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Board of Directors

2022-2023 Board of Directors
 

Chair: Victoria Nilles

Victoria Nilles is currently serving a second term as Chair on the Board of Directors and as a National Council Delegate for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.  Prior to being elected as Chair, she served as 1st Vice Chair and as Treasurer. She is an attorney and is an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Criminal Division of the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office in Dayton, Ohio.  Prior to that she worked in the Dayton office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, where she concentrated her practice in the area of general commercial litigation.  She has also practiced law in other large law firms in Ohio and Indiana, concentrating her litigation practice in the areas of product liability, intellectual property, unfair competition, and contract matters. 

Prior to entering private practice, Victoria served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert L. Miller, Jr. in the United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana.  In her first career, she was a Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Army, serving for ten years in various command and staff positions in the United States and Germany.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York and received her Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law, where she was the Executive Editor of the Washburn Law Journal and graduated magna cum laude.  Victoria is married to Dr. J. Thomas Hardy and they reside in Oakwood, Ohio.  They have two grown children, Christopher and Cathryn.

1st Vice Chair: Cassie B. Barlow, Ph.D.

Cassie B. Barlow, PhD is currently serving Girl Scouts of Western Ohio as 1st Vice Chair on the Board of Directors and as a National Council Delegate.  She previously served as a Member-at-Large and a member of the Board Development Committee.  She is the President of Strategic Ohio Council on Higher Education (SOCHE).  SOCHE is focused on Workforce Development needs across Ohio.  Dr. Barlow retired from the United States Air Force after 26 years of service as the 88th Air Base Wing and Installation Commander, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. She was in command of one of the largest air base wings in the Air Force with more than 5,000 Air Force military, civilian, and contractor employees. The base is home to more than 27,000 employees and is the largest single site employer in the state of Ohio.

Cassie was commissioned in the Air Force in 1988 as a distinguished graduate of Georgetown University, Washington D.C.  Following graduation, Dr. Barlow attended Information Management Technical School at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi.  She has served in a variety of positions in the information management, behavioral science and personnel careers fields at squadron, Wing, direct reporting unit, major command, Air Force and combatant command levels.  Dr. Barlow was selected by the Air Force Institute of Technology to attend Rice University to earn a doctorate in Organizational Psychology.  After graduation, she served as a behavioral scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Air Force Academy.  She was then selected to lead the analysis team for the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Developing Aerospace Leaders Program.  Dr. Barlow commanded the 355th Mission Support Squadron at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, where her squadron garnered multiple Air Combat Command and Air Force level awards.  She also commanded at the Group level as a Mission Support Group Commander at Royal Air Force Lakenheath.

Cassie was previously the Director of Manpower and Personnel of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.  She has a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Chapman University, a Doctor of Philosophy from Rice University, and two additional Master’s degrees.  Cassie is a 2014 Women of Distinction from Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, was a Girl Scout leader and is a proud mother of a Gold Award Girl Scout.  Cassie is an active community member serving on multiple boards around the Dayton Ohio Region.

2nd Vice Chair: Kim Fender

Kimber Fender is currently serving Girl Scouts of Western Ohio as 2nd Vice Chair on the Board of Directors, and as a National Council Delegate.  She has also previously served on the Board as Secretary and a Member-at-Large.  She is also a member of the Olave Baden-Powell Society and is co-chair of the planning committee for the Society’s October 2022 meeting in Cincinnati. 

In 2018, Kimber (Kim) retired from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County after serving as the Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director of the Library since 1999.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Northern Kentucky University, an MLS degree from the University of Kentucky and a certificate in Foresight Studies from the University of Houston.  She was awarded a graduate internship at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, and worked at the Boone County Public Library, the Campbell County Public Library, and ATE Management and Services Company, before beginning employment with Cincinnati’s Library in 1988.

She currently serves on the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Board, the United Way Public Policy Cabinet, the University of Cincinnati Library Dean’s Advisory Council, the CET Community Advisory Committee and the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information Dean’s Advisory Board.  She chaired the Ohio Library Council’s Government Relations Committee for more than 15 years.  She is an elected member of the Campbell County Board of Education and a member of the Board of Directors of the Kentucky School Boards Association.  She serves as the President of Modern Lutheran Women at St. John Lutheran Church in Melbourne, KY and is also Treasurer of the Cemetery Committee.  She is a member of the Cincinnati Women’s Club. 

Kim is an alumna of Leadership Cincinnati.  In 2017 she was named an Ohio Library Council’s (OLC) Librarian Hall of Fame and was previously named Librarian of the Year by OLC and was honored with the Council’s A. Chapman Parson Advocacy Award in 2017.  Kim is a recipient of an Improving our Community Award from United Way of Greater Cincinnati, a Career Woman of Achievement award from the YWCA, a Woman of Distinction award from the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and a Bridge Builder Award from the Cincinnati Hamilton County Community Action Agency.  She received the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science Alumni Association Outstanding Alumna Award and was honored with a Professional Achievement Award from Northern Kentucky University.

Secretary: Patrice Baughman Borders, J.D.

Patrice Baughman Borders, J.D. is serving a second term as Secretary on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, and previously served as a Member-at-Large.  She is an executive coach, speaker, and facilitator.  Her tools of choice are:  emotional intelligence (EI) and mindfulness.  She empowers leaders to show up in shared work cultures in ways that support teaming, innovation, and belonging. 

She is the Founder and Principal of Prevention Strategies LLC.  For over 20 years, she has combined her employment law and human capital practices to coach individuals and advise organizations on developing resonate leaders, collaborative teams, and inclusive workplace cultures. Patrice helps leaders and organizations evolve into better versions of themselves by guiding them through the inside work – growing in self-awareness – to more effectively lead with insight and compassion.  She has delivered transformational training and leadership coaching to individuals and audiences across the world, including, Fortune 100 corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, Accenture, Danaher, Procter & Gamble, Kroger, Nielsen, 84.51º and various law firms, non-profits, and academic entities.

Her personal mission is to amplify emotional intelligence (#amplifyEI) by sharing tools and strategies for leading with the 7 Cs of Emotional Intelligence™:  Center (be present), Comprehension (self/others), Connection, Communication, Collaboration, Conflict (resolution/management), and Culture (co-authoring shared cultures of belonging).  Patrice is a Certified Search Inside Yourself Teacher (the leadership development program born at Google, based on mindfulness, emotional intelligence and contemporary neuroscience). She is also certified in the EQ-i 2.0 and EQ 360 Emotional Intelligence assessment tools as well as other tools she uses to empower leaders to pause and intentionally build belonging. 

Patrice grew up in Girl Scouts and has, through the years, actively volunteered as a leader and as a Board member during the transition to Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.  She and her husband, Keith, reside in Cincinnati and are the proud parents of two adult daughters:  Gold Award Girl Scout Candace and Gold Award Girl Scout and National Young Woman of Distinction (2014) Camille.

Treasurer: Jenny Michael
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Jenny Michael is currently serving as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.  She is the Senior Vice President of Advocacy at CareSource, a health insurance plan headquartered in Dayton, Ohio.  Jenny is responsible for managing communication, branding, social media and external affairs in addition to leading corporate responsibility efforts and partnership strategies to support community relations.  As a key member of the advocacy team, she builds collaborative working relationships with regulatory agencies, legislators and stakeholders to strengthen the company’s mission and positively impact the lives of two million members.  She has more than 20 years of experience in marketing communication strategy and management and spent 11 years at The Berry Company prior to joining CareSource a decade ago. 

Outside of work, Jenny is active in the community and was elected to three terms as a member of the Valley View Board of Education, chaired the Dayton YWCA Women of Distinction Event, is a member of the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Board, serves as a Montgomery County 4H Advisor and is the Lay Leader at her church.  She has been recognized by the Dayton Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 winner, as a Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and as the Heart of Leadership recipient at CareSource for her focus on mentorship and leadership. 

Jenny earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from The Ohio State University.  She and her husband, Jason live on a farm in Farmersville, Ohio, where they are raising their two sons.


Members-at-Large
 
Maria Arcocha White
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Maria Arcocha White is a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. She is Founder and CEO of Inclusity.  Throughout her career of 35 years, Maria has developed inclusion and diversity training and successfully trained thousands of executives, managers, and employees across a wide range of industries.

In 2013, she launched Inclusity to pursue an empathetic, inclusion-focused approach to diversity and inclusion work, believing that when we “lead with inclusion, diversity will follow.” Prior to Inclusity, Maria was executive vice president of Pope & Associates, a leading D&I training and consulting firm, and vice president of human resources for R. R. Donnelley Logistics.  She began her career at Procter & Gamble, where she was the company’s first Hispanic sales and marketing manager.

Maria’s compassion extends to the community. In addition to years of volunteerism, she is currently a Rotary member and is proud to have served in an advisory capacity on the U.S. Senate Task Force on Hispanic Affairs.

Maria has an M.A. in counseling from Xavier University and a B.A. in communications from the University of Toledo. She holds a certification in PROSCI change management.  She works out of the central Inclusity offices in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Sheri Bogardus

Sheri Bogardus currently serves as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. Sheri grew up in the Girl Scouts and is a former troop leader and cookie mom in Central New York and western Ohio. She is Vice President and Senior Commercial Digital Product Manager for Key Bank. She previously spent more than 20 years leading digital product development, management, and marketing efforts for Citibank, Studen Loan Funding, Sallie Mae, Campus Solutions, Higher One and Payce. Sheri holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Old Dominion. She and her husband Dave are avid hikers who live in Cincinnati, Ohio and are the parents of two former Girl Scouts who have grown into beautiful, amazing young women.

Angela Carter

Angela Carter was elected in 2020 as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. She is the Director of Compliance and Legal Operations for Owens Corning in Toledo, where she is responsible for creating processes to ensure efficient legal services to the enterprise, while also leading a global team in managing the Company’s compliance programs, including policy management, training and awareness, risk mitigation, and continuous improvement. With their colleagues in the Global Legal Organization, Angela and her team work cross-functionally to deliver a comprehensive set of solutions on a broad range of compliance topics such as FCPA/Corruption, Export/Trade, Competition Law, Data Privacy & Security, and Contract Management.

Prior to joining Owens Corning, Angela held positions at the Whirlpool Corp. (Compliance), Walmart Inc. (Compliance), Johnson & Johnson (Tax/Finance), and the City of Detroit Law Department (Property, Environmental & Municipal Law). She holds a BS from Western Michigan University, a JD and an LL M (Tax) from Wayne State University Law School, and an MBA from University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Angela is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is registered as Corporate Counsel in Ohio.  She is a member of several professional and community organizations.

Christine M. Castellano
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Christine M. Castellano is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of The Andersons (NASDAQ:  ANDE), located in Maumee, Ohio. Founded in 1947, The Andersons is a diversified company rooted in agriculture that conducts business across North America in the grain, biofuels, plant nutrient and rail sectors. In 2021, The Andersons was ranked number 366 in the Fortune 500 list, with revenues in excess of $8 billion. In addition to serving as general counsel, Christine manages the human resources, environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) and corporate communications functions.

Prior to joining The Andersons, she served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer for Ingredion Incorporated, a NYSE listed Fortune 500 company. She additionally served as a non-executive director and member of the Audit Committee of Rafhan Maize Products Co. Ltd., a public company listed on the Pakistan Stock Exchange.

Christine moved to the Toledo area in January 2020. She currently serves on the Board of the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority, and is a co-chair of the Business and Industry Committee of N.W. Ohio’s V Project (COVID-19 vaccination). She also serves on the legacy board of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She previously was a Trustee of the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation (Chair of Grant Committee), a Trustee of the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and a member of the Womens’ Board of the Chicago Zoological Society (Co-chair of Education and Outreach Committee). She is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network. In April 2019 Christine was certified as a diversity professional by the National Diversity Council.

Michelle Furlong

Michelle Furlong is a Human Resources professional with a passion for helping people discover and develop their true potential.

Originally from Middletown, Ohio, Michelle worked in the Banking industry in New York and London before returning home in 2015 to pen her own small business, a boutique yoga studio. Currently, she is the Vice President of Human Resources, at HORAN, a Cincinnati-based insurance and financial services firm where she specializes in strategic human resources leadership and business partnership with an emphasis on performance management, talent development and employee engagement.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from The College of William & Mary and a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University.

Corinne Hemesath

Corinne Hemesath is a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and a member of the Investment Task Group. She began her career in corporate finance and management in the technology field and became a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley 20 years ago until her recent retirement. She concentrated on assisting women who were seeking financial guidance in income planning during retirement. She also worked in pre/post-divorce planning in addition to helping families and couples with their financial management needs. Along with her Series 7, 31, 66 and life, health, accident and variable insurance licenses, she has also earned the designations of CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANNING COUNSELOR®, CERTIFIED DIVORCE FINANCIAL ANALYST® and SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER. Corinne achieved the Five Star Wealth Manager Award by Cincinnati Magazine 2012-2019. She is fluent in Spanish and completed her MBA in Global Business Management after earning her BS degree in English.

Corinne was featured in the Women Financial Advisors Forum with Morgan Stanley in May 2010. She has served as Treasurer of the Northern Kentucky Collaborative Law Committee. Corinne was nominated for Cincinnati Women of the Year in 2004 and has been a season subscriber and supporter of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for over 30 years.  She is a registered volunteer with the SIFMA foundation and has served as a judge the last nine years for the Investwrite National Essay Competition sponsored by McGraw Hill Financial. She has also volunteered at Brookdale Hospice in the memory care unit. Corinne enjoys equestrian activities, wine tasting, entertaining, and spending time with her family and friends.

Theresa Hirschauer

Theresa Hirschauer is currently serving as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and is Chair of the Fund Development Task Group. She has also previously served an unexpired term as 2nd Vice Chair and as Member-at-Large. Theresa is Head of the Middle School at Cincinnati Country Day. She has been with Cincinnati Country Day for 32 years where she served as the Athletic Director for 20 years and MS Head for 10 years. In addition to administrative duties, Theresa has continued to teach math and coach multiple sports. Theresa was named the National Coach of the Year for High School Soccer after CCDS won back-to-back state titles in 2018 and 2019.

After graduating from Turpin High School, she went on to graduate from Brown University where she was a legendary soccer and softball player and was named to the Ivy League Hall of Fame. Theresa is also a member of numerous Athletic Halls of Fame that include Turpin High School, Buddy LaRosa’s High School Sports, and Greater Cincinnati Softball Association. She is a recipient of Cincinnati Country Day’s Lee Pattison Teaching Award; the Ohio Athletic Director of the Year; and the Coach of the Year – Local and State for Girls Soccer. Theresa is currently serving as Treasurer of the Southwest Ohio Athletic Directors Association and is the former President of the Miami Valley Conference. In addition, she is involved in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, as a team captain and a survivor. Theresa loves working and teaching young people especially young women to be leaders of the next generation.

Jackie Janning-Lask

Jacqueline (Jackie) Janning-Lask is the Director of Engineering and Technical Management and Chief Engineer, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. She provides wide-ranging leadership for ensuring technical supremacy and integrity of all Air Force aircraft, engines, munitions, electronic, and business systems. She leads the transformation to digital engineering to unleash the value of technology disruption and provide rapid capability maturation, delivery, and readiness. She leads a 6,000 person national engineering organization and is responsible for talent acquisition, development, and management of the center’s engineering and technical workforce. She is the executive responsible for installation management of the Air Force-owned industrial plants throughout the nation. She also provides direct warfighter support through combat effectiveness, vulnerability, and operational weaponeering analyses; product support engineering; and sustainment technology innovation.

Jackie began her federal service in the Aeronautical Systems Division’s Engineering Directorate in 1988 as a systems engineer. She has held numerous management and technical positions within the Air Force Research Laboratory, and acquisition communities. She most recently served as Director, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Jackie’s education includes a Bachelor of Science, Systems Engineering and a Master of Science, Systems Engineering, from Wright State University; a Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; 2011 Leadership for a Democratic Society from Federal Executive Institute; and 2019 Air War College, Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base.

Jaime Lanham
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Jaime Lanham is Vice President, Stock Plan Services with Fidelity Investments. When not at work, Jaime is busy carpooling 3 kids to their various activities. She is a proud mother of Hildi (17), Max (15) and Quinn (11). As a family, they love to create new memories through travel and frequently find joy visiting their lake house in South Haven where they enjoy skiing in the winter and lake life in the summers.

Jaime is involved in her community through her children’s schools and an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction. Her other hobbies include being a cheerleader on the sidelines of soccer fields, lacrosse, track and courtside for wrestling, volleyball and in the audience for chorus and musicals. She is a young widow who unfortunately lost her husband unexpectedly 3 years ago. She couldn’t have made it without her community at work and at home and has thrived due to her strong and supportive community that includes her friends, family and loyal neighbors. Because of this experience, she has learned to worry less about the small stuff and to live like you have no tomorrow. Jaime’s personal and professional priorities include diversity and inclusion, women’s leadership, community impact, and financial literacy.

Teanya Norwood-Ekwenna

Teanya Norwood-Ekweena is the Health Nurse Outcomes Manager, Social Determinants of Health for ProMedica. A dynamic nurse and health educator, Teanya has used her platform to build a health outreach program that engages young mothers, seniors and homeless individuals living in central city Toledo and is connecting them not just to information but to programs and tangible resources that can improve their health and well-being.

Since 2018, she has connected more than 400 mothers to resources to address disparities in infant and maternal health and mortality, including The Pathways Hub and Best Baby Zone; she has provided local safe sleep education and health fairs sponsored by leading infant care companies including Gerber; she leads a group of outreach workers that are connecting with families one-on-one in the UpTown neighborhood to connect to health services.

Teanya has gone above and beyond to work with homeless individuals through St. Paul's Community Center, connecting individuals with memberships to ToledoGo bikes to address transportation issues as well as health fairs and connections to workforce and personal financial services as they navigate the county Housing First Program.

Teanya is a role model because she has committed her career to educating girls and women, especially girls and women of color in low- and moderate-income communities, on how to live a healthy lifestyle. From maternal health, exercise, healthy eating, health advocacy, financial health, and the importance of education, Teanya is a leader in the movement for a healthy Toledo. She is the true definition of a superhero. She goes above and beyond her responsibilities to find furniture, clothing and supplies for families, to visit new mothers in the hospital when they have no family, to volunteer at the ProMedica Food Clinic to make sure families have appropriate and adequate food. She does all of this while raising her own family including two young children, being a role model that as women, we are strong and can do anything we set our mind to.

She is also a staple in her Ottawa Hills community. Volunteering her time with the elementary school, caring for neighbors experiencing health challenges and engaging a cohort of moms to donate items to those in need. Her determination, passion, grit and enthusiasm make her a role model to women and girls, showing you can achieve anything!

Teanya goes above and beyond in everything she does. Whether that is scouring community garage sales for household furniture or baby items and then donating them to those in need. To serving on community task forces to improve health disparities and patient experience in our community. To working with expectant mothers within the Toledo Public School system to connect them to resources, employment and support. Everything she does to improve the health and well-being of the Toledo community is done not because it's her job, but because it is her passion. She never hesitates to be of service when she can. She works diligently to stay up to date on the latest in healthcare and social determinants to ensure she is delivering the greatest and best care and connections to those in need. Her generosity knows no bounds. Whether it be time, talent or treasure, Teanya can always be counted on to lend a hand and lead the charge. Her compassion for strangers and friends alike is unlike any other and shows every day in her actions to care for others.

Rhonda E. Reagh, Ph.D.
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Rhonda E. Reagh, Ph.D. is the recently retired principal owner of Reagh and Associates, a firm she launched in 2011 after a 32 year career in leadership of Ohio child welfare agencies. As the owner and CEO of Reagh and Associates, Rhonda provided personal and executive coaching, consulting, and leadership development training. She was a well-respected resource for organizations and small businesses seeking help with problem-solving, skill development, team work and performance improvement. Rhonda was a Certified Daring Way™ and Dare to Lead™ Facilitator. Both embrace a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was developed to help men, women and adolescents learn how to show up, be seen and live braver personal and leadership lives. This work led Rhonda to facilitate numerous retreats on topics such as empathy, fear and courageous leadership, as well as facilitation using The Daring Way, Rising Strong and Dare to Lead curricula.

Rhonda is a 2014 WiBN Top 25 Women to Watch Honoree and a 2015 recipient of the OSU College of Social Work Alumni Society Distinguished Career Award. She lives on a mini-farm in West Milton, Ohio with her husband, Jerry, and their Labrador Retriever, Dickens.

Monique Sewell
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Monique Sewell earned her Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Dayton. Upon graduation, she began her career in the Cincinnati office of Arthur Anderson & Co. and obtained her CPA license. She then became the controller of Benefit Designs, Inc., a national structured settlement brokerage firm with offices throughout the country.

Retiring as CFO, Monique became a financial consultant. She is currently serving in her third term as a Council Member for the Village of Indian Hill. She serves as the Chairman of the Finance and Audit Review Committees and Liaison for the Green Areas Advisory Committee. Additionally, she serves or has served on the Water Works, Public Works, Law and Grounds Committees.

As the mother of four young-adult children, she has served the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District PTO and Boosters over the past 22 years in various volunteer and leadership capacities. She is a member of the Superintendent's Steering Committee for the Facilities Review and Brave Future for Facilities Committee responsible for a building-by-building improvement and construction plan which gained community funding in 2021.  As a Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts of the USA, Monique served as a leader for three troops. Eight of her Girl Scouts, including her three daughters, have earned the Gold Award and her son is an Eagle Scout. In the wider community, Monique has volunteered for the Ronald McDonald House and Josh Cares.

Rhonda Smith
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Rhonda Smith is a Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, a Doctor of Naturopathy, and a Certified Life Coach. She is the Owner & CEO of both Renewed Health Care Services and Divine Core Transformation. Dr Rhonda has authored and published two books, “Stop the Storm Now, Rise and Walk into Your Divine Purpose!”, and “Recognizing the Love Trap. “She also is the author of Divine Core Transformation, Self-Love Breakthrough to a New you! Published by Covenant Books.

Rhonda serves as a member on the Board of Ohio Reentry Program for Ex-Offenders, she’s a volunteer at the Dayton Correctional Institution and is a member of the Dayton, Ohio chapter of The Links, Incorporated, board member of Women in Christian Leadership, and an honoree of the WBIN Powerful Women of Impact 2022

Dr. Rhonda’s passion is women’s health and enjoys helping restore women to wholeness. In her current practice, she coaches many women from abusive and toxic relationships. As such, she made the decision to go deeper and study the pathology of toxic relationships. This resulted in her training with renowned psychotherapist, Ross Rosenberg, who trained Rhonda on the Human Magnet Syndrome model, and made her the Ohio spokesperson to educate others on this emotionally crippling disorder. Upon understanding that pathology, Dr. Rhonda felt it was necessary to become a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and is credentialed in Behavioral Health specializing in addictions.   

Her motto is, “I don’t look like what I’ve been through, and I have GOD to thank for that!”

Karla Tankersley
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Karla Tankersley is Director of Omnichannel for Gap, Inc. In her role at Gap, she provides leadership and support to the innovation for Store of the Future, next generation solutions within the retail store to greatly enhancing the Customer experience. As a 20-year engineering professional using futuristic technologies and solutions, Karla sees firsthand the need to build diverse talent in STEM. She has always been a strong advocate for girls to be aware of STEM fields, available engineering majors and vast career opportunities. Karla has been a STEM outreach volunteer throughout her many years with the Society of Women Engineers, PBS Kids and Sally Ride Science Festivals.

As a girl, Karla’s experience as a Girl Scout instilled in her confidence to try new things and goal setting. As a mother of four children, her three daughters have all grown up within Girl Scouting. She has been a volunteer, cookie volunteer, Troop Leader and Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts. Throughout Karla’s career in engineering she has led digital transformations and innovations that shape the way customers experience brands including Gap, Home Depot, and Kroger. Karla’s passion for engineering, teamwork and inclusiveness brings people together to aspire to vision and achieve results. As a volunteer for the Girl Scouts, Karla hopes to encourage and support girls to be confident in their abilities, learn new skills and have great experiences to last their lifetime. Karla has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and is pursuing her MBA from Quantic School of Business & Technology.

Pam Viscione

Pamela Viscione is serving Girl Scouts of Western Ohio as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors. She is retired from Procter & Gamble, where she was employed for over 33 years. Over that time she had lived in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Geneva Switzerland. Prior to retirement, her most recent role was Director, Quality Assurance, a position she had held since July, 2014.

Although Pamela’s path to NKU was non-traditional, her passion for life-long learning and personal and professional development led her to the ELOC Program. Her degree will further her passions for growing global leaders, helping others manage change and transition, and organizational design and development.

Her support team at home includes her husband, Peter Matthews, sons Frank and Malcom, grandson Giancarlo, and dog Cartel. Pamela is a woman of strong faith, and in her free time enjoys the beach and playing tennis.

Amy Walter
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Amy Walter is an executive leader in technology and strategic transformation. She has led global teams in Engineering, Technology Infrastructure, Global Integrations and Quality. Her leadership experience includes Technology Shared Services Delivery, Strategic Organizational and Digital Transformation and Enterprise Relationship Management. Amy is passionate about people leadership, team development and specifically champions early career mentorship. She is currently the SVP of Artificial Intelligence, Office of Agile and Digital Workforce.

Carole Williams

Carole Campbell Williams is a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, and a National Council Delegate. She is an advocate for the community. She serves as the First Lady of Mount St. Joseph University where her husband serves as the University’s president. On campus, Carole actively engages with students, faculty & staff, alumni, the Board of Trustees, and other University constituents by sponsoring, hosting and co-hosting various programs, including health and wellness programs, educational, and a variety of cultural and sporting events. She is a member of the Board of Directors at Bethany House Services, a family homeless shelter. She is a CPA and serves on the Board at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati, where she serves as the Board Treasurer, and on the Investment Committee of the Cincinnati Woman Club. Carole is active in the spouse programs of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and the Conference of Independent Colleges and Universities. She and her husband reside in Cincinnati. They have two young-adult children, a son-in-law, and new grandson!

Vonda Willis

Vonda Willis is currently serving Girl Scouts of Western Ohio as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors. She is a graduate of Indian Hill High School (Cincinnati), the University of Cincinnati Graduate School, and the University of Dayton School of Law. As a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and Attorney who owns her own practice, she started on a much more traditional tract. After completing graduate school, she worked for Hamilton County Court’s Private Complaint Mediation Service as a Hearing Officer and Beech Acres Parenting Center as a Divorce Program Specialist and Mediator prior to attending Law School.

After graduating from Law School, she worked for the Oregon Department of Justice as an Honors Attorney before being recruited by the Corporate Law Firm of Schwabe Williams and Wyatt where she remained until 2000. While in the Pacific Northwest, she sat on the Columbia River Girl Scout Council Board for many years. After working in Washington DC Metro Area for more than 10 years, she returned home to Cincinnati to care for her aging mother while working as a Student Services Management Specialist for Cincinnati Public Schools before starting her own Collaborative Law Mediation, Parenting Coordination and Mental Health Counseling Practice in Montgomery, Ohio in 2015. In addition to maintaining her own private practice, in 2020, Vonda joined Xavier University as a member of the Faculty and Staff.


Ex Officio Members (Without Vote)
 
Chief Executive Officer: Roni Luckenbill

Roni Luckenbill was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio in 2012, and is a National Council Delegate. In addition to serving Girl Scouts of Western Ohio in her previous role as Chief Operating Officer, Roni has over 40 years of experience as a Girl Scout executive. She has previously worked in five Girl Scout councils and has experience in every phase of the Girl Scout operation.

Prior to the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio merger in 2008, she was with the Great Rivers council for 18 years, overseeing fund development, membership, communications, human resources, finance, technology, business services and product sales.

Roni holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. She has a certificate of nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University and is a Certified Girl Scout CEO. Roni is active in the community and has served on the boards of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the Leadership Council, P.R.A.Y., and is the Chair of the National Cookie Steering Committee. Roni is a member of the Olave Baden-Powell Society. Roni is a certified Kepnor-Tregor trainer and has facilitated many workshops for non-profit organizations, in the areas of governance and tactical planning.

Girl Member: Shannon McDaniel
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Shannon McDaniel is a 9th grader at Fairfield High School. Shannon says that Girl Scouts has taught her so much about how to be a member of the community. It taught her the necessary skills to become a National Junior Honor Society member and an associate in Tri-M (musical honors society), as well as giving her the strength to lead teams to victory in her role as dance captain on Fairfield Show Choirs’ Pure Elegance and in her position as president of her school’s TSA engineering team. Shannon is determined to work hard and make the world a better place as a National Council Delegate and girl member of the board.

Girl Member: Jodie Topich
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Jodie Topich is a 10th grader at William Mason High School in Cincinnati. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Mason’s student council. She has done competitive dance for 13 consecutive years at Mason Dance Center. From a very young age, Jodie has been interested and active in the STEM community. She partakes in a few STEM clubs, including president of the engineering club at her high school. Jodie hopes to attend college to pursue a career in engineering. She is also an active member of her church’s youth group at Good Shepherd Church.

Jodie has been a Girl Scout for 8+ years and earned her Bronze Award and Silver Award, and is currently working on her Gold Award. Through Girl Scouts, she has volunteered at many different events and settings like Matthew 25 Ministries, Hands Against Hunger, and many food pantries in the Cincinnati area. She serves as a volunteer and peer tutor for students. Jodie works in an after-school aid for elementary school children ages 6-10.


Board Development Committee Members
 
Maria Arcocha White
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Maria Arcocha White is a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. She is Founder and CEO of Inclusity.  Throughout her career of 35 years, Maria has developed inclusion and diversity training and successfully trained thousands of executives, managers, and employees across a wide range of industries.

In 2013, she launched Inclusity to pursue an empathetic, inclusion-focused approach to diversity and inclusion work, believing that when we “lead with inclusion, diversity will follow.” Prior to Inclusity, Maria was executive vice president of Pope & Associates, a leading D&I training and consulting firm, and vice president of human resources for R. R. Donnelley Logistics.  She began her career at Procter & Gamble, where she was the company’s first Hispanic sales and marketing manager.

Maria’s compassion extends to the community. In addition to years of volunteerism, she is currently a Rotary member and is proud to have served in an advisory capacity on the U.S. Senate Task Force on Hispanic Affairs.

Maria has an M.A. in counseling from Xavier University and a B.A. in communications from the University of Toledo. She holds a certification in PROSCI change management.  She works out of the central Inclusity offices in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker is a Member Business Services Relationship Manager for Wright-Patt Credit Union, where her passion is advising local businesses on how to achieve their financial goals. Jennifer uses her unique industry knowledge to help identify their risks and industry trends, and advise them on how to put more money back into their business. Jennifer joined Wright-Patt Credit Union in 2020, and has been in the financial services industry for 13 years. When not promoting small business growth in Dayton, she spends her time volunteering in the community as a member of the Junior League of Dayton, and is the current New Member Chair. She has served as a Mentor for the Dayton Business Journal Mentoring Monday event for the past two years. Jennifer was recognized as a 2019 Better Business Bureau WiBN Top 25 Women to Watch Honoree. Jennifer is a graduate of Greenville High School and Sinclair Community College where she obtained an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. Jennifer resides in Darke County with her husband Brian, and four children (Jackson, Miles, Ruby and Crew).

Sheri Bogardus

Sheri Bogardus currently serves as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. Sheri grew up in the Girl Scouts and is a former troop leader and cookie mom in Central New York and western Ohio. She is Vice President and Senior Commercial Digital Product Manager for Key Bank. She previously spent more than 20 years leading digital product development, management, and marketing efforts for Citibank, Studen Loan Funding, Sallie Mae, Campus Solutions, Higher One and Payce. Sheri holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Old Dominion. She and her husband Dave are avid hikers who live in Cincinnati, Ohio and are the parents of two former Girl Scouts who have grown into beautiful, amazing young women.

Monica Dwyer

Monica Dwyer is a Certified Financial Planner® Practitioner and Certified Divorce Financial An alyst™ with over fifteen years of experience. She is affiliated with the Financial Planning Association (FPA). Monica is a 1992 graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management, and Certificates in Spanish and International Business. Monica has a passion for educating and planning for widows, divorcees and those planning for college or retirement. She also provides financial guidance to help divorcing couples find solutions to complex property division. She volunteers as a Financial Planning for Family Reach, an organization that helps families impacted by cancer. She spends her free time with her husband and five children.

Amanda Graven

Amanda Graven just completed a term as Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. She is the Donor Relations and Stewardship Manager for ProMedica Foundations. A dedicated professional with 15+ years combined experience in nonprofit development, marketing and communications, Amanda specializes in donor relations, database management, annual giving, and stewardship. She currently is responsible for donor retention, stewardship and the health system’s grateful patient giving program. Prior to her current position, Amanda served in a variety of roles including as Donor Relations Coordinator for the Mercy Foundation, Marketing Coordinator for AAA Northwest Ohio, Director of Development for the Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio, Sales Manager for SeaGate Convention Centre, and as a Special Events Intern for WGTE Public Broadcasting. Amanda received a BS in Education from Bowling Green State University with a major in Recreation and Tourism and is an Alumni of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. She has been an active volunteer with her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.

Bill Schretter
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Bill Schretter served Girl Scouts of Western Ohio as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors for three terms. He has been in the financial services industry since 1998 with a variety of firms and roles that have utilized his skills in financial planning, equity trading, income tax preparation, and securities industry compliance. He is the owner of Life-Legacy Services, a full service fee-only concierge firm.

He received his undergraduate degree from Miami University and his MBA from the University of Cincinnati. For the financial planning profession, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Financial Planning Association of Southwestern Ohio and has been a CFP Board Ambassador™. He regularly volunteers with local charities, government agencies, Atrium Foundation, Junior Achievement and the AARP in assisting with public financial literacy programs throughout Southwestern Ohio. He has been quoted in the Dayton Daily News, CNBC, and Bloomberg. He has also served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Cincinnati, Wright State University, Kaplan, and Hondros College teaching professional courses. He is currently on the Leadership Board for the Wright State LIFT2 Symposium.  

In service to his kids, Bill was the committee chairman for Boy Scout Troop 186 in Lebanon, Ohio, past president of the Lebanon Space Camp Committee, a current Trustee of the J24 Public Charity Trust, and is a Board Member of the Never The Less, Inc. He has been happily married for over 20 years and has 2 teenage kids, both involved in scouting.

 

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