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.

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.

Cathy Tisdale

Cathy Tisdale

President and CEO, Camp Fire National Headquarters, Kansas City, Mo.

Cathy began her career as an educator and then spent 27 years with the American Red Cross, serving in a variety of leadership roles at the local, regional, and national levels. In 2007, Cathy joined Girl Scouts of the USA National Headquarters and led the successful, groundbreaking consolidation of 312 councils to 112, completing the effort ahead of schedule. In 2010, Cathy was appointed President and CEO of Camp Fire. In 2011, she was named “Woman of the Year” by the National Association of Women Professionals. In addition, Cathy serves in several national leadership and youth advocacy roles: Chair, National Collaboration on Youth (2011–2013); the National Board of Directors and Executive Committee for both the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and the Human Services Assembly; and as an America’s Promise Alliance Trustee.  Cathy is a featured speaker at national conferences and other large venues.

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

Senior, Mountain View High School, Bend, Ore.

McKenzie is a senior at Mountain View High School in Bend, Ore., where she is a member of the speech and debate team, nordic ski team, and student body council. McKenzie joined Camp Fire in elementary school because she loved the different camps she was able to participate in. Today, McKenzie is completing her Wohelo Award and volunteering as a counselor at a local summer camp. She also joined her local Camp Fire board of directors as a youth representative. McKenzie wanted to be part of the National YAC to help an organization that is a huge part of her life. She loves having this unique opportunity as a teen to be able to work in a group that can have a big impact.

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.

Michael Waite

Senior Vice President, Business Operations, Bentall Kennedy (U.S.) LP, Seattle, Wash.

Michael has responsibility for leading strategic operations and client finance across the $19 billion U.S. portfolio. Michael came to Bentall Kennedy in December 2012 after four years with Cascade Investment, L.L.C., the private investment holding company of William H. Gates III, where he served as head of accounting for the $60+ billion investment portfolio. Prior to this Michael was Chief Financial Officer at Julian LeCraw & Company, LLC (now Tribridge Residential) in Atlanta, Ga. Michael earned a BBA in Accounting and Management from Columbus State University and an MBA from Emory University.

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, 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 is an award-winning Diversity and Inclusion Leader who collaborates with organizations to help solve the most challenging talent issues facing organizations.

Jeanetta is the CEO of Strategic HR Advisors. Strategic HR Advisors is a diversity and inclusion, team effectiveness and executive coaching firm serving a diverse market of national, local, private and public organizations. She is committed to helping her clients implement strategies and actions to improve inclusion, 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.

Jeanetta is 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.

Prior to leading Strategic HR Advisors, Ms. Darno spent more than 20 years working for several Fortune 100 organizations across various industries to include discount retail, financial services, health care, and retail fashion. Her corporate experiences include the continued progression from Logistics to Human Resource Executive and Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer.

Jeanetta is also a highly-decorated military veteran who previously served as an airborne officer in the US Army where she led combined logistics movement control teams in the Middle East, Asia, Egypt, Operations Desert Shield and Storm.

Jeanetta 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.

 

 

Senior Leadership

Cathy TisdaleCathy Tisdale

President and CEO

Cathy began her career as an educator and then spent 27 years with the American Red Cross, serving in a variety of leadership roles at the local, regional, and national levels. In 2007, Cathy joined Girl Scouts of the USA National Headquarters and led the successful, groundbreaking consolidation of 312 councils to 112, completing the effort ahead of schedule. In 2010, Cathy was appointed President and CEO of Camp Fire. In 2011, she was named “Woman of the Year” by the National Association of Women Professionals. In addition, Cathy serves in several national leadership and youth advocacy roles: Chair, National Collaboration on Youth (2011–2013); the National Board of Directors and Executive Committee for both the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and the Human Services Assembly; and as an America’s Promise Alliance Trustee. 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 Committee of 100 to support the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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 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.

Erin K Risner

Erin Risner

Director, Marketing and Communications

Erin brings 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 skill set. Her career travels haven taken her to all over the world and have contributed greatly to the person she is today. For the past nine 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 is passionate about helping others and “being the change you wish to see in the world.” She resides in Kansas City with her awesome husband Chad, and vivacious three-year-old son, Everett.

Connie Dresie

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.

Shawna Rosenzweig

Director, Program Effectiveness

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.

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

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 sophomore at Prairie View A&M University in Houston, Texas. Studying Political Science, he hopes to eventually become a politician. On the Campus of Prairie View A&M, Nathan serves as the Associate Justice of Student Government Association. Camp Fire has always been one of Nathan’s spark. 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. 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.