(BEDFORD) - 25-year-old Ashli Lovell is the new executive director of the Bedford's Limestone Girls Club.
"I am a Club kid," she said. "I grew up in the Club. I went there all the time. I played sports there."
Emily Nikirk, president of the Girls Club board, said the board members are "very excited" to have Lovell back in a leadership role.
The Club started looking for a new chief when the current executive director, Patti Williams, announced she would be leaving. Her husband has accepted a new job, and the family is relocating. Williams has been the executive director since January 2011.
Club officials received 21 applications for the opening, Nikirk said, and interviewed six people.
Lovell, a 2005 Bedford North Lawrence High School graduate, is the park department's administrative assistant. She's been employed there six years, but her experience goes a lot deeper.
Last year, Lovell picked up a bachelor's degree in recreation from Indiana University. Her degree carries an emphasis in park and recreation management.
She plans to put her experience and education to use in several ways at the Girls Club. She has ideas about programs, to get more use out of the facility, and community involvement, to get more people active in the Club.
Lovell's last day at the parks department will be April 13. She will start work at the Club on April 16.
"I'll go through training with the current director for a couple of weeks," she said. "I'm really excited about it."
Meanwhile, the parks department will be looking for a new administrative assistant.
"She will be hard to replace because of all the things she's capable of doing," Mitchell said.
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