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Carol Dedrich
Chief Executive Officer

Carol Dedrich, MBA, CFRE has a rich background in development, marketing, strategic planning and leadership, with over 15 years at the executive level in all three economic sectors: government/military, corporate and not-for-profit.

A lifelong Girl Scout, Carol served as the chief external relations officer for Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA) for eight years. Like Girl Scouts San Diego, GSGLA’s priorities included serving a geographically broad and diverse membership and volunteer base, reaching out to underserved communities and engaging donors to broaden our philanthropic base.

Carol started her career as a captain in the U.S. Army and led her platoon through Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Her military background demonstrates leadership, management maturity, and the ability to directly and personally connect with our local military families and leaders.

She transitioned to civilian life as development director at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. In addition to establishing and maintaining donor relations, she built a Leadership Giving Program that increased major gift revenue from $626,000 to $2.1 million in just three years.

Carol later became vice president of development and marketing at the Fulfillment Fund, a nonprofit that helps provide access to education for promising students who are economically disadvantaged. She helped lead the organization through a national restructure by building its infrastructure, implementing new policy and procedures, creating board development and supporting staff professional development.

Jaya Cummaragunta
Jaya Cummaragunta, MBA, PMP
Chief Operations Officer

Jaya oversees the finance, human resources, property, and IT departments, providing strategic support to ensure the effective operations that enable Girl Scouts San Diego to achieve its goals.

She comes to Girl Scouts from the University of California, San Diego, where she was chief operations officer for alumni. She delivered key initiatives in HR, IT, finance, facilities, customer service, and data, and executed innovative approaches to engaging with UCSD’s students and 183,000 alumni. Under her leadership, the alumni team optimized data, systems, and processes to maximize efficiency and effectiveness in alumni engagement, student career success, and annual giving.

Jaya also spent 11 years at the WD-40 Company in business, project, and portfolio management; global innovation; and research and development. Prior to that, she did marketing, product management, and R&D for Earthbound Farm and Fresh Express/Chiquita Brands International.

Jaya is certified as a project management professional (PMP). She earned an MBA at Santa Clara University; a Master of Science degree in horticulture at the University of Maryland, College Park; and a bachelor’s degree in horticulture at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India. 

Lani Longacre
Lani Longacre, MBA
Chief Mission Delivery Officer

Lani oversees program, membership, product program, retail, and marketing communications, and helps shape strategic direction and implement local and national initiatives.

As director of retail and product program, Lani led the Girl Scout Cookie Program, fall product program and retail operations. She was also interim director for outdoor program and adult learning.

To improve business processes for staff and volunteers, she adopted and implemented innovative technology. She was also project manager for the council’s 2017-2019 strategic alignment plan.

During the decade she played a leadership role in the cookie program—America’s leading entrepreneurial and financial literacy program for girls—Lani improved the girl and volunteer experience and increased gross sales by more than fifty percent.

In addition to serving on GSUSA’s National Product Sales Advisory Board and CEO Cookie Steering Committee, she organized regional conferences and participated in national forums about cookies.

Lani has an Executive MBA and a B.A. in communication from San Diego State University. In 2013, the San Diego Business Journal included her as an “Emerging Generation: 25 in their 20s” honoree. She formerly worked in marketing, sales, and communications.

Mark Gannuscio
Mark Gannuscio
Chief Financial Officer

Mark Gannuscio is an accomplished finance and business management executive with a background in financial operations for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

Mark has over 30 years’ experience as chief financial officer for various large corporations, including Portland Energy Conservation, Inc., Blue Star Gas, and Fireman’s Fund Insurance. He has leveraged his expertise in finances and business planning to attain significant enterprise-wide advancements, evaluate and respond to evolving business environments, and align operations and goals to drive superior process efficiency.

Formerly, Mark served as the vice president of finance at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. As an adviser to the president/CEO and executive management team and a key member of the strategic management team, he provided financial and operational direction to both the public charity and the private Jacobs Family Foundation.

Mark holds certifications as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chief Internal Auditor (CIA), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from The George Washington University, and a Master’s of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University.