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 (21 years) and has three children Makenzie (Class of 2017), Hayden (Sophomore) and Delaney (8th). I attended Borden as a 7th grader after attending 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, 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 band was 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 found Makenzie’s Coat Closet that ran for over 10 years as a local non for profit. 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.
Jamie Martin – Vice Chair
Borden High School, Class of 1990
Occupation: Sr. Service Account Executive, Siemens Industry, Inc.
Hobbies: Attending Borden and IU Athletic Events; Staying active
I spent my entire childhood in Borden and attended K-12 at Borden Schools. I graduated from Borden High School in 1990 as a member of the National Honors Society and I was a three sport Varsity athlete in Cross Country, Basketball and Baseball. Following high school graduation, I attended IU Southeast and IU Bloomington to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Marketing and Management, while working in the IU Athletic Department. I married Borden native Adandra Torres in 1996 and we currently reside in Borden. Adandra and I have two children who attend Borden Jr. High and Borden Elementary. I have had a lengthy and successful business career and I have enjoyed volunteering in many organizations within the Borden Community and Schools. I am most proud of being the “Voice of the Braves” for 21 seasons for BHS Boys Basketball.
Borden Schools had a profound influence on me during my school years and still do to this day #onceabravealwaysabrave. What I cherish most about Borden Schools was the caring and nurturing atmosphere the school staff created. I knew I was cared for and protected and that allowed me to focus on my education and push other negative influences aside. The teachers challenged me and pushed me to be my best and chase my dreams #BordenINspires. I firmly believe this type of school atmosphere is one of the most important things we can do for our children during these challenging times in our society. I certainly knew this is what I wanted for my children to experience during their school years, and they have at Borden Schools. My best friends to this day are the friends I made during my days at Borden Schools. Borden Schools prepared me for life after high school and I am eternally grateful #soworththedrive. Go Braves!!!
Mindi Holmes (Brewer) – Treasurer
Borden High School, Class of 1986
Occupation: Senior Benefits & Payroll Specialist, West Clark Community Schools
Hobbies: Mom, Traveling, Community Events
Mindi is married to Jeff Holmes and they have four children, Josh (Louisville, KY), Riley, Connor, and Kaden who currently attend Borden High School. Mindi currently works for West Clark Community Schools Administration Office as a Senior Benefits and Payroll Specialist. She is also an elected Clerk-Treasurer for the Town of Borden. Mindi served as Chair for the Annual Valley Days Festival for several years and continues to volunteer her time to this event. Mindi and Jeff enjoy watching their children participate in several extra-curricular activities at Borden High School. When they are not busy with school functions, they enjoy their family vacations.
Mindi comes from a multi-generational line of Borden graduates and truly encompasses #onceabravealwaysabrave. She introduced her husband, who is originally from Nebraska, to Borden and he soon realized that Borden is an amazing community. They get to experience daily #BordenINspires. The Special Needs Programs at Borden truly inspire the Holmes. The annual recognition at ball games, the Unified Track meets, and the amazing way Borden students treat each other as equals shows what this community can do for any child.
Mindi joined the Borden Braves Foundation because of her passion for Borden Elementary and Borden High School. She believes Borden schools are the best places for a child’s education. The amazing teachers and staff truly care about the students and do all they can to see they succeed, making these schools #soworththedrive. She looks forward with pride to being a part of giving scholarships, working with the mentor programs, and supporting the booster club through the Foundation.
Cinnamon Jawor (Crone) – Secretary
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 attends Borden High School, and has since kindergarten. 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 is receiving the same wonderful foundation to prepare him for life.
Sarah Peine – Board Member
Parent of Future Borden Alumni
Occupation: Realtor, Bridge Realtors
Hobbies: Child Chauffeur, Socializing
While searching for property in Indiana my husband, Ben, found land in Borden. We took a leap of faith and built a home in Borden. From my first tour of Borden Elementary School I have loved this community and our school. After working at the school for two years, I became a realtor focusing on the Borden area and community.
My hobbies include driving my two kids to their multiple sporting events and practices as well as spending time with all the amazing friends we have made in the community. People often ask us why we live “in the middle of nowhere”. I always tell them that having my kids at Borden Elementary and being a part of this “village” is #soworththedrive. The individualized attention and love my kids receive during each school day is priceless. The fun they have at Borden Park with friends is so special, and the support our family has from the wonderful people here is a huge blessing.
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
Tiffany Stumler – Board Member
Parent of Future Borden Alumni
Occupation: RN Physicians’ Regional Hospital
Hobbies: Momming, Boating, Camping & Traveling
We relocated to Southern Indiana from Nashville,Tennessee in February of 2009. My husband grew up in New Albany, but we knew that in moving back here we wanted to live in a more rural area, so we chose the outskirts of Sellersburg in the Borden school district. It is 10 mile drive to Borden and only about 4 miles to Silver Creek. Although we were concerned about the drive we quickly learned that Borden is #soworththedrive. Noah was in first grade at the time and was making the transition to Borden in the middle of a semester. On his first day at Borden all the kids in his class were waiting anxiously to meet him at the classroom door. All the kids and his teacher, Lindsey Churchill, were very welcoming and they made him feel at home right away. This was just the beginning of seeing how much Borden is #soworththedrive and how #BordenINspires. The small class sizes and the personal attention all of our kids have received from their teachers have truly allowed my kids to gain a valuable education at Borden. Not only have they gained a valuable education, but also have developed great bonds with the teachers, other children, and parents at Borden. This, I believe, makes Borden just one extended family that always looks out for one another!
Since 2009 we’ve now got almost 10 years of connection, memories, friendships, and relationships that came from Borden. The teachers, Principal(s), classes, extracurricular activities, sporting events are all examples of experiences attributed to the “being part of a family” culture and personality that the Borden Braves and the Borden community represent.
All of this opportunity for families and children truly makes a difference, inspires, and is unquestionably so worth the drive!#soworththedrive #BordenINspires
Kevin Puckett – Board Member
Parent of Future Borden Alumni
Occupation: President of KP Underwriting
Hobbies: Restoring muscle cars, Zip-lining and Traveling
Kevin is married to Vickie (24 years) with two children Alexis (Sophomore at WKU) and Kaden (Class of 2022). I grew up in Southern Indiana and went to a large school and my wife went to a smaller school. My wife and I decided to check into Borden after being recommended by several friends. After a visit, we were very impressed with the staff and the school. We were sold on the idea of enrolling immediately. We live in Sellersburg and after the visit, we knew it was #soworththedrive, as we were much closer to other schools.
After arriving at Borden, our son was welcomed immediately and many parents reached out to welcome us. The small class sizes have proven beneficial to our son’s education. This was only the beginning of so many great experiences to come for our son and us. Every visit we have with the school or teachers, we are more impressed with the family values, the traditions and opportunities that are available. My wife and I have never regretted our decision to enter the Borden school system. We are firm believers in #BordenINspires.
After I was approached to join the Board, I could not say yes fast enough as this was a way to give back a little after the school and town have given us so much. I look to forward working with the scholarship program, mentoring and bringing back the Boosters along with spreading the opportunities available at Borden.
Adandra Torres-Martin – Board Member
Borden High School, Class of 1994
Occupation: Licensed Dental Hygienist, Landmark Dental Care; Hygiene Mentor, Heartland Dental
Hobbies: Attending Borden and Indiana University athletic events, Traveling.
I was born and raised in the Starlight/Borden area, the daughter of an immigrant. I attended Borden for kindergarten and then returned starting in 7th grade after completing elementary at St. Johns in Starlight. While a student at Borden, I had a special teacher that took me under her wing, and guided me to the path that has led me to where I am today. #BordenINspires.
I have been married to fellow board member and fellow Alum Jamie Martin, for 21 years. After living in Bloomington, Indiana for a couple of years, we decided to move home to start a family. We had always known that Borden was where we wanted our kids to attend school. #soworththedrive We now have two kids that currently attend Borden. Our son will be a freshman this year and our daughter will be in 6th grade.
My community involvement has included Chair of Capital Prize for the St. John’s Annual Strawberry Festival, Free Dental Day Volunteer, Borden Valley Days 5K Wall/Run, and Clark County Communities in Schools Golf Scramble and Gala. I am very passionate about opening up as my doors to our current students as possible, especially those that may not have the resources or connections available. If a student has a dream of a certain career, I hope to help put them in contact with an Alumni or community member who can mentor or coach them onto a successful path to that career. #onceabravealwaysabrave
Myra Wright Powell – Board Member
Borden High School, Class of 1976
Occupation: Business Owner, Wright Brothers Implement Sales, Hardware & General Store
Hobbies: Photography, Event Organizing, Cake Decorating, Floral Arranging & Traveling
Myra is married to Gregory W. Powell (30 years). They own and operate G.E.M. Digital Creations, and video-stream many of the Borden High School (BHS) basketball games that can be seen world-wide if the person has internet.
Myra is a fourth generation (maternally) and second generation (paternally) Borden area resident and graduate. Ottis, her dad, was Salutatorian of the BHS Class of 1950, and her mom, Lenora, was a graduate of the BHS Class of 1952. She certainly identifies with #onceabravealwaysabrave.
While a student at BHS, Myra embraced the philosophy, “you get as much out of the involvement as you put into it” and was active in Band (Concert, Marching, and Pep), Student Council (President), FHA (Future Homemakers of America, President), as well as many other clubs offered to BHS students. Additionally, she was a member of the school’s first volleyball team, first basketball team, and first track team. Through these opportunities at BHS, and the guidance and inspiration of the teachers and BHS principal, Myra developed life-long and leadership skills that she continued to utilize throughout college and her chosen profession.
During her career, Myra has served on several different Boards (local, state, regional, and international), including the Indiana Association of School Principals’ Executive Board. She was elected to be Indiana’s Elementary School Principal representative to Washington D.C., advocating for students and public education, and serving in that role for three years. After her dad passed away in 2011, Myra retired early from education to manage the family business.
Myra joined the Borden Braves Foundation Board as she is extremely passionate about students, education, and the Borden Community. She wants to see the students succeed with the varied opportunities with the guidance and inspiration of the wonderful Borden teachers, like she experienced as a BHS student. The experience at Borden is a true treasure … #BordenINspires!
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
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 (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