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 Financial 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

Vice President, Operations

Doug Anderson, Vice President of Council Effectiveness 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, 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, Missouri 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, Missouri.

Jeff Randolph

Vice President, Marketing

​Jeff serves as the lead marketing professional at Camp Fire, where he focuses on national partnerships, cause marketing, and building awareness of the Camp Fire brand. He earned his marketing-focused MBA at Avila University in Kansas City and continues to teach in the program as an adjunct professor. Jeff has held strategic marketing positions in both large and small advertising agencies, with clients ranging from restaurants and entrepreneurial ventures to multi-national telecom and regional banks. Most recently, he served as Chief Marketing Officer at ARMA International, the professional association for information governance professionals.

He has served in volunteer roles as a member of the Board of Directors for Nutra-Net, a childhood nutrition education organization, is a two-term president of the award-winning Kansas City chapter of the American Marketing Association, and for five years even donated one weekend each month as a tour guide for the nation’s tenth largest craft brewery.

Chris Wagner

Director, Office Technology

Chris serves as staff lead for all IT systems at 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.