Meet the Team
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.
LaMarr Davis joins MCCOY with over 18 years of experience in broadcasting, sales, and marketing. Starting his career in high school with Radio One, he displayed the innate ability to connect with the community. His genuine spirit and propensity to positively transform the cadence of a room has opened many doors. He later spread his wings to work for Emmis Communications, where he had the opportunity to leverage his talents in diverse markets ranging from ESPN, Hank FM, and talk radio. One of LaMarr’s most exciting positions has been working as a manager at Radio Disney. He was recognized on several occasions and received accolades at a Disney award show. LaMarr has a passion for inspiring and encouraging youth, and many of his positions are reflective of this mission. One of his most recent roles was Marketing Director for Fresh Empire, the FDA’s national campaign designed to prevent and reduce tobacco use among at-risk teens. LaMarr is excited & ready to make impact in his new role as Director of the Mayors Youth Leadership Council, Director of Youth Empowerment & Engagement. He & his fiancée, Le’Joy, love traveling, and are self-proclaimed foodies. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching wresting, spoiling his niece & nephews, and is extremely active at his church and in the Riverside community.
Sarah (Williams) Kumfer 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.
Prevention & Coalition Coordinator
Marion County Youth Violence Prevention Coalition
Rebecca McCracken, Coalition Coordinator for the Marion County Youth Violence Prevention Coalition (MCYVPC), joined the team in January 2023. Rebecca has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She spent the first 7 years of her career in the quality and engineering field before leaving to be a stay-at-home mom. Returning to the workforce, Becca looked for opportunities that aligned with her active volunteer work in gun violence prevention. While working in county government, she joined the coalition and co-led the policy task force before stepping into the Coalition Coordinator role. Becca is an engaged citizen, committed to advocacy and doing the work to make a difference in her community. She is looking forward to building relationships and supporting the organizations within the Coalition, creating resources where they are needed, and shifting the conversation around guns, gun violence, and gun safety.
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.
Kate Roelecke is a public health professional with 10 years of experience in program planning and evaluation, coalition-building, and systems change. As Director of Strategy and Operations, Kate leads the coordination, implementation, and evaluation of collaborative organizational strategies aligned to MCCOY’s mission and vision. Prior to this role, she led MCCOY’s Early Intervention and Prevention Initiative, working with community leaders to eliminate child abuse, neglect, and juvenile involvement within the legal system. Kate earned her master’s in public health from the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI where she is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is a proud graduate of Purdue University, self-proclaimed foodie, and dog mom.
Hannah Swogger is a communications professional with 9 years’ experience in higher education and career development in the Indianapolis community. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Marian University and a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership and Design from University of Indianapolis. She strives always to organize and distribute resources that help others succeed. She can usually be found hunched over a desk, puzzling to find the perfect synonym or mumbling something about the html on the website. Her hobbies include re-watching the first six seasons of Game of Thrones, pretending to be fit by walking to work, and cuddling with her rather demanding dog, Lady.
For the past 13 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 28 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.