GSNorCal CEO Marina Park
Marina has served as CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern California since November 2007, leading the post-merger transformation of 5 Girl Scout councils into one, delivering services to 50,000 girls and 31,000 adult members across 19 counties – from Santa Clara County to the Oregon border and from Chico to the Pacific Ocean. After a 25-year career in the business world, Marina joined Girl Scouts because she believes in the Girl Scouts mission: to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. At the Girl Scouts, she has led development of strategy and post-merger integration of operations, focusing on sustainable growth, diversity and inclusion, vibrant programs, engaged volunteers, and financial strength.
Prior to joining the Girl Scouts as CEO, Marina was an attorney with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, an international law firm. At Pillsbury, Marina was the managing partner of the first woman-led major law firm in the United States. She was elected to three successive terms as the firm-wide managing partner together with Firm Chair Mary Cranston and was responsible for 30 direct reports and all aspects of the firm’s $575m/annual revenue practice operations and profitability. During her tenure as managing partner at Pillsbury, Marina negotiated and implemented two of the largest law firm mergers in the United States as part of a four-person management team. Marina also established a diversity program that earned top rankings from Working Mother and other national publications. Her legal practice included technology transactions and litigation.
Marina graduated from law school at the University of Michigan in 1983, where she earned first place in the school-wide moot court and “best brief” competitions. Prior to law school, Marina worked as a community organizer and VISTA volunteer for two years (1978-1980) at a non-profit nursing home reform organization in Detroit, Michigan. Marina was awarded her B.A, with honors from U.C. Berkeley. In 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, the San Francisco Business Times recognized Marina with the Most Influential Women In Business Award.
Diana Bell, President (term expires April 2016)
Diana Bell is an accomplished businesswoman, a civic and community leader in the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently serves as a director on a number of boards including the Northern California Girl Scouts, the State of California’s Board of Accountancy, Sutter East Bay Hospitals, and Emily’s List. Until her retirement in 2007, Diana was a Senior Vice President for the Hewlett-Packard Company. In that role, she led the company’s WW Total Customer Experience & Quality functions as well as Corporate Affairs. She served on HP’s Ethics Committee and the HP PAC. During her 32 year tenure at HP, Diana held a number of senior leadership roles in a range of business segments. She joined HP as a Programmer Analyst in 1975. A native of Baltimore, MD, Diana holds a BS degree in mathematics from Michigan State University, an MBA degree in finance from Clark Atlanta University, and an executive MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She is an active member of the Imani Community Church in Oakland, CA, the Alameda Contra Costa Chapter of The Links, Inc., and the Hayward-Tri-City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. An adventurous traveler, Diana’s business and personal journeys have taken her to all 7 continents and over 50 countries.
Elle Richey, First Vice President (term expires April 2016)
Ellen is chief legal officer of Visa Inc. She has a background in law, risk management and financial services. Prior to joining Visa, she served as a senior vice president of card services at Washington Mutual and as vice chairman, chief legal officer and corporate secretary of Providian Financial Corporation, one of the leading bankcard issuers in the U.S. Ellen has served as first vice president of Girl Scouts of Northern California and currently heads the property task group. Previously she served as a director and member of the fund development committee of the former Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area Council, and was a key member of the council realignment committee for which she chaired the finance subcommittee. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, where she graduated summa cum laude. Ellen was a Girl Scout in Massachusetts as a child, but she first experienced the pleasure of organized Girl Scout camping when she served as a volunteer mentor at the former San Francisco Council's "Camp CEO" program for at-risk girls. Ellen is a resident of Berkeley.
Debra Rossi, Second Vice President (term expires April 2016)
Debra Rossi is an Executive Vice President of Wells Fargo and CEO of Wells Fargo Merchant Services, LLC, responsible for one of the largest payment processing businesses in the U.S. Throughout her career, Debra has been instrumental in changing the payments landscape. She was one of the early trailblazers in banking to launch the first U.S. point-of-sale debit and credit solution for grocery and quick-service restaurants. Through her leadership, Wells Fargo became the first bank to process a secure credit card transaction on the Internet. In 2001 Debra was named one of the year’s most influential executives by Future Banker magazine. In 2011 she was the first woman to receive the Electronic Transaction Association’s highest honor, the Distinguished Payments Professional Award. Debra has been on the Maestro, Star and Interlink Boards of Directors and in addition to the Girl Scouts of Northern California, she currently serves as the President Elect of the Electronic Transaction Association and is a member of the Visa Risk Advisory Council and the Discover Card Advisory Council.
Kim Barrier, Third Vice President (term expires April 2016)
Kim is the chief information officer for Bio-Rad Laboratories, a $2B multi-national manufacturer supplying instrumentation, laboratory apparatus, reagents, test kits and informatics to the life science research and clinical diagnostics markets. Headquartered in Hercules, CA, Bio-Rad serves more than 85,000 research and industry customers worldwide through its global network of operations. An information technology executive with global experience in IT strategy, application delivery, technical operations, and infrastructure support, Kim has led IT teams at Johnson & Johnson, Lucent Technologies, and Space Systems/Loral. She also served in the United States Army for 10 years as a helicopter and airplane pilot where she commanded two aviation companies. She has served in Germany, Korea, Panama, and Washington D.C. Kim graduated from the United States Military Academy and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Strayer College. She was selected as the 2012 CIO of the Year – Rising Star by San Francisco Business Times & Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. Kim was a Girl Scout during her 1st – 7th grade in Southern California.
Sue Troxel, Treasurer (term expires April 2016)
Suzanne is a founding partner, owner and CEO of Pivot Point Capital, Inc., a private investment company. Prior to founding Pivot Point Capital she was an audit partner with Ernst & Young in San Francisco. During her 17-year audit career, she worked with a number of both public and private companies in Northern California covering a wide variety of industries. Suzanne was on the Board of Trustees of Pets Unlimited and served as its President and Board Chair, successfully completing the merger of Pets Unlimited with the San Francisco SPCA in 2014. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Seton Medical Center Foundation, the Finance and Audit Committee of Seton Medical Center and is Treasurer and on the Board of Directors of The San Francisco Garden Club. Suzanne was on the Board of Trustees of the University of San Francisco and was the vice-chair of the Audit Committee, the vice-chair of the Development Committee and a member of the Succession Planning Committee. She was also on the Advisory Board of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good as well as a member of the California Prize Jury. Suzanne graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in political science. She has been a certified public accountant since 1977. She and her husband Josh Peckler reside in San Francisco.
Leslie Miller, Secretary (term expires April 2016)
Leslie is a finance and investment professional. As Financial Advisor she serves individuals, families and small businesses throughout Northern California from her office at Morgan Stanley in San Rafael (Marin County). She is active in several professional & business associations. Leslie was co-leader of her daughter’s co-op troop and served once as cookie manager. (Her daughter is now 24 and will begin medical school in the fall!) Leslie assisted with the merger of five GS councils to form our current council, and has worked on many board committees and special project teams. She goes to GS camp each summer as a Mentor for Camp CEO. Her lifelong commitment to helping her community has included terms on the boards of Marin Symphony and Marin Advocates for Children. She is a past president of the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco.
Tina Amber, Ex Officio (term expires April 2016)
Tina recently retired from Macy*s where she managed regional operations for twenty five years. She is currently the chair of the Board Development Committee tasked with recruiting and training board members. She is a Council Facilitator and serves on the Councils Adult Recognitions Committee. As a member of the former Girl Scouts of Francisco Bay Area Council she served as a member of the nominating committee, the governance task force, recognitions committee and the strategic planning committee. Her other volunteer operational positions in Girl Scouts have included chair of the Crossroads Service Unit and Cookie Chair. She led two Girl Scout troops, taking girls from middle school through high school. Each summer she continues to volunteer her time to help run a Girl Scout resident camp in the Sierra's. She has been active with many community organizations in the East Bay including President of League of Women Voters, President of Junior Women's Club and fundraising chair for various sport teams. She is the mother of six young women, two who obtained the Gold Award. Tina is a lifetime member of GSUSA. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in biology and the University of Oregon with a graduate degree in public administration.
Maria Anguiano (term expires April 2015)
Maria currently serves as the Chief of Staff to the CFO of the UC system and as the Director of Strategic Initiatives. She works directly with senior UC management on improving the administrative and operational effectiveness of the University as a key tenet of long-term sustainability and affordability for California residents. Prior to working at UC, Maria was a public finance investment banker at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital. Maria has also worked as a CPA at Deloitte where she performed financial statement audits for firms in a diverse set of industries and nonprofit organizations. Last year Maria was selected as one of 20 rising leaders in the California Latina community to participate in HOPE’s 9-month statewide leadership program. Maria is currently on the board of the Impact Fund and of LAM, a Latino online community. Additionally, she has served as a project leader for Stanford Business School's Alumni Consulting Team assisting San Francisco's Coro Center for Civic Leadership. She graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna College with a BA in Economics and has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is an avid world traveler, NY Times enthusiast, and a first generation college graduate.
Suzanne Bell (term expires April 2015)
Suzanne was appointed to the Board in 2010, between elections, to fill a vacancy. She is a partner in the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She joined the firm in 1988 and was promoted to partner in 1995. Suzanne handles technology and intellectual property transactions for companies in a variety of industries, including software, Internet, communications and Cleantech. She has advised many of the Silicon Valley’s most prominent companies from start-up to maturity. Suzanne has participated in the management of the law firm in various capacities; she is currently a member of the Policy Committee, and has also served as chair of the Nominating Committee and on the Board of Directors, Operations Committee, Member Compensation Committee, Management Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. She received her B.A. from Middlebury College, a M.S. in Engineering from Columbia University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. She is a former member of the Board of Visitors, Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the National Board of Directors, Watermark (formerly Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives). Suzanne has received many honors and recognitions, including being named a 2009 Woman of Influence, by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. She is a frequent speaker and author; recent topics include cloud computing, mobile payments and intellectual property transactions for Cleantech companies. Suzanne is the mother of three daughters, ages 15, 19 and 23. She was a Girl Scout leader in Palo Alto for her middle daughter’s troop, where two girls (including her daughter) earned their Gold Awards.
Ellen Bermingham (term expires April 2016)
In early 2014, Ellen joined Fastly, Inc. as the vice president of marketing. Fastly is a high-tech start up in San Francisco focused on changing the Content Delivery Network business with its innovative service offerings. Most recently, Ellen was an independent consultant focused on developing and executing marketing and sales strategies. Before launching her own business, Ellen was a senior leader at both Cisco Systems and Oracle. She has an MBA in finance and accounting from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis. Ellen also serves as a board member for San Francisco Performances. She started Girl Scouts as a Brownie in Walnut Creek and earned her First Class Scout Award (now called Gold Award) while in high school. Through scouting, Ellen developed a love for the outdoors and a sense of adventure. Ellen enjoys cooking, hiking, skiing and cycling. She and her husband reside in San Francisco.
Mary Derner (term expires April 2016)
Mary joined the Girl Scouts as a member of the board of directors of the former Girl Scouts of Konocti Council in 2003, and served as first vice president. Mary chaired the council’s nominating committee, and expended great and successful efforts in fundraising for Girl Scouts, serving as co-chair of the annual Jewel of a Woman event for four consecutive years. Mary graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Hastings School of Law, and is an attorney in the Santa Rosa law firm Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP specializing in insurance law. She also has chaired the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women event raising awareness of heart disease in women. Mary currently volunteers as a mentor with 10,000 Degrees which provides low-income students with positive encouragement and support in realizing a college degree. Mary resides in Santa Rosa with her husband and has three adult sons.
Karen Derr Gilbert (term expires April 2016)
Karen is a partner at FTV Capital, a private equity firm with offices in San Francisco and New York. Karen manages business development, investor relations, fundraising and marketing for the firm. She is a member of the board of directors of Rezolve Group, a provider of technology and services to the higher education market. Karen has over 25 years of experience in financial services. Prior to joining FTV Capital, Karen spent nearly a decade with Wells Fargo in a variety of senior marketing and product management positions. Before joining Wells Fargo, Karen held sales, trading and marketing roles at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets and Shearson Lehman Brothers in New York. Karen holds a BA in Economics from UCLA and a MBA from Cornell University. She lives in Orinda and has a son and a daughter (a former Brownie and Junior Girl Scout). She enjoys long distance hiking, skiing and is a Masters swimmer. Karen was an active Girl Scout from 2nd–9th grade.
Rajiv Dholakia (term expires April 2016)
Rajiv is a Silicon Valley veteran with 25+ years of global operating experience in private and public companies spanning security, ecommerce, operating systems and artificial intelligence (AI). For the last 15+ years he’s been juggling startups that resulted in an IPO, multiple successful exits including a few M&A transactions. Rajiv currently runs Strategy, Products & Business Development at Nok Nok Labs – a security software company. Rajiv is strongly committed to science education, robotics, and the maker movement. His involvement started in the local school district where he was an advocate of STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) education and ran the middle school Science fair at JLS in Palo Alto and some Maker events. His recreational interests include collecting and making kinetic sculpture (automata), theater arts. Rajiv’s roots in scouting go back to his grandfather who was one of the early Scout-masters in India, his own attempts to master hard-boiling an egg over a fire of twigs and runs through his daughter’s participation in the inaugural NASA-Girl Scouts collaboration to launch an All-Girls Robotics team – Team 1868 which went on to become a magnet for getting girls involved in technology.
Stephanie Hannon (term expires April 2015)
Stephanie Hannon is a Director of Product Management for Google Maps. She recently transitioned from Facebook where she led product management for Site Integrity and Trust Engineering, working to ensure Facebook is a safe space for communication where people use their authentic identities. Prior to Facebook, Stephanie co-founded an ambitious but failed startup that aimed to bring web innovations, technology and transparency to residential energy management and markets. Stephanie spent seven years as a product manager at Google, most recently as the product lead for Google Wave based in Google's Sydney office. Prior to Sydney she worked in Google's Zurich office, leading the product team for Google Maps for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and before this she was a product manager for Gmail at Google in Mountain View. Stephanie also spent six years as a software engineer building operating systems for the Catalyst line of switches at Cisco Systems after the acquisition of a startup she joined called Granite Systems. Stephanie holds a B.S. Computer Systems Engineering and M.S.E.E. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Stephanie loves traveling (71 countries and counting) and diving with sharks. Stephanie was a Girl Scout Brownie for two years and a Girl Scout for one year in her hometown of Reston, Virginia. Her mom remembers this because there of an unsolved mystery around a missing box of Thin Mints (her sister did it).
Derek Kingham (term expires April 2015)
Derek has served as a director-at-large for four years. He is a resident of McKinleyville in Humboldt County, the far northwest corner of our council. He is a finance and operations advisor for small and medium sized entrepreneurial companies. His business experience encompasses finance, operations, distribution, human resources, and information technology. Derek is also a principal of North Coast Adventure Centers Inc, which provides experiential adventure activities and outdoor vocational trainings. He is a ropes course instructor, outdoor adventure trainer, and wilderness first aid instructor. Derek co-leads troops for his two daughters, serves as an adult learning facilitator, and residential camp director.
Dianne Lamendola (term expires April 2016)
Dianne is a Strategic Business Advisor in Retail at Cisco Systems delivering business value by leveraging technology solutions. Her involvement with the Girl Scouts began as a Brownie, with her mother as troop leader, and continued as a girl member through junior high school. Dianne has been a board member of the GSNorCal since the merger, was most recently our Board President and previously led the Information Technology task group. Prior to Cisco, Dianne was Group Vice President of Information Technology Optimization, Planning and Strategy at Safeway Inc. where she was responsible for establishing strategic technology and business capability roadmaps, IT governance, the program management office communications and led Safeway’s Women’s Network Group for several years. Dianne is passionate about empowering women to succeed and facilitates the Women in Technology Roundtable for Year Up. As an avid road and mountain biker, she serves on the board of Wicked Events, the community outreach branch of Diablo Multi-Sport Connection (dmc), a local women’s team empowering women to improve themselves through participation in competitive endurance sports. Dianne earned an MBA from the University of Detroit and a B.A. in Business Administration at Wayne State University. She resides in Contra Costa County.
Robin MacGillivray (term expires April 2016)
Robin became senior vice president – “One AT&T” in January 2010. In this role, she is overseeing the world-wide implementation of several corporate initiatives designed to further integrate merged organizations and operations for optimal customer service and financial performance. Prior to that, she was senior vice president – regional and local markets, responsible for service and sales to AT&T’s small business customers nationwide. Robin has extensive experience in managing complex businesses in highly competitive and rapidly changing environments and has cultivated this experience in a variety of functional areas, including operations, construction, finance, and human resources. She joined AT&T after receiving her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the School of Journalism and her master’s degree in telecommunications management from the Annenberg School of Communications, both at the University of Southern California. Additionally, she completed the executive program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. The inaugural council president of Girl Scouts of Northern California, Robin is a life-long Girl Scout and resides in Alamo, CA.
Zain Oke, CPA (term expires April 2016)
Currently, Zain serves as a Managing Director with A2Q2 Corporation focused on emerging markets. In addition, she and her husband own and operate their own restaurant business Suya African-Caribbean Grill in Berkeley, CA. Becoming an entrepreneur and starting a business gives Zain a different perspective about what it takes to run a small company and an opportunity to apply her many years of professional experience to make her business successful. From 1991-2013, Zain served the audit practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP (Deloitte), one of the nation’s leading professional services firms. In her 20 plus years with Deloitte, Zain served some of the firm’s largest healthcare clients. She also served as a board director on the National Board of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (2004 - 2007) and has been a member since chartering the student chapter at UC Berkeley in 1988. She currently serves on the audit committees for Girl Scouts of Northern California, as audit committee chair, and Girls Inc., Bay Area. Zain graduated in the fall of 1990 with a Bachelor's of Science degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.
Lori Rhodes (term expires April 2016)
Lori Rhodes, recently retired, currently serves on two non-profit executive boards: The Girl Scouts of Northern California and Menlo Park-based Art in Action. Prior to retirement, Lori served as strategic advisor at M Squared Consulting, a San Francisco-based business consulting firm. She also held various roles including senior vice president, sales as well as general manager of the strategic solutions group. She joined the company in 2001. In these roles she built, directed and managed the company’s most profitable business unit in the Silicon Valley as well as developed multiple long-term consultant and client strategies and programs. Between 1978 and 1987, Lori held various leadership positions in sales and marketing at Xerox where she delivered consistent President’s Club performance. In her volunteer capacity with the Girl Scouts, Lori was a troop leader, participated in Camp CEO, served on the three-year strategic planning committee, the 100th anniversary celebration, and currently on the $20 million campaign for girls, where she is chair of the Alumnae sub-committee. With Art in Action, whose mission is to bring a visual arts education to students in K-8th grade, Lori serves as chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee. Lori holds a Bachelor of Science, Communication Arts, California State Polytechnic University. Lori has two daughters, both of whom were Girl Scouts and is married.
Erika Rottenberg (term expires April 2016)
Erika is vice president, general counsel and secretary of LinkedIn Corporation, the world's largest professional networking company, where she helps drive LinkedIn's mission of connecting the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. She is responsible for worldwide legal affairs at LinkedIn, including corporate, commercial, intellectual property, litigation, compliance, privacy and policy matters. She received her law degree from University of California Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, and her bachelor of science degree in special and elementary education from State University of New York. Prior to law school, Erika taught junior high special education for in Anchorage, Alaska. Erika serves on the board of directors of the Silicon Valley Law Foundation, the largest provider of pro-bono legal services in Silicon Valley, and serves on the Association of Corporate Counsel Value Challenge Steering Committee. Erika was an active Girl Scout in elementary and high school in Maryland. Her favorite memories centered around the outdoors, where she had ample opportunity to learn backpacking, camping, hiking and canoeing skills, but really learned leadership, resiliency and working with people. The outdoors remains an integral part of her life, and she attributes much of this passion to her experiences as a Girl Scout. Today, Erika is an avid cyclist who completed a 4,300-mile bike ride across the United States, raising over $60,000 for breast cancer research.
Sandra Shirai (term expires April 2016)
Sandy was appointed to the board during the September 2013 board teleconference. Sandy joined Deloitte Consulting in 1989 and specializes in M&A. She is on the Global TMT Executive Committee, and is responsible for initiatives to enhance revenue and eminence. Sandy is an elected member of Deloitte Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that supports research and curriculum innovation in business. She led the task force to refresh the Foundation mission and charter. Previously, Sandy was the leader of Consulting’s US Regions of 16,000 consultants and 700 partners. In that role, she served on the Consulting Executive Committee and reported to the CEO. Sandy was also elected to the Deloitte LLP Board of Directors and served as chairman of the Strategic Investments Committee, and member of the Governance, Partner Earnings, Risk, and Finance Committees. Sandy is active at Stanford and teaches a class annually on “Work and Family”. She earned her BA in Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley, with Highest Honors, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her MBA at Stanford, Arjay Scholar (top 10%). Sandy is a Girl Scout troop leader.
Katie Simmons (term expires April 2016)
Katie currently serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Chico Chamber of Commerce, an organization focused on fostering and maintaining a vibrant economic climate in Chico and the surrounding region. Katie specializes in building local and regional partnerships to sustain a high quality of life and healthy business community in Chico. An active leader in her community, Katie serves on the California State University, Chico, Advisory Board; state-funded Alliance for Workforce Development Board of Directors serving 5 counties in the north state; and Downtown Chico Business Association Board of Directors. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, where she earned a BA in Sociology in 1999. After launching her career as an international convention director for the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine headquartered in Berkeley, she moved to the north state to raise her family and build upon her career. Katie’s eldest daughter is a Girl Scout and her younger daughter will join a troop as soon as she is old enough. Katie’s family has been active in Girl Scouts for generations.
Ashlee Tate (term expires April 2016)
Ashlee Tate is the Founder and Principal of CREATE PR, a Public Relations and Brand Management Consultancy. As a veteran of the United States Army, she is no stranger to community service and a strong work ethic. Ashlee serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Redding Chamber of Commerce and is the founder of Launchpad, a nonprofit program designed to connect sponsors and children through one to one customized giving. Ashlee is also the creator and television personality of “The Forum,” a local program on KIXE Channel 9, a public broadcast station in Redding, CA. Ashlee holds a Master's degree in Communications and Leadership from Gonzaga University. She is the mother of two children and currently resides in Redding, California. When she is not spending time with family or friends, she enjoys running, reading and cocktail parties. Ashlee is constantly finding new ways to create balance between life, her love of PR, and managing creativity!
Candace Vaughn, CPA, CFE (term expires April 2015)
Candace, a partner in Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP’s Assurance and Advisory practice, has been with the firm since 1998. She specializes in serving not-for-profit entities as well as employee benefit plans, investment companies, pre-IPO software and high technology companies. She has significant experience providing partnerships and privately-held businesses with entity structure services, financial reporting services and consulting on complex accounting issues such as revenue recognition, equity accounting and merger and acquisition transactions. She also serves as the quality control reviewer for Frank, Rimerman’s Business Valuation group. Prior to moving to moving to the Bay Area to attend San Jose State University, Candy spent her childhood and early adult years in Northern California/Humboldt County. She continues to have connections to her childhood home through extended family members. Candy is an in-coming board member of the California Society of CPA's, Silicon Valley San Jose Chapter, a member of the American Institute of CPA's, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the California Society of CPA's. She is an AYSO girls soccer coach and a Board member of the Sunnyvale Girls Softball League. She has a daughter who has been involved with Girl Scouts.
Girl Board Participants
Snigdha Jayavarapu (term expires April 2015)
Snigdha is a sophomore at Foothill High School. Snigdha is an avid dancer, and has been dancing with multiple groups ever since grade school. At her school, Snigdha is a yearbook editor,sophomore representative on the School Site Council and dances on two school teams. Next year, Snigdha hopes to start and lead the Red Cross Club. She also is currently working on her Gold Award project, which will benefit school children in Cambodia. Snigdha owns a henna company, and loves doing henna for parties and to raise money for charitable causes. In the future, she hopes to get her degrees in International Relations and Business, and hopefully go on to have a successful career in the United States Government. For now, Snigdha is content spending her days with her family and friends, and envisioning and working hard toward her future goals.
Misbah Surani (term expires April 2015)
Misbah Surani is a sophomore at Milpitas High School and has been in Girl Scouts for six years. Having completed her Silver Award, she is currently working on her Gold Award, which plans to empower girls by equipping them with essential leadership skills and exposing them to various career paths. Misbah spends a considerable amount of time volunteering through community organizations, and last year, she served over 250 hours. Misbah’s love for service inspires her to work hard to make a difference in her community and to take on leadership positions, such as coordinator for the American Red Cross and outreach advocate for Partnerships InAction. She also enjoys playing tennis, participating in speech and debate, and competing at DECA conferences.
Tina Amber, Chair (term expires April 2016)
Ellen Bermingham (term expires April 2016)
Sharon Black (term expires April 2016)
Sharon Black is a Senior District President for Robert Half, the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm, overseeing company operations throughout Northern and Central California, Hawaii, Utah and Nevada. Sharon is also a committed member of the communities in which she lives and works. She has long standing service track records with the Junior League of Palo Alto, Dress for Success, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and, of course, the Girl Scouts of Northern California. For seven consecutive years, Sharon was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times and in 2013 joined that publication’s prestigious Forever Influential list. In addition, in 2010, Sharon was named a Top Human Resources Leader by the North Bay Business Journal and one of the Top 100 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. Sharon graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.
Jen Colosi (term expires April 2015)
Jennifer was appointed to the board development committee in November 2012, between elections, to fill a vacancy. Jennifer Colosi is the founder of Colosi Associates, an executive search firm specializing in assignments for executive officers and senior management, with a focus on finance and human resources. Before launching her own firm in 2006, she was a Partner with Cornell International, the executive search arm of Adecco, where she focused on national Financial Officer searches across industries. Prior to her search career, Jennifer was a CPA in the independent audit practice of Arthur Andersen. She has also held the positions of Chief Accounting Officer for FiNet, a public mortgage bank. She’s also worked for Oak Industries, where she focused on Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and divisional operations accounting. Jennifer is a past board member of the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco. She actively contributes to the success of other professional organizations such as Financial Executives International. Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida, Tampa. Her most recent interactive, high energy, non-profit project is coaching elementary school girls to run a 5k race, for the fall 2012 season of Girls on the Run. After taking care of her firm’s clients, Jennifer is a casual but committed triathlete.
Donna Davidson (term expires April 2015)
Donna Davidson is founder of Davidson Associates, a client retained executive search firm based in San Francisco specializing in the recruitment of highly effective leaders for forward thinking non-profits, foundations and social enterprises. Previously, Donna served as Director of Executive Recruitment for The Bridgespan Group, VP Executive Recruitment for Bank of America and was in the nonprofit practices of two global search firms. Donna grew up in Girl Scouting in Memphis, Tennessee, attended college in Mississippi, and earned a Master of Librarianship at the University of South Carolina. Donna moved to northern California in 1981, and embraces the lifestyle through horseback riding, travel, wine education, volunteering and mentoring. She has served on the boards of directors of several local nonprofit organizations.
Shoba Krishnan (term expires April 2016)
Shoba is an associate professor with the department of electrical engineering at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California. Her research interests include analog and mixed-signal integrated circuit design. She has a strong interest in engineering education, and has several ongoing community based activities. Shoba was named "Woman of the Year" for 2013 for the 25th Assembly District of California for her dedication to students both inside and outside the classroom and for her role in motivating young women and other marginalized communities to pursue STEM careers. She is actively involved in outreach programs to engage school youth in age-appropriate science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) concepts. Shoba is a troop leader and lives in Fremont.
Suzanne Moshier (term expires April 2016)
Suzanne has completed three terms on the board. She is a former high tech sales and marketing executive with a master's degree in mass communications. She chaired the regional delegate task group whose dedicated members reviewed and advised the board on the important topic of council governance. Suzanne's fund-raising experience ranges from organizing special events to raising capital campaign dollars for Girl Scouts and other volunteer organizations. Prior to servicing in a governance role Suzanne was an active volunteer in Girl Scouts including board member of the former Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County, Silver Award advisor, service unit treasurer and troop leader. Both she and her daughter, Rachel, are life-long Girl Scouts. Suzanne lives in Sunnyvale.
Katherine Toy (term expires April 2016)
Katherine is the Senior Manager for Alumni Leadership at Stanford, working with the University’s boards, committees and councils to identify diverse leadership candidates, and build a pipeline of diverse alumni leaders to serve the University at the highest levels. She has significant nonprofit experience, having served as the first executive director of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF), the organization working to preserve the historic immigration station in San Francisco Bay, and as program director of San Francisco School Volunteers, overseeing all program development, recruitment and training for 2,100 volunteers who serve the San Francisco public schools. A lifelong Girl Scout, Katherine was raised in the San Francisco Bay GSC where she earned her Gold Award and served on several council and national committees. She is currently the vice president of the AIISF board of directors and a member of the governance committee of the Stanford Historical Society. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford.