Early Intervention Planning Council

The mission of the Early Intervention Planning Council is to eliminate child abuse, neglect, and juvenile involvement with the legal system by coordinating efforts that increase availability and access to services and advocate for high-quality early intervention and prevention services in Marion County.

The council envisions a city where:

  • All children are safe and free from abuse and neglect
  • All children receive the care, support, and resources to grow into healthy and contributing members of society
  • All caregivers have the supports and resources to provide a safe and healthy environment for children

MCCOY is the designated coordinating agency for the Early Intervention Planning Council. The Council was established in 2005 by the City-County Council of Indianapolis-Marion County. Since then, the EIPC and partners have studied the complex issues that contribute to child and family involvement with Marion County’s child welfare and juvenile legal systems. The EIPC advises the work of MCCOY’s Early Intervention and Prevention work.

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2024 Meeting Dates:

Meetings of the Early Intervention Planning Council are open to the public – you can find the 2024 meeting schedule below (subject to change). If you would like to attend a meeting or have questions, please contact Kate Roelecke at kate.roelecke@mccoyouth.org.

January 24, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Strategy Meeting)

MCCOY (1375 W 16th Street)

March 27, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM


May 22, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Indianapolis City-County Building (tentative)

July 24, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM


September 25, 2023, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Indianapolis City-County Building (tentative)

November 20, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

MCCOY (1375 W 16th Street)

2024 EIPC Members:
Kate Peterson, Co-Chair

Kate Peterson, Co-Chair

Local Office Director, Marion County West

Department of Child Services, Region 10

Kate Peterson is the Local Office Director for Marion County West Department of Child Services in Region 10. She has worked for DCS for 17 years, starting as a family case manager and working her way up to being a director. Ms. Peterson has been in the social work field for 25 years, beginning her career with a nonprofit agency in Jay County, IN, as a house parent in emergency shelter care. She then went on to work for Healthy Families, then as a homebased caseworker, which led her to the Department of Child Services. Ms. Peterson enjoys working with families and the community to make sure that children are safe and that families get the support they need to be successful.

Maggie Lewis, Co-Chair

City-County Councillor

District 10

Maggie A. Lewis joined the City-County Council in 2008. She served as President of the Council from 2012 to 2017. She is the first woman in Council history to hold the position. She represents District 10 and currently serves as the Council’s Majority Leader. An Indiana State University alum, Councillor Lewis earned her bachelor’s degree in community health education and master’s degree in public administration. Since graduating from Indiana State, she has dedicated her career to serving the public and those in need. Councillor Lewis currently works as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis. Her organizational involvement includes memberships in Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and LINKS, Inc. She is a devoted member of Mount Paran Church. Councillor Lewis is married to Indiana State University alum, LeRoy Lewis, III, and they are proud of parents of LeRoy Lewis IV.

Honorable Rosanne Ang


Marion County Superior Court, Family Division

Paul Annee

City-County Councillor

District 23

Councillor Paul Annee serves the residents of District 23 in Marion County. Elected in 2019, Councillor Annee also serves as the Minority Whip of the Republican Caucus. Active in the state’s Republican party, he has served as precinct committeeman and ward chairman in Perry Township and has been an elected Republican State Delegate. Councillor Annee is very active in his community and serves on several boards including The Greater Southside Business Alliance and Southeast Community Resource District Council. He is an active member of the Perry Township Kiwanis Club, Citizens Alliance for Public Safety, and the Perry Township GOP Club. He has also participated in several different programs including the Indianapolis Public Safety Citizens Academy, Bowen Institute on Political Participation, and is a former Civilian of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. In addition to representing the residents of District 23, Councillor Annee is the Executive Director of the Marion County Agricultural Fair Association. He is a lifelong resident of Perry Township.

Ashley Asante-Doyle, BS, MSW

Director of Community Partners in Marion County

Firefly Children & Family Alliance

Ashley Asante-Doyle has been employed with Firefly Children & Family Alliance for over 11 years and has held multiple positions within the agency. She is currently the Director of Community Partners in Marion County, serving as an advocate for social justice and a voice for those who cannot speak. Ms. Asante-Doyle’s mission is to change lives through education, while exploring healthy perceptions to ensure children’s needs are met and abuse/ neglect are prevented.

Cortnei Flucas

Unified Study Supports Officer

Indianapolis Public Schools

Nicole Goodson

Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives

Kids’ Voice of Indiana

Nicole Goodson serves as the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives at Kids’ Voice of Indiana, which provides best interest representation to Marion County children involved in child welfare and family legal disputes. Ms. Goodson also teaches the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at IU McKinney School of Law as an adjunct professor. She has been practicing law in Indiana since 2004, after receiving her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Ms. Goodson is committed to improving outcomes for young people in Marion County.

Kay Knorr

Probation Supervisor

Marion County Superior Court, Juvenile Probation Division

Kay Knorr has worked with Marion County Courts and Probation for 32 years in areas of casework, truancy diversion, special services, and unit supervision. Presently, the work she is most encouraged about is her work with the Transforming Juvenile Probation interventions which seeks to increase diversion options for youth who assess low for future court involvement.

Mary Beth Larkins

Manager of Children’s Programming

Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center

Mary Beth Larkins is the Manager of Children’s Programming at Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center. She has been with Sandra Eskenazi MHC for 30 years, always in the Children’s Programming. Ms. Larkins has had the opportunity to manage a smaller adult department which has been an area of growth and learning. She started her career as a homebased clinician, as well as doing outpatient work. Ms. Larkins believes in the mission and values of the Sandra Eskenazi MHC, in which they serve the most vulnerable populations, and this is the reason she has stayed with the organization as longa she has.

Ben Tapper

Chief Diversity & Equity Officer

City of Indianapolis

Ben Tapper currently serves as the first Chief Diversity & Equity Officer for the City of Indianapolis and oversees the Office of Equity, Belonging, and Inclusion. Prior to working for the city, Mr. Tapper co-founded the Kindred Collective LLC, an organization that facilitates DEIA training and healing dialogue programs. He serves on the board of Patchwork Indy. Mr. Tapper has also tackled issues of faith and justice through his work as a chaplain at IU Health and youth leader with First Mennonite Church. He has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Manchester College, a Master of Public Affairs from the O’Neil School of Public and Environmental Affairs (IUPUI), and a Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.

Wendy Tucker

Clinical Mental Health Therapist, Founder & CEO

Walk by Faith Counseling, Pennie Mae Learns

Wendy Tucker is a Clinical Mental Health Therapist who is the founder and CEO of Walk by Faith Counseling and Pennie Mae Learns. Ms. Tucker has a passion to break the stigma of mental health in Urban communities. She currently serves on the Early Intervention Planning Council, is a Social Services Director, as well as a Licensed Ordained Minister and Chaplain. Ms. Tucker would best describe herself as a public servant who spends most weekends teaching workshops on mental health and serving the community through outreach events.

Dr. Larry Young


MSD of Pike Township

Dr. Larry D. Young, Jr. has a professional career in the MSD of Pike Township spanning over 25 years. During this time, he has served in multiple positions: teacher, assistant principal, principal, Direct of Student and Community Services, Director of Elementary Education, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, Interim Superintendent, and currently serves as Superintendent.

Get Involved

Interested in getting involved? Email Kate Roelecke to learn more.