Meet Our Staff
Interim President & CEO
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.
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 (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.
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 Manager
Danielle Nimtz is the High School Programs Manager for Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. She serves High School aged participants in their leadership and career development programs as they prepare for post-secondary life. Danielle builds and implements programming for participants to achieve healthy living, financial freedom, and successful advocacy as they navigate independence. Danielle holds a Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.
Danielle is a passionate not for profit professional dedicated to equitable education for all. She is a pragmatic organizer with a demonstrated history in community-oriented activism, multi-generational engagement, and post-secondary educational affairs. She is an innovator skilled in applicable, evaluative mechanisms that are utilized to continuously build better.
In her role at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis, Danielle utilizes her experiences and education to create impactful opportunities for High Schoolers in Indianapolis.
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.
Janine Robertson is the Development Manager for 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 engage and develop long-lasting relationships with constituents and share the impact of their partnerships and help them fulfill their philanthropic goals.
Janine has experience in business development, fundraising and diversity and inclusion. Prior to joining Girls Inc., she served at United Way of Central Indiana as the Affinity Group Manager, Corporate Individual Engagement Manager, and at Greater Indy Habitat of Central Indiana as the Impact Giving Officer.
She has a relentless fervor to further financial literacy, equity and inclusion for all and to equip young and marginalized individuals and families to live their best life.
Janine is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a BS in Management and a Vertius Major Gift Scholar.
Bailey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising with a minor in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University Bloomington. Additionally, she is currently working to earn her Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. She has spent most of her life volunteering and fundraising for various organizations in the Indianapolis community. Growing up with a younger sister and multiple younger cousins, Bailey sees first-hand why an organization like Girls Inc. is so positively impactful on girls of all ages.
She is a firm believer in Girls Inc. Indy’s mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Bailey aims to stay strong, smart, and bold, through practicing yoga, being an avid reader, and staying active within the community.
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
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.