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GSGLA Governance

GSGLA is governed by our membership. Any individual 14 years of age and older who is a member of the Girl Scout Movement and who is currently registered through the council is a voting member of Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.

Annual Meeting

The GSGLA Annual Meeting, which takes place every spring, is all we work together to provide great programs and experiences for girls. The event features the board chair report and the state of the council address from our CEO, as well as council updates, important votes, and wonderful peer-to-peer networking. Plus, you can get a first-look at the annual report. For information on this year’s annual meeting, click here. [link to AMVR signature event]

Chief Executive Officer Lise L. Luttgens

Lise L. Luttgens was appointed the first chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA), assuming her role when the six Los Angeles-area legacy Girl Scout councils merged in December 2008. Since then, Lise has brought a renewed sense of growth and stability to the Movement and a strong sense of community and collaboration to the council. She leads a strategic vision for a reinvigorated Girl Scout presence in greater Los Angeles and is keenly focused on building a strong, passionate council that effectively serves the 40,000-girl and 20,000-adult membership.

Lise’s GSGLA career is featured in Women Leaders at Work: Untold Tales of Women Achieving Their Ambitions by Elizabeth Ghaffari (2011) and in 2012 she was nominated as CEO of the Year and Rising Star of the Year for the LA Business Journal’s Women Making a Difference Awards. In December 2012, PBS SoCal selected Lise as a Community Champion and featured her as a special guest in the PBS documentary "MAKERS: Women Who Make America."

Previously, Lise was principal and founder of Luttgens & Associates, Inc., an executive coaching and consulting firm specializing in nonprofit and health care organizations in transition. In her consulting capacity, she served as interim CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California and as chief operating officer for the Fulfillment Fund serving students in the L.A. Unified School District.

Prior to that she served 30 years as a hospital administrator, including chief roles at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Doheny Eye Hospital, and Doheny Eye Institute at the USC-Keck School of Medicine.

A Girl Scout while growing up in San Francisco, Lise received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Beloit College in Wisconsin, a master’s degree in public health (hospital administration) from Yale University’s School of Medicine, and an advanced fellowship in academic medical center administration from the University of Michigan. She completed the executive management program from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and received certification from the College of Executive Coaching.

GSGLA Board of Directors

Officers

Patricia has served as GSGLA Board Chair since 2015 and is also a board development committee member. As vice president of accounting for Westfield, Patricia leads the company’s operations and corporate accounting activities for their U.S. portfolio of shopping centers and offices with assets valued at more than $50 billion. 

 

Patricia A. Crider – Board Chair
Vice President, Accounting, Westfield LLC

Cheryl Hundley – Vice Chair

Sr. Director of Global Tax, Global Eagle Entertainment

Cheryl is the Senior Director of Global Tax for Global Eagle Entertainment, Inc. (“GEE”), a leading worldwide provider of inflight entertainment, media content, technology and connectivity solutions to the airline industry, where she oversees all aspects of the Company’s tax strategy.

 

 

Shelley Thompson – Vice Chair
Attorney, Seyfarth Shaw

Shelley, a Girl Scout alumna from her Brownie days, serves on GSGLA’s fund development committee. She’s an attorney, wealth advisor, and banking executive. Shelley works at Seyfarth Shaw, practicing law in the area of trusts and estates. She attended UC Hastings College of the Law and UC Santa Barbara.

 

Jana Monroe – Secretary
Vice President of Global Security, Herbalife

As vice president of global security, Jana Monroe is responsible for all security functions throughout the company, including executive security and events, employee, facility, and property security, IT security, and any other special security projects.

 

Kathryn E. Nielsen – Treasurer
Sr. Vice President, Controller, Columbia TriStar Motion Pictures

Kathryn (Kathy), CPA and senior vice President, controller for Columbia TriStar Motion Pictures, chairs GSGLA’s finance/investment committee. She’s also a member of the fund development committee. Kathy served as board president of  Women’s Clinic and Family Counseling Center and volunteers her time and resources to Loyola Marymount University. 

Directors

David A. Battaglia
Partner, Gibson Dunn

David chairs GSGLA’s executive compensation committee and sits on the fund development committee. He’s a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services board member, and president of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers in Los Angeles. David attended Georgetown University and UC Berkeley, School of Law.

 

Steve Bolkovatz
Money Market Analyst, The Capital Group

Steve is a member of GSGLA’s fund development committee. He’s a money market credit analyst with The Capital Group, recommending short-term investments for cash portfolios of equity, fixed income, and money market fund portfolios. Steve’s a graduate of UC Irvine. His wife is a troop leader and his daughters are Girl Scouts. 

 

Gail Boyle
Sr. Vice President, Union Bank

Gail is a member of GSGLA’s audit committee. She’s senior vice president of Union Bank’s fund finance division. Gail served on the Santa Monica YWCA board and LA Youth Board, and supports the Santa Monica High Schoolorchestra. She received her Bachelor of Arts from UC Irvine and MBA from Loyola Marymount University.

 

Lana Bykova
Vice President/District Manager, Wells Fargo

Lana is a member of GSGLA’s audit committee. She is vice president and district manager for Wells Fargo’s Mid City market for the Los Angeles Community Bank. Lana oversees more than 185 team members at 10 banking stores and directs retail sales and service functions of 2.6 billion in deposits.

 

Juanita Dawson
Sr. Manager, Raytheon

Juanita R. Dawson is a Senior Manager in the Information Technology Security, Risk and Compliance organization within the Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems business, a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions, where she provides the vision and leadership for developing and supporting initiatives critical to governance and compliance practices in information technology.

 

Lisa Greer
Founder/Managing Partner, Media Venture Advisors

Lisa, a member of GSGLA’s fund development committee, is a founder and managing partner of Media Venture Advisors, a management consulting and strategic advisory firm combining business consulting, sales/marketing strategies, new business development, executive training, recruitment, and coaching. Lisa is a graduate of UCLA and received her MBA from Pepperdine University.


Karen Jong
Partner, RSM US LLP

Karen Jong is a Partner with RSM US LLP, a leading provider of audit, tax, and consulting services focused on the middle market. She leads the West Region Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion program, which includes eight Employee Network Groups (ENGs) that are voluntary, employee-led groups. These ENG groups serve as a resource for members and the RSM organization by fostering a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with organizational mission, values, goals, business practices, and objectives.

Anthony “Tony” Kaufman
Sr. Vice President, Princess Cruises

Tony is a member of GSGLA’s executive compensation committee. He is senior vice president of Asia operations for Princess Cruises, overseeing multiple sales and marketing teams supporting China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, and Singapore areas. He has a BA degree in communication studies from UCLA and JD, from Loyola Law School. 

 

Chet A. Kronenberg
Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Chet is a member of the audit committee. He’s a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and has represented financial institutions and other clients in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters. He earned his JD from NYU School of Law and a BA from Tufts University.

 

Manu Kulkarni
Attorney

Manjusha (Manju) P. Kulkarni, Esq. is an attorney and social justice advocate. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of the South Asian Network (SAN), a community-based organization dedicated to advancing the health, empowerment, and solidarity of persons of South Asian origin in Southern California. Though her work, she has advocated for effective policies and practices on issues impacting the South Asian-American community.

Megan L. Martin
Vice President, Intellectual Property, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Megan, vice president of intellectual property counsel at Warner Bros. Entertainment, began Girl Scouts in second grade and earned her Silver and Gold Awards. She is a member of GSGLA’s fund development committee. Megan served as a girl board member for Ocean County Girl Scouts Council, representing the organization at the 1993 Girl Scout National Convention.

 

Gina McLeod
Principal, Deloitte Tax

Gina is a principal with Deloitte Tax and licensed attorney in California. She sits on GSGLA’s fund development committee. As a Girl Scout, she earned her Silver Award. She co-leads the Women’s Initiative for the Pacific Southwest region and chairs the United Way of Greater Los Angeles Emerging Leaders Council. 

 

Frances Moreno
Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Vaco Los Angeles, LLC

 

Frances is co-founder and managing partner of Vaco Los Angeles, a talent agency for accountants and technology professionals. She’s a member of GSGLA’s  board development committee and proud to be a Silver Award Girl Scout. She volunteered as an exhibitor and sponsor at Girltopia to raise funds for Girl Scouts.

 

Michael B. Mulcahy
Sr. Vice President/Regional Manager, Citizen Business Bank

Michael is senior vice president and regional manager of Citizens Business Bank, responsible for business financial centers from San Gabriel Valley through the South Bay. He graduated from University of Tennessee and attended the Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management at Stanford University. Michael sits on GSGLA’s finance/investment committee.

 

Michelle Reagan
Vice President/Business Development Officer, Pacific Western Bank

Michelle Reagan is a Vice President and Business Development Officer for Pacific Western Bank located in Century City. She is a business specialist servicing the deposits, credit and other banking needs of the small to middle market business community in the Greater Los Angeles area. She has more than 25 years of experience in finance, investment management, and treasury operations. Prior to banking, she was the Assistant Treasurer for Mattel Inc., and worked at AIG SunAmerica and Coopers & Lybrand.

Elena Sacca Smith
National Community Relations Manager, Toyota Financial Services

Elena is on GSGLA’s fund development committee. She is the national community relations manager for Toyota Financial Services, providing oversight and leadership for the company's social responsibility strategies and employee involvement efforts. She is also involved with Boys and Girls Clubs of East Los Angeles.

 

Evelynne B. Scarboro
Sr. Vice President, Administration, Loyola Marymount University

Evelynne (Lynne), senior vice president for administration at Loyola Marymount University, chairs GSGLA’s property committee and also sits on the executive committee. Additionally, Lynne currently serves on the board of directors for the North Carolina State University Foundation and the Organization of Women Executives in Los Angeles. 

 

April Spencer
Partner, Media & Entertainment Tax, Ernst & Young

April is a media and entertainment tax partner in Ernst & Young’s LA office. She sits on GSGLA’s property committee. April is a director of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and the Entrepreneurial Winning Women programs for Greater Los Angeles; and a member of United Way’s Women Leaders Steering Cabinet.

 

Tania Van Herle
Managing Principal, Harley Ellis Devereaux

Tania is a member of GSGLA’s property committee. She is managing principal and corporate treasurer for Harley Ellis Devereaux, serving their board of directors since 2006. Her degrees include Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in civil engineering, and Master’s of Architecture from UCLA. She’s also an American Institute of Architects member and former Girl Scout.

 

Michelle Wroan
Partner, KPMG LLP

Michelle, audit partner at KPMG LLP, co-leads the LA chapter for KPMG’s Network of Women (KNOW). She also leads KPMG’s Executive Leadership Institute for Women, a program focused on leadership training and coaching for women in the LA business community. Michelle attended UCLA and serves on the finance/investment committee.

 

 

Frank Wu
Managing Director, Protiviti

Frank is the managing director of Protiviti, working with clients to implement practical solutions in proportion to their business risks exposures. Frank joined GSGLA’s board of directors in April 2012. He chairs the audit committee and is a member of the executive committee.

 

Board Development Committee

Chuck Carroll
Vice President, Citizens Business Bank

Chuck Carroll is a vice president for Citizens Business Bank. He is the manager for the community benefit organizations department, which specializes in providing banking and investment services to primarily 501(c)(3)s throughout California. Chuck is a community member of GSGLA’s board development (governance) committee.

 

 

Patricia A. Crider [link to anchor]
Cheryl Hundley [link to anchor]
Manu Kulkarni [link to anchor]
Jana Monroe [link to anchor]
Frances Moreno [link to anchor]

Kathy Richards
Marketing & Advertising executive

Kathy, a community member of GSGLA’s board development committee, is also a former Girl Scout and troop leader. As an advertising and marketing professional, she has served as a keynote speaker for LADMA & SoCalDMA, and has served on the boards of the Organization of Women Executives and Coalition for Engaged Education.

 

Karin Berger Stellar
Partner, Morris & Berger

Karin is chair of GSGLA’s board development committee and an executive compensation committee member. She’s a partner at Morris & Berger, an executive search firm for nonprofits. Karin served as alumni board chair at USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She’s a former Girl Scout and mother two Girl Scouts.

 

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