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National Board of Trustees 

Liz Darling

National Chair: Elizabeth Darling
OneStar Foundation
Austin, TX

Elizabeth Darling is a highly accomplished public service leader with a broad background in public policy, community development and social service delivery at the local, state and federal levels, as well as extensive experience in community affairs. In 2009, Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed Elizabeth as the President and CEO of OneStar Foundation: Texas Center for Social Impact. She was named Woman of the Year in Nonprofit and Social Services by the National Association of Professional and Executive Women (NAPEW). Previously, she was Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in Washington DC. Elizabeth also served as Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources.

National Vice Chair: Karen Zecy
American Micro Co.
Kansas City, MO

Karen M. Zecy is President of American Micro Co and has been with the document imaging/management company since 1992. Prior to working at American Micro Co, Karen was employed at Management Science America in software support and Arthur Andersen in the Consulting Division. Karen’s degree is in Computer Science from Baylor University. Karen is a member of several professional groups including The National Association of Corporate Directors, AIIM – Association of Information and Image Management, and ARMA – Association for Records Managers and Administrators. Karen has held board positions with The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Central Exchange, which provides the venue and voice for women seeking to reach their full personal and professional potential. Karen also serves as a board member on many local boards; Kansas City Public Television, the Metropolitan Community College Foundation. Karen is an avid cyclist. Karen’s awards include the Kansas City Business Journal Women Who Mean Business and the Kansas City Business Magazine 50 Most Influential Women in Kansas City.

Karen Zecy

Jacob Swearingen

National Secretary/Treasurer: Jake Swearingen
Chief Accounting Officer
CVR Partners, LP
Kansas City, MO

Jake is Chief Accounting Officer of CVR Partners, LP and has been with the partnership since 2013. CVR Partners is a growth-oriented partnership focused on producing nitrogen fertilizer to help serve the needs of a growing population and their plant is the only commercial facility in North America that uses petroleum coke, as opposed to natural gas, to produce nitrogen fertilizers. Prior to joining CVR Partners, he worked primarily with the Kansas City office of KPMG, where he had over 12 years of experience providing audit services in a wide range of industries including serving large clients in diversified agricultural, transportation, financial services, manufacturing and telecommunications industries. Jake is a CPA and a member of several professional organizations. He earned his Master of Accountancy from the University of Iowa and a B.S. in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Prior volunteer experiences included service commitments in Kansas City with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Horizon Academy, Harvesters Community Food Network and others.

National Youth Advisory Cabinet Chair: Julia "JJ" Brown
Spokane, WA

JJ (Julia Jean) Brown is a high school senior from Spokane, Washington. St. Ignatious said "Ite Inflamata Omnia" ("Go Forth and Set the World on Fire"). This is JJ's personal mission. She strongly believes that every child should have the opportunity to experience a week at camp at least once in their life, so she started her own charitable organization. Outdoor Opportunities—Camps for Kids raises money needed to provide camp scholarships, financially support camp programs, and provide camping gear to kids who need basics for camp. In her spare time, JJ volunteers at Camp Fire Inland Northwest's day camp as a lifeguard and has visited over 40 national parks. She is also the captain of her high school cheerleading team and a member of the prestigious Lilac Society.

Julia JJ Brown

Gigi Edwards Bryant

Gigi Edwards Bryant
Founder, GMSA Management Services, Inc.
Austin, TX

Gigi Edwards Bryant is founder of GMSA Management Services, Inc., (GMSA). She started the business development consulting firm in 1993. She is a fifteen-year veteran of the information systems industry. Business highlights includes: customer base development; small business development seminars throughout the state of Texas, non-profit seminars focused on organizational growth for startups and board development and development programs within established businesses. While managing her business sharing time with family, Ms. Bryant serves her community through organizations that address the needs of youth, drug and alcohol abuse and education. Past and present organizations include: East Side Youth Services and Street Outreach (Vice chair); The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, Austin Recovery Residential Center (Marketing, and retail stores) and The Williamson County Juvenile Community Center. Her state level service includes three appointments by Texas governors: State Independent Living Council and the Children's Trust Fund of Texas under Governor Bush and currently as chair of the Texas School Safety Board by Governor Perry. Mrs. Bryant has earned a MBA in Executive Global Leadership and a Bachelors’ in Liberal Studies, with a minor in computer science from University of Texas at Dallas and Saint Edward's University in Austin Texas, respectively.

Mr. Steve Culbertson
President and CEO
YSA (Youth Service America)
Washington, DC

Steve Culbertson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Youth Service America, an international nonprofit organization that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and the quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people to serve locally, nationally, and globally. For two years in a row, the Nonprofit Times named him to its list of "The 50 most powerful and influential leaders" in the sector, saying, "Culbertson has helped to position volunteering and young people as an issue and a national priority."

Steve Culbertson

Bill Favara

William Favara, CPA
Managing Partner
Atlanta, GA

Bill Favara is Managing Partner with DocVentive, a provider of professional services and document automation solutions to the Utilities, Insurance, and Financial services markets. His background is comprised of a unique blend of finance, operations, and consulting services balanced with a strong focus on customer service. He previously worked at Oracle, Skywire, and Docucorp. He also serves on two other nonprofit boards.

Mr. Richard Goldfarb
Senior VP, Media Sales
National Geographic Channel/Nat Geo WILD
New York, NY

Rich Goldfarb is Senior Vice President of Media Sales for the National Geographic Channels. Mr. Goldfarb is responsible for overseeing all advertiser sales relating to National Geographic Channel and two year old, Nat Geo Wild, as well as channel digital platforms (NGC.com, NGC On Demand). He directs the sales efforts of Fox Cable Networks sales offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit. Additionally, he has contributed to the development and execution of several major National Geographic cross-platform initiatives, including global media partnerships. Prior to that, Goldfarb was Senior Vice President, NBC Cable National Ad Sales and CNBC Syndication Sales and Marketing.

Richard Goldfarb

Erin King

Erin King, L.Ac., EAMP
Licensed Acupuncturist/East Asian Medical Practitioner
Seattle, Washington

Erin graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1994 with a degree in Communication and Creative Writing. In 2003, she gained a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She has been in private practice for over 10 years. She is currently pursuing further education in Ayurvedic Medicine. She has served on the Sajai Foundation Board of Directors since 2009. She is passionate about nature, health and diversity. At her core, she believes that a healthy community requires healthy individuals.

Lauren Lampe
Junior, McDaniel College
Westminster, MD

Lauren Lampe is a junior at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. She has participated in Camp Fire programs for 15 years. Over that time, Lauren worked as a junior program director and lifeguard at Camp Adahi, a Camp Fire camp in Pennsylvania. Lauren plans to study sign language and create her own major. She served as Youth Advisory Cabinet Chair from 2012-2013. As a Trustee, she looks forward to getting more youth involved in Camp Fire nationally and locally.

Lauren Lampe

Orion Matthews

Mr. Orion Matthews
Chief Executive Officer
Partners International
Washington, DC

Orion Matthews is an expert in non-profit technology and an entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Alaska's largest non-profit technology consulting firm, Design-PT, which serves hundreds of clients across the State of Alaska and Pacific Northwest. With a management style inspired by Dale Carnegie he enjoys building teams of people with a shared vision who are enthusiastic and honest. Orion believes that most business deals and partnerships should be simple to explain and a “win-win” for those involved. An avid supporter of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Orion is involved in creative ways to encourage people to pursue a STEM career. He first learned to program in BASIC on the Apple II while attending a Camp Fire after school program.

Don Merrill
Merrill Investments
San Antonio, TX

Don Merrill has over twenty years of experience recognizing, evaluating and leading companies through all phases of business development and operations; including capital markets and other related fundraising strategies. He is regularly engaged by corporate and individual clients, representing a broad-range of industry sectors, to provide a full range of consulting services and strategic business planning; corporate finance, organizational design and sales and market strategies, all designed to increase shareholder value. He helps clients identify and acquire new businesses, enhance and accelerate sales growth of existing business lines, create brands and develop new business lines.

Don Merrill

Zem Neill

Ms. Zem Neill
Camp Fire First Texas Council
Fort Worth, TX

Zem Neill is the President and CEO of Camp Fire First Texas Council. Zem is leader of one of the largest and most active Camp Fire Councils in the nation. A long time youth advocate, Zem has received many awards for her accomplishments. She is actively involved in Women’s Policy Forum, United Way and various college advisory boards.

CiCi Rojas
President & CEO
Central Exchange
Kansas City, MO

CiCi Rojas is President & CEO of Central Exchange in Kansas City, Missouri. In her role, she will direct programming in order to reach more women in business, nonprofit, government and entrepreneurial roles. She formerly served as Vice President of Community Engagement for Truman Medical Centers (TMC) in Kansas City, Missouri. In this role, she provided innovative revenue opportunities that enabled TMC to become more community focused and patient-centered as it opened non-traditional avenues of service and sustainability. Previously, Ms. Rojas served as CEO for both the Kansas City and Dallas (TX) Hispanic Chambers of Commerce as well as Vice President of Strategic Alliance for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Cici Rojas

Marianne Smith

Ms. Marianne Smith, Ph.D.
Director/Principle Investigator
Citrus College
Yorba Linda, CA

Marianne holds a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Institutional Policy and Leadership from the University of California, Riverside and a MA in Education Leadership from Chapman University. She has extensive leadership experience in both post-secondary and K-12 settings where she has worked with program development, implementation, and evaluation. Dr. Smith coordinated programs and services for elementary and secondary English learners before assuming a role in teacher preparation in higher education. She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has served as an independent consultant for a wide variety of institutions and organizations. Across her 25-year career in education, she has consistently focused on increasing opportunity and narrowing access and achievement discrepancies among diverse student populations. Currently, Marianne oversees federal projects designed to support underrepresented community college students in STEM programs. Marianne grew up participating in Camp Fire programs and is pleased to have an opportunity to serve the organization that provided many influential experiences for her and her sisters.

Ms. Deanna Carlson Stacy, MSW
Former Executive Director
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
Alexandria, VA

Deanna has spent the past 17 years in the non-profit and government sectors serving as an advocate and leader on behalf of children. She has strategically worked on child welfare and adoption reform efforts with the White House, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She served as Executive Director of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) from 2005 - 2008 and as the Associate Director of the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives from 2002 – 2005. Prior to that, she ran her own consulting business assisting non-profits and governments with their faith-based and community initiatives. She is the author of The Welfare of My Neighbor: Living out Christ’s Love for the Poor (1999). Deanna holds a Master of Social Work from California State University Long Beach. She currently is a full-time mom to her two young children.

Deanna Carlson Stacy

Quanah Crossland Stamps

Quanah Crossland Stamps, MA
Chief Executive Officer
GrantVantage, Inc.
Washington, D.C.

Quanah is a highly accomplished development leader and project manager. She has served in executive leadership positions with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. During her career, Quanah has designed, implemented and managed a wide-range of social, economic and small business development programs serving communities across the U.S. and internationally. In 2002, following confirmation by the United States Senate, Quanah served as Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans overseeing three national programs, a combined grant portfolio of 2,100 projects, development investments of $276M, a $24M development loan fund. In 2012, Quanah co-founded GrantVantage, Inc. to meet the community project management needs of U.S. nonprofits, international NGO's, Tribes, States and Territorial governments. Quanah is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation and holds a Master's degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University.

Ms. Cathy Tisdale
President and CEO
Camp Fire
Kansas City, MO

Cathy Tisdale began her career as an educator and then spent 27 years with the American Red Cross, serving in a variety of leadership roles at the local, regional and national levels. In 2007, Cathy joined Girl Scouts of the USA National Headquarters and led the successful, groundbreaking consolidation of 312 councils to 112, completing the effort ahead of schedule. In 2010, Cathy was appointed President and CEO of Camp Fire. In 2011, she was named “Woman of the Year” by the National Association of Women Professionals (NAWP). In addition, Cathy was appointed Chair, National Collaboration on Youth. In 2012, she was elected to the National Board of Directors for both the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance as well as the Human Services Assembly. She is also a member of its Executive Committee. Cathy is a member of the United Way of Greater Kansas City’s Executive Leadership Circle, the Leadership Council of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, a charter member of the Chamber’s Executive Women’s Leadership Council and a charter member of the Committee of 100 to support the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Cathy has been a featured speaker at the Independent Sector’s Annual Conference and at the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s Annual AMI Conference. Her hobbies include: travel, cooking, antiquing, reading, wine tasting and collecting, and the cultural arts—especially theatre, Broadway musicals, museums and jazz. Her favorite destination is any beautiful beach at any time of the year!

Cathy Tisdale
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