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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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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 chairing 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.

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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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Ellen E. Swarts - Vice Chair

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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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
Vice President, Talent and Culture, Abode Communities 

Bill most recently joined Abode Communities, a nonprofit real estate development firm focused on creating affordable housing opportunities in underserved communities. He will be the organization's first Vice President, Talent and Culture. Prior to joining Abode Communities, 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 GSGLA’s Executive Compensation Committee and the Board Development Committee and sits on the External Relations.

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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.

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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.

Board Development (Governance) Committee

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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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Bill Nelson
Vice President, Talent and Culture, Abode Communities 

Bill most recently joined Abode Communities, a nonprofit real estate development firm focused on creating affordable housing opportunities in underserved communities. He will be the organization's first Vice President, Talent and Culture. Prior to joining Abode Communities, 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 GSGLA’s Executive Compensation Committee and the Board Development Committee and sits on the External Relations.

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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 E. Swarts

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.

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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.