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.
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.
Owner-Operator, Oeftering Properties, Dallas, Texas
As the owner of Oeftering Properties since 1998, Rudy specializes in property turnaround through both infrastructure and management improvements and creative problem solving. His history of turning unprofitable businesses into success stories has been proved through such acquisitions as Classic Self Storage and Midlothian Money Mart, among others. Rudy also has a strong history of public service with the Texas Association of Business; through numerous chambers of commerce; and as cofounder of Texas Competes, where he organized a business-based pledge of fairness toward LGBT citizens from more than 500 Texas companies. In addition, he was the first openly gay appointee to the Dallas County Republican Party, serving as the 2016 Victory Chairman.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Marketing, JDog Junk Removal & Hauling, Birdsboro, Pa.
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.
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.
Executive Assistant to Rep. Maxine Waters (CA), Los Angeles, Calif.
After more than 13 years in banking, Nicole transitioned to the housing industry with a Missouri state finance agency, where she developed skills and abilities through leadership roles. In 2006 she began her career in federal service with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of General Counsel in the Departmental Enforcement Center. Nicole has held management positions in the private and public sector. Her experience has afforded her the ability to effectively lead in-depth financial audits, program compliance, and special monitoring reviews. She prides herself on being a community advocate, volunteer, leader, and supporter of the cancer community. She founded Hatz for Hearts Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Nicole received her doctorate from Pepperdine University, School of Education and Psychology Organizational Leadership program. A Missouri native, she received her master’s degree of business administration from Fontbonne University, in St. Louis, where she lives.
Director of Leadership Studies, Aurora University, Aurora, Ill.
Amir’s goal as an educator is to have students start asking challenging questions that will yield meaningful results as they advance toward becoming leaders ready to change the world. His teaching philosophy is rooted in the belief that true learning takes place when students tap into their imagination and are empowered to explore the deepest corners of themselves and the world around them, by examining theoretical perspectives, participating in reflective dialogue, and engaging in experiential learning activities. Because of this, he facilitates the process of questioning, imagination, and discovery. Amir received his bachelor’s degree in religious studies and philosophy from St. Norbert College, DePere, Wisc., and his master’s degree in leadership studies from North Central College, Naperville, Ill. He specializes in leadership theory and application, moral philosophy and ethics, servant leadership, and group/team dynamics and behavior.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director, Marketing and Communications
Erin began her career in the nonprofit world at Water.org. After four years, she joined a global social entrepreneurial venture called The Way Women Work as the Director of Community Engagement, and worked for five years in marketing at an encrypted software company, SpiderOak.
Her career travels took her to Argentina, Brazil, Philippines, China, Vietnam, Haiti, Bangladesh, and Lithuania, and 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. Erin graduated from Drury University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Media and Global Studies. She lives in Kansas City with her awesome husband Chad, and vivacious three-year-old son, Everett.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
McKenzie Napier (YAC Chair) 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.
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 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 is an 18-year-old from Everett, Washington. She is currently attending her senior year at Everett High School, and takes her classes through Everett Community College as a full time running start student. She plans on earning her Associate’s degree before she graduates high school and would like to transfer to a university to major in Chemistry. Samantha has been a Camp Fire member since she was in kindergarten and is a fourth-generation Camp Fire girl. She is working toward earning her WoHeLo award and is excited to be in her first term on the Youth Advisory Cabinet. Samantha volunteers at Camp Fire events in her area, Everett High school’s Torch Honors program, and the Assistance league of Everett as an Assisteens member. She also spent a summer at Camp Killoqua as a counselor in training. Several of the activities she enjoys most are skiing/snowboarding, running, playing tennis, reading, and teaching ski lessons to children.
Nicole Pate is a 19-year-old from Anchorage, Alaska. She is currently a sophomore at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff Ariz., studying Exercise Science 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 watching her little brother play baseball. Nicole has been involved with Camp Fire since she was six years old, was an Leader in Training (LIT) for two summers, and the last two summers she was a camp counselor at the summer camp she grew up going to.
Morgan Roth is a 20-year-old at Florida Atlantic University studying Criminal Justice in hopes of one day working in law enforcement. Morgan is fascinated with history, music, criminology, and psychology as well as has a deep love for nature and the outdoors. In her spare time Morgan enjoys being active in her sorority, volunteering with her Camp Fire center back in her hometown of Lakeland, Fl, working with children, and camping. Morgan has a deep passion for community service and strives to be actively involved in her community and council in hopes others will gain the same passion for volunteering. She believes that every child or teen should discover who they are and embrace themselves despite what society might say is “normal”. Morgan now serves as the Vice Chair for YAC.
Zachary Roth is a 17-year-old Junior at Lakeland High School where he is active in chorus and JROTC. Zachary loves working with kids and volunteering with Camp Fire. His goal is to go to college and become a Pediatric Nurse. Zachary is also currently serving on his local Camp Fire Sunshine Central Florida’s Board of Directors.
Shirley Tang is a current senior at James E Taylor High School in Houston, Texas. She is interested in pursuing a future career in the military and in politics. She enjoys working out and hanging out with friends. She also loves being involved in her community through community service and expressing youth voice in various local youth councils. She works hard in all her AP classes and has co-founded TED-Ed Club at her school, a club which allows students to express their deepest passions and inspire others to do the same. She loves being out in nature and going on spontaneous adventures. Furthermore, she always enjoys a good political or philosophical debate.