Adams/ Cheerleading

Angie Barefield/ Bus Driver

This is Miss Angies first summer with us!