Danielle Shockey
Danielle Shockey

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana’s board of directors recently announced that Danielle Shockey, a Girl Scout alumna, will become the organization’s chief executive officer beginning Jan. 1, 2018. 

Shockey’s experience serving Indiana’s youth spans a career of 20 years.

 “As a former Girl Scout, I am a product of the power that exists in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience,” said Shockey. “It has been a long time since I proudly wore my uniform, stood beside my friends, and held up my three fingers and recited the Girl Scout Promise. The valuable life lessons learned by me and millions of other young women is the reason why I am thrilled to begin serving as the chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.”

 Most recently, Shockey served Hoosier youth through her leadership role as the sole deputy superintendent of public instruction for the Indiana Department of Education. In that role, she was at the forefront of Indiana K-12 education, supporting the creation of an education system of equity and high-quality for more than 1 million students.

 “The legacy that has been created by Deborah Hearn Smith for Girl Scouts of Central Indiana is one that I am humbled to follow,” said Shockey. “Over the last 20 years, I have been fortunate to have served millions of young people from all across Indiana, and I know first-hand, that now more than ever, girls need an organization, a place to call their own, that is dedicated to the unique needs of girls, aligned with their passions, and provides them with skills that will last a lifetime.”

 Shockey’s experience at the Department of Education included leading the vision and operations of 22 distinctly different divisions such as College and Career Readiness, STEM, Career and Technical Education, special education, eLearning, federal grants, educator effectiveness, and school safety.

 “We are delighted to welcome Danielle back home as a Girl Scout alumna,” said Diana Sullivan, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana’s board chair. “Our board of directors is confident that she will build on the legacy left by retiring CEO Deborah Hearn Smith, and help our girls reach even greater heights as tomorrow leaders.”

 Shockey also has experience as a college dean, school principal and educator. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Ball State University and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Indiana University.