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Senior Leadership

Cathy Tisdale
Cathy Tisdale
President & CEO

Cathy began her career as an educator in 1975. She joined the America Red Cross in 1978; serving in regional and chapter leadership roles and at National Headquarters over the next 27 years. In 1999, she joined Booz-Allen & Hamilton as a senior management consultant tasked with building the External Communications Strategy and Plan for the IRS Modernization effort.

In 2007, Cathy joined Girl Scouts of the USA National Headquarters and led the successful, groundbreaking consolidation of 312 councils to 112 councils, completing the effort ahead of schedule. She also led a new approach to assessing and increasing organization capacity and effectiveness, aligned to strategy. In 2010, Cathy was appointed President and CEO of Camp Fire. As a member of The Human Services Assembly, Cathy was recently appointed Chair of the National Collaboration on Youth.

Chief Operating Officer

A candidate search for COO is currently underway.

Patti Gardner
Patti Gardner
Chief Financial Officer

Patti received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University and is a licensed CPA. She has over 30 years of diverse experience in all aspects of finance and accounting working with various sizes and types of companies, including 16 years in public accounting and 14 years in private industry. She has served as a Chief Financial Officer for both a not-for-profit organization and a small entrepreneurial business, as well as a Business Unit Controller for a publicly-traded Fortune 500 firm.

Lyn Lakin
Chief Advancement Officer

Lyn oversees Camp Fire's development and marketing teams. Previously, Lyn spent seven years as the Vice President of University Advancement at Baker University. Prior to joining the administration of Baker, she served as the National Director of Development and Field Operations of the National Alliance of Autism Research (now Autism Speaks); the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Development at the University of Missouri – Kansas City; and the Midwest Regional Director with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She served on the board of directors of the Community Health Charities affiliate for Missouri/Kansas and held officer positions including board chairman. Lyn just completed six years of service on national board of directors of Community Health Charities where she has chaired the Members and Affiliates Committee, served on the marketing committee and is currently chairing an ad hoc committee on corporate and field restructuring. Lyn is also a member of the board of directors of the International Relations Committee.

Lyn Lakin

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