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Leadership

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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Theresa Edy-Kiene, Chief Executive Officer

Theresa Edy-Kiene was appointed chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles in September 2019. As CEO, Theresa provides direction and vision for the development and achievement of the organization’s mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

She comes to GSGLA from Fuller Seminary as the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Change Management in the President’s Office where she was responsible for the development of a new institution-wide strategic plan, developing a new education business model to position the institution for greater financial sustainability, and the management of the planning and design for Fuller’s new Pomona campus. Simultaneously, she continued to serve as the Executive Director for the Thrive Center for Human Development, a role that brought her to the seminary in 2017 to leverage applied research in the area of positive youth development in order to inspire young people for social change.

Prior, Edy-Kiene was an entrepreneur who co-founded and led two consumer food brands, raising capital financing and growing both into national brands. Before that, she had a successful career as a television executive at CBS, Lifetime Television, Warner Bros., and Fox Broadcasting.

GSGLA Board of Directors

Officers

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Ellen E. Swarts - Board Chair
Corporate Controller, Spectrum Chemical Mfg. Corp.

Ellen, a lifetime Girl Scout, has more than 30 years in the Accounting & Finance arena. 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, CPA since 1987, and is a member of National Association of Professional Women and Organization of Women Executives. Always wanting to encourage the next generation of women leaders, Ellen was the executive sponsor of Teledyne Controls Women’s Network and shared her expertise in the Teledyne Controls Mentoring program.  She started her girl scout career as a Brownie and Junior Girl Scout, then as Co-Leader to her daughter’s troop from Brownies to Seniors, and now with GSGLA. Ellen is proud to serve as Board Chair, and participates on the Board Development, Finance, and Properties committees.

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Denise Gutches - Vice Chair
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.

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Tania Van Herle - Vice Chair
Principal, Corporate Leadership, HED

In addition to her role as vice chair, Tania chairs GSGLA’s Property Committee. She also chaired the "Developing High Quality Programs" task force for GSGLA's 2018-2021 strategic plan. She is the Corporate Operations Leader and Corporate Treasurer for HED, serving their board of directors since 2006. Her degrees include Bachelor and Master of Science in civil engineering, and Master of Architecture from UCLA. Tania is also a member of the American Institute of Architects and Girl Scout alumna.

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Erin Dawkins - Secretary 
Vice President, Brand Operations, House of Taylor

At House of Taylor, Erin serves as the primary operations lead related to Elizabeth Taylor's lifestyle brands, including developing purpose-driven business strategies benefiting The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Before serving in her role with House of Taylor, Erin was a Senior Division Director of the Office of the Senior Vice President (OSVP) at NYU Langone Medical Center, one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers. Erin has designed and managed capital campaigns ranging from $10 million to $350 million for national and international non-profit organizations. She is passionate about issues related to women & girls and underrepresented communities, and continues to serve as a volunteer in this capacity.

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Michelle Wroan – Treasurer
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.

Directors

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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.

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Juanita Dawson
Senior 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.

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Elisabeth Dick
Business Executive

Elisabeth Dick (Liz) is a seasoned executive business leader with a passion for building connections that create value. She has deep experience in people and culture development, forging trusted client partnerships and driving business results. Liz is an experienced and well-networked leader in the Los Angeles business community, including board director service with The United Way of Greater Los Angeles serving on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the HR Committee, and as past President of the Organization of Women Executives.

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Monique Earl
Executive Officer, Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Monique has more than 20 years of experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors, most notably in the area of public finance. Her career history with the City of Los Angeles began in 2002 and spans the Legislative, Executive, and Administrative Branches of Government. She joined LADOT in 2016 and currently serves as the department’s Executive Officer. In this capacity, her leadership portfolio includes serving as proxy to the General Manager, directing the Bureau of Employee Engagement & Performance, spearheading the overall financial strategy at LADOT, and management of infrastructure maintenance and project implementation.

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Renee White Fraser, Ph.D
CEO, Fraser Communications

Renee is CEO of Fraser Communications in Los Angeles, and the host of The Deciders on KABC 790AM and podcast. Fraser Communications is a $34 million ad agency with clients including Lexus, Hyundai, State of CA, and major consumer brands. As a co-chair of 50/50 Women on Boards in Los Angeles and as a past NAWBO-LA President, she helped pass SB-826 to increase representation of women on publicly traded boards in California. An advocate for women, Renee has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Influential Women in LA, received the SBA CEO of the Year award, and been awarded the Women Leading the Way award from the LABJ. Renee serves on the boards of Wise and Healthy Aging, the national board of 50/50 Women on Boards, and the American Red Cross.

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Dr. Judy Ho, Ph. D., ABPP, ABPdN
Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychologist

Dr. Judy is triple board certified and a licensed Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychologist, a tenured Associate Professor at Pepperdine University, clinical researcher, and published author. She was the co-host of Season 12 of the Emmy Award winning daytime TV show The Doctors, and host of the SuperCharged Life podcast produced by Stage 29 Podcast Productions. Dr. Judy maintains a private practice in Manhattan Beach, CA where she specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological assessments and expert witness work. She is a two-time recipient of the National Institute of Mental Health Services Research Award and hosts an active research program to improve mental health care for high-need populations.

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Sue Callaway Kelly
Founder, Glovebox Media

Entrepreneur, award-winning journalist and author, media marketing pioneer, and automotive insider, Sue has built and transformed global brands for Time Inc., Wenner Media and Hearst, co-founded Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit and innovated marketing and content platforms for brands from Esquire and Jaguar to TrueCar and THE AUTO 100.

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Bill Nelson
HR Executive 

Bill was responsible for providing leadership and direction to the U.S. Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield organization on all matters relating to people. Prior to joining Westfield, Bill 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, the Ventura County Humane Society and now with GSGLA, Bill chairs the Board Development Committee and the Executive Compensation Committee.

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Jim Niemiec
Vice President, Operations, Southern California Edison 

Jim has over 20 years of experience leading global procurement for tech, retail, and manufacturing with multinational companies. He has held leadership roles with McKinney, MGM Resorts, HP, and Live Nation Entertainment. Currently, Jim resides in La Cañada with his wife and two Girl Scout daughters.

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Erin Oremland
Senior Vice President, Administration, ICM Partners 

Erin Oremland is Senior Vice President, Administration, at ICM Partners, one of the largest talent agencies in the world, a role she has held for 17 years. Her purview includes business operations, contract and accounting management, and strategic planning processes across the agencies’ 18 divisions. She is passionate about developing future female corporate leaders and devotes considerable time to mentorship across the entertainment business. Erin attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and lives in Sherman Oaks with her husband and three sons.

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Andy Park
Tax Partner, Private Client Services, Ernst & Young 

Focused primarily on private, family-owned and high growth businesses, Andy has extensive experience leading and coordinating cross-functional tax teams. His clients span a broad range of industries such as Technology, Retail and Consumer Products, Media and Entertainment, Healthcare, Financial, Automotive, Manufacturing, and Real Estate. In addition to his role serving clients, Andy serves as one of the co-directors of the Greater Los Angeles EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program that promotes and celebrates innovation, ingenuity and entrepreneurship in the market.

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Anna Tom
Senior Vice President, Commercial Relationship Management, BBVA Compass

Anna has more than 25 years of commercial banking experience in Los Angeles. As a senior vice president at BBVA Compass, she is responsible for new revenue generation through developing opportunities and managing a portfolio of upper middle market companies throughout the greater Los Angeles region. Prior to her work with BBVA Compass, Anna held senior positions at Wells Fargo, Manufacturers Bank, and Union Bank. Anna was a Girl Scout troop leader for 14 years and guided her troop, and her daughter, through Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards.

Board Development (Governance) Committee

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Bill Nelson - Committee Chair
HR Executive

Bill was responsible for providing leadership and direction to the U.S. Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield organization on all matters relating to people. Prior to joining Westfield, Bill 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, the Ventura County Humane Society and now with GSGLA, Bill chairs the Board Development Committee and the Executive Compensation Committee.

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Jane Chamberlin
Manager, Executive Recruiting, Capital Group

Jane manages the Executive Recruitment function at Capital Group, a global leader in the investment management industry. Her team focuses on leadership appointments across the enterprise. Prior to joining Capital Group, Jane was a Talent Acquisition leader at RGP, a global professional services firm. Earlier in her career, she worked for Ernst & Young and Coopers & Lybrand in London. Jane grew up in the UK and holds a Bachelors in French & German from UCL and a Masters in Modern German Studies from the University of London. Jane is a passionate advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion and enjoys mentoring and developing future leaders.

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Lynn Forese
Vice President, APS, RGP

Lynn is the NA Solution Leader for RGP’s Program and Project Management Services and Advisory Services Leader for Healthcare and Private Equity Practices, setting strategic direction and delivering new solutions. With a specialty in Business Transformation, Lynn partners with business leaders to design and execute complex initiatives. Lynn’s experience includes leveraging both agile and traditional approaches. Her expertise spans Program Leadership, Change Management, IT, business process optimization, and digital transformation.

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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.

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Honorable Sandra R. Klein
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Central District of California

Sandra R. Klein serves as U.S. Bankruptcy Judge. Before her appointment to the bench, Judge Klein worked for thirteen years at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), including as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting bankruptcy fraud and other complex white-collar crimes, and as the Acting Chief of the U.S. Trustee Program’s Criminal Enforcement Unit. Judge Klein is Chairperson of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Community Outreach Committee and an active board member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. She has received many awards including the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Distinguished Service Award, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Public Outreach Award, and the GSGLA Honor Pin.

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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.

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Ellen Swarts - Board Chair
Corporate Controller, Spectrum Chemical Mfg. Corp.

Ellen, a lifetime Girl Scout, has more than 30 years in the Accounting & Finance arena. 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, CPA since 1987, and is a member of National Association of Professional Women and Organization of Women Executives.  Always wanting to encourage the next generation of women leaders, Ellen was the executive sponsor of Teledyne Controls Women’s Network and shared her expertise in the Teledyne Controls Mentoring program.  She started her girl scout career as a Brownie and Junior Girl Scout, then as Co-Leader to her daughter’s troop from Brownies to Seniors, and now with GSGLA. Ellen is proud to serve as Board Chair, and participates on the Board Development, Finance, and Properties committees.

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Shelley B. Thompson – Board Chair Emeritus
Attorney

Shelley, a Girl Scout alumna from her Brownie Days, served as Board chair from 2018 to 2021 and is GSGLA’s first Board Chair Emeritus. She chaired the “Invest in Girls” task force for GSGLA’s strategic plan and was instrumental to the fundraising campaigns for Camp Lakota and the Inglewood Innovation Center. Shelley is an attorney, wealth advisor, and banking executive. She attended UC Hastings College of the Law and UC Santa Barbara.

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Arlene Falk Withers, JD, PCC

Arlene is a certified executive coach, consultant, attorney and certified mediator, human resources professional, and corporate executive. Prior to launching her private practice as a professional development and career coach, Arlene was National Director of Organizational and People Development at SAG-AFTRA. Previously she served as Administrative Director and General Counsel for the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans.