Meet Our Staff
President & CEO
Elyssa Campodonico-Barr is the President and CEO of Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this
Elyssa last served as Chief of Staff of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and advisor to the Commissioner. She was responsible for the development and execution of the BMV’s three-year Strategic Plan, the central coordination of staff activities, and counseling 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 she largely focused on Title IX and litigation matters. Before returning to her native Hoosier state, Elyssa worked in the international relations sector with a focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Elyssa holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Public Administration from Indiana University.
She was first introduced to Girls Inc. as a volunteer while she served as Chief of Staff at the BMV. To date, her favorite memory with Girls Inc. is from our 2018 Touchstone Awards Luncheon. At the time, Elyssa was a month into this role and was seeing the organization through a different lens. This year was particularly special as her predecessor, Patricia Wachtel, was an honoree and gracefully and eloquently passed the baton on to her. They both believe so strongly about empowering the girls of Indianapolis to be strong, smart, and bold. It was a beautiful moment of supportive women, girls, and allies in one room.
Her commitment to civic engagement and service includes serving on the Invent Learning Hub Board of Directors and volunteering with the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. Elyssa is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series Class XLII as well as an FBI Citizens Academy alumna.
When asked how she is strong, smart, and bold, Elyssa answered with one of her favorite quotes by Maya Angelou: “Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”
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.
Director of Programs
Mackenzie Pickerrell is the Director of Programs at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this position, Mackenzie manages the strategic development of all outreach programs, Summer Day Camp, Young Women in Leadership (YWIL), and all specialty programs, such as Girls Inc. Day. 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 really saw the mission in action and how it influences so many young girls. When Mackenzie moved to Indianapolis for college, she knew she had to get involved with Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis and become a volunteer facilitator. When the opportunity to join the program team came up, she jumped to join a team of inspiring women.
Mackenzie has experience in youth programs, community development, and program management. Prior to joining Girls Inc. she served as the AmeriCorps Program Coordinator at John Boner Neighborhood Services. She joined Girls Inc. in 2016 as a Program Support Coordinator prior to transitioning to Director of Programs. During her time as Program Support Coordinator, she worked with partners, volunteers, and staff to sustain partnerships to provide quality programs to girls on the southeast side of Indianapolis.
The Young Women in Leadership program has been one of her favorites during her time at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. Her most memorable moment from YWIL is when she had the opportunity to chaperone four high school ladies in the program on a trip to New York City. Visiting many of the iconic spots in the city with the girls will be a memory she will always cherish.
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!
Courtney attended Girls Inc. of Indianapolis programs throughout her entire childhood. Later, Courtney came to work for Girls Inc. as a part-time program specialist while pursuing her undergraduate degree. Courtney now holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI with a minor in Nonprofit Financial Management.
Courtney’s favorite part about Girls Inc. is teaching the economic literacy programs. She loves seeing girls get excited to learn about money and how the business world works. These programs inspired Courtney’s passion for finance when she was young, and she believes these programs are great for helping develop the financial literacy of our girls!
Courtney is strong, smart, and bold because of her outgoing personality, strong work ethic, and passion to serve the youth in her community.
Taylor Sitorius is the Eureka! Coordinator at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this position, Taylor oversees all aspects of the Girls Inc. Indy Eureka! program which aims to build girls’ confidence throughout achievement opportunities in math, science, technology, and careers.
Taylor has experience in partnership development, program management, and fostering community collaboration. Prior to Girls Inc., Taylor served as the Coordinator of Partnerships and Family Programs at Newfields. She holds a Bachelor of
She was drawn to Girls Inc. by the strong commitment to providing girls in Indianapolis with opportunities to become empowered individuals and leaders. Since starting in 2018, Taylor’s favorite memory occurred at Girls Inc. Day when, during a challenging team building activity, a group of 11 year old students stopped, took a step back, and tried a new approach to reach their goal.
Taylor embodies the Girls Inc. mission of a strong, smart, and bold woman by facing challenges
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.
Trishelle Edwards serves as the Development Coordinator for Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this role, she is charged with raising money and providing all coordination of our annual giving fund and campaigns, as well as raising awareness for Girls Inc. through the planning and implementation of organizational communications through our social media sites, our blog, and our e-newsletter.
Trishelle is skilled with a diverse background in development, sales, and public relations. Prior to joining Girls Inc., Trishelle worked in an array of sectors, including corporate, higher education, and nonprofit. Trishelle was drawn to Girls Inc. because of its mission to empower all girls to be strong, smart, and bold with an emphasis on social justice and reaching young girls from underserved communities.
As a proud mother to a four-year old daughter, the mission hits close to home, as she desires to instill a strong work ethic and empowerment to this next generation of women. Trishelle and her family recently relocated back to the Midwest after living in Seattle for over seven years.
She is strong because she pursues her dreams and goals, smart because she (and her identical twin sister!) were the first in their family to achieve both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and bold because she strives to do everything with positivity and persistence, even when obstacles come her way.
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.
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.