Meet Our Staff
President & CEO
Elyssa Campodonico-Barr is the proud President & CEO 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. Under Elyssa’s leadership, the organization is committed to strengthening its operational health and implementing a new impact-driven program model with strong financial sustainability, smart resource management, and bold programmatic results.
Previous to Girls Inc., Elyssa last served as Chief of Staff of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. There, she was responsible for the development and execution of the BMV’s three-year Strategic Plan, the central coordination of staff activities, and advising the Commissioner on major projects and policy initiatives. Prior to her role as Chief of Staff, Elyssa was an attorney within Indiana University’s Office of the Vice President & General Counsel where her practice focused on Title IX policy and litigation.
Elyssa holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Public Administration from Indiana University. She is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, Class XLII (42). Elyssa was recognized as one of the 20 Under 40 alumni by Indiana University in 2018 and is a 2019 Indianapolis Business Journal Forty Under 40 honoree.
She proudly sits on the Newfields Board of Governors, Indianapolis Public School Superintendent’s Parent & Community Advisory Council, the Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs Distinguished Alumni Council, the Indy Maven Editorial Board, the eImagine Corporate Advisory Board, and the NBA All-Star 2021 Community Engagement Committee.
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.
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.
Chief Development Officer
Mackenzie Pickerrell is the Chief Development Officer at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this position, Mackenzie manages the overall strategic direction and implementation of fundraising plans and goals. Mackenzie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Youth Programs from the University of Indianapolis, and a Master’s of Public Affairs with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from IUPUI.
Growing up, Mackenzie attended Girls Inc. of Jackson County. When she was in high school, she was able to work at this same club and saw the mission in action and how it empowers young girls. When Mackenzie moved to Indianapolis, she knew she had to get involved with Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis and became a volunteer facilitator. When the opportunity to join the program team came up, she jumped to join a team of inspiring women.
Mackenzie’s background is in youth programs, community development, and program management. Prior to joining Girls Inc. Indy, she managed an AmeriCorps grant for the John Boner Neighborhood Services. She joined Girls Inc. Indy in 2016 as a Program Support Coordinator. She then transitioned to Director of Programs, where she served for four years, building and managing high-impact programs for thousands of girls in the community, with the help of a powerful team. In 2020, she transitioned to the Chief Development Officer role.
Director of Programs
Inez Thomas is the Director of Programs at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this position, Inez manages the strategic development of all outreach programs, Summer Day Camp, Young Women in Leadership (YWIL), and all specialty programs. Inez holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Affairs from IU Bloomington, and a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from DePaul University.
Inez comes to Girls Inc. formerly from the YMCA, where she served as the Director of Membership in Indianapolis and the Director of Residence Experience in Evanston, IL. Inez has a passion for youth development, program design and management.
Inez credits her time at Residence Experience in IL as an introduction to her love for management of nonprofits, along with direct-service, before transitioning from the ChicagoLand area back to the Midwest to be closer to her family. During her time at IU Bloomington’s Journey Fellowship, Inez was introduced to and volunteered for Girls Inc. of Monroe County. The mission statement and environment left a deep impression on her, and she felt compelled to work for Girls Inc. at some point in her career.
It is as an adult Inez now refelcts on and is grateful for strong women role models in her life. Her mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunts were huge advocates of girls having an array of skills. Inez was modeled the mentality that girls are powerful, and it has led her to live a very bold life.
For over half her life, Caryn has worked in youth development and is dedicated to elevating youth to feel educated and empowered. As a teenager, working her first job as a lifeguard, Caryn taught water safety and swim basics to young children. Little did she know, this job would spark an interest in youth empowerment that remains to this day. She has also worked tutoring students ranging from kindergarten to collegiate athletes and planned multiple summer programs with varying organizations. Caryn’s personal philosophy is, “I want to inspire youth to discover who they want to be and not just what they want to do when they grow up.”
Caryn boldly comes to Indianapolis from Girls Inc. of Central Alabama where she briefly worked in Outreach as the Health and Wellness Coordinator but spent most of her time as the Eureka! and Teen Leadership Program Manager. Leaving the comfort of her friends, family, and hometown, Caryn’s dedication to Girls Inc. shows her love and tenacity to make programming the best that it can be for any Girls Inc. girl.
Caryn embodies strong, smart, and bold by continuing to shape and implement quality programming to girls of any background!
Senior Program Support Coordinator
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.
In her senior year at Franklin College, Jessica had the opportunity to participate in
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!
High School Programs Coordinator
Danielle Nimtz is the High School Programs Coordinator at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this role, Danielle develops and manages the college and career readiness programs for high school aged girls in Indianapolis. Additionally, she coordinates the EmpowerHub site at True North Academy. Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis and is a candidate for her Master of Public Affairs concentrating in Innovation and Social Change.
Danielle’s previous experience focuses on higher education and student affairs. She has worked with a variety of scholarship programs that incorporate leadership development and civic engagement to first-generational students at all levels post-secondary education. Danielle started at Girls Inc. as a Program Intern in 2018 and since then has served as a Seasonal Program Specialist and the Family Engagement Specialist.
Danielle’s favorite memory at Girls Inc. is receiving beautiful drawings from the girls she serves. She has kept every home-made craft a girl has given to her and plans to make a mural of the beautiful work in the future. She is strong, smart, and bold because she is a natural leader, a great friend and caring mother, and a life-long learner.
EmpowerHub Program Coordinator
Kerry Keating is the EmpowerHub Program Coordinator at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this position, Kerry works closely with the Director of Programs to develop and oversee the daily management of the EmpowerHub of Marion County. Kerry holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities studies from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. In 2019 she was inducted into Triota, IUPUI’s Women’s and Gender Studies Honor Society.
Kerry’s passion for facilitating youth programs came from her time spent volunteering at the non-profit organization Brooke’s Place, a grief relief organization for children who have lost a loved one. Kerry began working at Girls Inc. in October of 2017 as a part-time Program Specialist and Summer Camp Program Specialist while pursuing her undergraduate degree. Her favorite programs to facilitate have been Body Basics and Healthy Sexuality because of her firm belief that girls have a right to understand their bodies. When they do, they hold the power to make safe and responsible decisions. Overall, her mission is to make every girl feel seen and heard.
Kerry embodies the Girls Inc. mission of being a strong, smart, and bold woman through her positive attitude, ability to empathize, and eagerness to problem-solve and meet new challenges.
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
Angela is strong, smart, and bold. She recently made a complete career change and left a job she had been at for fourteen years – definitely pretty bold! She is strong because she takes care of her health and always stands up for what she believes. And she has to be pretty smart to be a mom of a 12 and 9 year old, juggle school and sports schedules, and incorporate much needed relaxing family time.
Endya Henderson serves as an EmpowerHub Specialist, part-time Program Specialist, and Summer Camp Program Specialist. Endya has been with Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis since January 2019. In this short time, she has quickly embraced and embodied the Girls Inc. mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Above all else her goal is to ensure that every girl feels validated and respected. Endya believes that when a girl has those things, her confidence blossoms, and a strong confident woman can accomplish anything she sets her mind to.
One of Endya’s favorite programs to facilitate is Redefining Beauty because it helps girls discover that there is not one standard of what it means to be beautiful. Beauty lives in our differences, beauty is both inside and outside of us. And each girl is given the opportunity to know that she is beautiful just the way she is. Endya says it’s the most incredible and honoring feeling to be able to help guide girls to this realization.
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.
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.
Chayla Young is the Eureka! Coordinator at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this position, Chayla is charged with creating an engaging program for Eureka! Rookie and Veteran cohorts. Additionally, she supports the girls and the program by connecting and fostering relationships with STEM professionals in the Indianapolis community.
Chayla holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science with a minor in Youth Development from Indiana University Bloomington. Chayla’s previous experience focuses on positive youth development. She has previously worked as a Registered Behavior Technician conducting Autism Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy with children on the autism spectrum. She has also worked as a Program Coordinator for a youth summer camp, specifically focusing on art and science programs and activities.
Chayla embodies what it means to be strong, smart, and bold through her tenacity and commitment to serve and invest in the youth of Indianapolis. Chayla is passionate about helping young girls discover the strong, smart, and bold qualities within themselves.
Seasonal Program Specialist
Lisa Smith has been a Seasonal Program Specialist with Girls Inc. since January of 2019. She has greatly enjoyed facilitating Girls Inc. programs and working with girls throughout Indianapolis.
Lisa holds a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Human Development from the University of California, San Diego. She has over 15 years of experience in working with kids, including developing and leading youth leadership programs, engaging kids in community service and seeking meaningful opportunities for students to employ their talents. Lisa worked with the AmeriCorps CHOICE Program and was the Teen Program Director for the YMCA of La Mesa, CA. Additionally, she directed the middle school program at The Falls Church in Falls Church, VA.
As a mother of two young daughters, Lisa was drawn to the mission of Girls Inc. to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold. She believes this message is key to empowering girls to move through their lives with intention and success.
Seasonal Program Specialist
Tyshara Loynes serves as a part-time Seasonal Program Specialist at Girls Inc of Greater Indianapolis.
Tyshara is a full-time college student at the University of Indianapolis, studying Communication and Political Science. She currently serves as President of her sorority, Chi City-Weide Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, and is a Student Advisor for The University of Indianapolis’ Black Student Association.
Something Tyshara embraces is being a first-generation college student, and an advocate for young girls and women. Throughout the many challenges she, as well as many other young women face, Tyshara is excited to to overcome those barriers, and help others do the same.