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Council Leadership

By nurturing innovation and developing leadership skills, we believe it's important to prepare girls to overcome challenges and advocate for their new ideas now and later. 

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

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Donna Epps, Board Chair^
Saia, Inc., Independent Director

 

Cassie Lee, First Vice Chair*
AT&T, Senior Vice President & Chief Audit Executive, AT&T Technology & Operations 

 

Peter Balyta, Ph.D., Second Vice Chair^
Texas Instruments, Vice President
President, Education Technology

 

Robbi Luxbacher, Third Vice Chair^
Community Leader

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Trisha Cunningham, Fourth Vice Chair^
North Texas Food Bank, Chief Executive Officer

 

Cristina Lopez Fifth Vice Chair^
Essilor of America, Head of Culture, Inclusion and Diversity

 

Tracy LaRosiliere, Secretary^
Community Leader 

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Jose A. Motta, Treasurer
7-Eleven, Inc., Vice President Total Rewards, HRIS & HR Shared Services

^ Term 2019-2021.    *Term 2020-2022

Senior Leadership Team
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Jennifer Bartkowski
Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer Bartkowski serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. Ms. Bartkowski has been with GSNETX since 2009 and served as Chief Development Officer and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer before assuming the role of CEO. 

Today, Jennifer is leading a transformation for the 100-year-old organization. With a strategic focus on membership growth, transforming the volunteer experience, and equity, Jennifer is committed to ensuring that Girl Scouts is relevant to today’s girl and her parents. With a commitment to changing the workforce pipeline of North Texas, Jennifer chairs a national STEM initiative that was built on the success of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas’ $14M STEM Center of Excellence in southwest Dallas. This 92-acre campus is a living laboratory for girls to explore science, technology, engineering and math opened in 2018. As girls are facing increased mental health challenges, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas under Jennifer’s leadership has accelerated the rollout of a mental health initiative, providing positive mental health and wellness programming for girls and resources for parents and volunteers. 

Before joining Girl Scouts in 2009, Jennifer served as the Senior Vice President of Workplace Campaigns for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, responsible for leading an annual campaign of more than $50 million. Jennifer’s career began after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Public Administration, with a nonprofit management focus, at Texas A&M University. She has worked with a variety of organizations including the American Lung Association of Texas, United Way/Capital Area, private start-up Charitygift, and as an independent consultant. 

Jennifer is a graduate of Leadership Dallas, Class of 2016, and is an active member of the Leadership Dallas Alumnae Board. She is also a board member and passionate advocate for Carson’s Village. Jennifer is the recipient of the Dallas Business Journal’s 2017 Women in Business Award and was proud that Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas was recognized in 2016 as the Nonprofit of the Year by Dallas-based CNM Connect.  

Jennifer is the mother of two children and is the proud recipient of the Girl Scout Silver Award as well as the Girl Scout Thanks Badge, recognizing her outstanding achievements as an adult member of Girl Scouts.

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Debbie Roling
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

Debbie serves as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, working with GSNETX teams responsible for finance, customer care, human resources, product sales programs, retail and service center properties. 

Before joining Girl Scouts, Debbie held various business development, accounting, planning and audit roles at YUM Brands and LG&E Energy.  

Debbie has a BBA in Marketing from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from the University of Louisville.  She is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.  Debbie was honored as non-profit CFO of the year in 2015 by the Dallas Business Journal. 

Debbie serves as a council member on the GSUSA Technology Strategy Steering Committee, Retail Advisory Group and CFO Advisory Team. 

Amanda Duquette

Amanda Duquette
Chief Membership and Marketing Officer

Amanda serves as the Chief Marketing and Membership Officer for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX), overseeing the marketing, membership, and information technology divisions, including the member services, volunteer training, family and volunteer recruitment, troop placement, and technology/digital experience teams. Though this role, she promotes the confidence-building value Girl Scouts provides to all girls, engaging girls K-12 in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. 

Amanda has more than seventeen years of experience in nonprofit administration and communications. Prior to joining GSNETX in 2016, Amanda served as the Sr. Director of Communications for Big Thought, where she led a strategic rebranding effort of the agency and managed the Service-Learning Adventures in North Texas (SLANT) program with the NCAA® and North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committees. Amanda also served as an account executive with The Reeds Public Relations managing marketing, fundraising and special events for several Dallas-based nonprofit organizations.  

She holds a bachelor's degree in communications and English from East Carolina University, and a master's degree in public administration and nonprofit management from the University of Memphis. Amanda is a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority Alumnae Association.  She is the recipient of two PRSA Pegasus Awards and was named a 2017 Dallas Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree. She is a graduate of Leadership Arts, Women’s Leadership Pipeline, and the CCC Leadership Program. Amanda serves on the Girl Scouts of the USA Latinx Advisory Committee and in 2019 served on the national Marketing Advisory Committee.  

Amanda is the proud mom to three boys and is an active volunteer in the PTA, serves on the executive board of the Rockwall Women’s League and in her church’s children’s ministry. 

Ashley Crowe

Ashley Crowe
Chief Program Officer

As the Chief Program Officer, Ashley oversees the Programs, Community Programs, and the Outdoor Leadership  and STEM Education Departments.  Ashley has also been instrumental in leading the Customer Engagement Initiative with Girl Scouts of the USA and Strategic Learning.

Before leaving the corporate world to pursue her passion for Girl Scouts, she served as Chief Marketing Officer for a student housing development company and Marketing Director for a real estate firm. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Baylor University and currently serves on the board of the Frisco National Charity League. Ashley first came to Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas as the Director of Programs in 2012.

As a Girl Scout, she went on to earn her Girl Scout Silver Award. In addition to being a long-time Girl Scout volunteer to two troops, Ashley also has two daughters who are Girl Scouts who are currently in the process earning their Silver and Girl Scout Gold Awards.

Erin Fischer, VP, Fund Development
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Erin Fischer
Vice President, Fund Development

Erin Fischer serves as the VP of Fund Development, overseeing the strategic fundraising initiatives for the GSNETX Council.  

Erin has seventeen years in non-profit fundraising experience. Prior to joining GSNETX, she worked for Make-A-Wish climbing her way from an intern for the North Texas Chapter to holding various roles for both the Middle Tennessee and North Texas Chapters including: Development Officer, Development Director, Vice President of Development and Chief Development Officer.  

Erin is a native of Topeka, Kansas. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University where she received her BA in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs with an emphasis in Non-Profit Management. She has also earned her Certification in Fundraising Management from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. 

Erin was both a Daisy and Brownie. She is a member of the Chi Omega Alumnae of Dallas and is an active member in her church. Erin loves spending time with family and friends and is a proud mom.

Kristin Neel, VP, Member Services
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Kristin Neel
Vice President, Member Services

Kristin has been with GSNETX since 2007, focusing on developing membership across all levels of the organization. As the Vice President of Member Services, Kristin leads all efforts to engage and retain girls, adults and volunteers throughout Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. She oversees the Troop Support and Volunteer Learning departments as well as the GSNETX formal adult recognition program. 

Prior to joining Girl Scouts, Kristin worked for Delta Zeta Sorority, traveling across the country and focusing on recruitment, programs and risk management with chapters as a consultant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus on public relations from Marshall University and continues to volunteer on the national level with Delta Zeta. She also is a very active contender with Camp Gladiator throughout DFW.

Kristin’s family is full of a long Girl Scout tradition. Kristin was a Brownie and Junior Girl Scout as were her sister, mother and grandmother.

Steve Carnes, Senior Director, I.T. and Digital Experience

Steve serves as the Senior Director for Technology and Digital Experience at Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. In this role, he has planned, coordinated, and implemented a cloud migration to Microsoft 365; he leads the technical aspects of the Emerging Technology Steering Committee for The STEM Center of Excellence and council IoT initiatives; and he developed a recurring replacement strategy to keep council technology from falling behind. Prior to joining GSNETX, Steve was the Chief Information Officer for the National Cutting Horse Association and C-III Asset Management. He has also founded startups and has traveled abroad as a Software and Technology Consultant in various industries. Steve holds a BBA in Management Information Systems from Texas Tech University.

Steve is the proud father of three boys and raised his two nieces through their formative teenage years. He is an active member of the DFW chapter of the Association for Business Technology Professionals and volunteers for various non-profits in the DFW community. 

Bethany Cunningham, Senior Director, Member Innovation and Customer Experience
Stacy Cushing, Senior Director, Girl Programs

Stacy is responsible for setting strategy for girl-facing council wide programs. She ensures that local programs are meaningful, fall within Girl Scouts four pillars and accommodate all age ranges, geographic locations and interests. She works in tandem with CPO and Vice President of Fund Development on new council program initiatives, developing data collections processes, aligning corporate and community philanthropic support to existing programs and grow presence of new delivery models. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Bemnet Meshesha, Senior Director, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity

Although born in Ethiopia, Bemnet has lived in Dallas, Texas for most of her life. She has embraced the nuances of a hybrid identity rooted in the faith, culture, and traditions of the two worlds she constantly vacillates between. It is from this place her passion for fairness, justice and equity, particularly for Black people, was born. Bemnet received her bachelor’s and master’s at Dallas Baptist University and University of Texas at Arlington respectively, joining other social workers and community practitioners. A nonprofit professional, experienced in creating impactful programs, managing philanthropic dollars and innovative large-scale projects, she is committed to sustainable community development. Her love for traveling, working with young people and being a policy junkie is core to who she is. Bemnet is a respected facilitator, speaker and researcher on topics of racial equity, Black identity and immigrant experiences. Her writing can be found in national publications and academic journals like the British Journal of Social Work. Bemnet is proud of her community work, most notably her role as the first Black Immigrant President of the Dallas-Fort Worth Urban League Young Professionals and as a founding member of HERitage Giving Circle, an organization dedicated to cultivating philanthropy among Black women. Bemnet currently serves on the Board of Directors at Social Venture Partners, on the Advisory Board for UT Austin, Dallas Engagement Center. She is also a graduate of the Dana Juett Residency, a Partner at Social Venture Partners, a 2020 Fellow and a 2021 Dallas Public Voices Peer Coach for the Op-Ed Project.

Shane Woods, Senior Director, STEM Center of Excellence

Shane serves as the Senior Director of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas STEM Center of Excellence, a 92-acre living laboratory where girls of all ages can explore and develop their competence and confidence in science, technology, engineering and math. Under her guidance, the STEM Center hosts thousands of children, both Girl Scouts and K-12 co-ed students from across North Texas, as they develop their STEM identity, recognition and competence. Prior to joining GSNETX, Shane worked for over 17 years in the Fort Worth Independent School District, where she began as a middle school teacher, and subsequently served as Assistant Principal, Dean of Instruction, Middle School Science Specialist and, ultimately, the district’s K-12 Science Director. Shane is an active member of several local, state, and national educational committees. She is the Board Treasurer for the National Science Educational Leadership Association and a former Board President of the Texas Science Education Leadership Association. Shane is also an informal advisor for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas Education Advisory Committee, the Women Leading Technology Sorority, the Grand Prairie Young Women’s Leadership Academy T-STEM Advisory Board, Texas Ecosystem STEM Executive Committee and the Lancaster Business Advisory Committee. A Houston Native, Shane graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a degree in Biology and holds a Masters Degree in Science Education from Walden University.

Shane is former Girl Scout and is the proud mom of one girl who was also a Girl Scout. She also enjoys hiking and watching anime with her family. 



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