PO Box 251, Borden, IN 47106 bbf@bordenbravesfoundation.com

Meet the Board

Kevin Smith – Chairman of the Board

Kevin Smith – Chairman of the Board

Borden High School, Class of 1989
Occupation:  Executive Account Manager, Siemens Industry
Hobbies: Golf, Camping, ATV Riding

Kevin is married to Carrie (25 years) and has three children Makenzie (Class of 2017), Hayden (Class of 2020) and Delaney (Senior). I first attended Borden as a 7th grader after graduating from St Johns Elementary School.  My path was to attend my 7th and 8th grade year and then follow on to a local Private Catholic School. After spending two years at Borden, my parents were not pulling me away from our great school, I enjoyed the small class sizes, the one on one teacher influence and the opportunities that were presented to me. I was a band geek when our band was known as THE Pride of Borden, as at that time sports were single classed. Borden was known for our ability to compete in marching band performances and we were the best of the best.

During my time as a Brave, #BordenINspires (d) me in many ways. I can recall on many occasions where teachers inspired me to pursue different avenues that eventually led me to my profession today. And as a parent, I see the #BordenINspires all the time. Mrs. Pierce inspired my then 7 year old daughter to start Makenzie’s Coat Closet that ran for over 10 years as a local nonprofit.  Coaches have inspired all my children, be it basketball, golf, running or just good solid advice. In today’s environment, small rural schools that don’t loose the human personal connection with children, are in my opinion, how we as a nation turn the tides on violence. I believe in our school and I believe that we are the best kept secret in Southern Indiana. We are truly “A Community School Providing a Private Educational Experience”.

Cinnamon Jawor – Secretary

Cinnamon Jawor (Crone) – Vice Chair

Borden High School, Class of 1986
Occupation:  Director of Destination Services, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hobbies: Cooking, Shopping, Music

I was fortunate to attend Borden from 1st grade through 12th grade, forming friendships which became my extended family. I am married to a career law enforcement officer and have one son, who graduated Borden High School in 2018.  Unlike many of my classmates, I lived outside of the Borden city limits, and my commute was 9 miles, when most of my friends were less than one mile. I can honestly say I lived the #soworththedrive, because I was closer to other larger schools but wouldn’t have considered leaving Borden. 

My Junior and Senior years, I helped organize fundraising events, dances, etc. and found my passion in organizing and planning. Upon entering college, at IUS, I studied communications, because there weren’t degrees in hospitality management at major universities, unlike today. After working in some of the area’s largest hotels, I realized I wanted to work more on “big picture” projects and went to work for the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau in Destination Services. I have worked with thousands of conventions over the years, traveling and meeting people from all across the world….after 20 years, I still love coming to work!  

#BordenINspires really speaks to me, as coming from a graduating class of 38, I always believed all things were possible if you work hard…and it is true!  I am thrilled my son has received the same wonderful foundation to prepare him for life.

Kelly (Hurst) Jones, Treasurer
Kelly (Hurst) Jones, Treasurer

Kelly (Hurst) Jones – Treasurer

Borden High School, Class of 1989
Occupation:  Registered Nurse, Clinical Documentation Integrity
Hobbies: Reading, Crafting, ATV Riding, Boating, Camping, Traveling

I lived in Borden from the age of 3 and attended Borden schools for my K-12 education.  I attended Purdue University for 4 years, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, with a minor in Psychology. I had no idea what it would be like to go from attending a school with 38 people in my class, to attending a university with over 38,000 students! I must say that I was very well prepared for my studies at Purdue. The small class sizes at Borden helped me to learn in an environment that allowed me to develop the study and note taking skills I would use to be successful at the university level. I moved to nearby cities for a short time after my college graduation. When I married my husband, Rob Jones of Scottsburg, he was completely on board with moving to Borden and raising children there. He had attended a large school and without hesitation, he was able to see the special qualities that Borden has to offer. In the smaller school environment, it is possible for students to take part in sports and activities, perhaps having opportunities that they may not have at a larger school. I was in the marching band color guard for 4 years. Our band was quite good and we traveled to competitions, both locally and as far away as Nashville and St. Louis.  Our children, Carson (12th grade) and Addison (10th grade), have attended Borden since Kindergarten as well. My husband has been involved coaching golf at Borden for several years. 

We love our community and the small town welcoming atmosphere.  In a small school, you get to know nearly everyone and it has more of a “family feel.” I have continued many friendships to this day, that I cultivated during my time in Borden schools.  It’s a community where people support and look out for one another. I am happy with my choice to return home and write the next chapter of my story here. I now look forward to participating on the board of the Borden Braves Foundation as a newly-elected member.  I am passionate about the success of our community, its school and every student educated at Borden.

Jenny Pierce, Secretary

Jenny Pierce – Secretary

Occupation:  3rd Grade Teacher, Borden Elementary
Hobbies: Mom, Attending Selby & Jackson’s Athletic Events & Shopping

I am married to Michael Pierce and have two children; Selby Anne and Jackson Wade. I was born and raised in beautiful Starlight, Indiana. I joined Borden Jr High as a 7th grader after attending St. Johns Elementary School.  I loved every minute being a student at Borden, I was born to be a BRAVE. I was able to participate in volleyball, cheer, track, student council, and much more. It was here that I learned the importance of community involvement. 

I enjoyed the small class sizes, the one on one teacher influence, and the opportunities that were given to me as a student at BHS. These are just a few of the reasons why I wanted to work and raise my own children in this community.  #onceabravealwaysabrave

J Michael Carter, Board Member

J. Michael Carter – Board Member

Borden High School, Class of 1964
Occupation:  Retired Teacher and Athletic Director of Borden High School
Hobbies: Sports Spectator (especially involving grandchildren), golf

As a long-time member of the Borden Lions Club, I enjoy the activities the Club sponsors to help support our community and the school.

I started my education at Borden Elementary and graduated with the Borden Berries.  Participating in many BHS sports and having successful academics there as well, after attending and graduating college, I was looking for a mathematics teaching position; finding one at BHS, I was thrilled to be back home—this time as a Borden Brave. I retired from teaching in 2005, and I still am very passionate about the sports programs, the academics, and the success of all BHS students.  #onceabravealwaysabrave

My two sons received their education at Borden and also have been very successful graduating from Purdue University as well as completing their Masters degrees.  #BordenINspires  I will continue promoting all BHS programs, and encourage others to move into our community.  #soworththedrive

Bobbi Mitchell, Board Member

Bobbi Mitchell – Board Member

Borden High School, Class of 1985
Occupation:  Branch Manager, New Washington State Bank

I began attending Borden Elementary School in the fourth grade. My dad was a graduate of Borden High School in 1966. After graduating in 1985 from Borden High School I moved out of state and spent most of my adult life in the Middle Tennessee area.

In 2013 I moved back to Indiana to be closer to my family. In May of 2016 I happily accepted a job offer from The New Washington State Bank and became the banking center manager of the Borden branch. I have truly enjoyed reconnecting to the community where I was raised and I look forward to being the Easter Bunny for the children each year.  I truly believe the school is the heartbeat of the Borden community. We all need to support the school in whatever capacity we can. When I returned to the Borden area after being away for so many years I realized “Once a Brave always a Brave” is much more than a slogan. It really is true that the relationships we made at school all those years ago remain with us throughout our lives. 

My husband, Allen and I have a blended family of five children and enjoy trips to the beach and attending Elevation Church.

Mitch Jackson, Board Member

Mitch Jackson – Board Member

Borden High School, Class of 1980
Occupation:  Retired teacher at JCPS, Agent with AFLAC
Hobbies: Playing with grandchildren, golf & attending BHS sporting events.

I was blessed to grow up in our beautiful scenic valley, attending Borden Schools from kindergarten through graduation. The small school experience I had set me on course for the rest of my life. Borden Schools truly provides a “private school experience at a public school price. One of my favorite hobbies is going to Braves basketball games with my dad and brother. Some of my closest friends yet today are my “old” Borden school chums.  #onceabravealwaysabrave

I graduated from Indiana University afterward embarking on a thirty-year career as a teacher. Many of those years were as Spanish immersion teacher giving instruction in Spanish for over 50% of the students’ day. This is testimonial of a Borden School education as my three years of Spanish at BHS equipped me for this career that also included two years of missionary/teaching work in Mexico.

I retired from JCPS in January 2018 and am now an agent representing AFLAC. My wife of 33 years, Suzanne, continues to work as consultant to writing teachers. Our two daughters, Adrian (30) and Andrea Danielle (28), attended private school, a large school, and a government school in Mexico.

My desire was always to teach at Borden, but being such a great school and community positions didn’t open up very often. Serving on the the BBF board is a great opportunity to help serve the community and school that I love. We truly have a treasure here in Borden, and its value needs to be shared far and wide.   #soworththedrive.

Erika Beam, Board Member

Erika (Frascella) Beam – Board Member

Borden High School, Class of 2012
Occupation: Dental Hygienist, Denzinger Family Dentistry
Hobbies: Boating, Reading, Shopping

In the early part of my childhood, my family moved quite a bit until we found Borden. My father was in the United States Coast Guard and got orders to go to Louisville, KY in 2004. My parents’ realtor found us a great home in the small town of Borden, IN. I attended Borden in 5thgrade and later graduated in 2012. My family and I fell in love with Borden, so much that my dad got orders to Miami, FL at the start of my freshman year and he went alone. My parents loved Borden and knew that this sacrifice would pay off in the end. #soworththedrive

I was a multisport athlete during my time at Borden and I can remember on many occasions’ people always willing to help my mom out and taking my siblings and I to/from practices. The greatest thing I loved about Borden was the attention I got with academics. Whenever I did not fully understand a subject, teachers were able to give me that attention. #BordenInspires Following high school, I attended IU South Bend to complete a Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene degree in 2017. I married my high school sweetheart and Borden native, Brandon Beam. #onceabravealwaysabrave

Nick Ray, Board Member

Nick Ray – Board Member

Borden High School, Class of 1992
Occupation: Regional CIO, Indiana University
Hobbies: High School Basketball, Watching his kids sports, serving his community

I grew up as a Borden Brave #onceabravealwaysabrave born and raised in this community. I married my high school sweetheart, Misty Brown Ray, who is in her twenty-first year as a third grade teacher at Borden Elementary School.  We have three beautiful children. My oldest, Hannah, is finishing up her degree at IU Southeast, also primary education. McKenna and JT attend Borden Junior/Senior High.

Abigail Ball Board Member

Abigail Ball – Board Member

Occupation: Administrative at Webb & Lee Electric Service, Instructional Aid Borden Elementary
Hobbies: Mom, wife, serving others, camping, attending my kids events and coffee drinker

I am married to Wayne Ball, a 1995 graduate of Borden High School. We have two children together; Lucas William and Evan Wayne. We were married in 2007 when we  became a blended family with Wayne’s older three children Ethan, Cole and Skylar. We are members of Carr Township Baptist Church.

Living in Southern Indiana my entire life I believe the Borden Community is the best. I come from a larger community and school corporation and so Wayne and I decided that sending Lucas and Evan to Borden Elementary would be the best choice for them with the smaller class size and smaller community.

After a couple of years of my my boys attending Borden Elementary and experiencing great teachers that go above and beyond as well as staff members that are always willing to help I decided to become an Instructional Aid. Getting to see the everyday ins and outs firsthand I more than ever appreciate what our school does for the students in this community every day.

I find great joy in serving others and  give all the glory to God. I look forward to serving in the community for many years to come. Go Braves!  #soworththedrive

Victoria Yazel, Board Member

Victoria Yazel – Board Member








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