Susan was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. After graduating from Purdue University with a B.S. in Agriculture, she went to work for the Department of Natural Resources as one of the state’s two female Soil Scientists. After several years she realized that she wanted to find a career working with children where she could make a difference. Having spent most of her childhood weekends on her family’s farm in nearby Bethlehem, IN she was very familiar with and rather fond of Madison. She applied and was hired for the position of Program Director in the Spring of 1983. By February 1984 she was hired as the Executive Director.
She enjoys running a smaller affiliate because it has afforded her the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of areas including accounting, finance, human resources, fundraising and basic building maintenance. Her favorite part of her job, however, is the privilege of working with and on behalf of the girls and young women in Jefferson County.
A native from West Terre Haute, Indiana, Emilee was first brought to Madison to attend Hanover College. When she graduated from Hanover College in 2014, Emilee began her journey with Girls Inc. as Program Director. Over the past 2.5 years, Emilee has become engaged in the Madison community where she serves on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, serves as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Secretary of JCJTAP, and helps coordinate community events with various organizations. This winter, Emilee graduated with her Masters Degree in Leadership Development from the St. Mary’s of the Woods college, with a focus on nonprofit and organizational management. Emilee loves interacting with all Girls Inc. members and helping inspire them to be their true self. She focuses on building and providing programs that enrich our girls and increase confidence in all areas of their life.
Connie began her affiliation with Girls Inc. in 1972, when it first started in Jefferson County. Then it was known as Girls Club and she was a member at the Deputy Elementary School site. She enjoyed all the fun activities that they did, and thinks that led her to where she is today. She has worked at our local Girls Inc. center since 1988. She started off as a part time staff then became full time in 1990. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University in 1986, where she majored in Recreation Programming and Leadership. Before working at Girls Inc., she substitute taught for all of the Jefferson County and Scott County schools. She and her husband, Doug, have two daughters, Amanda and Angela, who basically grew up at Girls Inc. Angela was a 2015 National Girls Inc. Scholarship recipient. For the past 28 years she has helped plan and coordinate the many daily challenge activities and classes that we offer to our members. A few of her favorite classes to teach are Clay Creations, Kids In The Kitchen and Action For Safety. She enjoys bringing out the creative side of our members, and helping them explore and experience things that they might not get to elsewhere.