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.
Emily Hitchcock is the Manager of Outreach at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this position, Emily is the driver of outreach programs and volunteer initiative. She works to advance Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis’s ability to meet girls’ needs in the community through curriculum development and project management. Emily holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management from Ball State University.
Emily has years of experience in managing partnerships with non-profit organizations, community development, and volunteer coordination. Prior to joining Girls Inc. she served as the Community Relations Manager for the Indianapolis Indians. Emily’s passion for Indianapolis grew when she worked as the Community Development Manager at Sun King Brewery where she had the opportunity to support hundreds of non-profit organizations in the community. Throughout her time in Indianapolis she has served on several committees and boards striving to create a better community for those who live here.
Emily was drawn to Girls Inc. because of their mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, something that she was fortunate to be taught growing up by so many role models in her life. Since joining Girls Inc., Emily’s favorite memory occurred at an outreach program where she witnessed 9 to 11 year-old girls engaging in the Body Basics program. She was overwhelmed by the amount of questions they were asking and the excitement they had to learn about their bodies.
Emily is strong, smart, and bold because of her willingness to face a challenge, lead others, and push herself to reach new goals.
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
Danielle Edwards serves as the Volunteer 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.
Manager of Institutional Giving
Maggie Butchko is the Manager of Institutional Giving at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. In this role, Maggie is responsible for raising funds for the organization through foundation, corporate, and government support.
Maggie has 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.
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.