Michelle Daniel

President, Board of Directors

Michelle Daniel is a third-year doctoral student in the American Studies program at New York University.  She is interested in excavating the collateral consequences of criminal convictions for people and families directly impacted by mass incarceration, in addition to participating in a scholarly project challenging the narratives of the history of women’s prison with a group of incarcerated scholars. Even while incarcerated, Michelle published and presented her research findings to dispel notions about the reach and intellectual capacity of justice-involved women.  Michelle’s advocacy extends beyond the classroom through collaborations and opportunities to speak truth to power. While incarcerated, she presented legislative testimony on a reentry alterative she created for long-term incarcerated people that was approved by the Indiana State Interim Committee on the Criminal Code and has joined the advisory boards of the Lumina Foundation and the Urban Institute.

She is a founding member and chairwoman of the board of Constructing Our Future, a reentry alternative for women created by incarcerated women in Indiana and a 2017-18 Beyond the Bars fellow, a 2017-18 Research Fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University, and a 2018-19 Ford Foundation Bearing Witness Fellow with Art for Justice, 2019 SOZE Right of Return Fellow, 2019 Code for America Fellow and 2019-2020 Mural Arts Fellow.  Michelle is currently under contract with The New Press to publish the history of Indiana’s carceral institutions for women with fellow incarcerated and formerly incarcerated scholars.  As an artist, further, Michelle is interested in finding ways to funnel her research pursuits into theater, dance, and photography.  Her original co-authored play, “The Duchess of Stringtown,” was produced in December 2017 in Indianapolis and New York City and her artist installation about stigma, “Point of Triangulation,” ran September 26, – October 1, 2019, at NYU Gallery in New York and the Beyond the Bars Conference at Columbia University, March 6-8, 2020.

Karen Wurster

Secretary, Board of Directors

Karen is a marketing consultant as President, Eagles Shores Consulting which she founded after retiring as a Marketing Executive at Eli Lilly and Co. Karen has a deep belief in the difference that stable housing in a supportive environment can make in a person’s life. In addition to serving COF, Karen is on the board of PACE (Public Advocates in Community re-Entry), and is an active volunteer with Back on My Feet and Habitat for Humanity

Brian Shaw

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Lisa Livingston

Board of Directors

Lisa Livingston brings strong experience in helping women find success through supportive housing and services. She is the founder and executive director of the Breakaway recovery house in New Albany, IN. Lisa also brings construction experience she has developed as the co-owner of Lisa’s Roofing and Construction.

“I am in recovery and my passion is helping women with drug and alcohol problems loving them until they can learn to love yourself.”

Chrissy Vasquez

Board of Directors

Chrissy is passionate about helping others reach their full potential and has a personal mission statement of “helping others recognize they are worth a second chance.”

In addition to Constructing Our Future, she serves on the boards of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity and Association of Fundraising Professionals. Chrissy is a member of the Kelley School of Business Dean’s Council and Impact 100. Chrissy also co-hosts a podcast called The Business Edge.

Chrissy is passionate about triathlon and has completed several 70.3 races and won 140.6 race. She loves music, running, golf, home improvement projects, volunteering, and her fur babies Boyd and Maizey (dogs) and Ms. Kitty (cat) – all rescues.

Andrea Aiyette

Board of Directors

Jessie Cobb-Denard

Board of Directors

Jessie Cobb-Dennard is an attorney at Sallee Law, LLC in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana with the sole focus of her practice being Family Law. In addition, she is a Guardian ad Litem and a Registered Domestic Relations Mediator. Jessie became a part of Constructing Our Future back in 2017 when her passion for reentry work was sparked by the closing of the IREF facility in Indianapolis. Her disappointment was quoted in an article published by the Indiana Lawyer, and founders of COF reached out to her to channel that affection to furthering their vision. In her personal life, Jessie enjoys spending time with her husband, Jamar, and their daughter, worshipping at Turning Point Family Worship Center, and obsessively watching The Young & The Restless

Seana Murphy

Board of Directors

Scott Logan

Board of Directors

Rheann Kelly

Board of Directors