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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 when we all work together to provide exceptional 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.

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Lise L. Luttgens, Chief Executive Officer

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." Under Lise’s leadership in 2016, GSGLA was named Best Large Nonprofit of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

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

Shelley Thompson – Board Chair
Attorney

Shelley, a Girl Scout alumna from her Brownie days, chaired the "Invest in Girls" task force for GSGLA's strategic plan. In addition to charing the GSGLA Board, she chairs the executive and fund development committees. Shelley is an attorney, wealth advisor, and banking executive. She practices law in the area of trusts and estates. She attended UC Hastings College of the Law and UC Santa Barbara.

Cheryl Hundley – Vice Chair
Sr. Director, Head of Tax, Blackline, Inc.

Cheryl is the head of tax for Blackline (NASDAQ: BL), a leading provider of cloud software with a mission to modernize accounting and finance for greater operational agility, accuracy and effectiveness in companies worldwide. She oversees all aspects of the company’s global corporate tax function. Cheryl chairs GSGLA's board development committee and sits on the executive committee.

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; events, employee, facility, and property security; IT security; and any other special security projects. Jana sits on GSGLA's executive, board development, and fund development committees.

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

Kathy, a CPA and senior vice president, chairs GSGLA’s finance/investment committee. She’s also a member of the executive 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

Michelle Reagan Attalla
Vice President-Sr. Business Banking Relationship Manager for City National Bank

Michelle is a vice president, senior business banking relationship manager for City National Bank located in West Los Angeles. She is a business specialist servicing credit and other banking needs for companies of 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. Michelle is a member of GSGLA's finance/investment committee.

 

David A. Battaglia
Partner, Gibson Dunn

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

 

Hayley Blockley
Managing Director at JLL

Hayley holds a B.A. with highest honors from the School of Film and Photography at Montana State University, which informs her love of media, culture, and design. In 2013 she was named to the JLL Leadership Council Advisory Board and as one of Southern California’s Top Leasing Brokers by Real Estate Forum. Hayley was honored by Bisnow in 2014 as one of their Los Angeles Power Women and was invited to participate in the JLL’s 2016 Women’s Summit. She and her partner were also recently featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Who’s Brokering Los Angeles.” Hayley sits on GSGLA's property committee.

Mia Britel
Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Mia is a C-suite advisor with experience in delivering strategic enterprise-wide capabilities for global Fortune 500 companies. With 25-plus years of experience in Big Four Consulting working with a wide range of clients and industries, she brings deep experience in global sales, strategy, portfolio management, budgeting, contract and supplier management. Mia also has a passion for developing future women leaders and it is that passion that has brought her to GSGLA, where she is a member of the fund development committee.

Tod A. Burnett, Ed.D.
Executive Vice Chancellor, Brandman University

At Brandman University, Tod oversees advancement and special projects expanding strategic partnerships that benefit the university and enhance student success. Tod was also president of Saddleback College and vice chancellor of the California Community Colleges, and has served in the administrations of a U.S. president, government, and mayor. He was also director of state and local government relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Tod is passionate about promoting educational opportunities and economic prosperity for all. He sits on GSGLA's fund development committee.

Juanita Dawson
Sr. Manager, Raytheon

Juanita 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. There, she provides the vision and leadership for developing and supporting initiatives critical to governance and compliance practices in information technology. Juanita is a member of GSGLA's audit committee.

Joanna Dean
General Manager, Western Region, Toyota Financial Services

Joanna holds a B.A. in economics, cum laude minor in management studies from UC Irvine. She currently oversees Toyota and Lexus Financial Sales and Operations in Western U.S., supporting 342 dealerships and their affiliates. She is responsible for setting strategy and leading operations for acquisition and underwriting of 41,000 finance & lease ($1B) and 58,000 insurance contracts monthly. She is also the liaison between National HQ office and Western US operations; organizational design and structure and product program development. Joanna developed TFS's national Future Leadership Development Program. Joanna is a member of GSGLA's fund development committee.

Denise Gutches
Chief Financial  & Operating Officer, FilmL.A., Inc.

Denise has more than 30 years of experience in strategic, financial, and operating management and leadership. Prior to FilmL.A., Inc, she served as CFO/COO at Marlborough School and Willows Community School. Since 2004, Denise has also owned and operated DKG Consulting, Inc., specializing in comprehensive strategic planning, business management, project management, and executive consulting services for nonprofits. Denise sits on GSGLA's property and board development committees.

Karen Jong
Partner, RSM US LLP

Karen 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. Karen chairs the audit committee.

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 property committee. Megan served as a girl board member for Ocean County Girl Scouts Council, representing the organization at the 1993 Girl Scout National Convention.

Bill Nelson
Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Bill joined Westfield, LLC in 2011 and is currently responsible for providing leadership and direction to the U.S. Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield organization on all matters relating to people. Prior to joining Westfield, he held a variety of executive human-resource roles in diverse industries, living and working in countries across Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, and the United States. He has been an active supporter of many community-based programs including work with the American Red Cross, various veterans’ initiatives, and now with GSGLA. Bill co-chairs GSGLA’s executive compensation committee and sits on the fund development committee.

Ellen E. Swarts
Sr. Director of Finance & Controller, Teledyne Controls, LLC

Through her drive to excel and dedication to her team, Ellen has led El Segundo-based avionics company Teledyne Controls in double-digit growth over the last four years. Ellen has worked in the accounting arena for more than 30 years, 25 of which have been at a managerial level. Her career has taken her coast-to-coast in such industries as chemicals, golf, printing, and land development. She has an MBA from Pepperdine University and serves on GSGLA’s audit and fund development committee.

Tania Van Herle
Managing Principal, Harley Ellis Devereaux

Tania chairs GSGLA’s property committee and sits on the executive committee. She also chaired the "Developing High Quality Programs" task force for GSGLA's strategic plan. 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 Girl Scout alumna.

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. She also chaired the "Reach More Girls" task force for GSGLA's strategic plan.

Board Development (Governance) 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.

Cheryl Hundley – Vice Chair
Sr. Director, Head of Tax, Blackline, Inc.

Cheryl, GSGLA's vice chair, is the head of tax for Blackline (NASDAQ: BL), a leading provider of cloud software with a mission to modernize accounting and finance for greater operational agility, accuracy, and effectiveness in companies worldwide. She oversees all aspects of the company’s global corporate tax function.

Denise Gutches
Chief Financial  & Operating Officer, FilmL.A., Inc.

Denise has more than 30 years of experience in strategic, financial, and operating management and leadership. Prior to FilmL.A., Inc, she served as CFO/COO at Marlborough School and Willows Community School. Since 2004, Denise has also owned and operated DKG Consulting, Inc., specializing in comprehensive strategic planning, business management, project management, and executive consulting services for nonprofits. She sits on GSGLA's property and board development committees.

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; events, employee, facility, and property security; IT security; and any other special security projects. Jana sits on the executive, board development, and fund development committees.

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.

Kathy Richards
Marketing & Advertising executive

Kathy, a community member of GSGLA’s board development (governance) committee, is 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. 

Stasia Washington
Managing Director, First Foundation Advisors

Stasia has over 25 years experience in the financial services industry advising high-net-worth individuals and their families, business owners, and corporate executives on the management of their liquid assets, financial planning, estate, and tax planning. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University, George Graziado Business School, MBA. Stasia serves as a community member of GSGLA’s board development (governance) committee.