Meet Our Staff

Lora Hoover
President and CEO

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Lora Hoover is the President and CEO of Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this role Lora will oversee the Girls Inc. staff, work in partnership with the national Girls Inc. organization, and provide the strategic vision and direction needed by the agency to serve girls ages 6-18 in the Indianapolis area in even more impactful ways.

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With more than 20 years of experience in global philanthropy and non-profit management Lora understands the challenges facing women and girls in our community and around the world. Lora has been a strong advocate for issues facing women and girls and dedicated her education and professional life to non-profit management, fundraising, and program implementation in youth-serving organizations both locally and globally.

She has previously served at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, Franklin College, the University of Indianapolis, and most recently, the Kiwanis Children’s Fund.

Lora holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies & Philosophy from Franklin College (Cum Laude) as well as a Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration/Non-profit Management from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Mackenzie Pickerrell
Vice President

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Mackenzie Pickerrell is the Vice President of Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis, an organization that serves thousands of girls in Indianapolis annually with a mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. In her role, she works to design and implement strategic programs for both the development and program departments, consistent with the strategic goal of providing long-term impact in the lives of the girls we serve.

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Mackenzie has experience in youth programs, community development, program management, development and fundraising. She joined Girls Inc. in 2016 as a Program Support Coordinator, and has served as the Director of Programs and Chief Development Officer before transitioning to serve as the Vice President. Prior to joining Girls Inc. Indy, she worked at the John Boner Neighborhood Center and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis.

Mackenzie obtained a Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from IUPUI. She is a graduate of University of Indianapolis with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Child and Youth Programs.

Tamara Hardin
Controller

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Tamara (Tammie) Hardin is the Controller at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this role, Tammie is responsible for keeping track of the money – everything that comes in, and everything that goes out! She is also responsible for payroll and benefits administration.

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Tammie has extensive experience in nonprofit accounting. She has worked with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Independent Colleges of Indiana, ProKids Inc., and most recently, with Indy Reads/Indy Reads Books. Tammie holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Indianapolis.

When asked what about the Girls Inc. mission appeals to her, Tammie notes that by being a girl herself, she has always had a vested interest in doing what she can to make sure girls have opportunities and learn to make the most of them!

Tammie is the definition of strong, smart, and bold. She likes challenging work. And she is capable of solving difficult problems. Even when the work gets scary, Tammie is willing to stand and be counted.

Jessica Morris
Senior Program Support Coordinator

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Jessica Morris is the Senior Program Support Coordinator at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this position, Jessica manages partnerships with schools and community centers in the East 38th Street, Lawrence Township, Meridian-Kessler, Martindale-Brightwood, Warren Township, and Washington Township areas.

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In her senior year at Franklin College, Jessica had the opportunity to participate in AmeriCorps, and was placed at Girls Inc. of Johnson County. During her time here, she had the opportunity to lead a program with middle school girls, and the positive experience she had helped her decide that she wanted to continue working to empower girls once she graduated.

About three weeks after graduating from college, Jessica started working at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis during our summer camp. After the camp ended, she was hired as a part-time program specialist, and has worked her way up since! She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Sociology.

Jessica’s favorite event at Girls Inc. is Girls Inc. Day. She loves seeing the interactive and exciting STEM activities that the girls have a chance to explore, and thinks it’s amazing to see the lightbulbs go off as the girls suddenly grasp a concept, or realize they have a passion for something.

Jessica is strong, smart, and bold in her dedication to bringing the wonderful Girls Inc. programs to girls in Indianapolis for the past 10 years and counting!

Kierra Hall
High School Programs Coordinator

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Kierra is the High School Programs Coordinator at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this role, she will support and prepare high school girls (grades 9-12) for their futures after graduation through building and implementing programming focused on leadership development and college and career preparedness.

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She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis. She fell in love with mentoring and advising high school and college-age youth during my undergraduate career. At IUPUI, Kierra held positions as a First-Year Seminar Mentor and Academic Peer Advisor. These roles focused on helping students transition from high school to college and holistically supporting them through their academic journey. In these roles, she discovered my passion for connecting and empathizing with young people and helping them set and realize their goals.

“As a leader, I am driven by empathy and a vision of an equitable future where all girls can achieve their dreams. I am excited about inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.”

Jade Stone
High School Programs Coordinator

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Jade Stone is the High School Programs Coordinator for Young Women in Leadership at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In her role, she designs and implements participant-focused workshops on leadership, personal, and professional development.

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Jade holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Indiana University, with concentrations in Business and Public Health. During a long-term internship, she had the opportunity to write and implement an Equine Assisted Learning curriculum focused on developing essential life skills for youth at risk. This curriculum, Treasures, has been utilized globally and sparked her professional passion for youth outreach programming. 

 As a woman who has embodied the mantra of Strong, Smart, and Bold, she strives to use her professional platform to deliver impactful programs to the girls of Greater Indianapolis.

Emily Henson
EmpowerHub Manager

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Emily Henson serves as the EmpowerHub Specialist at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. She started at Girls Inc. as a volunteer, but quickly fell in love with the mission and knew she wanted to be more involved. She’s been leading Girls Inc. programming in schools for a year. Emily is strong, smart, and bold and loves to stay busy: she also works in real estate, is finishing a degree in psychology, and owns a candle-making company.

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Growing up facing adversity, Emily knows how critical it is that young girls know their worth, and know they are each capable, valued, and special. She is passionate about connecting with and empowering young girls and establishing a safe place for them to explore and strengthen their dreams, their feelings, and their trust in each other.

 

Kara Riley
EmpowerHub Program Coordinator

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Kara Riley is one of the EmpowerHub Coordinators for Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. Kara began working with Girls Inc. as a Program Specialist, working both with EmpowerHub and Summer Camp.

 

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Kara has an extensive background working with nonprofits that began when she served two terms in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. During her service terms, Kara had the opportunity to volunteer with food banks, National Parks, and several natural disaster relief teams. Through her service with AmeriCorps, Kara was awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for completing 4000+ hours of community service across the United States and the Silver Congressional Award. Following her service, she has had experience in working with youth service bureaus, mental and behavioral health centers and substance use treatment and recovery centers.

Kara embodies what it means to be strong, smart, and bold through her drive, her empathy, and her bubbly personality. She is passionate about volunteer service, being outdoors and yoga.

Rona Taylor
EmpowerHub Coordinator

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Rona Taylor is one of the EmpowerHub Coordinators for Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. She began working with Girls Inc. as a volunteer in 2018, then moved through several part-time roles within the organization before finding her career path in her current position. Rona holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology and Communication from the University of Illinois Springfield.

 

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Rona grew up in a small town with a deaf mother who was repeatedly denied access to communication and often faced discrimination. This inspired her to want to help other people who are also denied access to human rights such as communication, freedom from discrimination, education, housing, and more. At Girls Inc., Rona has been able to empower girls by teaching them to love their authentic selves, understand their bodies, and encourage them to cultivate healthy friendships and relationships. Rona embodies Girls Inc.’s mission of being a strong, smart, and bold woman by using her voice to speak up when something is wrong, accepting people despite their differences, and her willingness to have open conversations about difficult topics.

Charli Odenwelder
EmpowerHub Coordinator

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Charli serves as one of our EmpowerHub Coordinators and will work with school-age girls to inspire them to be strong, smart, and bold. In this role, she will work to encourage girls to use their voices and be unapologetically themselves. Charli encountered Girls Inc. in college where she helped host weekend events. She immediately was inspired by Girls Inc. and its mission and has since hoped to be a part of the Girls Inc. team.

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Charli graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Transylvania University in 2019 where she double majored in Writing, Rhetoric, & Communications – with a focus on youth development and prison reform – and Spanish Language & Literature. Charli has always been passionate about our youth and helping them be the best versions of themselves they can be. Charli knew she wanted to work to inspire kids since she was in high school and has experience working with youth in various capacities including as a lifeguard, in the behavioral and mental health sectors, and as a part of YMCA camps. Charli is passionate about being trauma-informed in her work with kids and puts an emphasis on how trauma affects a person’s life. She has been volunteering with Northpoint Training Center prison in Kentucky since 2019 and has seen first-hand the ways trauma from one’s childhood can impact their adult life.

 

Charli embodies the mission of Girls Inc. by standing up for herself and others every chance she gets – she strives to be strong, smart, and bold every day.

 

 

Angela Brawley
Administrative Assistant

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Angela Brawley serves as the Administrative Assistant for Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this role she provides administrative support to the President & CEO and the development team.

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Angela first learned about Girls Inc. and the administrative assistant job opening from a friend, and after researching more about the organization, she knew it was THE place she wanted to work. Prior to joining Girls Inc., she taught elementary education for five years, and was in Sales and Marketing for sixteen years after that. Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood/Kindergarten-Primary Education from Ball State University.

Her favorite memory with Girls Inc. is when she chaperoned a group of girls during Girls Inc. Day at Corteva Agriscience. Angela’s daughter and a few of her friends even attended, and being able to spend the day with all of the girls and see Girls Inc.’s mission in action was fantastic.