Candice Walsh grew up in the small town of Oxford, NC, just north of Raleigh. She received a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology from Peace College in Raleigh, NC. She later received her Master's in Social Work from Western Carolina University. Candice joined The Boys & Girls Club in August 2014. Candice was attracted to the Club for the incredible service it provides to the youth of Transylvania County and she feels so blessed to be a part of such an incredible movement that is impacting the lives of so many. In her free time, Candice enjoys spending time with her daughter, Emma Beth, and exploring the many waterfalls, hiking trails and other outdoor adventures that Transylvania County has to offer. She lives in Pisgah Forest with her husband, Sean Walsh and daughter, Emma Beth.
Emily Taylor is a native of Brevard, NC. She attended Wingate University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in oil painting. She has worked at The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club since 2008, first as a seasonal employee each summer, but beginning full-time shortly after graduating college and returning home in 2011. Emily and her college roommate also opened a bakery/art gallery named Starving Artist's in fall 2011. It remained open until Emily married her husband, Ryan, in 2013. In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time hiking, biking, fishing, and playing sports. She also enjoys making wedding cakes and doing art, specifically landscape paintings which she sells on Etsy. At the club she enjoys getting kids active and excited about fitness through games and field trips!
Andrea Pelham grew up in the small town of LaGrange, GA, just south of Atlanta. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. She has worked at The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club since 2016, first as a part-time program specialist before joining us recently as a full-time employee.
After spending just over a decade of summers at a local girls camp, Andrea was drawn back to Brevard due to her love the outdoors and the close knit community that it provides. She was able to combine her love of community and teaching when she started as a program specialist. Andrea is excited to continue serving the members of the Club while also supporting the staff. In her free time, Andrea loves exploring coffee shops with a good book and playing with any dog that crosses her path.
Tamika Hunter is originally from the Chicagoland area and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Northern Illinois University and her Masters of Business Administration from The University of Phoenix. Tamika believes that Purpose and Passion is everything. And when you discover it, you pursue it. One of her purposes and passions is working with youth. Empowering them and helping equip them to live a life of meaning. As a result, she started a teen girls mentoring agency, Dare Dreamers, where she mentors young ladies between the ages of 12 and 19. She is also a certified Life Purpose Coach for women and youth and enjoys motivating and encouraging others. Tamika comes to us with over 15 years of experience in corporate America as a consultant, but is most excited about having the opportunity to share in the lives of our members and their families at the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club. Tamika is married to Earl and is the mother of an amazing son, Dillon and vivacious daughter, Gabrielle
Kathleen de la Torre grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC a very long time ago. She is married to Ernie and they have two kids, Asher and Anna, and a very demanding rescued dog, Dan. Her kids became members of the Club when they moved here in 2011 and they participated in the Junior Appalachian Musicians program (JAM) for many years. After serving on the Board of Directors for five months, Kathleen accepted the position of Finance Director in 2015. Although she is mostly squirreled away in her cubicle, she is honored to support the mission of The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club. She enjoys scuba diving with her family and watching her children in the Brevard High School marching band—Go Blue Devils!
Teen Services Director
Travis Hayes grew up just miles north of Charlotte, NC in the town of Salisbury. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Youth Ministry from Southern Wesleyan University which is also where he met his wife, Lauren. Travis moved to Brevard in the fall of 2012 and has loved Transylvania County ever since. It is because of his love for the community and passion for teenagers that Travis pursued to join the Boys & Girls Club team in May of 2016. Before joining the BGC, Travis worked in pastoral ministry and at a local camp in Brevard. In his free time, Travis loves going on outdoor adventures with his wife, hanging out at coffee shops, serving on the worship team at Brevard Community Church, and watching the Carolina Panthers play.
Middle school Director
Courtney Hoffses was born and raised in Aroostook County, Maine. She graduated from St. Joseph’s College of Maine in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with dual minors in History and Sociology. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Intercultural Youth and Family Development in 2015 from the University of Montana. While completing her Master’s Degree Courtney interned at a Refugee Resettlement agency in North Dakota. Courtney moved to Western North Carolina in 2015. She started at the Club as a Program Specialist in September 2016 and is very excited for the opportunity to help grow our program for middle schoolers. In her free time Courtney enjoys hiking, reading, being outside, and cooking. She lives in Brevard with her boyfriend Matt and their black lab Monte.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS DIRECTOR
Bailey Hayes was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She moved to North Carolina the summer of 2013 to attend Brevard College on a volleyball scholarship, where she was a varsity starter. Throughout her many years of Volleyball she taught, played, and coached all over the country. She graduated the summer of 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science while minoring in Art.
Bailey is excited to bring her energy into the teaching of healthy life habits - habits she hopes to instill to the point that they will be carried on for years to come. She currently lives in Brevard with her boyfriend Spencer and their two rambunctious rescue cats. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and hiking the many trails, lakes, and waterfalls Transylvania County has to offer.
Mary Jay was born and raised in South Carolina, spent 10 years in Pensacola, Florida and has now resided here in North Carolina for five years. She is a third generation educator with eight years teaching experience in pre-K through seventh grade. Mary graduated in 2005 with a BA in Missions with emphases in teaching and English. In addition to teaching, she has also had the opportunity to work as an assistant director of an after-school care program and to teach overseas.
In her free time, Mary loves spending time with her family, cooking, reading, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
Mary is thrilled to bring her varied experiences to the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club and focus on giving each member all the help and encouragement they need to discover positive learning and study habits. She feels it is a tremendous honor to be a part of a focused and alive organization that has a real, everyday impact on young people.
RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Jackie Witherspoon moved to Brevard 20 years ago from Alabama to teach English and coach track and cross country at Brevard High School. She is married to John Witherspoon and together they have two children, Eliza and Knox. After serving on the board of directors of The Cindy Platt Club for many years, she accepted the position as Director of Resource Development and Community Outreach in 2009. In addition to raising awareness and funding for our Club, she enjoys coaching the youth development program called SMART Girls Run every Wednesday.
Annual Campaign & Marketing/communications Director
Tadd Hall, a native of Western North Carolina, joins the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club after a fortunate family move allowed he and his family to return to the mountains of Western North Carolina which they love so much.
Most recently, Tadd served as the Director of the Annual Campaign for the Boys & Girls Clubs serving Wake County, NC; an organization which oversees seven individual clubs and one summer camp in Eastern North Carolina. Prior to that, Tadd spent six years with the American Cancer Society with responsibilities in fundraising, volunteer development, and board development much of that time. Before his work in the nonprofit world, Tadd worked in sales for the Durham Bulls Baseball Club in Durham, NC for three years, earning two International League Championship rings during that time, as a full-time member of the front office staff. Tadd holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Psychology from Appalachian State University as well as a Master’s Degree in Sport Administration and Marketing from the University of Northern Colorado. Tadd currently lives just down the road in Mills River with his wife and three daughters.
Open positions: Program Specialists
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The club also employs 20 - 35 part-time staff throughout the year.