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2020 Election & Annual Council Meeting

Exercise your right to vote! All council members (active volunteers and girls, ages 14 and up) are encouraged to vote in the 2020 election of our Board of Directors – Officers and Members-at-Large, Board Development Committee members, and National Council Delegates & Alternate Delegates.

This is a great way to vote – our council bylaws were written to allow for "one member, one vote." This means that all members have a vote. The election will take place until April 3.

 

Information on each of the nominees is listed below.

2020 Slate of Nominees


Board of Directors - Officers

Two-Year Term: 2020-2022

Chair, Victoria Nilles

Victoria Nilles is currently serving 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 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 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 serving Girl Scouts of Western Ohio as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors and as a National Council Delegate, and has previously served as Secretary of the Board of Directors. 

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, the CET Community Advisory Committee and the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information National 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 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 as Secretary on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, and previously served as a Member-at-Large.  She is the Principal of Prevention Strategies LLC, a human capital firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Patrice is experienced in developing innovative human resources strategies combining her employment law and human capital consulting practices.  For over 20 years, she has focused on counseling individuals and organizations on developing high performers, collaborative teams and inclusive workplace cultures.  She has conducted internal investigations, delivered keynotes, developed and facilitated group and one-on-one anti-harassment trainings where she focused on helping organizations realize the impact of collective and persistent behaviors in creating and sustaining respectful and inclusive workplace cultures.  She has consulted public, private, and non-profit entities ranging from school districts, hospitals, to Fortune 100s.  She has a global consulting footprint.

Prior to developing a proactive consulting, coaching, and training practice, Patrice practiced in the employment law departments of two large nationally recognized management law firms.  She provided legal consultation to employers on issues of wrongful termination, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, affirmative action, and equal employment opportunity compliance.  Patrice also served as a senior consultant with the nation’s largest diversity and inclusion training and consulting firm, where she created a workplace protocol suite of customizable training and coaching experiences.

As a speaker, facilitator, and coach, her high-impact message empowers people to be accountable for their actions and to make necessary and desired changes.  She translates the value of human capital and the currency of relationships into implementable strategies, accountability, and return on expectations.  She has coached corporate, law firm, and non-profit leaders utilizing the concepts of emotional intelligence as a performance skill.  Patrice received her B.A. in English (cum laude) from Talladega College, her M.A. (in Journalism) and J.D. from The Ohio State University. 

She 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, the Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument® and as a professional and executive coach.  She is a former adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati where she taught an Emotional Intelligence Leadership course.  

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 Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and as a National Council Delegate.  She has served as Chair of the Board Development Committee and 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 30 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 currently serves on the Environmental Education Council of Ohio.  


Board of Directors - Member-at-Large

Two-Year Term: 2020-2022

Maria Archocha White

Maria Arcocha White 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 grew up in the Girl Scouts and was a troop leader and cookie mom in Canandaigua, New York and Cincinnati, Ohio.  She is thrilled with the opportunity to help secure the legacy of the organization in which she developed her sense of self and forged her independence.  She is currently General Manager of Payce, a startup focused on empowering consumers to reach their financial goals.  She previously served in strategic leadership roles in higher education financial services, where she developed and managed student loan, financial literacy, reward, and payment solutions for Citibank, Student Load Funding, Sallie Mae, Campus Solutions and Higher One.  Sheri holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Old Dominion University and an Executive Certificate in Strategic Marketing Management from the University of Michigan.  Sheri and her husband Dave have been happy to call Cincinnati home for the last 20 years.  They are avid hikers and are the parents of two former Girl Scouts who have grown into beautiful young women.

Angela Carter

Angela Carter 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. 

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. 

Corinne Hemesath

Corinne Hemesath is currently serving Girl Scouts of Western Ohio as Chair of the Board Development Committee, and as 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 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 serving an unexpired term as 2nd Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, and is Chair of the Fund Development Task Group.  She has also served as Member-at-Large.  Theresa is Head of the Middle School at Cincinnati Country Day.  She has been with Cincinnati Country Day for 30 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.  Just this year, Theresa was named the National Coach of the Year for High School Soccer after CCDS won back to back state titles. 

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.

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.  She is the Vice President of External Affairs 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 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 Influence Event, 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, and her husband, Jason live on a farm in Farmersville, Ohio, where they are raising their two sons.   

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 Bachelors Degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters Degree from Central Michigan University.  Melanie is passionate about community involvement and youth development.  She is happily married to her 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.

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.


Board Development Committee Member

Two-Year Term: 2020-2022

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.

Patti Robb

Patricia (Patti) Robb is a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.  She is the owner of Robb Communications, LLC, which provides a wide array of marketing communications consulting services to clients.  Previous to establishing her own business, Patti served for 18 years as director of marketing communications for the nonprofit law firms of Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc.  Prior positions also include senior manager of public relations for Buckeye Broadband, marketing communications director for The Toledo Symphony, and communications director for Riverside Hospital in Toledo.  She is a board member of the Ballet Theatre of Toledo and serves as a mentor with Mom’s House, an organization that guides at-risk single parents through the process of achieving educational goals and provide tools and resources needed to become effective parents.  Patti grew up in the inner-city of Toledo and was a Girl Scout who fondly remembers attending Camp Libbey.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Public Relations from The University of Toledo and is APR Accredited by the Public Relations Society of America.


National Council Delegate

Three-Year Term: 2020-2023

Cassie Barlow

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 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.

Vicki Blanco

Vicki Blanco is currently employed at 360care, a health management firm.  She has been a Girl Scout member for 30 years, serving as a volunteer for 23 of those years.  She is currently a Service Unit Chair, and was elected as a National Council Delegate in 2017.  She has held the role of troop leader, learning facilitator, service unit recruiter, service unit event planner, service unit cookie chair, communications chair, and outdoor trainer throughout her tenure.  Nationally, Vicki administers a Facebook networking group for service unit chairs throughout the United States, with a membership of over 1,600 service unit lead volunteers.  Vicki has also participated in several regional and council-wide project groups, including the restructuring of the service unit, new volunteer support resource development, regional derby events, volunteer appreciation event and selection committees, and fall enrichment.  She was also instrumental in the resurgence of Adult Conference 2015 which now reaches over 150 adult volunteers annually.  Currently in her 11th year as Service Unit Chair in the north region, she led her service team to earning the President’s Award in 2013.

Vicki is currently a fundamentals learning facilitator and outdoor trainer (10+ years).  She also participated in the GSUSA development of a new online training program.  She has served as a mentor to new Service Unit Chairs with Train-the-Trainer events.

Vicki has received the Outstanding Volunteer, Volunteer of Excellence, Service Unit Outstanding Leader, Service Team Star, Service Unit President’s Award, Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge and Thanks Badge II.

Calla Bobak

Calla Bobak will be a freshman at St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio.  She is entering her eighth year in Girl Scouts.  Calla has been an active member of the CSA Association, helping to plan events for younger Girl Scouts and serving as a Program Aide at Summer Day Camp.  She had the honor of participating in the Opening Ceremony at the National Convention in Columbus in 2017, and looks forward to serving her council as a National Council Delegate for the next three years.  In her time away from Girl Scouts, Calla has enjoyed being a competitive swimmer since the age of five, a Toledo ZOOTeen and a member of the National Junior Honor Society.

Patrice Borders

Patrice Baughman Borders, J.D. is serving as Secretary on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, and previously served as a Member-at-Large.  She is the Principal of Prevention Strategies LLC, a human capital firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Patrice is experienced in developing innovative human resources strategies combining her employment law and human capital consulting practices.  For over 20 years, she has focused on counseling individuals and organizations on developing high performers, collaborative teams and inclusive workplace cultures.  She has conducted internal investigations, delivered keynotes, developed and facilitated group and one-on-one anti-harassment trainings where she focused on helping organizations realize the impact of collective and persistent behaviors in creating and sustaining respectful and inclusive workplace cultures.  She has consulted public, private, and non-profit entities ranging from school districts, hospitals, to Fortune 100s.  She has a global consulting footprint.

Prior to developing a proactive consulting, coaching, and training practice, Patrice practiced in the employment law departments of two large nationally recognized management law firms.  She provided legal consultation to employers on issues of wrongful termination, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, affirmative action, and equal employment opportunity compliance.  Patrice also served as a senior consultant with the nation’s largest diversity and inclusion training and consulting firm, where she created a workplace protocol suite of customizable training and coaching experiences.

As a speaker, facilitator, and coach, her high-impact message empowers people to be accountable for their actions and to make necessary and desired changes.  She translates the value of human capital and the currency of relationships into implementable strategies, accountability, and return on expectations.  She has coached corporate, law firm, and non-profit leaders utilizing the concepts of emotional intelligence as a performance skill.  Patrice received her B.A. in English (cum laude) from Talladega College, her M.A. (in Journalism) and J.D. from The Ohio State University. 

She 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, the Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument® and as a professional and executive coach.  She is a former adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati where she taught an Emotional Intelligence Leadership course.  

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.  

Nancy Dawes

Nancy Dawes has a long Girl Scout history, having served two terms as Chair of the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, two terms as Chair of the Board of Girl Scouts – Great Rivers Council, National Council Delegate since 2002, as well as troop leader and service unit manager.  Her Girl Scout volunteer contributions have been recognized with Thanks Badge I (2006) and Thanks Badge II (2012) and as a Cincinnati Woman of Distinction (2018).  Outside of Girl Scouts, Nancy is a recognized Serial Innovator from Procter & Gamble, being the first female engineer inducted into the prestigious Victor Mills Society.  Leveraging 37 years’ experience at P&G, she currently consults with startup companies, volunteers with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, volunteers with the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University (Distinguished Alumnus 2012) and is a founding member of BEWEL (Buckeye Engineering Women in Executive Leadership).  

Marcia Dowds

Marcia Dowds is Chief Development Officer for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, and oversees the philanthropic and marketing strategies for the sixth largest Girl Scout council in the nation.  Marcia joined Girl Scouts of Western Ohio in 2000 and discovered a passion for the Girl Scout mission.  Her commitment to the organization led to a series of leadership positions, including Senior Membership Director, Service Delivery Manager, and Director of Regional Services.

Marcia’s involvement with other community youth initiatives have included Vice Chair of the Clark County Community Alliance for Youth and Co-Chair of the Dayton Rise Sister Rise committee.  Prior to coming to Girl Scouts, she held management positions in both corporate and nonprofit organizations.

Marcia grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University.  She earned a certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  Marcia lives in Dayton, Ohio and can frequently be found hiking in one of the region’s amazing parks in her free time.

Kari Eggleston

Kari Eggleston who is often referred to as “Big Foot” at Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts.  Her Girl Scout journey began in first grade in a local troop.  The true impact of Girl Scouting she experienced at Camp Whip Poor Will every summer as a camper and eventually as a camp staff member.

Kari is a full-time nurse at school and a part-time firefighter advanced EMT.  She has experience in multiple roles in Girl Scouting which include troop leader, outdoor facilitator, summer camp staff, mentor and a member of a service unit team.  She even works at a scout camp in the summer.  Kari truly enjoys giving back to our youth what she gained as a child through Scouting.

She has a son who is an Eagle Scout and a junior in high school.  Her daughter is a freshman and a Silver Award recipient.  In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, Disney, and spending time with her kids, including two German Shepherds.

A couple of fun, interesting facts about Kari is that she was on the medical staff for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and she was the 1991 Miss Paul Bunyan.

Kim Fender

Kimber Fender is serving Girl Scouts of Western Ohio as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors and as a National Council Delegate, and has previously served as Secretary of the Board of Directors. 

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, the CET Community Advisory Committee and the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information National 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 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.

Sue Gantz Matz

Sue Gantz Matz currently serves as Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and as a National Council Delegate.  She has served as Chair of the Board Development Committee and 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 30 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 currently serves on the Environmental Education Council of Ohio.  

Gillian Heineman

Gillian Heineman first started Girl Scouts when she was in the 2nd grade.  She considered herself to be an introvert and didn’t have many friends.  She was disinterested in the other children’s interests.  She loved to play with Legos and video games, especially games where she could build.  When she was in 5th grade, her troop leader showed a video about robots.  Gillian was so excited when she found out that the troop got to build this robot and compete with others.  The robot is part of a program called FIRST, and First Lego League (FLL) is a subprogram of FIRST.  After their first year of doing FLL, she was hooked.  She wanted to build robots all the time and knew that she wanted to do that for the rest of her life.  They competed for one more year before heading off to high school.  There were attempts to join another FLL team, but none just seemed to fit well with her.  

Around 9th grade, Gillian joined a local team in another subprogram called First Robotics Competition (FRC) where they build giant robots and compete against other teams.  She is still in that same team today.  She loves it so much – she gets to help program and build the robot.  She learns new things every day from learning how to program, to learning how to cut a piece of metal for a part.

Last year, when Gillian was a sophomore, she applied to a career technology center (CTC) for robotics and automation.  With hard work, dedication, and wanting to get a heads up on her future career, she got in.  It was her first year of being a CTC and she is loving it so much.

Once she joined her FRC team, she was asked by some troop leaders to help mentor their FLL team.  She first started mentoring for a troop leader friend around 8th grade.  After that, she was asked to mentor another team in Darke County.  They had a team of four girls, but they made it work.  This year, she mentored a team having some issues of doing research.  She enjoyed the time she mentored each team and loved the learning process of teaching.  Gillian loves mentoring and intends to continue it as long as she is able to.

Without Girl Scouts, Gillian never would have found out that she loves robotics and that she is talented at it also.  She shows her appreciation to Girl Scouts by volunteering at any STEM event she can go to.  Last year, she helped bring Mae Jemison to Dayton and helped plan for Raytheon Cyber Challenge at NKU and introduced the speakers there as well.  Gillian wants to bring more girls into Girl Scouts because they might be able to find what they want to do as their job or as a hobby.  She wants to see girls become more interested in STEM and be the next generation of inspirational engineers or scientists.

Corinne Hemesath

Corinne Hemesath is currently serving Girl Scouts of Western Ohio as Chair of the Board Development Committee, and as 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 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.

Madelyn Highfield

Madelyn Highfield (Maddie) has been a Girl Scout for 11 years and is very excited about being a National Council Delegate.  She has earned her Silver Award and for the past two years, has been an active member of the CSA Association and a current member of G.I.R.L. Club.  Last year, Maddie was the Special Events Co-Chair for CSA Association, which involved planning events such as Spookybrook and Cruisin’ to Cadettes.  She is also part of the Conference Committee that plans the Winter Leadership conference.  This past summer, Maddie went on the Maine Wilderness Adventure Challenge Destination.  She is a Student Ambassador at Little Miami High School, helping to encourage other students to learn about and gain positive character traits such as Courage and Trust.  She is also part of the Academic Team and a member of the French Club.  Maddie enjoys volunteering for her church, where she often helps with the nursery or with Sunday School.

Erin Horsley

Erin Horsley is the senior director of membership support for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. In her 20 year tenure with Girl Scouts she has held several positions focusing on membership growth, volunteer support, service unit support, and community development.  In each position Erin has worked closely with volunteers and staff to ensure processes and resources are provided and implemented within service units to ensure volunteers are prepared and supported to deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience with girls.  Erin served two years as a Mission Delivery coach for GSUSA and currently serves as a troop support thought partner with the national organization.  In addition to her roles within Girl Scouts, Erin is active in her community as a PTA board member for both of her children’s schools and a school representative liaison to her school district.  

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.  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 three 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 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.  She currently serves on the LU Alumni Sustainability Advisory Council. Ellen was also selected as one of the Cincinnati Enquirer’s 2011 Top 20 Professional Women to Watch.  

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. 

Emily Manuel

Emily Manuel is a junior at Shawnee High School and has been in Girl Scouts every year since she first started as a Daisy.  She is now an Ambassador and close to completing her Gold Award in which she lead a tutoring program for middle school students at her local school.  Emily is also involved in various other activities, including stage crew, school and club volleyball, youth group, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and is the Co-Editor of her school newspaper.  She is excited and honored to have been chosen to be a National Council Delegate and can’t wait to see what this year holds!

Shannon Meadows

Shannon Meadows is the Community Development Director in Springfield, Ohio.  She manages daily operations of the department, including oversight of Housing and Urban Development entitlement funds and other grant dollars.  Shannon oversees and coordinates planning and zoning, code enforcement, building regulations, housing rehabilitation, human relations, and community investment for the city.

With her team, Shannon manages millions of dollars of federal and state program funding related to redevelopment and reinvestment in Springfield.  She has extensive experience in coordinating housing investments and redeveloping former industrial facilities with complex site contamination and development concerns.  Shannon has worked with local and state elected officials, as well as federal agencies to shape brownfield redevelopment policy.

Shannon has served the Springfield community in senior leadership roles for over 20 years.  She is an Ohio native.  She graduated from Loveland High School, as a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, in 1995.  Shannon graduated from Wittenberg University with a Bacholor of Arts in Political Science and Management, as well as minor concentrations in Geography, Urban Studies, and History.  She also holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas Edwin O. Stein School for Public Administration.  Shannon is a member of the Pi Psi Psi Honor Society, as well as the Pi Alpha Psi Honor Society.

Shannon is married to Jared Meadows and together, they have two children, Sophia and Isaac.  Shannon and Sophia began their Girl Scout journey together in 2013 when Sophia became a Daisy Girl Scout and Shannon became a troop leader.  They are both proud members of Troop 35017, a diverse multi-level troop from Springfield City schools.  Shannon serves the Shawnee Oak Wind 305 Service Unit as the Service Unit Chair.  She is also a national council delegate.  The Meadows is a Scouting family.  Jaren and Isaac began their Scouting adventures in 2016, where Jared serves as Assistant Pack Master and the Webelo Den Leader.  Among the four, they treasure outdoor activity, including camping and working their two English Setters in upland game settings.

Jenny Michael

Jenny Michael is currently serving as Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.  She is the Vice President of External Affairs 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 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 Influence Event, 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, and her husband, Jason live on a farm in Farmersville, Ohio, where they are raising their two sons.   

Cathy Muterspaw

Cathy Muterspaw is a volunteer from the Senasekom Service Unit in the central region.  She is a Troop Leader, Trainer, Service Unit Manager, and a Thanks Badge II recipient.  Cathy was a National Council Delegate for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio from 2011-2013 and attended the national convention in Houston.   Cathy is dfa Registered Nurse at Kettering Medical Center.  

Victoria Nilles

Victoria Nilles is currently serving 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.

Susan Osborn

Susan Osborn has been with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio for 30 years and currently is the Chief Operating Officer.  She is also a National Council Delegate (2017-2020).  As COO, she is responsible for providing leadership to the council operations to achieve long and short term, council mission delivery goals, especially providing more girls and volunteers with great Girl Scout experiences.  Susan has a BS in Biology and strives to share her love of science with girls.  She is an advocate for inclusion, including serving on the board of the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati.  Susan is also involved in her community, where she is a member of College Hill Investment Collaborative, LLC (CHIC), a group of six women who are committed to financial and personal investment in their urban community business district.   

Zo Redman

Zo Redman is currently serving Girl Scouts of Western Ohio as Treasurer of the Board of Directors and as a National Council Delegate.  She first became connected to Girl Scouting as a Brownie Girl Scout.  In 1991, she served her local United Way as a Loaned Executive and soon after joined the board of Heart of Ohio Girl Scout Council in Muskingum County.  Zoe and her husband moved to Northwest Ohio in 2005.  She continued to volunteer with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and participated in the Camp CEO program for two years.

Zo has worked at State Farm Insurance for 34 years and is currently an Agency Administration Leader in Maumee.  She has a passion for developing others and enjoys mentoring people of all ages.  Zo and her husband Carl have three children, Carl, Chris and Shane.  She enjoys reading, gardening, and traveling.

Patti Robb

Patricia (Patti) Robb is a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.  She is the owner of Robb Communications, LLC, which provides a wide array of marketing communications consulting services to clients.  Previous to establishing her own business, Patti served for 18 years as director of marketing communications for the nonprofit law firms of Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc.  Prior positions also include senior manager of public relations for Buckeye Broadband, marketing communications director for The Toledo Symphony, and communications director for Riverside Hospital in Toledo.  She is a board member of the Ballet Theatre of Toledo and serves as a mentor with Mom’s House, an organization that guides at-risk single parents through the process of achieving educational goals and provide tools and resources needed to become effective parents.  Patti grew up in the inner-city of Toledo and was a Girl Scout who fondly remembers attending Camp Libbey.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Public Relations from The University of Toledo and is APR Accredited by the Public Relations Society of America.

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.  

Jody Wainscott

Jody Wainscott is currently serving as Co-Chair of the EMPOWER HER Comprehensive Campaign for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.  She has also served as Chair, 1st Vice Chair, and Treasurer of the Board of Directors as well as Chair of the Investment Task Group, a National Council Delegate, and as a member of other task groups.  Prior to the merger in 2008, Jody had served as Chair of the Nominating Committee, Treasurer of the Board of Directors, and as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts – Great Rivers Council.  Her preparation for service, teamwork, and leadership included experiences as a Brownie, Junior, and Cadette Girl Scout and inspired her to become a charter member of the Juliette Gordon Low Society. 

Jody is retired from The Cincinnati Insurance Companies.  Her career involved many leadership roles and responsibilities with the last position held as Vice President and Director of Target Markets Product Development.  She is a former Trustee of the Cincinnati Better Business Bureau, Inc., is a past member of Prevent Blindness Ohio’s Board of Directors, and a past Chair of its Southwest Ohio Chapter Executive Council.  Jody is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Nuclear Insurers and the Advisory Council for the United States Aircraft Insurance Group.  She is a past director and board member of the Greater Cincinnati Women’s Network and Leading Women (a Greater Cincinnati non-profit association) and in 1995, she was a Leading Women honoree.  Jody also served as a member of the Network Alignment Team for Girl Scouts of the USA.

Carole Williams

Carole Campbell Williams is currently serving as Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.  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!

Carole was the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center's (“SBTDC”) State Finance Manager, responsible for financial operations of the State Headquarters and the 12-region network, including budgeting, reporting, funding, and audit oversight, as well as federal and state compliance and reporting.  Prior to serving as the chief finance officer for the SBTDC, she served as a federal grants manager for Grand Valley State University and served as the contract administrator and liaison with GVSU financial and grants management operations.  Carole also served as the director of the community college off-campus associate degree in business program in North Carolina and taught accounting for seven years.  Finally, she has 10 years of national and international corporate finance experience with IBM in New York, Washington DC, Zurich, Switzerland, and Tokyo, Japan.

Carole has served on advisory and governing boards for various community organizations, including The Conservancy of the Parthenon and Centennial Park of Nashville, the Council of Independent Colleges Presidential Spouses Planning Committee, Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build Committee, Nashville, and as the Treasurer of the Michigan Girl Scouts Shore to Shore Council Board of Directors.  She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and was a member of The Links, Incorporated of Nashville.

Carole is a CPA, who earned the M.B.A at Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA) and the Bachelor’s degree in Business, at the University of Michigan – Flint.  She also completed courses in the University of Cincinnati’s Historical Preservation graduate program.  She enjoys the preservation and restoration of historical facilities, distance running, enjoying the splendor of the ocean and now, learning to play the piano.


Alternate National Council Delegate

Three-Year Term: 2020-2023

Marie Atwood

Marie Atwood was in Girl Scouts when she was younger when she started as a Brownie Girl Scout and went through to her senior year in high school.  Now she is a troop leader for her daughter’s troop.  She is married to her high school sweetheart and has one daughter. 

LaShay Blackburn

LaShay Blackburn has been the leader of her Girl Scout troop for the past five years.  They attended the Girl Scout Convention/G.I.R.L. 2017 in Columbus, Ohio, and have traveled to Savannah, Georgia to visit Juliette Gordon Low’s home.  The girls have earned the Bronze Award and are working on the Silver Award.  LaShay is a member of her service unit team and assisted with fall product sales and Cookie sales.  She has enjoyed being a part of Girl Scouts and all the amazing opportunities it has presented to her troop.  LaShay enjoys traveling and learning new things.  Girl Scouts has allowed her to share her knowledge and grow with some amazing young ladies. 

She is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Certified CPR Instructor, and is currently enrolled in school to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management

Barbara Bonifas

Barbara Bonifas retired as CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio after 24 years (20 of those with Girl Scouts – Great Rivers Council).  Her career spanned over 40 years, 35 as a CEO.  She also worked in St. Paul, Minnesota; Owensboro, Kentucky; Louisville, Kentucky; Zanesville, Ohio; and Lima, Ohio. She is a Certified Girl Scout CEO, a lifetime member of Girl Scouts, and a member of the Olave Baden-Powell Society.  Barbara holds a degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University.

Barbara is currently serving as a National Volunteer Partner with Girl Scouts of the USA, a member of the World Foundation Committee WAGGGS USA, and a member of the Archdiocese Committee for Catholic Girl Scouting for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.  She also served on WAGGGS Governance Committee from 2015-2017.

Barbara has always been involved with the community and has received numerous recognitions and awards, which include:  Leadership of Excellence Award from the Leadership Council of Human Services Executives; Woman of Distinction from Girl Scouts of Western Ohio; Extraordinary Woman of Faith from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati; William A. Mitchell/Pearl S. Gantz Award for Community Impact Leadership from the United Way of Greater Cincinnati; Career Woman of Achievement from the YWCA; Leading Women honoree; National Conference of Christians and Jews Award for Outstanding Community Service in Promoting Human Relations; and Dada Rafiki Award from The Eye of the Artists Foundation, which honors positive women in our community.

In addition to her Girl Scout and community work, Barbara is very involved with her church, St. Margaret of York Catholic Church, where she currently serves as Co-Sacristan, Eucharistic Minister, and Mass Coordinator.  She also served as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and was a Religious Education Teacher.

Jennifer Codding

Jennifer Codding has been involved in Girl Scouts for 11 years and was elected as a National Council Delegate in 2017.  She has served as a Troop Leader for all of that time, watching our troop grow from a group of young children to young adults.  Watching them develop in their confidence to approach new tasks, to work with others for a common goal, and to be assertive when changes need to be discussed.  They respect our country and are proud of their accomplishments.  During Jennifer’s tenure, she has also served as multiple roles in the service unit.  Her best role is also her current role of Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  This allows her to work with leaders of all units to assist them in understanding the program and how to reach goals the girls are striving to achieve. 

Lily Collins

Lily Collins has been a Girl Scout since 2008 when she started kindergarten.  Lily has earned her Bronze Award and Silver Award, and is currently working on her Gold Award.  She has participated in many community service activities in her community and also throughout the country.  Lily has participated in two destination trips – one, a Cross Country Culinary Challenge, and the other, an adventure in London.  In 2019, she was the winner of the Ohio State Fair speech contest for Girl Scouts.  She is currently a member of the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Media Agents team and has written for GSWO blog.  Lily participates in drama, choir, and International Club, as well as playing tennis and throwing shot put and discus for the track team at Blanchester High School.  Lily appreciates the opportunity to serve her council as an Alternate National Council Delegate.

Rachel Collins

Rachel Collins has been a Girl Scout leader since 2008.  She was a girl member from kindergarten to 6th grade.  As a leader, Rachel has been a member of her service unit team since 2009.  She is the service unit fall product and cookie consultant.  With the help of her family, Rachel has also run the Clinton County cookie cupboard for several years.  Rachel is a pharmacy technician at CareSource in Dayton. 

Laura Diltz

Laura Diltz is mostly known in Girl Scouts of Western Ohio as “Nermal”.  She has been involved in Girl Scouting here in Ohio since 1974 as a 1st grader.  She started off as a Brownie Girl Scout in a troop and eventually progressed on to working at resident camp at Camp Whip Poor Will through college.  She has been active as a Troop Leader for 10 years.  You can also find Laura volunteering at numerous council activities that include the CSA Leadership Conference, Camp Adventure Weekend, Troop Camp training, Council and Service Unit Day Camps, and summer resident camp at Camp Whip Poor Will.

Laura serves her community as a US Postal Service Rural Mail Carrier in Tipp City, Ohio.  She serves as a District Vice President for the Ohio Rural Letter Carriers Association.  Since high school, she has played the trombone as a member of the Tipp Community Band, where she is also their music librarian.

She is passionate about sharing her experience in Girl Scouting with other young ladies and adults alike.  She enjoys giving back to them the benefits and learning experience that she has been given through Girl Scouting in Western Ohio.  Being able to be a National Council Delegate for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio will help her serve the greater good of the members of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.  Some of Laura’s favorite memories from Girl Scouting include:  traveling with her own troop in high school, taking her Cadette Girl Scouts to bridge to Senior Girl Scouts in Savannah, Georgia, and watching the young campers that she has worked with over the years grow up to be amazing ladies making the world a better place.

A couple of fun facts about Laura is that her favorite unit at Camp Whip Poor Will is Sassafras and her favorite Muppets character is Animal.

Megan Gardam

Dr. Megan Gardam is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts.  Throughout her many years of membership, she has been a resident camp counselor at Camp Libbey, a troop leader for her youngest sister’s troop, a trainer, a Gold Award committee member/mentor, a member of the Juliette Gordon Low Society, and the director of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s Thin Mint Sprint/Marathon patch program.  Outside of Girl Scouts, Megan is a veterinarian, triathlete, beginning mountain biker, mentor, and friend.  Girl Scouts tenets of courage, confidence, and character have helped shape the person that she has been in the past and the future person she will continue to grow into.  She looks forward to the many experiences that are still to come throughout her Girl Scouting journey. 

Catherine Groznik

Catherine Groznik is a high-achieving freshman at Lakota West High School, and she is ready to change the world.  She has been an active Girl Scout for ten years, and does many activities such as:  resident camp, the Trailblazers Club, and is about to go on a trip through the Destinations program.  In past years, Catherine has earned the Bronze Award and attended G.I.R.L. 2017 in Columbus, Ohio.  Outside of Girl Scouts, she likes to read, play tennis, and ski.  Catherine is looking forward to serving as an Alternate National Council Delegate and hopes to learn new things about the business world.  

Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth Hall is known to her girls as Liz.  Liz has been a troop leader for 8 years, and was a Girl Scout herself for 8 years.  Her troop has varied from 12-25 girls each year.  Liz currently leads two troops and helps with a few others in her community.  She is the Service Unit Chair for Piqua/Covington/Sugar Grove.  She is also the Data Chair and Recruitment Chair for the service unit.  Service Unit 328 has an event every month for the girls to participate in.  They are also proud to have a mentor program where the experienced leaders are helping new leaders with experiences.  Liz is the co-director for the volunteer run, Miami County Day Camp where between 150-200 girls get to experience Girl Scout camp.  Outside of Girl Scouts, Liz is active in 4-H.  She is a 4-H advisor and breeds show pigs for the youth.  Liz is also the coordinator for the Ohio Donor Spot Program.  This program awards a pig to a youth 4-H or FFA member who writes an essay to raise and start their own spot pig herd.

Jessica Husted

Jessica Husted was a member of Girl Scouts as a girl for 10 years, Brownie through Senior Girl Scouts.  In 2016, she became a troop leader and has been leading the troop for going on four years.  In 2018, she became the Service Unit Girl Scout Leadership Experience Chair, and just last year became a lifetime member of Girl Scouts.  Jessica truly cares about the organization and wants to see it move in the best direction for our girls and is pleased serve Girl Scout of Western Ohio as an Alternate National Council Delegate.

Wendy Lewis

Wendy Lewis has been a Girl Scout leader for seven years and is currently Troop Leader for two troops – a Junior Girl Scout troop and a Senior Girl Scout troop.  Her experience with other organizations include International Order of Rainbow for girls for 9 years, Bulldog wrestling club for 7 years as secretary, Rossford little league football for 8 years as treasurer, PTO President for 2 years, and Boosters for 2 years. 

Wendy lives in Rossford, Ohio and is a Buyer for Johns Manville. For the last 20 years, she has been highly involved with encouraging people to get involved.  Working with volunteers and convincing people to give their time.  She is involved and understands her community.  Wendy enjoys leading and mentoring, but that’s not all.  She enjoys making a difference.  She believes in Girl Scouts, but feels it needs a slight facelift and she would like to help in any way she can. The traditions and teachings are awesome.  She would like to help bring some of those things forward to help them be more modern. 

Tami Lott

Tami Lott was a member of the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Council when she was growing up.  She has fond memories of earning badges, attending summer camps and leading younger girls.  Her one regret is that she did not stay in Girl Scouts and was unaware of the full potential that Girl Scouting could bring to her life.  For this reason, Tami jumped at the opportunity to start leading her daughter’s troop from its formation in kindergarten.  After nearly, 11 years together, her troop still has five original members and has traveled to Savannah, New York City, and is planning a graduation trip to Europe.  In 2018, Tami started the circle all over again with a second group of girls and her youngest daughter.

Tami is a graduate of Purdue University with a BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management.  After many years in the restaurant, hotel, and sales and catering industry, she chose to stay home and raise her family.  Little did she know, leading a Girl Scout troop is a full time job!  In 2016, Tami started her own crafting and culinary business and spends her free time sewing for local troops.  In 2018, she began working part-time at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s Upper Elementary School for 4-6th grade students.  She also volunteers with her church, school and local food pantry.

As a mom and a leader, Tami sees the challenges that are facing our young women today.  It is imperative that they have positive, strong and accepting role models that will listen, guide and stand up for them.  It takes a village to raise a child and Tami accepts every girl in her troop as a member of her family.  Her standards and expectations are high, but her love knows no bounds.  It is Tami’s goal to guide and build her girls into young women of courage, confidence and character that will make this world a better place.

Tami currently resides in Cincinnati with her husband, Senior and Daisy Girl Scouts, and two Boy Scouts. 

Kiaria Nicks

Kiaria Nicks was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin and has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years.  This past year, she graduated from high school and relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio.  In the fall of this year, she hopes to be attending the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash to double major in Human Resources and Minor in Spanish.  She has done PA training to CIT training, participated in interviews with Milwaukee Issues and the CW/Channel 58 explaining her Girl Scout experience and the impact it has had on her life.  Kiaria has also volunteered for Day Camp the last four consecutive summers.  She was a Council Delegate for Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast and served service area 715 Southport Sisters in Kenosha for a year.  She helped plan and create events for the service area, explained changes and decisions made by the council.  Since Kiaria joined Girl Scouts, she has had more confidence in herself.  She also had the pleasure of working with some amazing girls, staff, and parents.  Those experiences pushed her to be a better person and strive for excellence.  Kiaria always has the mentality of “being a sister to every Girl Scout” in and with anything she says or does.  She enjoyed her time being a Council Delegate and making a positive impact for girls.  Kiaria would like to do it again and impact girls as an Alternate National Council Delegate.

Saundra Oprea

Saundra Oprea became a Girl Scout as a Brownie, and love camping and selling cookies.  Her experience as a young Girl Scout was not nearly as impactful as the experience of working for Girl Scouts, and helping the girls she worked with realize they could change the world.  It was this experience with Girl Scouts that she credits with fundamentally changing her worldview, and helping her become the person she is today.  In recent years, she worked as a Regional Disaster Preparedness Program Manager for the Greater Cincinnati Dayton Red Cross, a managed community-based education initiatives that bring together for-profit and non-profit organizations in 27 counties and served on the Participant Selection Committee for United Way’s Board Orientation and Leadership Development training.  She also served on the Board of Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, a community non-profit dedicated to education and making the world a better place.  Alongside these roles, Saundra has remained a Girl Scout, leading her daughter’s troop, volunteering as a unit leader every summer at volunteer day camp, and stepping up to support the mission that changed her life. 

Susan Redman-Rengstorf

Susan Redman-Rengstorf is Vice President of Special Campaigns for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and has been an active Girl Scout for over 50 years – as a member, camp counselor, troop leader and council Board member.  With over 25 years in nonprofit management, she is an innovative and accomplished leader with an entrepreneurial passion and vision that combines experience and expertise managing organizational change from new start-ups to restructure of existing organizations.  She has a proven track record of generating revenue and increasing support bases for diverse local, regional and national organizations, including the American Red Cross – Cincinnati Region, the National Conference for Community and Justice (New York City), Cincinnati Ballet, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.  A trained historian, Susan is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati (BA & MA) and is active in the community serving on the boards of the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting, the John Parker Historical Society, and the Butler County Appointed Committee of the Women’s Fund, Greater Cincinnati Foundation. 

Cathy Reidy

Cathy Reidy began her career as a teacher right out of college.  She taught for three years before she and her husband became parents to their first daughter, Kayla.  She continued teaching until shortly after their second child, Adam, was born with the rare disease of eosinophilic esophagitis.  She and her husband worked closely with other families and his specialized clinic to develop a support group, family events, a family camp (Camp CouragEOS) and ultimately founded a nonprofit.  When Adam was four years old, they had their youngest daughter, Megan. 

As Kayla entered Girl Scouts, Cathy volunteered with her troop and focused on building their nonprofit.  In this time, she also served on the Cincinnati Children’s Family Advisory Board and the Strengthening Family Advisory Board.  When Megan entered Girl Scouts, Cathy took on a more supportive role within her troop, coordinating events and fundraising opportunities.  Cathy developed a relationship with the Cheviot Police Association leadership as she put on community holiday events for a family friendly, low cost.  When their troop found itself with no leaders and no direction last year, Saundra Oprea and Cathy became the troop leaders.  They have grown their troop from a troop of five to a troop of ten in one year’s time.  They have planned events and activities that the girls are excited and engaged with as they are now a big part of the planning process.  Cathy is now a member of the Cheviot Police Association and has grown that relationship into a larger community role for her troop and opportunities/responsibilities for the girls.  They are working hard to instill the confidence and courage in these young women that they can do anything to change the world and make it a better place. 

Jenny Rippy

Jenny Rippy is a resident of Cincinnati.  She was a Girl Scout growing up and then became a troop leader for each of her daughters.  When her own daughters aged out, she realized that she wasn’t done with Girl Scouts and formed a new troop of girls.  Now she enjoys leading her nine new “daughters.”  She is a lifetime member and has also served as recognitions chairperson, day camp unit leader, and recruiter.  Her favorite parts of Girl Scouting are sharing the magic of camp, getting to know other Girl Scouts, and learning from new experiences.

Jenny earned a BA in History and a paralegal certificate from the University of Cincinnati.  She is currently employed as a liability claims specialist for a local insurance company and is working toward her CPCU designation.  She enjoys herb gardening and also volunteers as a member of the Parent Advisory Board at Hanover College. 

Glenna Stricklett

Glenna Stricklett has been a Girl Scout since 1959.  She has attended previous National Council meetings as both a visitor and an alternate national council delegate.  Her participation in Girl Scouts includes being a leader to being a Conference Assistant at the 1984 WAGGGS World Conference.  She currently serves on the Gold Award Committee, Mill Creek Service Unit Service Team and organizer of the local Green Hat Society Chapter.  In addition, Glenna is currently employed by Great Parks of Hamilton Council as the Training Coordinator, volunteers as an usher for the Cincinnati Arts Association at the Aronoff Center and Music Hall, and is secretary of the Golf View Civic Association.  Her daughters, Rebecca and Melissa, were also Girl Scouts. 

Elizabeth Vessell

Elizabeth Vessell is a lifetime Girl Scout who has been active in our council since becoming a Brownie.  As a girl member, her favorite things were camping and being outdoors and learning how to make things by herself.  As she got older, she found a passion for working with others and leading children.  Elizabeth’s Girl Scout journey has included volunteering with the CSA group, working at camps (Day, Resident and TAC), and serving as a paid staff member of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio for 13 years in a variety of positions.

Elizabeth is currently enjoying a new phase of her life that allows her to care for her three boys (!) while also finding ways to stay involved with girls.  She is a travel volunteer with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, a primary member of the camp staff alum group and a Girl Scout liaison for her son’s school in Lebanon. 

Stephanie Young

Stephanie Young, after being a juvenile probation officer for four years, decided that she wanted a positive way to reach girls in her community.  She has been a Girl Scout troop leader for more than twelve years, but has also served Girl Scouts of Western Ohio in other capacities.  She has been a service unit manager, service unit product sales coordinator (both fall sale and cookie sale), and a Girl Scout Leadership Experience volunteer.  In addition, Stephanie had the privilege to be elected as an Alternate National Council Delegate for the 2012 national convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Having an understanding of where Girl Scouts is headed, and why, has helped her foster a desire to reach others through fellow Girl Scout members and the local communities where she lives and works.  Also, throughout her journey as a Girl Scout leader, she was able to facilitate the Girl Scouts in Detention Centers program in the Clermont County Juvenile Detention Center, where the Girl Scout program was taught to girls incarcerated for crimes. 

In addition to volunteering with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Stephanie is a volunteer at her church, Crossroads Eastside, in their Kids Club program and outreach through GO Local, GO trips, and quarterly activities to bring the community together.  Empower Youth is another nonprofit agency where she has had the privilege to volunteer for the past three years, as well as serve on the board.  Empower Youth builds into children by “empowering youth to create their own resources and to reach beyond their circumstances to be leaders of society.”  Having a hands-on understanding of all three organizations helps her create ways for adults and girls to be uniquely involved in avenues of skill building and volunteerism in Girl Scouts that carries over into Crossroads Eastside and Empower Youth. 


Annual Council Meeting

The Annual Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 4:30 p.m. at the Dayton Girl Scout Center. Newly elected Board of Directors – Officers and Members-at-Large, Board Development Committee members, and National Council Delegates & Alternate Delegates will be accepted during the Annual Council Meeting and will take office immediately following.  

Members are welcome to attend the Annual Council Meeting and must pre-register by contacting Cheryl Drinnen no later than April 22.  The meeting should last no more than 30 minutes and is primarily held to meet State of Ohio requirements.