Staff and Board Members


Judith Olds

Executive Director
Ph: (317) 738-3273 ext. 101

Judy brings over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit field. She is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and is a Certified Bereavement Counselor.

Judy is the former President/CEO of the Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation® and past Executive Director for the Franklin Township Education Foundation. Most recently, she was the Associate Executive Director for a sheltered workshop serving adults with developmental disabilities.

A resident of Greenwood, Duncan-Olds is the past president of the Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce, past board member for Buck Creek Players and is a strong advocate for children and adults in crisis. She loves animals, traveling, snorkeling, and is an avid reader.


Dawn LaPlante

Program Coordinator – Safe Place and Host Homes
Ph: (317) 738-3273 ext. 104

Dawn joined Youth Connections in 2016. She has worked as a Family Case Manager with DCS, and, most recently, was the School Director of Day Nursery Association and Child Care Network in Huntsville, AL. She has also served as a foster parent.

Dawn is a graduate of the University of Southern Indiana and a mother to two adult children. She enjoys travel, crafting and spending time with her family and grand baby.


Shana Gilbert

Program Coordinator – Children’s Visitation Center
Ph: (317) 738-3273 ext. 103

Shana joined Youth Connections in 2016 as the Children’s Visitation Coordinator. Shana brings a wealth of experience to the agency. She was formerly with Clark Pleasant School Corporation where she instructed students in the classroom and in extended learning time. She was also with Franklin Township Community School Corporation as an instructional assistant.

A graduate of Ivy Tech and Western Governors University Shana  has a Bachelors of Science in Business Management.  She lives in Johnson County with her two spoiled dogs,Skeeter and Reese.




Jennifer Cole

Program Assistant – Children’s Visitation Center and Jumpstart
Ph: (317) 738-3273 ext. 107

Jennifer joined Youth Connections in 2015 as the Program Assistant for our Children’s Visitation Center and Jumpstart mentoring groups.  She holds a BA in psychology and MS in Mental Health Counseling from the University at Albany in NY. She currently attends the University of Indianapolis.

Jennifer was born and raised in NY and recently moved to Indiana.  Prior to her move, Jennifer worked with at-risk youth at both the Colonie Youth Court & Hope House Inc.  As the youth court assistant, she worked side by side with young, first-time offenders while they completed their community service.  Simultaneously, she worked as the mental health counselor at a residential facility for drug-addicted teenagers.

Jennifer was very involved in her hometown community and is looking to do the same here in Indiana.


Jamie Perry

Office Manager


Ph: 317-738-3273 ext: 102

Jamie joined Youth Connections as the part-time summer coordinator for the Jumpstart mentoring camps.  She proved to be a valuable asset to the organization due to her outstanding organizational skills. Jamie was named Special Project Coordinator in the fall of 2016 and quickly moved up to Office Manager

Her responsibilities include handling the logistics for Youth Connections fundraisers, the “Families in Transition” (FIT) program and Custody Evaluations.

Formerly a teacher’s assistant with Kid City Academy in Franklin, IN and a teacher with KinderCare in Indianapolis, IN, Jamie is a resident of Johnson County where she lives with her husband, three daughters and her Shih Tzu named Jada.


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Executive Committee

President:  Kim Shell – Educator retired

Vice President Finance:  Jerry Sparks- Self-employed

Vice President Board Development & Governance – Luke McNamee – Policy Director for the Institute for Quality Education

Vice President of Marketing – 


Abigail Jones – Student – Franklin College

Matthew Solomon – Attorney-at-Law

Doug Wood – Greenwood City Police

James Hoeing- Franklin City Police

Michele Holtkamp – Daily Journal


Judith R. Olds – Youth Connections – (non-voting member)

 Each trustee & director is elected to serve for three years with two successive terms.

Lifetime Trustees

Billy Bemis, Bemis Group

Bev Hart, Retired City/County official

John Reames, Attorney-at-Law

Pat Van Valer, Retired attorney

Interested in becoming a Board member? Click here for the YC Board Application


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