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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:
Julia Brown
Community Volunteer
Beth Burns
Assistant Director, Women's Basketball
University of Southern California
Chris Carstens
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Liza Crisafi
Chief Investment Officer
Julie Dubick
H.G. Consulting Group
Adjunct Professor
California Western School of Law
Laura Georgantos
Director of Organizational Effectiveness
Marcia Gill
Math Professor
San Diego City College
Chris Guglielmo
Vice President, Human Resources
Cubic Defense System
Karen Hewitt
Jones Day
Brent King
Chelsea's Light Foundation
Barbara Lamb
Program Manager
City of San Diego
Celia Lanning
San Diego Regional President
Wells Fargo
Cindy Marten
San Diego Unified School District
Keith McKenzie
Delphi Private Advisors
Suzanne Schlundt
Vice President, Marketing
Cox Communications
Denise Scott
Community Volunteer
Del Mar Pines Foundation for Education
Carmen Vann
Construction Executive
Turner Construction
William V. Whelan
Soloman Ward Seidenwurm and Smith, LLP
Catherine Young
VP Internal Audit
Shelley Zimmerman
Chief of Police
The 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

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