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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Girl Scouts San Diego consists of a diverse group of 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. 

2021–2022 Board of Directors 
Elected Officers
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Rita Datko, CPA, FLMI
Chair

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Sharp Health Plan

Rita has 28 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She is responsible for the overall financial management and business operations of Sharp Health Plan, ensuring its success and alignment with the strategic plan and overall financial and operational goals. In addition, she oversees the technological infrastructure and provides oversight for application portfolios, web portal, EDI solutions, fulfillment, and all application and data management services. Sharp Health Plan offers multiple products and service lines, including HMO, PPO, POS (group and individual), and Medicare.

Rita has dedicated 24 years of service to Sharp. Before joining Sharp Health Plan in 2005, she was Sharp HealthCare’s treasurer and director of financial services. Prior to that, she held various senior leadership positions with Cigna Corporation, Laventhol & Horwath, and Coopers & Lybrand.

Rita has volunteered with Girl Scouts San Diego for over 20 years, serving as a troop leader, service unit manager, and national delegate. She has served on the Girl Scout Board of Directors since 2017, and been active on the Executive, Finance and Board Development committees. She earned a Thanks Badge, Girl Scouting’s highest award for volunteerism. All four of her daughters were Girl Scouts.

Rita graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant, a Life Management Institute fellow, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In 2017, she received the San Diego Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Award.

  • bowman

    Vice Chair
    Natasha O. Bowman
    Vice President Human Resources, Arcturus Therapeutics

  • ledford

    Treasurer
    Woody Ledford, CPA
    Principal, Ledford Accounting

  • silva

    Secretary
    Claudia Silva, J.D.
    Director of Ethics and Compliance, County of San Diego

Directors-at-Large
  • botzenhardt

    Carolin Botzenhardt
    Wealth Manager, Wells Fargo

  • Char_Rashmi_200px

    Rashmi Char
    Vice President, Engineering, Qualcomm

  • crisafi

    Liza Crisafi
    Chief Investment Officer, San Diego City Employees' Retirement System

  • frontz

    Suzanne Frontz
    President, Metz & Associates

  • Ron_Giannotti_2021_small

    Ron Giannotti
    Co-Founder & CEO
    We Can Rise, Inc.

  • kakaiya

    Divya Kakaiya, Ph.D. 
    Founder, Healthy Within Wellness

  • kennedy

    Roxana Kennedy 
    Chief of Police, City of Chula Vista

  • kurth

    Janice Kurth, M.D., Ph.D.
    Scientist, Community Volunteer 

  • lasagna

    Angie Lasagna
    Community Volunteer, Philanthropist

  • piepenkotter

    Monica Piepenkotter 
    Private Wealth Advisor, Merrill Lynch 

  • price

    Peggy Price 
    Managed Care Manager, Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, Inc.  (Innercare)

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    Emily Rex
    Principal, CEO, Departure 

  • swigart

    Rahil Swigart, J.D.
    Associate, Higgs, Fletcher & Mack

  • vann

    Carmen Vann 
    Regional Project Executive, BNBuilders

  • Welch_Dawn_200px

    Dawn Welch
    Director Strategic Service, SDG&E

  • NoliZosa_small

    Noli Zosa
    Founding Partner,
    Dirty Birds Restaurant Group

Committee members

Executive Committee

Rita Datko, Chair
Natasha Bowman
Janice Kurth
Woody Ledford
Claudia Silva
Carmen Vann

Audit Committee

Carisa Wisniewski, Chair
Christy Decker
Shibani Dogra
Sarah Eberhardt
Stephanie Isaacson
Woody Ledford
Lee Parravano
Tiah Reppas
Brian Taylor

Board Development Committee 

Natasha Bowman, Chair
Rick Brooks
Regina Buckley
Jeanette Day
Suzanne Frontz
Tange Gavin
Ron Giannotti
Patricia McQuater
Kevin Munkholm
Monica Piepenkotter
Peggy Price
Claudia Silva

Finance Committee

Woody Ledford, Chair
Carolin Botzenhardt
Rita Datko
Andy Gallagher
Sharon Gray
Carmen Vann

Investment Committee 

Amanda Montgomery, Chair
Rick Brooks
Jim Collins
Liza Crisafi
Matt Fettig
Ian Maxwell
Rick Vazza
Thomas Williams

Philanthropy Committee 

Janice Kurth, Chair
Rashmi Char
Liza Crisafi
Megan Delgado
Divya Kakaiya
Angie Lasagna
Mimi Murray
Denise Scott
Rahil Swigart
Emily Rex
Dawn Welch
Noli Zosa

2019 Annual Meeting Highlights

During our annual meeting, we were delighted to welcome Liza Crisafi as Girl Scouts San Diego’s new board chair! Liza, a dedicated board member and volunteer, was an Urban Campout chair in 2016 and 2017. For her first official act, she presented her predecessor, Regina Buckley, with the Thanks Badge (story), the highest honor for Girl Scout volunteers.

Nearly 150 GSSD members attended the gathering, which brings together board members, delegates, and members-at-large for a state-of-the-council address.

This year, members voted to accept the amended and restated bylaws. They also unanimously elected Liza and her fellow officers Machel Allen (vice chair), Rita Datko (treasurer), and Claudia Silva (secretary); members-at-large Carmen Vann (second term), Marsha Chandler, Suzanne Frontz, Janice Kurth, Angie Lasagna, and Woody Ledford (first term); five Board Development Committee members (for their first three-year term): Immediate Past Chair Regina Buckley, Jeanette Day, Tange Gavin, Patricia McQuater, and Kevin Munkholm; as well as Julia Brown (second term).

We also thanked and showcased the important work accomplished by the following board members who have completed their terms: Andy Gallagher (treasurer), Barbara Lamb (secretary), and members-at-large Suzanne Schlundt, Denise Scott, and Bill Whelan.

CEO Carol Dedrich presented an update regarding our three-year strategic plan, and Regina outlined the overall strategy. Carol provided a state-of-the-council address, which included our work to support Girl Scouts of the USA’s national key objectives.

Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) achievements by key objectives included the following (details in annual report):

  • Reach more girls—During FY2018, with 2,000 troops and 23,000 girl members (including 3,800 in our staff-led Outreach program), we were recognized by GSUSA as a growing council.
  • Higher impact—We are focused on providing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls in K-12 through our four program areas: STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), entrepreneurship, life skills, and outdoors. During FY2018, we welcomed the addition of 23 new badges that engage girls with the outdoors and STEM.
  • Increase investments—As part of our mission to develop a culture of philanthropy, we raised over $230,000 to support our STEM Pledge. We also continued to have strong financials.
  • Stronger brand—We increased our media presence with stories showcasing our organization as the #BestPlace4Girls.
  • Effective operations—We continued to make the volunteer experience as easy as possible by providing enhanced technology platforms like the Volunteer Tool Kit, as well as launching and engaging volunteer-driven Go Teams (below).

Five of our Emerging Leader Girl Scouts showcased highlights of the past year (annual report) sharing their personal stories pertaining to the following topics:

  • Gold Award—Gold Award Girl Scout candidate Isabella Catanzaro spoke about the highest honor and introduced a public service announcement showcasing girls who have earned the prestigious accolade.
  • STEM Pledge—Isabel Silva announced that local Girl Scouts participated in 21,057 STEM activities, as part of GSUSA’s national pledge to add 2.5 million girls to the STEM career pipeline by 2025.
  • Life skills—Cadence Dobias reported on local girls earning nearly 61,000 badges while exploring new interests and expanding their horizons. Makayla Mayor—our third-ranked 2019 Elite Cookie Entrepreneur, who marketed 4,010 packages of cookies—rounded out the life skills topic with impressive statistics about the 2019 cookie program (infographic).
  • Outdoors—Julia Davis described how thousands of Girl Scouts from San Diego and Imperial counties took part in these aspects of our outdoor programs:
    • Almost 3,500 girls attended our day and resident campers.
    • Approximately 500 explorers hiked through mountains, chaparral, and deserts.
    • Nearly 300 older girls progressed in leadership as counselors-in-training, day camp aides, and wilderness backpacking trainers.

Last year, Girl Scout adult members identified four priority areas they felt needed addressing. From this information GSSD established our first “Go Teams.” Team leads described work accomplished over the past year. Leslie Catanzaro presented on highest awards, Michelle Mullen on training, Beth Nelson on communications, and Stephanie Kwiatkowski on new leader experience.

In addition, Nichole Peterson, a member of our Promise Circle and Juliette Gordon Low Society Committee, provided an update on philanthropic activities benefiting our council.

New Board of Directors Elected in 2019

Click on names to read bios.

Board Officers (2-year term: 2019-2021)
  • crisafi

    Liza Crisafi
    Chair

  • allen

    Machel Allen
    Vice Chair

  • datko

    Rita Datko
    Treasurer

  • silva

    Claudia Silva
    Secretary

Board of Directors Member-at-Large (3-year term: 2019-2022)
  • chandler

    Marsha Chandler
    1st term

  • frontz

    Suzanne Frontz
    1st term

  • kurth

    Janice Kurth
    1st term

  • lasagna

    Angie Lasagna
    1st term

  • ledford

    Woody Ledford
    1st term

  • speirs

    Katie Speirs
    1st term

  • vann

    Carmen Vann
    2nd term

Board Development Committee (3-year term: 2019-2022)
  • brown

    Julia Brown
    2nd term

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    Regina Buckley 
    1st term

  • day

    Jeanette Day
    1st term

  • gavin

    Tange Gavin
    1st term

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    Kevin Munkholm
    1st term

Additional nominations: Members may petition for the nomination of one or more additional persons to the positions listed above. To qualify for nomination by petition, nominee must be named in a petition nominee must be named in a petition signed by 15 or more voting members and received no later than Thursday, March 7, 2019. The nominee must provide Girl Scouts San Diego with a written statement that she/he meets the membership requirements set forth in the bylaws and description of her/his background and qualifications.

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