Bindy Auvermann
Bindy Auvermannexecutive director
A native of Long Beach, California, Bindy Auvermann has crisscrossed the globe learning, living and helping.  Following graduation from University of Texas, she worked for many successful years for top legal firms in Texas and in San Francisco, California. Bindy found her social calling while helping in orphanages in Southern Russia.  When she settled in the Northern Georgia mountains she continued her desire to help young people succeed and grow by working with the Dawson County Mentoring Program. Bindy became the executive director of that program growing it over time into Next Generation Youth Development, Inc. A passionate supporter of Dawson County’s next generation; Bindy works tirelessly helping young people succeed and to fully recognize their potential. When not at the Clubhouse, Bindy spends her time with her husband, son and two Italian greyhounds.
Veronica S-Johnston
Veronica S-Johnstondevelopment director
Veronica is a graduate of of Tufts University with a B.A. in Clinical Psychology and Child Development. She has dedicated her career to the service of others including roles with the Dept of Mental Health, Children with Special Needs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta and the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention. Combining her background in psychology and social work with operational and leadership expertise, Veronica has served as Project Manager for the National Foundation of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and as Director of Community Action & Prevention Alliance. One of her proudest moments has been in her current role as Development Director for Next Generation, helping to open one of only three prevention clubhouses in the state of Georgia.  Outside the Clubhouse, she loves spending time with her husband, two little girls and one big Chocolate Lab.

Meet the team

Ellen Ward
Ellen Wardclubhouse lead
Ellen is a Georgia native who graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2012 with an Education degree from Kennesaw State University. She has been working with children and youth for over five years. Ellen joined the Next Generation Youth Development team in August 2013 as part of the team to open the NxTG Clubhouse and has played a key role in its success ever since! She is a lover of both the arts and outdoors and in her free time can be found behind the lens of her camera, or enjoying nature with her husband Stephen and dog Lady K.
Joseph Tawney
Joseph Tawneyprevention specialist
Joseph is originally from Austin, Texas and recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry. He will begin working toward his Masters in Social Work from Simmons University in Boston, MA. Joseph is an animal lover and an avid fan of the outdoors. He spends his free time kayaking, rock climbing or hiking…always accompanied by his dog, Oakley. Joseph is very excited to be working with NxTG where he will be able to combine two of his passions, science and working with youth.