board of directors profiles



Girl Scout Board of Directors & Board Development Committee – 2015 Profiles
HelenRuth-Burch HelenRuth Burch (Chair)HelenRuth Burch Board Chair, Girl Scout of Virginia Skyline: A lifetime Girl Scout member since Brownies, HelenRuth is currently retired from 33 years on Girl Scout Council staffs mostly in program director positions. After her retirement and prior to her election as board chair her volunteer work for Girl Scouts included serving on the Archives Committee, serving as a Council Delegate and working as Program Director for Dark Hollow Day Camp. Her other community involvement includes being the past co-president of the AAUW Roanoke Valley Branch and a past member of the AAUW State Board and being a past member of the Board of Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley. Currently she is co-chair of the Trustees at her church where she also sings in the choir, plays handbells and the flute. In her spare time she likes to travel, read, and play Mah Jongg. She shares her home with her cat Lucky and her doll collection.
Christine Cutright Knight (1st Vice Chair) This Roanoke native sought us out after we posted a board opening with the Center for Non-Profit Excellence — and we are glad she did. Christine has shown her love of the organization over and over: having been a Girl Scout, raising one currently, and now giving back to us in taking on a board position as well as attending the National Conference in 2011! While her skills are numerous, a few to point out include Fund Development, Marketing, and Strategic Planning. Her current role as Senior Director Campaign and Development Operations, Darden School Foundation, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville brings a wealth of knowledge that we have seen in our quarterly meetings. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and Religious studies at UVA and shortly thereafter, an MALS degree from Hollins in Humanities; and more recently an MBA from the University of Richmond, concentrating in strategic leadership.
Kathy Claytor (2nd Vice Chair) As a Human Resource Executive, she sees great alignment between Girl Scouts and her employer, Delta Dental, in providing information to improve the overall health and wellness of young people. As a Gold Award recipient, Kathy also holds our organization dear to her heart and desires to give back to her community by providing a leadership role in her second board position; she served as a Senior Girl Scout on the Commonwealth of Virginia Council board. Her additional expertise is in Human Resource Management, Strategic Planning and Business Management.
Joe Schaben (Treasurer) Joe came to us from his desire to involve himself more in the community. The background he possesses in Finance, Accounting and Business Management — as well as holding a Partner position at Boitnott & Schaben, a CPA firm with one of many specialties in non-profit organization audits — fits well with the Treasurer responsibilities. Although not a Girl Scout as a child, we won’t hold that against him! His past board experience includes the Jaycees and the Roanoke Chapter of VSCPA. This avid Virginia Tech Hokie fan lives in Roanoke.
Audrey Hawkins (Secretary) Audrey is a UVA alumna who is a former leader, service unit manager, Board member, and Board Vice Chair in the council — a reflection of her commitment to the organization. She is currently co-chair of the Rockbridge Christmas Baskets effort, which serves approximately 1,100 families in the area, and has extensive experience in education, libraries, nonprofits, fundraising, and even the financial sector. She lives with her husband, David, in Lexington. She is excited to be secretary for the Board!
Yolunda Armstrong (At-Large, Board Development Committee) Yolunda resides in Charlottesville, and brings experience — from her involvement on the Community Outreach Action Team for the development of the City Promise Neighborhood initiative, and the Charlottesville Agency Budget Review Team for the Arts and Culture — to our committee. She’s now pursuing her degree at Averett University. Her skills also include Business Management, Strategic Planning and Human Resource Management. She is also the eight-year General Manager at Red Roof Inn in Charlottesville. She serves on the Board Development Committee, where her dedication and perseverance have proven her to be an excellent Board candidate.
 Michele Fountain Michele Fountain (At-Large) Michele Fountain is the Division Clinical Coordinator for the Kroger Mid-Atlantic Division.  She has worked for Kroger Pharmacy for over 11 years as a residency preceptor, residency site coordinator, staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager, floater, and clinical pharmacist.  Dr. Fountain received her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002.  Afterward graduating, she completed an ASHP-Accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2003 and the first Community Pharmacy Practice Residency with Kroger Pharmacy (VCU-Richmond) in 2004.Dr. Fountain is currently responsible for all non-dispensing responsibilities for the 115 stores of the Kroger Mid-Atlantic Division which includes stores in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio.  Non-dispensing responsibilities include managing and directing all activities related to immunizations, Medication Therapy Management programs, health screenings, health coaching programs, etc.  Dr. Fountain is an instructor for APhA’s certificate programs in Diabetes Care and Immunization Delivery.  She is involved with many of the Kroger community programs include Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Heart Association.  Dr. Fountain is an American Heart Association certified CPR instructor providing CPR education to pharmacists, pharmacy interns, and other Kroger staff.  She is a member of the American Pharmacist Association and Virginia Pharmacist Association.
Peg-Campagna Peg Campagna (Board Development Committee) Peg lives in Roanoke and serves as marketing director for the Virginia Museum of Transportation. She has served on many boards in the Boston, Massachusetts, and St. Louis, Missouri, areas in the past and served on the Community Service committee of the Boston-area Girl Scout council. As a Girl Scout, she “bleeds green” and earned both Silver and Gold awards. She is very excited to serve on the Board Development Committee!
Angela Campbell – Roanoke Times (At-Large) This former Membership Marketing Manager of Michigan Metro Girl Scout Council joins our ranks after being referred by a colleague at her current workplace, The Roanoke Times, where she is Audience Development & Circulation Director. Angela feels that the current priorities between our council and Times overlap greatly; therefore, it is a perfect fit to serve as a board member who can provide options to benefit both. Her top strengths include Strategic Planning, Fund Development and Business Management — all vital skills needed for GSVSC to keep moving forward and thriving! We welcome this native of Michigan who now calls Roanoke home with her husband and three children.
Heidi Dearstyne (Board Development Committee) Heidi has been involved in the Board Development Committee for three years now. She is also a member of the Finance Committee. Heidi joined First Citizens Bank in a sales role in 2013 after completing her MBA with Radford University. She has expertise in Fund Development, Strategic Planning, Finance and Accounting. Her experience as an Adult Volunteer Trainer and Troop Leader at the Junior and Cadette levels in Council of Colonial Coast makes her an ideal choice for the Board Development Committee. She lives in Roanoke with her daughter, who is a Daisy scout.
Holli Drewry (Board Development Committee) Holli is a “tech” person: she is embedded in Virginia Tech and technology. Her degree in Art & Art History from Virginia Tech and current work at the college as Assistant Director, Division of Student Affairs Communications & Marketing, furthers the point. Skills she possesses include Technology, Fund Development, Marketing and Public Relations/Communications. She is also a parttime graduate student working on her Masters Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies. Her Girl Scout board work began as an At-Large member on the Fund Development committee, and just off the Board of Directors, she is looking forward to serving on the Board Development committee!
Karen Ford (At-Large) This will be Karen’s third time around with the Skyline Council. She served as Treasurer back in the 1980s and returned to us in 2012 after being referred by Trish McMahon. Her work as a professor at JMU in Social Work and Nonprofit Studies aligns perfectly with a board position, as well as skills in Strategic Planning, Lobbying/Advocacy/Legislative Relations and Adult Education. She has extensive experience in the communities where she’s lived — Habitat for Humanity, Office on Children & Youth, Mid-Atlantic Policy Practice Forum, and others — as well as in Girl Scouts as a Leader, and advisor for both Gold Award and Adventurers; she is also a Lifetime Member. Currently she lives in Bridgewater.
 Paula Prince (1) Paula Prince (At-Large) Paula Prince is an assistant professor of sociology at the Jefferson College of Health Sciences in the Humanities and Social Sciences department. As a Medical Sociologist she teaches courses in which students learn how particular social issues affect the delivery of health care in the United States and the history and training of health care occupations. Before coming to Jefferson, Dr. Prince was the Vice President of the Council of Community Services, a human services planning agency in Roanoke, VA. She has been an adjunct sociology instructor at Roanoke College and Hollins University. Dr. Prince received her undergraduate degree from the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY with a concentration in criminal justice and was a member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society. She received her MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA with study concentrations in Medical Sociology and Research Methods. While at the University of Pittsburgh, she was the recipient of an Andrew K. Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship. Dr. Prince has served as a member of the Roanoke City Planning Commission and president of the Board of Directors of the Grandin Theatre Foundation.
Zanetta Ford (At-Large, Board Development Committee) Zanetta works with James Madison University as an Academic Advisor for Family Studies minors.  She also serves as an Adjunct Professor with JMU’s Department of Social Work, teaching “Grant Writing for Agencies.”  Zanetta earned her MBA from Walden University, a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Old Dominion University, and an Associate’s degree in Information Technology from ECPI Technical College.  She is also a graduate of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University, and holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management & Fundraising from University of Richmond’s School of Continuing Studies.  She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Law and Public Policy.  Outside of work, Zanetta continues her dedication to philanthropy by volunteering in her community.  She has served on the Policy Council for Hope Community Services Head Start, as well as the Monticello Area Community Action Agency Head Start.  She also serves on the GSVSC Board Development Committee, where she is dedicated and passionate about finding people who love Girl Scouts as much as she does!  This childhood Girl Scout (returned!) lives with her family in Harrisonburg.
Jim-Laub Jim Laub (At-Large) Jim is a financial advisor for Edward Jones & Co. and lives in Salem. He is very involved with his church and Rotary Club, both of which he has served on Boards, and has worked to send help to Haiti. He is excited to be involved with GSVSC and believes that Girl Scouts is a great contribution to the community and an empowerment to girls everywhere.
samantha-litchford Samantha Litchford (Board Development Committee) One of our most recent Girl Board members, this Girl Scout is now attending the University of Mary Washington. While her studies keep her busy, she looks forward to learning more about the board and staying involved. She was a recipient of the Thelma Loyd Conservation Award and also spoke at the 2009 Annual Meeting in addition to being a Girl Scout representative at the United Nations Global Warming Conference. A Silver and Gold Award are also in her list of accomplishments. Samantha went to Rustburg High School.
Ashley-Reynolds-Marshall Ashley Reynolds Marshall (At-Large) Ashley is passionate about fostering confidence and leadership in girls, and possesses a firm conviction that Girl Scouting provides a place for girls to be themselves. Ashley, a Roanoke native, was introduced to Girl Scouting when she became a Brownie and remained active in scouting through her first few years in college. Ashley holds a B.A. in Psychology from Hollins University, a J.D. from William and Mary School of Law, and an M.P.A with Local Government Management Graduate Certificate from Virginia Tech; and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy. She currently serves as the Program Manager for Bank On Roanoke Valley out of the United Way of Roanoke Valley.  Ashley has experience working for National College, the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Legal Aid Society of the Roanoke Valley, the United States Attorney’s office, and Roanoke City Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office. She is active with several community groups including: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Roanoke Jaycees, and the Roanoke Urban Professionals League.
Laura Neff-Henderson, APR (At-Large) Girl Scout for 18 years, Laura Neff-Henderson, APR, participated in a Wider Op and earned her Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. She is a past president (2011) of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and has served as an executive board member of the Chesapeake Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association. She currently remains active with the Public Relations Society of America by serving as Accreditation (APR) and New River Valley Outreach chair. Laura works as the Employee Communications Manager at Virginia Tech. Her degrees include a bachelor’s in journalism from Radford University and a master’s in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. Less than 20 percent of public relations practitioners across the country hold the distinguished accreditation she has earned in public relations (APR). She and her husband live in Blacksburg with their three children.
 Scott Terry-Cabbler Scott Terry-Cabbler (Board Development Committe) As a former Cub Scout, Roanoke native Scott is passionate about youth development. With a background in finance, he has become somewhat of an “unpaid educator,” being recognized by Roanoke City Public Schools, as an outstanding volunteer, as well as guest speaker at local schools, motivating young people to prepare themselves for the future. He attended George Mason University, and upon his return to Roanoke, has been affiliated with many organizations and boards, most notably, past Chair of the Total Action for Progress (TAP) Board of Directors.
Julie-Slifer Julie Slifer (Board Development Committee) Julie, based out of Harrisonburg, brings a diverse and valuable skillset to Girl Scouts. Julie has more than 15 years of accounting experience, a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, and experience on various boards and committees. She is currently a Board member on the Rebuilding New Orleans Executive Board, serves as the Budget Manager for the InterFaith Coalition, is a member of the Steering Committee and is a Judicial Mentor. Her past areas of service include the JMU Student Chapter of the American Society for Interior Designers, where she served as member, Vice President and President. Julie is no stranger to Girl Scouting, as she served as the co-leader for Brownie troop 506 during the 2012-2013 year.
 Natalie Masri Natalie Masri (Board Development Committee) Being a Girl Guide as a native Canadian, Natalie is a truly believer in the Scouting movement. She presently wears many hats including Leader to her daughter Mira’s Daisy Troop #1214 in Charlottesville, VA; mother of twin 4 year old boys; co-president of the Robinson Woods Home Owners Association; and Senior Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Women in Business (CWB). There is a natural connection between the Girl Scouts and her role at CWB where she focuses on: (1) the economic, financial, and social grounds for advancing women into leadership positions; (2) strategies companies can take to better incorporate women at every level; (3) the importance of mentorship, sponsorship and networking, and (4) how women are reshaping the entrepreneurial landscape.  Natalie is excited to be paying it forward and playing a more formal role with GSVSC!
Dawn-Watkins Dawn Watkins (At-Large) Dawn Watkins resides in Lexington. Dawn holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Higher Education Administration and Organizational Management, writing her dissertation on strategic planning. She served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Washington and Lee University. She now works in the private sector as Vice President of Plaid, an organizational management consulting firm focusing on higher education and nonprofit management. She is currently on the distinguished alumni board at Virginia Tech, her undergraduate Alma Mater. She has been with Troop 161 since 2005. She is very enthusiastic and thrilled to be a part of our Board!
 Makenzie Alston MaKenzie Alston (Girl At-Large) Makenzie Alston is a junior at Orange County High School, a member of Girl Scout Troop 45, and a recipient of the Girl Scout Silver Award. Makenzie is involved in all her troop’s community service projects. She has worked with the homeless shelter in Orange and has collected items for Goodwill. Girl Scouts gives Makenzie a chance to work with other girls; the opportunity to learn new things, and the ability to learn about and practice leadership skills. In addition, she enjoys outdoor activities and has helped plan and work at camps. Her leader Kathryn Gordon, says “Makenzie is always there to make sure the girls get what they need and had a great time organizing and interacting with participants.” Makenzie enjoys representing her community and the council on the board where she shares her knowledge of troop and community level activities. She has served as a board member since June 2014 when she was elected to fill an unexpired term.
 Katie Wysocki Katie Wysocki (Girl At-Large) Katie is a junior at Blacksburg High School.  She spends most of her time with Girl Scouts and marching band, where she plays the clarinet.  She had the opportunity to go to Our Chalet over the summer of 2011 and says it was an experience that she will never forget.  She recently was accepted into the National Honor Society at school and is now tutoring other students after school.  She adds, “I used to ride horses until I stopped riding in 8th grade because I did not have enough time, but I still wish I could ride.”