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Board of Directors

2021-2022 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 Barlow

Cassie B. Barlow, PhD is currently serving Girl Scouts of Western Ohio as 1st Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for a second term, 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 CEO of Southwestern 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 the 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. 

In 2018, Kimber (Kim) Fender 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 Bachelors’ 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 Success by 6 Regional Leadership Council, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Board, the United Way Public Policy Cabinet, the University of Cincinnati Library Dean’s Advisory Council, and the CET Community Advisory Committee.  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 Woman’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.

She became a lifetime member of Girl Scouts in 2015, after being a member for more than 25 years, first as a girl and later as an adult member in her daughter’s troop.  She is a member of the Juliette Gordon Low Society and has been the leader of Troop 7007 in Northern Kentucky for over five years.

Secretary: Patrice Borders

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 also a National Council Delegate.  Patrice 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: Sue Gantz Matz

Sue Gantz Matz currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and as a National Council Delegate.  She previously served on the Board as Secretary and a Member-at-Large, and has served as Chair of the Board Development Committee.  Sue is currently Chair of the Outdoor Experience & Property Task Group, and has participated on several task groups.  Sue has been active in Girl Scouts for over 35 years and is a member of the Juliette Gordon Low Society.  She was a girl member, troop leader, held various service unit positions, and served on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts – Great Rivers Council.  Sue is a retired research manager and is volunteering at Taft Elementary with their STEM programs and in two childhood hunger programs.  She has participated on the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council’s education committee since 1996, serving as chair from 1998 to the present.  She also served on the Environmental Education Council of Ohio.


Members-at-Large
 
Maria Arcocha White

Maria Arcocha White is a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, and is Co-Chair of the Antiracism Advisory Committee. 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 is a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. She is the Compliance Director for Owens Corning in Toledo, where she leads 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.

Melissa Cutcher

Melissa Cutcher is a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, and previously served as a member of the Board Development Committee. She is now the new Executive Director at Technology First, a trade association for IT professionals and technology companies. It has been said “Melissa is a person of strong character and integrity and expects that of others. She is very objective and realistic while being a self-starter and innovative”.

Melissa has a Bachelor’s degree in organization management and Master’s degree in business administration with a focus on organization leadership. Melissa is active in the Miami Valley and is a contributing member to many groups and organizations in the area. She has been in Miami Valley since 1985. Her personal interests include connecting people, golf, reading books, spending time with her daughter Ashley, husband Jeff, and dog Brutus.

Her community involvement includes: Leadership Dayton Class of 2015; Employee of the Year 2014; Women’s Leadership Collaborative – board member 2014-present, Retreat Committee 2015-present; 2011 WiBN Top 25 Women to Watch; Outstanding Leadership Award 2013; Women in Business Networking – Advisory Board Member 2013-Present, Koffee Talk Chair 2012-2013, Leadership Development Conference Co-Chair 2012, Conference for Women Chair 2013-Present, Lunch N Learn Chair 2014-2015, Winstitute Chair 2013; Dayton Hispanic Chamber Committee 2010-2012; Huber Heights Rotary 2012-2014 – Board Member 2013-2014, Christmas fundraising committee 2013-2014; Big Brothers, Big Sisters Over the Edge Supporter 2013.

Elizabeth Dreyer

Elizabeth Dreyer, having spent the first ten years of her career as a CPA in public accounting and corporate financial planning, and two years in nursing home administration, became a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley in 2018. She concentrates on assisting individuals who are seeking financial guidance in retirement and investment management. Elizabeth is a non-practicing Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. She has attained her Series 7, 66 and life and health insurance licenses. She completed her MBA in Accounting at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Elizabeth volunteers as a moderator at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), teaching multi-week finance related classes to members of OLLI. She is a volunteer and supporter of Companions on a Journey, a bereavement support group for families, schools, businesses and organizations in Cincinnati, and a supporter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Cincinnati. Elizabeth, her husband and two step children reside in Maineville, Ohio. In their free time, you can find the Dreyers spending time with family, trying new (and old) breweries in Cincinnati, back-packing in Red River Gorge, and attending St. Margaret of York parish and community events.

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, Chair of the Board Development Committee, member of the Investment Task Group, and is a National Council Delegate. She began her career in corporate finance and management in the technology field and became a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley 18 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 2012-2018. She is fluent in Spanish and completed her MBA in International 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 a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, and also served an unexpired term as 2nd Vice Chair. She is Chair of the Fund Development Task Group. Theresa is Head of the Middle School at Cincinnati Country Day. She has been with Cincinnati Country Day for 31 years where she served as the Athletic Director for 20 years. In addition to administrative duties, Theresa has continued to teach Algebra and coach multiple sports. Last year, Theresa was named the National Coach of the Year for High School Soccer after CCDS won back-to-back state titles. In 2020, she captured her 400th win as Country Day finished as the state runner-up.

After graduating from Turpin High School, she majored in mathematics and graduated from Brown University where she was a legendary soccer and softball player and was inducted into the Brown University 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.

Bleuzette Marshall

Bleuzette Marshall is currently serving Girl Scouts of Western Ohio as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors. She is the Vice President for Equity & Inclusion at the University of Cincinnati. She manages the offices of Equal Opportunity & Access, Title IX and Diversity & Inclusion; implements the University’s Five-Year Diversity Plan; co-chairs the President’s Diversity Council; provides strategic leadership for the recruitment, retention, and advancement of diverse talent (students, faculty, and staff); assists with supplier diversity efforts; serves as a resource to benchmark trends and promote best practices; and builds partnerships in the broader community. She administers the university’s diversity incentive grant process to award colleges and units with funds to enhance innovative practices to build a more inclusive university. In addition, she created and is the convener of a chief diversity officers’ roundtable with corporations, community organizations, colleges, health systems, and legal firms to serve as a resource and think tank to advance diversity and inclusion efforts within the region.

Bleuzette has worked diligently to design and implement programs to promote diversity and aid in the retention of students. She co-created the Brothers And Sisters Excelling (BASE) Mentoring Program, organized the Tyehimba Graduation Celebration, facilitated a series of workshops on the freshman year experience, and served as co-chair of the university-wide diversity conference. She was also an adjunct instructor for a diversity course at Miami University (Oxford). In addition, Bleuzette has served as an advisor to several student organizations including Latinos en Accion, Cincinnati Women in Excellence & Spirit Together (CWEST), and the Senior Class Officers. Currently, she is the advisor for Sigma Phi women’s honorary.

Within the community, she was the project manager for the Greater Cincinnati International Hall of Fame and an educational consultant to White Hat Management. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Public Media Connect and Project ArtReach. She is also a member of the Cincinnati Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; the Greater Cincinnati Hispanic Scholarship Fund Celebración Steering Committee; and St. James A.M.E. Church – Covington. Bleuzette has been recognized with the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission’s Champion for Connecting Cultures & Communities Award, the King Legacy Award, the National Diversity Council’s Glass Ceiling Award, the Cincinnatus Association’s 2016 Donald & Marian Spencer Spirit of America Award, and most recently 2018 Women of Distinction honoree from Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.

Jenny Michael

Jenny Michael is currently serving as Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, and as a National Council Delegate. 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, and external affairs in addition to leading corporate responsibility efforts and partnership strategies to support community relations. 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 in 2010.

Outside of work, Jenny is active in the community and is a past three term Valley View Board of Education member, chaired the Dayton YWCA Women of Influence Event, serves as a Montgomery County 4H Advisor, is secretary of the Valley View Education Foundation 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, and her husband, Jason live on a farm in Farmersville, Ohio, and have two sons.

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.

Bill Schretter

Bill Schretter is currently serving Girl Scouts of Western Ohio as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors. 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 20 years and has 2 teenage kids, both involved in scouting.

Melanie Towns

Melanie Towns is an Assistant Vice President at Fifth Third Bank serving the community as a Commercial Banking Associate Relationship Manager. Melanie is a contact for the bank for a portfolio of middle-market privately held companies in a variety of industries throughout Northwest Ohio. She works to arrange financing and serves as a conduit for the bank’s other corporate services. Melanie has been with Fifth Third since 2013 and has held several positions including Financial Center Manager. She has received ample recognition for her leadership and team collaboration.

Melanie earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University. Melanie is passionate about community involvement and youth development. She is happily married to husband of 1.5 years. They are also expecting their first child this year. Melanie enjoys all things outdoors and spending quality time with family.

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.

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 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.


Ex Officio Members (Without Vote)
 
Girl Member: Kaitlyn Lott

Kaitlyn Lott is a Junior at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy in Cincinnati. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the International Thespian Society, Student Council, and symphony orchestra. Kaitlyn has been awarded the Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award the past five consecutive years. She also volunteers as a peer advisor and a tutor. Kaitlyn is active in the arts including stage crew, set build, musical performance, and visual arts. As a Girl Scout, Kaitlyn has been one of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s top cookie sellers, as well as earned her Bronze and Silver Award. She is currently in the planning process for her Gold Award. She is a confident leader and mentor for younger girls. She currently serves as a Volunteer-in-Training (ViT) for a Daisy/Brownie Girl Scout troop. Through her many Girl Scouting experiences, she has learned to always have a backup plan and to be a good listener. Kaitlyn takes pride in her Girl Scout experiences and wants to share the positive impact it has had on her life. In serving on the board, she hopes to help make a difference for future Girl Scouts.

Girl Member: Siobhan Miller

Siobhan Miller is an 11th grader at Northmont High School in Clayton Ohio. She is an honor student involved in numerous activities at her school. These include the girls’ varsity bowling team, Aspirations, and she volunteers for SADD which supports students who are challenged by destructive decisions. Siobhan loves music and hopes to attend college to pursue a career in the music industry. She was adopted from China at 9 months and is involved in supporting adoptees from China. She is an avid volunteer in her community, as well as Girl Scouts. She has been a very involved and active Girl Scout for 10 plus years, earning her Bronze and Silver Awards, her Bronze and Silver Presidential Volunteer awards, her Silver Torch volunteer award, as well as volunteer bars at each level of Girl Scouts. She participated in the 55th National Council Session and just recently took part in the celebration kick off for the 46th Presidential Inauguration, saying the Pledge of Allegiance along with Girl Scouts from across the country. She is currently working on her Gold Award. Siobhan credits Girl Scouts with helping her become a confident public speaker. She has won a speech competition at the Ohio State fair, spoke at the Girl Scouts all staff meeting and a board of directors meeting in Dayton, and participated in events such as The Sky’s the Limit with astronaut Mae Jamison. Through Girl Scouts, Siobhan has volunteered in multiple community settings like the Ronald McDonald house in Louisville, Kentucky, Give Kids the World in Orlando, Florida, and a food pantry and soup kitchen in Chicago, Illinois that was very moving and eye opening, to name a few. Siobhan credits Girl Scouts with changing her life by giving her opportunities to volunteer and learn about the world beyond her community and making her a confident public speaker. She is looking forward to learning from and working with the men and women of the board to make a significant difference in her community. Girls Scouts has given Siobhan so many opportunities and helped her become a confident and courageous young woman. She hopes by being a board member she can give other girls the same opportunities that Girl Scouts have given her.

Immediate Past Chair: Ellen Iobst

Ellen Iobst is currently serving Girl Scouts of Western Ohio as Immediate Past Chair on the Board of Directors and as a National Council Delegate. She has been a Girl Scout for over 50 years and is a lifetime member. She is also a Gold Award/First Class Girl Scout and is the mother of a Gold Award Girl Scout. In addition to being a Girl Scout, Ellen has served as a leader for her daughter’s troop for 8 years and was a new leader trainer for her service unit before joining the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Board. While serving on the board, she held several positions: Chair, 1st Vice Chair, member-at-large, and she served as Chair of the Board Development Committee. Ellen has attended the last four national conventions as a National Council Delegate for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.

Ellen is a proven operations/executive leader in leading supply chain strategies that enable businesses to grow, expand and innovate faster. She has over 35 years of experience as a leader and coach to executive teams with company board experience working across multiple corporate cultures and industries, both private equity and public companies. She is known as a change management leader that drives top and bottom line improvement from all facets of supply chain, including manufacturing, logistics, purchasing, technical services and Lean/Sustainability solutions.

She is a Supply Chain Executive Consultant with IOBST Supply Chain Consulting, LLC. For the past three years, Ellen has been the Chief Operations Officer (COO) for Farmer Brothers Coffee. As the COO, Ellen led the Operations Team (R&D/Quality and all supply chain functions from purchasing, manufacturing and delivery) company move from California to Texas to create a restart of a 100-year-old company. She developed a strong team to successfully startup the new headquarters/manufacturing and integration of a coffee company acquisition.

Prior to Farmer Brothers, Ellen worked for the Sunny Delight Beverages Co. (SDBC) where she was the Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Chief Sustainability Officer. She was one of the founding officers of Sunny Delight. In her role, she managed the manufacturing and supply chain functions for the NA and Europe. In 2006, Ellen created and implemented the Sunny Delight Beverages Sustainability Program. In 2010, all of their manufacturing plants achieved “zero waste” to landfill. That same year, Ethisphere recognized Ellen as one of the 100 most influential people in business ethics for changing the corporate culture to a zero waste mentality.

Before Sunny Delight Beverages, Ellen worked for Procter & Gamble for 23 years. She worked in P&G’s Baby Care Business, Family Care Business and Food & Beverage Business. During that time, she worked in manufacturing and supply chain management positions at six different locations within the USA.

Ellen has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University. In 2012, Lehigh recognized Ellen as a Distinguished Alumni. Ellen was also selected as one of the Cincinnati Enquirer’s 2011 Top 20 Professional Women to Watch. She currently serves on the Lehigh University Alumni Sustainability Advisory Council, and P&G Alumni Network Women’s Forum.

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, serving on the boards of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and as Immediate Past President of the Leadership Council. In addition, she is President for P.R.A.Y. and 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.


Board Development Committee Members
 
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.

Melissa Cutcher

Melissa Cutcher is a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, and previously served as a member of the Board Development Committee. She is now the new Executive Director at Technology First, a trade association for IT professionals and technology companies. It has been said “Melissa is a person of strong character and integrity and expects that of others. She is very objective and realistic while being a self-starter and innovative”.

Melissa has a Bachelor’s degree in organization management and Master’s degree in business administration with a focus on organization leadership. Melissa is active in the Miami Valley and is a contributing member to many groups and organizations in the area. She has been in Miami Valley since 1985. Her personal interests include connecting people, golf, reading books, spending time with her daughter Ashley, husband Jeff, and dog Brutus.

Her community involvement includes: Leadership Dayton Class of 2015; Employee of the Year 2014; Women’s Leadership Collaborative – board member 2014-present, Retreat Committee 2015-present; 2011 WiBN Top 25 Women to Watch; Outstanding Leadership Award 2013; Women in Business Networking – Advisory Board Member 2013-Present, Koffee Talk Chair 2012-2013, Leadership Development Conference Co-Chair 2012, Conference for Women Chair 2013-Present, Lunch N Learn Chair 2014-2015, Winstitute Chair 2013; Dayton Hispanic Chamber Committee 2010-2012; Huber Heights Rotary 2012-2014 – Board Member 2013-2014, Christmas fundraising committee 2013-2014; Big Brothers, Big Sisters Over the Edge Supporter 2013.

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.

 

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