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Steve Gardner is currently the Regional Director for the Carolinas Region of Young Life, which currently serves 73 areas, 124 full time staff, 2,085 volunteer leaders, and over 75,000 kids throughout North and South Carolina. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Steve met Christ at Young Life's Frontier Ranch in 1984 and has been working with kids ever since. After finishing a Secondary Education degree in Mathematics and History at the University of Cincinnati and teaching for ​two years, Steve began a full time career with Young Life in Wheeling, WV (92-95), Columbus, OH (96-06), Charlotte Metro (06-09), and now regionally since 2009.

Married for 20 years this fall, Steve's wife Lisa "Kick" Gardner was a local morning and noon anchor for CBS in Columbus for a decade, but now pours her life into their two children, Grace 14, and Grant 11. Partnering in the local area, Steve and Lisa continue to be volunteer leaders together at Charlotte Country Day School, where Steve is in his 29th season of high school football this fall as the Varsity Passing Coordinator while Lisa teaches speech and journalism classes 9-12th grade.  

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Ashley Flowers is one of the Associate Regional Directors for the Carolinas Region. Ashley grew up in Hudson, Ohio and met Christ through her local Young Life club in 1998. While attending Ohio State University, she became a volunteer Young Life leader and continued after graduating. Ashley worked for a church in Columbus, Ohio for a couple of years and then joined the Young Life staff in 2007. In 2015, Ashley left being an Area Director in the Lake Norman Area of NC to join Steve Gardner on the Regional team specifically focusing on training and development. 

Married for 8 years this fall, Ashley's husband Mark is the Director of Development at Skookum Digital Works in Charlotte. They have a 17 month old daughter, Henley. Together they're excited to care for the staff of the Carolinas Region.
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Jordan Clelan is the Regional Administrator for the Carolinas Region. Jordan grew up in Lewisberry, PA where she was involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes throughout high school. She went on to the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA and became involved with Young Life. Jordan was a volunteer leader throughout her time there and upon graduating from college, decided to move to Charlotte, NC to continue leading. Jordan joined the rest of the Regional team on Young Life staff in 2015. She is now a volunteer leader alongside Steve and Ashley at Charlotte Country Day and is in her fourth season coaching the girls golf and soccer teams.​

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