Current PAAL Board

The PAAL Board Members are local citizens and coaches, members of the Indiana State Police, Bartholomew County Sheriffs Department, Columbus Police Department, Columbus Fire Department, and the Law Enforcement Division of the Department of Natural Resources.

Steven Blystone

Steven Blystone

PAAL Board President

Coaching experience - 25+years. Columbus Parks & Recreation Little league and Babe Ruth Travel Baseball. FFY Basketball. 2-time FFY Coach of the Year. FFY/Cummins 6-Sigma project team member "How To Mentor & Retain Good Coaches". PAAL Basketball & Football Coach 20-years. Colts Coaches Camp. Nominated in 2019 for the Jack Cramer Ideals of Athletic Competition Award. PAAL Board Member 7-years. PAAL Board President 6-years.

Wes Fudge

Wes Fudge

PAAL Board Vice President

Has been active in Paal for 9 years as both coach and parent. He currently lives in Columbus with his wife of 18 years (Nicole) and two children, Connor (10) and Caden (4).
As the owner of a local business that services municipal and industrial contracts his company manages over 8 million square feet of substrate maintenance. This requires a high aptitude for problem solving and team management while working with multiple groups simultaneously. As a visionary with an innate understanding of the relationship between the macro and micro variables that surround a situation, he can connect the dots and create a sound strategy that helps to make an organization’s goals into a reality. Over the years he has worked with multiple local small businesses as a mentor helping them to create their image and branding, while building strategic relationships and marketing plans.
Mr. Fudge attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with degrees in Business Management and Business Administration with a minor in Hum

LT. Gary Knoef

Lt. Gary Knoef

PAAL Board Secretary

Bartholomew Co. Sheriff's Office, Uniform Division Deputy Commander. Oversight of daily operations of the Sheriff Department's Road Patrol: 6-Sergeants and amp; 20 + Patrol Deputies. Oversee the Field Training Program for all newly hired Deputies. Vice-President and Secretary of the PAAL Board. PAAL Board member since 2014. Active in coaching youth baseball & basketball approaching 20-years. Those experiences within Columbus Parks & Rec, Bartholomew Co. Baseball, FFY, Hoosier Basketball Association, and of course PAAL.

Steve Gobert

Steven Gobert

PAAL Board Treasurer

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Mark Umble

PAAL Athletic Director

23-year veteran US Air Force. 30+years as Youth Sports Coach or Youth Sports Administrator. FFY Basketball. FFY Family of the Year. PAAL Basketball & Football. PAAL Safety and Athletic Director. USA Football liason. Attended USA Football Conference in 2018 and 2019. Red Cross certified CPR & AED. Nominated in 2019 for the Jack Cramer Ideals of Athletic Competition Award. Wife Terri volunteers as PAAL Concessions Manager.

Kevin Abner

Kevin Abner

Bartholomew Co Sheriff's Department 11-years. Played in Columbus PAAL Football & PAAL Basketball programs. Played varsity football and basketball at Columbus East High School. Joined the PAAL Board in 2018.

Major Tim Beaver

Major Tim Beaver

My wife and I moved to Columbus in 2004 when I began my career as an Indiana Conservation Officer assigned to Bartholomew County. I have served in several different capacities and currently hold the position of Operations Commander, overseeing the statewide field operations of the nearly 200-officer, agency. I found a great opportunity to volunteer and give back to the Columbus community by joining the PAAL Board in 2017.

Steve Holland

Steve Holand

Major Holland is the Indiana State Police representative to the PAAL Board, and he has served as a Board Member since 2007. During his time on the Board, Major Holland has held various officer roles, to include service as Vice-President and Secretary. Major Holland has been employed by the ISP since 1986, and he currently serves as the Commander of the ISP’s Laboratory Division, a position of which he has held since 2013. The ISP’s laboratory system is comprised of nearly 180 staff and operates four regional crime laboratory facilities that are located in Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, and Lowell.

Major Holland is a graduate of Indiana University where he obtained a BS in Policy and Administration, Personnel Management, and Criminal Justice through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He also completed the Command Officer’s Development Course from the University of Louisville, and he later attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, where he focused on Investigation and Command Management.

Major Holland and his family have resided in Bartholomew County since 1988. He and his wife have three adult children, who all participated in PAAL programming. According to Major Holland, “PAAL programs provide our youth with leadership role models and teach our kids about the importance of sportsmanship, positive character traits, inclusion, and respect for others. I am appreciative of the opportunity to serve as a Board Member, and I am proud of the many accomplishments of PAAL, but none more important than for providing our youth with a foundation toward becoming productive and responsible adults.”

T.A. Smith

T.A. Smith

Member of the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department for 37-years. Indiana Law Enforcement Academy 1983. Defensive Tactics Instructor since 1987. Chemical Munitions Instructor since 1992. Former original SWAT member of the Sheriff's Office. First, original, Hostage/Barricaded Suspect Negotiator (FBI Trained). First member (former team leader) of the Swift Water Rescue/Recovery Team. Graduate of Leadership Bartholomew County. Graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Va. PAAL Board Member since 1996. PAAL Assistant Coach.

Chris Lane

Chris Lane

Graduate of Vincennes University. Attended and served as a police officer while at Indiana University. Completed courses at the Police Executive Leadership Academy and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Retired from the Columbus Indiana Police Department after more than 20-years of service. Appointed Bartholomew County Sheriffs Department Chief Deputy in 2015. Graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Major Lane plans, organizes, implements, administers, and evaluates all Sheriff's Office operations, and is a featured speaker at many of the BCSO programs and community meetings.

Nehemiah Scruggs

Nehemiah Scruggs

Played football at both Columbus North and Columbus East, before returning to my boyhood home in Pittsburg, Kansas, to help coach football. Coached locally with PAAL and the Bartholomew County Bears, before helping to coach football at Northside Jr High. Became assistant Head Coach at Central Middle School. Today, my focus remains with PAAL.

Cindy Smith

Cindy Smith

Private photographer capturing local youth sports activities at Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation programs, Columbus Christian Basketball and PAAL Football & Basketball programs, for family and friends. As a PAAL Board Member, expanded photography into a new role, to showcase the success of the PAAL programs, in reaching our youths. Established Player Of The Game picture boards, on a weekly basis throughout the season, for each PAAL Football division. Created a game-by-game, visual diary, of the 2018 PAAL Football Season, including the 2018 PAAL Football Banquet. Began the 2019 PAAL Football Season, by documenting the PAAL Football Call-Out event at Columbus North High School, Max Andress Stadium. Coached PAAL Basketball in 2018 and multiple PAAL Basketball Teams in 2019. Named PAAL 'Family of the YEAR' at the 2018 PAAL Football Banquet.

Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson