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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Girl Scouts San Diego consists of a diverse group of 26 volunteers who are community leaders and professionals. They ensure that the Girl Scout mission is carried out in San Diego and Imperial counties. Board members are selected for their commitment to improving the lives of girls as well as their leadership, volunteer and nonprofit experience, ability to make financial contributions to Girl Scouts, professional and educational background, and knowledge of the community. They are chosen by the Board Development Committee and elected by the voting members of the Council. Board members can serve up to two three-year terms.

The role of the Board of Directors is one of governance. Their responsibilities include strategic planning, fund development, appointment of the Executive Director, financial oversight, and interaction with the community. Questions, comments, or referrals for Board of Directors or Board Development Committee can be directed to the Office of the Chief Executive Officer. 

Elected Officers
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    Rick Brooks
    Vice President, Director/Chief Investment Officer
    Blankinship & Foster, LLC

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    Vice Chair

    Regina Buckley
    Community Volunteer, Attorney

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    Andy Gallagher
    Community Volunteer

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    Sylvia Vecchione
    Registered Nurse,
    Vecchione Plastic Surgery

Directors at Large

Natasha O. Bowman
Vice President of Human Resources, Synthetic Genomics

Julia Brown
Community Volunteer

Chris Carstens
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Liza Crisafi
Chief Investment OfficerSDCERS

Julie Dubick
PartnerH.G. Consulting Group
Adjunct Professor, California Western School of Law

Laura Georgantos
Director of Organizational Effectiveness, SDG&E

Marcia Gill
Math Professor, San Diego City College

Chris Guglielmo
Vice President of Human Resources, Cubic Defense System

Karen Hewitt
Partner, Jones Day

Brent King
Founder, Chelsea's Light Foundation

Barbara Lamb
Program Manager, City of San Diego

Celia Lanning
San Diego Regional President, Wells Fargo

Cindy Marten
Superintendent, San Diego Unified School District

Keith McKenzie
Partner, Delphi Private Advisors

Peggy Price
Director, Department of Social Service

Suzanne Schlundt
Vice President of Marketing, Cox Communications

Denise Scott
Community Volunteer, Del Mar Pines Foundation for Education

Carmen Vann
Construction Executive, Turner Construction

William V. Whelan
Partner, Soloman Ward Seidenwurm and Smith, LLP

Catherine Young
Vice President of Internal Audit, Globalfoundries

Shelley Zimmerman
Chief of Police, City of San Diego

Rick Brooks
Chair, Board of Directors

Rick Brooks, CFA®, CFP® is a Partner and VP, Investment Management, at Blankinship & Foster, LLC, a firm that takes a comprehensive approach to both portfolio management and financial planning. Rick has been helping clients with their financial affairs since 1996, following 6 ½ years as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

A past president of the CFA Society of San Diego, Rick served on its Board of Directors in various capacities from 2001-2009. He has been a Director of Presidio Little League since 2011 and is Chair of the San Diego Foundation’s Professional Advisor Council. He participates in several professional associations, including the Financial Planning Association, the CFA Institute, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors and the Estate Planning Council of San Diego. Rick is a contributing columnist for community newspaper The Presidio Sentinel.

Committee members

Audit Committee
Carisa Wisniewski, Chair
Rick Brooks
Christy Decker
Shibani Dogra
Andy Gallagher
Rosa Robles

Board Development Committee
Chris Carstens, Chair
Joye Blount
Julia Brown
Libby Carson
Cheryl Hernandez
Keith McKenzie
Patti Roscoe
Linda Spuck

Finance Committee
Andy Gallagher, Chair
Rick Brooks
Marcia Gill
Sharon Gray
Barbara Lamb
Woody Ledford
Katie Sullivan

Investment Committee
Liza Crisafi, Chair
Rick Brooks
Jim Collins
Marcia Gill
Linda Kitchens
Keith McKenzie
Evelyn Orley