Elena Dwyre, MSW, LSW
CEO Campagna Academy

Ms. Dwyre has been the Chief Executive Officer of Campagna Academy since the fall of 2011, after serving as the Chief Operation Officer since April 2010. Prior to joining Campagna Academy Inc., Ms. Dwyre was Regional Vice President with The Providence Network, a community based social service provider. Ms. Dwyre has served the organization in several leadership roles for over 10 years. With more than 15 years in the human services field, Ms. Dwyre’s background includes extensive experience implementing and overseeing operations in children’s mental health, therapeutic foster care, I/DD waiver services, and home-based services across several states with for-profit and non-profit social service companies. Ms. Dwyre received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University.



David Cowser, CPA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer 
David earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Indiana University Northwest. He started his career with 13 years of banking and information technology at a prominent Northwest Indiana Community bank, including serving as Chief Technology Officer. He then went on to 6 years as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for a national healthcare management firm and the last 6 years has served as CFO at Campagna. He is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and with 22 years of financial and business experience, David has been focused on fiscal management and accountability, forecasting, and financial reporting. David served on the Campagna Academy Board of Directors from 1996 until he assumed his position with the agency in April of 2012.



Kynesha Swain, MPA, MSHR
Deputy Director 

Kynesha has been employed with Campagna Academy since July 2012. Her career has been focused on social services (children and families). Prior to joining the Campagna family she worked for the State of Indiana for nine years in a number of agencies that include State Personnel Department, Department of Child Services and Department of Correction. Her overall long-term goals are to work closely with children and families to make a difference in their lives. Kynesha is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, a member of SHRM and was nominated for NWI Most Influential Up and Coming Women of 2015.


Nikki Wielgos
Senior Director of Development and Public Relations

Ms. Wielgos has been the Senior Director of Development and Public Relations since the summer of 2014 after serving as the Event Coordinator since July 2013. Prior to joining Campagna Academy Inc., Ms. Wielgos was the Event and Safe Place Coordinator with the Crisis Center, Inc. for over 20 years, expanding the Safe Place program to become the largest program in the state serving runaway and at-risk youth. Ms. Wielgos’ background includes over 15 years of experience implementing and overseeing successful fundraising events.  Ms. Wielgos also served on the National Safe Place Advisory Board and was Board Chair for two terms. In 2004 she was honored for “Outstanding Commitment and Dedication to National Safe Place” at the National Safe Place Conference.


Mary Kapitan, PHR, SHRM-CP
Director of Human Resources

Mary has been employed at Campagna Academy since August 2016. She is a member of SHRM on the local, state and national level. She was on the Board of Directors for the NWI SHRM chapter and oversaw the education/certification classes. She started her career in banking and accounting and transitioned into Human Resources in 2005. She loves getting to know the staff and helping them achieve their long term goals, as well as, the goals of Campagna.


Douglas Knapp, BS
Residential Secure Program Manager

Douglas earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Minor in Youth Ministry from Liberty University.  He started his career with 13 years on the front lines of residential treatment centers in Colorado and Indiana. He worked through the ranks as a Youth Care Specialist, Team Lead, Unit Supervisor, Campus Support and Campus Life Specialist. Douglas is proficient in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Milieu Management and Trauma Informed Care.  Douglas looks forward to assisting the clients and staff reach their personal potential as well as manifesting a positive life experience while at Campagna Academy.