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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.

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Gerry Keshka
Chief Operating Officer

Gerry Keshka has nearly 25 years of experience in Girl Scouting. In that time, she has implemented initiatives related to membership growth in underserved markets, and innovative program activities that attract and retain members.

As CEO of Girl Scouts of the San Fernando Valley, Gerry tripled that council’s donated income while developing a board that engaged area leaders. She was named one of the decade’s Women Who Mean Business and the Visionary Leader of the Year, and recognized as her council’s Volunteer of the Year, the only time the award went to an employee. She served on a team of executives responsible for a six-council merger, as an officer on two boards of organizations that recognized volunteers and philanthropists (including the San Fernando Valley Leadership Institute, from which she graduated), and as chair of the leadership committee for the San Fernando Valley Economic Alliance. Gerry was appointed to the Fernando Foundation, which recognized local leadership and volunteerism, and later served on the executive committee. She also volunteered as a therapy pet partner and patrolling state parks on her horse.

In the for-profit world, Gerry worked for large ERP software firms. She quickly became the most profitable executive at Epicor, a boutique firm where she managed projects for large manufacturing firms, including a maquiladora based out of Tijuana. For several years, she worked as an independent consultant, managing projects for companies implementing complex manufacturing software.

Gerry returned to San Diego in 2010 and jumped into the critical Chief Operating Officer role at Girl Scouts San Diego, freeing the CEO to be more engaged in the community. She leveraged her extensive experience and core values to elevate San Diego’s business, program and membership capacity. Gerry has always considered San Diego home and seeks an opportunity to expand her leadership influence in-region.

Gerry holds undergraduate degrees from San Diego State University, as well as MBA and Masters degrees in Exercise Physiology. She embraces the concept that leadership development is a lifelong journey.

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.