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.

Lyn Lakin

Chief Operating Officer

Lyn oversees Camp Fire’s programming development and assessment, council effectiveness, and fund development and marketing teams. She has spent over 20 years working in fund development, general administration, marketing and field operations. Lyn just completed six years of service on the national board of directors of Community Health Charities of America.

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.