PRESIDENT AND CEO
As President and CEO, Kimberly provides the primary leadership for the ongoing management of Starfish Initiative including strategic planning, fundraising strategy and execution, board development and the overall oversight of the day to day operations.
Prior to joining Starfish Initiative, Kimberly led United Way of Central Indiana’s (UWCI) major gift and individual leadership giving. Under her leadership, the annual giving for Major Gifts consistently increased by 1% (~$350,000) year over year. While at United Way of Central Indiana Kimberly:
Served on the national Major and Planned Giving Council (MPGC) for United Way Worldwide. (MPGC is made up of 25 Major Gift experts across the network that provided field leadership and expertise to develop, recommend and support systemic change across the United Way network for major gift and planned-giving.);
Was peer nominated for two consecutive years to Chair MPGC Tocqueville/Major Gifts Annual Subcommittee;
Co-Chaired the United Way Worldwide Peter Buffett Multi-Million Dollar Network Proposal – secured an eight-figure commitment to support our efforts across the United Way Network; and
Served on the national Equity and Education Initiative aimed to provide critical college and career opportunities and supports for the next generation of young male leaders of color
Kimberly has successfully served as a leader in the nonprofit sector. Serving as the Development Director for UNCF - United Negro College Fund Indiana Area Office where she was responsible for helping the regional office meet its $1.4 Million goal as part of the UNCF Indiana Annual Campaign. Prior to UNCF, Kimberly served as the Executive Director for Mt. Carmel Community Life Center.
A life-long servant to the community, Kimberly volunteers whenever she can. She has served on many community boards including Indianapolis Weed and Seed of the Far Eastside, Lawrence Township Hunger Coalition, FEAC Far Eastside Action Coalition, Pathway Resource Center Planning Committee and she currently serves as the Board Chair on the Steward Speakers Board of Directors. In addition, Kimberly supports many schools and community organizations in their efforts to improve the quality of education for our youth in our community.
Kimberly attended Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia and later graduated from Indiana University where she earned a Paralegal Certificate from the IU School of Liberal Arts; BA in Political Science from the IU School of Liberal Arts; a Graduate Certificate in Public Management/Administration from the IU School of SPEA; and MPA also from the IU School of SPEA. Kimberly later earned her CFRE designation as a Certified Fundraising Expert. Kimberly has a demonstrated history of leading in the nonprofit sector.
Kimberly and her husband Dion reside in Central Indiana and they have three children Krystal, Tyler and Taylor.
SVP & CHIEF ADVANCEMENT OFFICER
Jennifer McCloud is the SVP and Chief Advancement Officer for Starfish Initiative. In this role, she is a member of the executive leadership team. Jennifer provides strategic oversight, planning and execution of the organization’s development-fundraising initiatives. She also oversees communications and branding. A relationship builder, Jennifer’s goal is to create value for Starfish supporters, creating partnerships and opportunities to better serve the youth of Indianapolis. Formerly the Director of University Relations and Communications at Martin University, a private liberal arts university, Jennifer worked with the University’s administration to redevelop and implement a more effective communication and marketing strategy. Her role also included developing new relationships and strategies to re-connect alumni and past supporters of the University through a variety of initiatives. Jennifer, along with the university’s president, re-developed the university’s advancement initiatives, creating a new advancement department and its first ever endowment. She was also a member of the planning team that developed the Martindale-Brightwood Education Zone, created to align educational, social, and health-related and safety services to families of children from birth to grade six.
Jennifer serves as a Board Member for the Beacon of Hope Crisis Center whose mission is to empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to become self-sufficient by providing safety, education and support.
Along with her husband John, Jennifer was active in the Indianapolis youth sports community, mentoring young men and encouraging them to achieve both academically and athletically. Involved in her church, she has served in a number of capacities including local missions that serve the homeless community.
A native Hoosier, Jennifer holds an MBA from Western Governors University and Bachelors of Science from Indiana State University. Jennifer is married to John McCloud and they have two sons John McCloud “Jr.” a graduate of Davenport University, Grand Rapids, Michigan and James McCloud a student at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana.
DIR. OF PROGRAMMING OPERATIONS
Lauren is from Plymouth, Indiana and attended Culver Girl's Academy for high school. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Butler University and worked in the corporate advertising world for seven years before excitedly taking the plunge into her dream job at Starfish. Lauren brings a positive attitude and a deep love of data analytics to the office. She currently lives with her two Labrador retrievers and enjoys reading, all things Harry Potter, competitive jeopardy, and pretending she is Belle from Beauty and the Beast. She is an avid teapot collector and makes a mean chili.
Austin comes to us with a background in social work and higher education. A 2017 graduate of the BSW Program from the University of Indianapolis, his first step was into the mental health field. After working with middle schoolers, he transitioned into the world of higher education as an admissions counselor. Throughout his time in that role, he became passionate about aiding students along their educational journey and discovering their potential and career goals. With this background, he hopes to continue to be a resource for both Scholars and Mentors in navigating the pathway to college and beyond.
Jordan is an Indianapolis native, who graduated from Warren Central High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from IUPUI in Sociology and master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-profit Leadership.
Jordan formerly led the Regional Public Affairs department at GEICO where she built community relationships, developed a volunteer portfolio, and increased annual fundraising. She helped the corporation gain exposure as a company that cares, shares, and gives back to the community.
Alongside her success at GEICO, Jordan has received nominations for Junior Achievement’s Indy’s Best and Brightest and Center for Leadership Development’s Up and Coming Achievement Award. She also has served on committees and boards for March of Dimes, Indiana Children’s Bureau, Junior Achievement, and Black Fathers Rock. She enjoys mentoring high school and college students in her spare time.
Jordan is a dedicated wife to her husband, Geordan, and a mother to their daughter.
DIR. OF MENTOR ENGAGEMENT
Originally from the west coast, Jasmine Rodriguez is a 2012 graduate of Stanford University, where she earned a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Education. Her student involvement experiences and an internship at the admissions office in her senior year influenced her decision to pursue a career in college admissions after graduation. She arrived in Indianapolis in the winter of 2013 with two suitcases full of clothes, and a job offer from the University of Indianapolis. Since then, she has adopted Indy as her hometown, worked for three different colleges in central Indiana, and met the love of her life at a college information night! As a former Starfish mentor, Jasmine is thrilled to continue working with the organization; only this time as a team member. She brings over 7 years of professional knowledge in college admissions and strategic recruitment, including diversity recruitment, and her personal experience of navigating the college search process as a low-income student from a family of immigrants.
Prior to joining the Starfish Initiative team, she was the Associate Director of Admissions at Franklin College, where she was responsible for: multicultural recruitment initiatives, developing and facilitating annual diversity and inclusion training for the admissions staff, and building strategic partnerships with community-based organizations in central Indiana. Jasmine has also been a member of the Indiana Association for College Admission Counseling since 2013, and was recognized by this professional organization in 2015, with the Rising Professional Award.
In her spare time, she enjoys hosting dinner parties for friends, traveling, and spending time with her fiancé Greg and their two dogs, Trixie and Dolly.
Jessica is a 2018 graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She studied Secondary English Education knowing she would utilize her degree to work alongside students in her community. She decided to work at Starfish Initiative after college because she knew students needed more support outside of the classroom and there is no better way through Starfish! Jessica is also directly involved in initiatives that support Scholar Alumni and oversees the Scholar Advisory Council (SAC). A current mentor and member of the Latino community, Jess is able to bring her unique perspective into her role as a Match Specialist.
I am originally from Myanmar. I came to the U.S. at 12 years old without knowing any English. I earned a Bachelor's degree from Indiana University, Bloomington in Liberal Studies. Although I originally majored in Pre-med, I figured out in my junior year that Pre-med wasn't for me in the second semester. Now that I have completed college, I would like to help guide scholars in their educational careers. When I'm not at work, I like to play soccer and volleyball.
Ellen is the Office Manager for Starfish Initiative and has over 30 years of non-profit experience. She is often described as “the glue that holds us together” and enjoys working for an organization that truly makes a difference in peoples’ lives. She received a Bachelors of Social Work degree from Manchester College. She and her husband Greg have 3 children, Shelby, a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Trevor, a graduate of the University of Southern Indiana and Sam, a senior at the University of Southern Indiana. Ellen spent many years cheering on her kids in gymnastics, baseball and basketball and enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.