Camp Fire Leadership

Our National Board of Trustees brings rich expertise and leadership experience from across the country in business, education, politics, technology, law, marketing, financial services, and nonprofit organizations.

The Senior Leadership Team at Camp Fire National Headquarters works directly with its 54 councils to support their work, provide them with resources they need, shine a spotlight on their incredible work, and help them bring Camp Fire’s quality programs to as many youth as possible.

Our National Youth Advisory Cabinet (YAC) is composed of 10 youth from around the country. The YAC Chair serves as a full voting member of the National Board of Trustees.

National Board of Trustees

Jane Parker, National Vice Chair

Jane Parker, Chair

CEO, InterbrandHealth, New York, N.Y.

Jane Parker is the CEO of InterbrandHealth, the health and life sciences division of the Interbrand Group, which is the world’s leading branding consultancy. Since joining the agency in November 2007, Jane has leveraged her leadership abilities and vast knowledge of the healthcare sector to strategically restructure the organization, making it more client-focused and increasing its overall global footprint.

Prior to joining InterbrandHealth, Jane was group president of GreyHealthcare, where she grew revenues from $8.5 million to over $50 million and was responsible for 350 people worldwide.

Greg Zweber

President and CEO

Greg has 24 years of experience in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors as well as a passion for youth empowerment. Greg previously held the position of Chief Affiliate Officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of America based in Tampa, Florida, where he had been for the past four years working closely with 256 affiliates and managing a large portion of their S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation grant. He was promoted three times since 2015, leading the organization in critical roles with increasing responsibility. Previously, he spent seven years as the Executive Director with an affiliate, BBBS of Southern Minnesota and 11 years before that growing professionally in the insurance and financial services industry. He brings experience in board recruitment, fundraising, financial management, youth development, and organizational stabilization and growth. Greg earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Communications from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador for two years following his graduation from St. Thomas. Greg and his wife Nicole have been married for 20 years and have three children.

Stephen “Steve” C. Franke, Jr., CPA, National Treasurer

Stephen “Steve” C. Franke, Jr., CPA, Treasurer

Shareholder, Reynolds & Franke, PC, Austin, Texas

Steve is one of two shareholders at Reynolds & Franke, PC, a full-service public accounting firm that performs accounting and tax services for all types of industries but has also made a strategic commitment to serve not-for-profit organizations. Currently, the firm serves more than 100 not-for-profit and affiliated organizations.

Steve has over 19 years of public accounting experience and previously was an audit manager at Ernst & Young LLP. He oversees all work performed on audit and review engagements for the firm and has experience in various areas of public accounting in addition to audits and reviews.

Steve received his bachelor of science degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Texas Society of Association Executives. In addition, he serves on the Alumni Advisory Board for the Alpha Nu Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity at the University of Texas and is an approved Sigma Chi National Alumni Facilitator for chapter training workshops.

Mara H. Cohara

Mara H. Cohara, Secretary

Partner, Lathrop Gage, LLP, Kansas City, Mo.

Mara leads the tort department at Lathrop Gage LLP. She focuses her practice on litigation matters involving toxic tort, nuisance, product liability, premises liability, breach of warranty, and other commercial issues. She has significant experience in coordinating large-scale “bet the company” matters and defending high-profile lawsuits that involve media and community attention.

She is active throughout the civic and legal communities, holding board positions on organizations that include 100+ Women Who Care, Platte County Community Center YMCA, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation, University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Alumni Association, Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance, and more.

Melanie Lockwood Herman

Executive Director, Nonprofit Risk Management Center, Washington, D.C.

Melanie is the author of more than a dozen comprehensive guides on various risk management topics and has delivered countless workshops, seminars, and keynote presentations for organizations. In August 2016, she was named to The NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50, where she is described as “…the last word when it comes to sector risk assessment,” and a leader whose “insights have changed the way many of the sector’s top leaders think about the looming world around them.” Melanie also serves as an active volunteer in both professional organizations and community-serving nonprofits.

Lauren Lampe

Marketing and Communications Manager, Advanced Call Center Technologies

She has participated in Camp Fire programs for more than 15 years. Over that time, Lauren worked as a junior program director and lifeguard at Camp Adahi, a Camp Fire camp in Pa. She served as National YAC Chair 2012–2013. As a national trustee, she is committed to getting more youth involved in Camp Fire nationally and locally.

McKenzie Napier, National Youth Advisory Cabinet Chair

Johnson Scholar at Washington Lee University

McKenzie Napier is a freshman Johnson Scholar at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, where she is a University Ambassador and member of Venture Club. McKenzie joined Camp Fire in elementary school. Since her days as a camper, she has served as a counselor-in-training and counselor for her local Camp Fire day camp and as the youth representative for her local board of trustees. Today, McKenzie is proud to have earned Camp Fire’s Wohelo Award. McKenzie joined YAC to give back to an organization that has had an enormous impact on of her life. She enjoys using this unique opportunity to promote youth voice around the country.

Rick Taylor

Rick Taylor

Executive Director, Camp Fire Central Puget Sound, Seattle, Wash.

Rick joined Camp Fire Central Puget Sound in 2007 as Director of Camping and Environmental Education and has served as Executive Director since 2012. He brings more than 25 years experience in directing camps across the country as well as valuable insight as the executive director of a tremendously successful and well-respected council. Rick believes that Camp Fire is such a great organization to be a part of because of its commitment to inclusiveness and empowering youth in small group settings.

 

Sonya Richburg

Counsel, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, North Carolina

Serves as lead internal labor and employment counsel for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated located in Charlotte, North Carolina. In her role, she partners closely with the Human Resources Department and other business stakeholders on various labor and employment related matters, investigations and federal, state and local government agency actions. Prior to joining the Company, Sonya worked as in-house employment attorney for Lowe’s Companies, Inc. and Compass Group, NAD.

Ken Schoeneck

Vice President, Engineering & Technology, Ingersoll Rand, North Carolina

Ken is vice president of engineering & technology for the Trane Commercial HVAC, NA & EMEA SBU at Ingersoll Rand. Ken works with the SBU leadership team to provide thought leadership, influence and hands-on engagement in order to develop, direct and implement the innovation agenda for Trane Commercial HVAC at Ingersoll Rand. He oversees the full spectrum of the engineering& technology agenda withing Trane Commercial HVAC, from developing engineering talent, intellectual property, technologies, products and processes to achieve the SBU’s long-term business objectives and business growth aspirations. Ken is a past Industry Member of the C.C. Cameron Applied Research Center Advisory Board at the University of North Caroline at Charlotte. Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.

Jeanetta Darno

CEO & Founder, Strategic HR Advisors

Jeanetta Darno is an award-winning diversity and inclusion leader with more than 20 years of experience in Fortune 500 companies and a highly-decorated military veteran. Today, she helps companies solve their most challenging talent issues.

Darno has spent more than 20 years working for Fortune 500 companies across various industries including discount retail, financial services, health care, and retail fashion. She is a highly-decorated military veteran who previously served as an airborne officer in the U.S. Army where she led combined logistics movement control teams in the Middle East, Asia, Egypt, Operations Desert Shield and Storm.

Today, Darno is CEO of Strategic HR Advisors, a diversity and inclusion, team effectiveness, and executive coaching firm. Drawing on her unique leadership background in the military and within Fortune 500 companies, Darno has a profound understanding on how to help organizations transform their cultures to create environments where leaders and teams unlock their full potential and achieve optimal performance.

Strategic HR Advisors serves a diverse market of national, local, private and public organizations, helping its clients implement strategies to improve inclusion and associate engagement, increase diversity, and enhance their employment brand. Strategic HR Advisors is a minority, women- and veteran-owned firm and certified provider of Hogan assessments, DiSC and MBTI.

Darno is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council, a professional organization for the senior-most ranking African American corporate executives across Fortune 500 Companies. She was awarded the Ohio Diversity Council’s Most Powerful and Influential Woman Award, Diversity in Business First Outstanding Diversity Role Model Award, and the Ohio Diversity Council Multicultural Leadership Award.

Darno has an MBA from Fisher College at The Ohio State University, a Master’s degree in Human Resources from the Texas A&M University and a Bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University.

Dave Albano

President and CEO, RestorePoint, Inc.

Dave currently leads RestorePoint, Inc., a high-growth Data Protection and Analytics company serving enterprise clients globally.

Prior to RestorePoint, Dave rose through the ranks and enjoyed a very successful 30-year career with AT&T in a variety of leadership roles.

Dave graduated from Wilkes University with degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics. He holds an MBA from Nova University and is also an alumnus of Columbia University where he attended the Senior Executive Program for International Business.

Dave’s involvement in Community Service has spanned his career with a passion for fostering and enabling the development of our youth. He has actively served on the boards of Youth Villages and Big Brothers Big Sisters and continues to enjoy mentoring at the high school and college level.

Dave and his wife live in Milton, GA, and have two grown children.

Senior Leadership

Greg Zweber

President and CEO

Greg has 24 years of experience in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors as well as a passion for youth empowerment. Greg previously held the position of Chief Affiliate Officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of America based in Tampa, Florida, where he had been for the past four years working closely with 256 affiliates and managing a large portion of their S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation grant. He was promoted three times since 2015, leading the organization in critical roles with increasing responsibility. Previously, he spent seven years as the Executive Director with an affiliate, BBBS of Southern Minnesota and 11 years before that growing professionally in the insurance and financial services industry. He brings experience in board recruitment, fundraising, financial management, youth development, and organizational stabilization and growth. Greg earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Communications from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador for two years following his graduation from St. Thomas. Greg and his wife Nicole have been married for 20 years and have three children.

Patti Gardner Chief Business Officer Camp Fire

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.

Troy Robinson Chief Development Officer

Troy Robinson

Chief Development Officer

Troy Robinson has excelled in nonprofit development for more than 25 years. For the past 10 years, he worked with two of the most successful health and human services organization in the United States, Playworks and Youth Villages, as National Director, Major Gifts and Vice President of Development. Prior to working for Playworks and Youth Villages, Troy worked for five years with Habitat for Humanity International, where he served as National Director of Major Gifts and International Marketing, and 12 years with United Way as EVP Resource Development in Orlando, Charlotte, Pittsburgh and Akron Ohio.

A graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communication, Troy also played football and ran track. He has served on the boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Holy Family Foundation, and the Kyle B. Wilson Scholarship Fund.

Troy and his wife, Torri, along with their five daughters, Hunter (18), Hayden (17), Harris (16), Hayzes (11) and Harper (7), and son, TJ (4), reside in Pittsburgh, Pa. When he’s not busy chasing his children around, he and his wife enjoy traveling, fine dining, watching their kids play sports and playing golf.

Shawna Rosenzweig

Chief Strategy Officer

Shawna earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a B.A. 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.

Erin K Risner

Erin Risner

Director, Marketing and Communications

Erin brings over a decade of strategic communications-marketing leadership across the tech, social entrepreneurship, and nonprofit sectors. Beginning her career in marketing at Water.org for four years, Erin was hands-on in the re-branding, managing partnerships, grassroots fundraising, and digital campaigns. Erin later took the opportunity to join a global social entrepreneurial venture called The Way WoMen Work, and encryption software company, SpiderOak, where she continued to expand her experiences and skillset. Her career travels have taken her to all over the world and have contributed greatly to the person she is today. For the past 10 years, she has proudly served on the board for Girls to School, and in 2018 became a CASA volunteer. Erin graduated from Drury University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Media and Global Studies. She resides in Kansas City with her awesome husband Chad, and vivacious four-year-old son, Everett.

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 37-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.

Chris WagnerChris 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 and youth development. She focuses helping council’s grow their capacities through strategic planning, participant growth, leadership development, community engagement, board recruitment, and fund development, so they can grow and help more children and youth in the communities they serve.

Debbie worked previously 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, Mo., 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.

National YAC Members

McKenzie Napier (YAC Chair)

McKenzie Napier is a freshman Johnson Scholar at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, where she is a University Ambassador and member of Venture Club. McKenzie joined Camp Fire in elementary school. Since her days as a camper, she has served as a counselor-in-training and counselor for her local Camp Fire day camp and as the youth representative for her local board of trustees. Today, McKenzie is proud to have earned Camp Fire’s Wohelo Award. McKenzie joined YAC to give back to an organization that has had an enormous impact on of her life. She enjoys using this unique opportunity to promote youth voice around the country.

Nicole Pate (YAC Secretary)

Nicole Pate is a 21-year-old from Anchorage, Alaska. She is currently a junior at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff Ariz., studying Exercise Science with a minor in Disability Studies with plans to become a traveling Physical Therapist in the future. Some of Nicole’s hobbies include: playing with dogs, eating pizza, spending time outside, driving her Subaru through the snow and exploring northern Arizona. Nicole has been involved with Camp Fire since she was six years old, was a Leader in Training (LIT) for two summers, and the last three summers she has been a camp counselor at the summer camp she grew up going to.

Nathan Alexander III

Nathan Alexander III is from Wichita Falls, Texas and is a Senior Political Science Major, Mass Communications Minor at Prairie View A&M University in Houston, Texas. Studying Political Science, he hopes to eventually become a politician.  Throughout his undergraduate tenure, Nathan was the Associate Justice and Elections Commissioner of Student Government Association (SGA), a Candidate for Student Body SGA President, Programs Coordinator of Panther Advisory Leaders (PALS), and is the current Vice President of Brothers Leading and Cultivating Knowledge (B.L.A.C.K.), and member of other scholastic organizations   Growing up in Camp Fire North Texas and climbing the ladder from a camper to a board member. He is truly grateful to be a part of such an amazing organization. Throughout the past 14 years, Nathan has been able to use all skills gained at Camp Fire to his everyday life, at school and as a leader in the community. In 2015, Nathan was the recipient of the Texas Leadership Excellence Award. The commitment of local council staff formed his experiences as a young person and, as such, is honored to give back to Camp Fire.

Nathan joined the National Youth Advisory Cabinet in 2016. While on the cabinet Nathan has had the opportunity to work with many members of Congress and Texas Governor Greg Abbott to enact ‘Absolutely Incredible Kid Day’, a proclaimed day in the State of Texas. In 2019 Nathan was accepted into the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation where there is now an Intern. He is truly passionate for youth and making sure the focal point in everything we do is for the youth.

Maggie Bailey

Maggie Bailey is a junior at Freeman High School in Rockford, WA and running start student at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. Maggie has been involved in Camp Fire since she was three years old starting in clubs, and attending camp. She has also been a camp counselor assistant, a youth member for the local council’s board of directors and is currently working toward her WoHeLo. Maggie serves on several is commissions, boards and councils in the Spokane area, which allows her find her express her voice with issues that face teens in the community. She provides service to her community in a variety of areas bring opportunities to her Camp Fire council as well as her peers. Maggie has found her spark in youth leadership and hopes to use this to reach youth to show them their full potential. She is excited for her first term on YAC and the opportunity to work with others with the same interests. In Maggie’s spare time she enjoys basketball, throwing events in track, connecting with friends.

Samantha Coughlan

Samantha Coughlan is an 19-year-old from Everett, Washington. She is currently a first year junior at Washington State University, as she earned her Associate’s degree from Everett Community College as a running start student. She will be working toward a Biochemistry major before applying to WSU School of Pharmacy. Samantha has been a Camp Fire member since she was in kindergarten and is a fourth-generation Camp Fire girl. Samantha has volunteered at Camp Fire events in her area, Camp Fire Snohomish executive board, and has worked at Camp Killoqua as a counselor and horse camp staff. Several of the activities she enjoys most are skiing/snowboarding, running, playing tennis, reading, and being on the WSU Ski Team.

Nikki McCann

Nikki McCann is a 17-year-old from Madera, California. She is a junior and multi-sport Varsity athlete at Madera High School. She is interested in pursuing a career as a medical examiner. Nikki joined Camp Fire as a club member in preschool and has benefited by growing up in an organization that has fostered her leadership skills. She discovered her spark for leadership through Teens in Action, chairing teen leadership retreats, and serving as a junior trustee on the Heart of California board. She recently completed her WoHeLo and believes in the importance of creating positive change. Outside of Camp Fire, Nikki enjoys competitive swimming, drawing, and visiting Disneyland with friends and family.

Owen Schmidtzinsky

Owen Schmidtzinsky is a sophomore Capital High School in Olympia, WA. He is planning in becoming a Pediatrician. He spends his free time with Photography, playing guitar, and with friends. He also spends time in school clubs such as Student Council as Sophomore Vice President, DECA a marketing club, and National Honors Society (NHS). Owen found Campfire through a local summer camp when he was 4 years old. He spent the past summer there as a Counselor In Training (CIT). This will be Owen’s 8th summer at camp, now as a volunteer. He has found is spark in helping others and medicine. This Owen’s first term on YAC and, he’s very excited to see how he can make a positive impact.

Richel Seiko Murata

Richel Seiko Murata is a 17-year old from Duncanville, Texas. She is currently a junior at Duncanville High School. She plans on pursuing a career in the STEM field in her future with a degree in either computer science or environmental engineering. She enjoys being active in politics in programs like Youth and Government and staying informed about current news. In her free time she volunteers at the local library teaching STEM classes to ESL students. She also likes an occasional match in either tennis, volleyball, or intense card games.

Catherine Loye

Catherine Loye is a 17-year- old from Bordentown, New Jersey. She is currently a senior at Bordentown Regional High School, in Bordentown, NJ. She plans to study Public Health next fall at Mercer County Community College and earn her Associates degree with plans to work towards becoming an emergency room physician in the future. She plans to transfer to Johns Hopkins University after completing her Associates degree and continuing her studies in Public Health. Some of Catherine’s hobbies are: playing field hockey, reading, watching Netflix, volunteering, shopping, playing with dogs, and hanging out with friends. Catherine has been involved with Camp Fire for two years and she has been a camp counselor for the first Ignite Your Spark camp in Bordentown, NJ.