Ron Ryan, Executive Director
A Chicago native, Ron Ryan moved to the area 22 years ago. With a vivid background in education and coaching, Ron has a true passion for our community’s youth. Combined, Ron has over 35 years experience in coaching, coordinating, directing and managing students and various personnel. His education includes University of Illinois at Chicago (Bachelor of Science in Kinesoliogy), Chicago State University (Master of Science in Physical Education), St. Xavier University and Governor’s State University where he received his Masters of Arts in Educational Administration.
Ron is very active in the community having served on the United Way Planning Committee, served as United Way Agency Directors Chair, is a member on the Evansville Sports Corporation Board and serves on the Board of the Indiana Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs Southern. Ron is also a former two-year United Way Board Member, a 2013 recipient of the Indiana Outstanding Club Professional Award designated by the Boys & Girls Club of America and the 2018 Boys & Girls Clubs of America Midwest Region Horizon Award winner.
Andrew Backes, Director of Major Gifts & Strategic Planning
An Evansville native, Andrew Backes graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Southern Indiana in 2010. He joined the staff in 2023 after previously serving as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Indiana. Andrew’s responsibilities include meeting with donors, stakeholders, and helping guide future strategies. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Andrea, and two daughters, Adalyn and Ava. He loves Notre Dame football, golf, and all things outdoors.
Leslie Asbury, Director of Operations
Shanna Groeninger, Director of Development & Marketing
Scott Roland, Fulton Square Unit Director
For the past seven years Scott has helped lead our programming. He develops key programming activities and assists with social media. As a Kentucky native, Scott was previously introduced to the Boys & Girls Club through working at the Club in Bowling Green.
Scott is creatively inspiring and hosts his own podcasts. He is a 2023 Extraordinary Service Award recipient, receiving the Club’s honor for his willingness to go above and beyond the normal performance of duty and service to the youth served daily.