Parent and Community Coordinator at Theodore Potter Elementary Spanish Immersion Magnet
Prior to arriving at the John H Boner Community Center in the summer of 2005, Abby was an Art Teacher for Indianapolis Public Schools. She began work at the Center as a Camp Counselor and shortly after she took the position of After School/Summer Coordinator. From there she became the Education Specialist for the Supplemental Education Services program. In the fall of 2009, Abby began serving in her current position as Parent and Community Coordinator for IPS #74. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Herron School of Art in 2001 and her Masters in The Art of Teaching in 2005 from the University of Indianapolis. She enjoys working with children and helping them have positive experiences in school and in the community. In her spare time she enjoys painting and traveling.
Academic Enrichment Coordinator, Washington Irving Elementary
Before joining the Boner Youth and Children’s team, Aimee had various positions in township schools in Indianapolis. She graduated from the Indiana University School of Education in December 2008. She loves working with the Afterschool programs and enjoys serving the children and families of the Near Eastside. She believes all of our efforts make a worthwhile difference in the neighborhood. Aimee loves to read and spending her free time with her dog, Ringo. She also enjoys being outside, especially when there is a body of water involved.
Director of Children and Youth
Brittany began her journey at the John H. Boner Community Center as an intern for her undergraduate social work program at the University of Indianapolis. Upon completion of her internship, she was hired as a summer camp assistant and has been employed by the Center working with youth on the Near Eastside in some capacity ever since. She went on to obtain her graduate degree in Social Work through Indiana University in 2008. She sincerely enjoys working in this community, and specifically the schools here on the Near Eastside. It is amazing to see the children we work with grow into productive and successful young adults. After work and on the weekends, Brittany and her husband are busy trying to keep up with their young son, Carson, or spending time with all of their nieces, nephews, and the rest of the family.
Community Engagement Coordinator, Harshman Magnet Middle School and Arsenal Technical High School
Crystal has been with the John H Boner Community Center over thirteen years. She has a wide range of experience working with youth as well as young adults. Her greatest strength is her passion for the youth and the work that she does. She takes pride and cares deeply for the young people she works with, as well as the community. One of her greatest strengths she possess is her way of building strong, trustworthy relationships with the people she works with. Crystal loves being a part of the John H Boner Community Center family because she knows she can make a difference by breaking down barriers of at risk youth and helping them recognize that they can do anything and that someone does believe in them. She understands the barriers she had to overcome, and had it not been for someone who believed in her and told her she could do anything she put her mind to she would not be where she is today. Outside of work, Crystal spends most of her time with her four children. She has three sons 17, 14, 11 and a 10 year old daughter, all of which are very athletic. Most of her time is spent at one of their sporting events. She takes pride in family and enjoys every moment she can spend with them.
Academic Coordinator, Arsenal Technical High School
As a graduate from Tech HS, Debbie went on to earn her BS in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington. She began her teaching career in the Indianapolis Public School system and has taught in grades 5-8. While working in IPS for eight years, she became the Math/Science Lead Teacher at Daniel Webster Family Academy School #346 and the Science Bound Engineering Afterschool Club Sponsor. Debbie really enjoys being back on Tech’s beautiful campus serving the students in the afterschool program and encouraging them to try something new. In her free time, Debbie enjoys spending time at the zoo, park, and Children’s Museum with her husband and two children. She also enjoys golfing, camping, and being outdoors.
Community School Coordinator for Washington Irving Elementary
Before coming to the Boner Center, Josette completed her BSW at IUPUI. She worked in HIV/STD prevention, in the LGBT community working with Indiana Youth Group, and prenatal care coordination with Better Indy Babies. However, her passion has been working in the Near Eastside at School #14. Her family has been residing in Holy Cross Neighborhood and Willard Neighborhood for four generations and three generations have attended School #14. When not at work, you will find Josette on the football field. She played Woman’s Full Contact Football for 4 years and now coaches for the Indy Crash Women’s Football Team. Go Crash!
Community School Coordinator for Brookside Elementary
Shelia graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and has worked with youth and families in since. Currently, she is the Community School Coordinator for Brookside Elementary/IPS 54 on the Near Eastside. Shelia coordinates over 40 community partners and resources to provide a variety of services to the student body and their families. She hosts a Community Council once a month to update and network with existing and new partners, parents, teachers, school staff, and volunteers. She has a 15 year old daughter who is a cheerleader and about to start driving soon. Her time is generally spent at high school sporting events or playing taxi driver for her daughter’s social life.