Meet the Team
President & Executive Director
John Brandon, president of MCCOY, has more than 30 years of experience in the youth development field as a youth worker, counselor, caseworker, trainer and agency executive. He holds a B.A. in History, an MDiv. in Theology and a M.S. in Marital and Family Therapy. He has guided numerous community planning projects and initiatives in the youth development arena during his career and serves on a variety of community boards and committees. He is a certified trainer in the Advancing Youth Development curriculum, a trained facilitator for the Sustainability Planning Process and an adjunct instructor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Madi Gregory is a marketing and communications professional with over 10 years’ experience in the youth development field. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications with Journalism and Gender Studies minors from Manchester University, and is originally from Bloomington, IN where her passion for words, graphic design, and social justice began. Madi is a fierce advocate for mental health awareness, and volunteers with NAMI and the Wheeler Mission for Women & Children. Her favorite colors are FFED4A, 643385, & 6B1A35, but relentlessly pursuing her purpose in life is as real and as cheesy as the coder jokes are. Madi has worked hard to earn skills that help her share stories with integrity, fervor, and moxie.
Youth Engagement Director
Bernard Mickle is an Indianapolis native and strategic program leader with versatile career accomplishments in ministry, youth & family, community development, social work and education. He earned a degree in Social with from Indiana University and a master’s degree in Christian Educational & Organizational Leadership at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He gained valuable leadership experience through an apprenticeship through Public Allies and a Pastoral residency and Bible Institute. Bernard values fostering external relationships to align needs with planning, fiscal sustainability, and community impact. He currently serves as MCCOY’s Director of Youth Engagement, Outreach & Empowerment.
Becky Reich is a career educator with more than 12 years’ experience as a teacher, trainer and facilitator. Her experience ranges from elementary to high school classroom instructor, curriculum trainer, youth development professional, coach and volunteer. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education with a Kindergarten Endorsement from Purdue University. In addition to her youth-focused work, she also has experience in business, sales, management and communications across the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining MCCOY, Becky was the National Instructional Coach at Think Through Learning. Becky currently serves as MCCOY’s director of training where she delivers and coordinates professional development opportunities for those who work with youth. She also manages MCCOY’s Program Quality Assessment process and is a certified trainer for YPQA Planning with Data.
Early Intervention & Prevention Director
Kate Roelecke is the director of the Early Intervention and Prevention initiative. She brings more than six years of public health program planning, evaluation and violence prevention experience, as well as a passion for collaborating with community partners for systems change. Kate previously served as the Rape Prevention and Education Coordinator at the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, working with communities across Indiana to implement and evaluate prevention strategies. She also teaches the online graduate course at the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. Kate received her bachelor’s degree in Communications/Public Relations at Purdue University and her master’s degree from the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. Kate has previously served on the board of the Indiana Public Health Association and presented at multiple state and national conferences, including the National Sexual Assault Conference and the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.
For the past eleven years, Juli has been the administrative assistant at MCCOY, sitting at the front desk to welcome visitors, handle A/P and A/R, help plan special events and update the Youth Activity Directory. Juli has a bachelor’s degree from Butler University where she worked in the English and journalism departments and in the Irwin Library. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 19 years, previously within the faith-based world at Indiana Partners for Christian Unity & Mission, The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis and the National Council of Churches’ Indiana Faith-Based Climate Change Campaign. Before the nonprofit world, Juli worked for 16 years with local HVAC engineers, R.E. Dimond and Associates. As a parent of three girls who attended Indianapolis Public Schools, Mrs. Van Wyk volunteered for 19 years on the Parent Advisory Council, textbook and interview committees and the planning team for Broad Ripple’s Small Schools.
Advocacy & Public Policy Director
Sarah Williams is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy. In this position, she meets with Indiana legislators to advocate for policy decisions that affect the youth in our community. She joins MCCOY following six years in Washington, D.C. working in government and at a nonprofit. She served as a staff member for U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, then as a Senior Program Associate at Meridian International Center. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Political Science and Spanish and a Master’s degree in Global Advocacy from The George Washington University. She is fluent in Spanish.