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.”
Madeleine Smith, CFRE
Vice President of Development & Public Relations
Madeleine Smith is the Vice President of Development and Public Relations at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this role, Madeleine oversees all fundraising initiatives, manages relationships with individual donors, foundations, and corporate entities, and guides strategic communications for the organization.
A graduate of Butler University, Madeleine came to Girls Inc. with ten years of fund development experience, mostly in the educational arena but also in museum development. Most recently, Madeleine served the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites as Associate Vice President for Development, where she oversaw all individual giving for the museum and eleven regional sites.
Madeleine has extensive experience in major giving and campaigns, annual giving, event fundraising, strategic planning, and nonprofit advancement. Madeleine is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). In addition to her work at Girls Inc., Madeleine serves as a Board member for AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) – Central Indiana Chapter, as a mentor through AFP, and she is a past Board member for CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) Indiana and has presented for CASE Region V.
As a longtime Indy resident, Madeleine was aware of the incredible work Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis was doing to empower girls in the community. In fact, she had just completed our volunteer application process when her current position became open. She was very excited to meld her profession with a great passion of hers; improving the state of women and girls.
Strong, smart, and bold are qualities Madeleine strives for every day, and they are qualities she wants to model for her own daughter and for the girls in our programs. Madeleine is a big believer in being bold and gutsy by taking risks and trying new things, even if they don’t pan out. She tries to follow the motto “be a lot more curious and a lot less certain.” Also, while she knows her strength comes from within, she also acknowledges the critical role that other strong, smart, and bold women have played and continue to play in her life. She’s fortunate to have a network of mentors, friends, and family who embody these qualities. They lift each other up, and her hope for Girls Inc. girls is that they will be surrounded by a similar village.
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!
Program Support Coordinator
Rachel received a Bachelor’s of Science in Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management from Indiana University and an MBA in Nonprofit Management from
At the end of 2016, Rachel was looking to make a career change. While she will always have a passion for environmental education, she wanted to get involved with an organization working to empower women and girls. She first learned about Girls Inc. in one of her grad school classes, and luckily we had an opening for a program specialist! Rachel was hired on as program specialist before eventually moving into her current position.
Rachel loves the mission of Girls Inc. and the opportunity to connect with and inspire girls in the same way her mentors did for her when she was younger. She is strong because she works hard to achieve her goals and not let obstacles stop her. She is smart because she is always trying to learn more. She was the first person in her family to earn a college degree, and eventually even earned a graduate degree. She is bold because she is not afraid to stand up for her beliefs and is proud of herself.
Program Support Coordinator
Taylor Sitorius is a Program Support Coordinator at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this position, Taylor manages partnerships with schools and community centers in Perry Township, East 10th Street, Southeast, Southwest, and West Downtown neighborhoods. She collaborates with partners to grow successful Girls Inc. experiences in each community.
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
Donor Relations & Events Manager
Shannon Cochran is the Donor Relations and Events Manager at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this role, Shannon is responsible for the stewardship of individual donors, managing the development and implementation of our fundraising events, overseeing the use of our donor database, and developing our annual fund strategy. Shannon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Marketing from the IU Kelley School of Business.
Shannon has a strong background in fundraising, resource development, public relations, event planning, program management, and community development. Prior to joining Girls Inc., she was most recently the New Business Development Manager for United Way of Central Indiana.
Her love for the non-profit sector started when she was an AmeriCorps member in an educational program at Concord Community Center. During college, Shannon was also an America Reads team leader, a Community Service Scholar Leader, and
Shannon has always been passionate about issues affecting women and girls, so the mission of Girls Inc. really spoke to her. The more she learned about our empowering programs and the impact they make on girls’ lives, the more she knew she wanted to be involved. Shannon is strong because she faces challenges with resilience and determination. She is smart because she knows that she can achieve anything if she’s willing to put in the work. She’s been blessed to have an amazing family, and to have had the opportunity to get a college education – she loves learning (especially through traveling)! Lastly, she is bold because she’s willing to stand up for her beliefs, to believe in herself, and to work to make the world better, especially for those who might not yet know they are worth standing up for.
Grants & Public Relations Manager
Maggie Butchko is the Grants and Public Relations Manager at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this role, Maggie is responsible for raising funds through
Maggie has extensive experience working in nonprofit settings and is skilled in grant management, nonprofit administration, event management, and public relations. Prior to joining Girls Inc., Maggie worked in development at Science Central, a science museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Arts Management from Indiana University.
Since joining Girls Inc. in May 2017, Maggie’s favorite part about working with the organization has been attending the Girls Inc. Day events. Exposing the girls to various STEM activities and careers, and women who hold these professions is very inspiring to her, especially when she sees the girls realize they can one day be those women.
Growing up, she was always taught to be strong, smart, and bold in everything that she does. Maggie continues to live by these words as she strives to be the best person she can be in regard to her health and education, and as she is continually motivated to reach her goals.
Danielle Edwards serves as the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this role, Danielle is responsible for the recruitment, interview, training, and matching processes of our volunteers with our empowering programs.
Danielle joined the Girls Inc. Indy staff in May
One of her favorite parts about working at Girls Inc. is being able to take time to facilitate our six-week programs. As a facilitator, you get to see the girls learn, grow, and apply their new-found knowledge to their everyday lives. However, Danielle finds herself learning just as much as the girls do within the six weeks. She is grateful for this opportunity for the girls to teach her so many things such as living life with an open mind, the importance of maintaining simplicity in all we do, and taking on their contagious positivity.
She is strong, smart, and bold because of her confident personality, education, adventurous spirit, and the inspirational women in her life she is able to look up to.
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.