Senior Leadership

Cathy Tisdale

President and CEO

Cathy is President and CEO of Camp Fire National Headquarters. Her national leadership roles include National Association of Women Professionals “Woman of the Year”; Immediate Past Chair, National Collaboration for Youth; Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Executive Committee and Board of Directors; America’s Promise Alliance Trustee; and she recently was named to the Board of Governors for the Academy of Education Arts & Sciences.

In Kansas City, Cathy is a member of the United Way of Greater Kansas City’s Executive Leadership Circle; the Leadership Council of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, a charter member of the Chamber’s Executive Women’s Leadership Council; and a charter member of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Committee of 100.

Cathy is a featured speaker at national conferences focusing on leadership, organization effectiveness, and youth development; and contributes to national media publications.

Patti Gardner

Chief Business Officer

Patti received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University and is a licensed CPA. She has over 30 years of diverse experience in all aspects of finance and accounting, working with various sizes and types of companies, including 16 years in public accounting. Prior to joining Camp Fire National Headquarters, she served as a Chief Financial Officer for both a not-for-profit organization and a small entrepreneurial business as well as a Business Unit Controller for a publicly traded Fortune 500 firm. Patti is an active member of Financial Executives International and the Missouri Society of CPAs.

Douglas Anderson

Chief Operating Officer

Doug leads the Camp Fire National Headquarters Council Effectiveness team and Camp Fire’s Programs and Curricula. He has an extensive background in nonprofit management that includes many years dedicated to working with at-risk teens. Doug’s past experience includes working with local Salvation Army Corps Community Centers and a large children’s home in Illinois, and as a fund development consultant. Prior to coming to Camp Fire, he spent five years as the founding Executive Director of the Highlands Teen Challenge Kansas City Girls Home.

Doug is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Leadership from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel University. He holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa. He lives in Lee’s Summit, MO with his wife and three daughters.

Connie Dresie

Director, Council Support

Connie serves as the staff lead in monitoring councils’ support needs to ensure they maintain organizational effectiveness and adhere to national headquarters’ corporate requirements. She has a 32-year history with the organization in a variety of roles and is a Camp Fire alumna. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Science from Longview Community College, Lee’s Summit, MO.

Katrena Armstrong

Director, Finance and Administration

Katrena manages all fiscal and human resources affairs for Camp Fire. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri Kansas City and her Master’s of Business Administration Degree with an emphasis in International Business from Park University. Katrena has over 20 years of progressive accounting experience, including 10 years in leadership positions in the financial industry and institutions of higher education. Previous to joining Camp Fire, Katrena held the position of Chief Financial Officer with two nonprofit organizations in the Kansas City area. She is also an entrepreneur, owning an accounting business for a few years. Katrena has served on many community relations boards in a treasurer capacity and volunteers with various children’s groups around the city.

Shawna Rosenzweig

Director, Program Effectiveness

Shawna earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a BA in Sociology and a minor in Education and Applied Psychology from University of California Santa Barbara.

For the past decade, Shawna has worked in Positive Youth Development, bringing with her an expertise in curriculum design, civic engagemen,t and program quality improvement in out-of-school-time settings. Shawna joined Camp Fire in June 2013.

Previously, she worked as a Program Specialist at Thrive Foundation for Youth and as a Curriculum Specialist and Senior Trainer/Educator at Global Kids in New York City. Shawna also spent time in the Middle East, developing and facilitating education material for various organizations promoting conflict resolution among teens in the Israeli Palestinian Conflict, including Seeds of Peace, Just Vision, and Parents Circle-Families Forum.

In her current role, she is responsible for Camp Fire National Headquarters’ program quality, evaluation, and program staff training and development efforts.

Chris Wagner

Director, Office Technology

Chris serves as staff lead for all IT systems at Camp Fire National Headquarters. He has a background in programming and systems/application support and has worked in the field for 16 years. Prior to Camp Fire, Chris worked as a programmer and IT Manager. He has worked both for-profit and nonprofit and has led initiatives including a community network project in his hometown of Atchison, KS.

Chris holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Missouri Western State University.

Debbie Zabica

Director, Council Effectiveness

Debbie has an extensive background in nonprofit management that includes many years of working in youth development. She has focused on helping council’s grow their capacities through strategic planning, participant growth, leadership development, community engagement, board recruitment, and fund development.

Debbie’s greatest passion lies in helping grow and strengthen councils who in turn are able to make real differences in the lives of the children and youth in the communities they serve.

Debbie has extensive experience with the Girl Scouts as Field Director, Membership Director, Training Director, and a Chief Operating Officer. She was an Executive Director/CEO for two councils for a total of almost 20 years. She has been with Girl Scout councils in St. Joseph, Missouri, and numerous cities in Texas.

Debbie has a Bachelor’s degree from Howard Payne University and a Non-Profit Management Certificate from Texas Tech University. Debbie lives in Wichita Falls,Texas which is north of Dallas/Fort Worth, with her husband Steve and has one son Joshua who is in college.

Erin Risner

Director, Marketing & Communications

Erin began her career in the nonprofit world as part of the small marketing team that helped the then-unknown international water organization rebrand to become and put them on the map. After four years there growing in her career, she joined a global social entrepreneurial venture called The Way Women Work, whom she also helped rebrand, build their community, and launch the award-winning book, UNDETERRED. Erin has spent the past five years in the tech and security world with encrypted software company SpiderOak, where she left her recent position as Chief Communications Officer to join Camp Fire.

Her career travels, which have taken her to Argentina, Brazil, Philippines, China, Vietnam, Haiti, Bangladesh, and Lithuania, have contributed greatly to the person she is today. For the past eight years she has proudly served on the board for Girls to School, a nonprofit that supports girls and women in Mauritania, West Africa.

Erin graduated from Drury University with a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Media and Global Studies.

She is honored to join the impressive Camp Fire team and mission. Coming across the organization sparked all of the fond memories that shaped her as a kid and young adult - camping, dozens of mission and service trips all over the country, and time as a camp counselor at Camp Barnabas and FCA.

She lives in Kansas City with her awesome husband Chad, and hilarious and fun two-year-old son, Everett.