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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^
Community Leader

 

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^
Village MD, Vice President Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

 

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

Staff Leadership
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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
Chief Development Officer

Erin Fischer serves as the Chief Development Officer, 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.

Bethany Cunningham, Senior Director, Member Innovation and Customer Experience
Jenn Makins, Executive Director, STEM Center of Excellence

Jenn Makins is a pioneering educator with a proven track record of strategically launching and growing large-scale initiatives. In her new role, Makins will lead a dedicated team of program coordinators, specialists, and AmeriCorps volunteers as they address gender parity in STEM careers and inspire the next generation of female innovators.

"Jenn's depth of knowledge, passion for STEM, and wealth of experience in the curricular and funding milestones critical to non-profit work make her the ideal candidate for this role," said Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of GSNETX. "I am confident she will utilize her expertise, creativity, and fearless ambition to take the center to new heights!"

Before joining the Girl Scouts, Jenn served the Parish Episcopal School in Dallas for 13 years. Under her leadership, the school established an award-winning PreK-8th grade robotics program, a STEM elective middle school program, and the ParishSTEM Summer Academy. Jenn also founded the Parish Rover Challenge team, which won back-to-back World Championships and was recognized by NASA with awards in 2014-2022. In recognition of all her outstanding contributions, she was recently honored with an Excellence in Leadership Award from the Parish Episcopal and a Haddaway Award from the Frontiers of Flight Museum.

While working for NASA Education, she cultivated and maintained many strategic partnerships, including one with the Girl Scouts of USA. Her experience with NASA doesn't end there. She also managed a $4 million education portfolio for their Exploration Systems Mission Directorate and represented NASA on numerous prestigious panels. Makins holds an M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy from George Washington University and a B.S. in Kinesiology with a special emphasis in Outdoor Education from Texas A&M University.

Jenn is an IF/THEN Ambassador, and recently served as a speaker during The Smithsonian's Women's Future Month, and was featured on an episode of CBS' Mission Unstoppable. She is a leader in her field and will encourage others to follow her example. There is an urgent need for female voices, engagement, and leadership in STEM fields, and as Executive Director of the STEM Center of Excellence, Jenn will generate excitement for STEM careers and help girls break barriers in the workplace.

Bemnet Meshesha, VP, Community, Culture, and Equity

Bemnet serves as Vice President for Community, Culture and Equity at Girl Scouts Northeast Texas, where she oversees the development and implementation of equitable strategy, practices, and policies., creating people-centric organizational culture and strengthening community engagement. She is responsible for the capacity building of board, staff, volunteers, and Girl Scouts in the 32 counties represented. Bemnet, alongside her team, is also responsible for expanding the organization’s multicultural efforts, Latin and Hispanic family engagement strategies, and developing equitable volunteer supportive processes, including resolving escalated conflict.

Bemnet is formerly the Director of Community Affairs at the State Fair of Texas, the largest fair in the country where she oversaw programming and philanthropy for populations in need. Bemnet built capacity for non-profit organizations by managing large-scale projects and events, delivering trainings and distributing funds through grants and sponsorships.

In addition, Bemnet managed the educational portfolio where she brokered key partnerships and created youth programming in the areas of STEAM, SEL and college and career preparedness. She has worked extensively in both micro and macro settings with complex and nuanced realities that have deepened her understanding of transformational change.

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. Her work centers social justice causes around race, access for upward mobility and criminal justice reform. Her thesis work explored Black immigrants' perspectives on such topics and has been presented at national conferences and in and can be found in publications like the British Journal of Social Work.

Bemnet currently serves on the Board of Directors at Social Venture Partners, Deep Vellum Books, Harmony CDC and as the Co-Chair for the Sponsoring Committee of the Dallas-Fort Worth Urban League Affiliate.
She was a 2020 Fellow and is a 2021 Dallas Public Voices Peer Coach for the Op-Ed Project, a national organization funded by The Boone Family Foundation in Dallas, committed to training leaders writing to change the world.

As the outgoing President, Bemnet has led the Dallas-Fort Worth Urban League Young Professionals, a civil rights organization and an award-winning chapter, training its members for leadership opportunities through service.

She is a founding member of HERitage Giving Circle, the first giving circle in Dallas dedicated to cultivating philanthropy among Black women.
Bemnet graduated from the Dana Juett Residency and is a Partner at Social Venture Partners, an international organization focused on philanthropy, strengthening non-profits and investing in innovative solutions.
A Dallas local, although originally from Ethiopia, Bemnet is passionate about community development globally that is both equitable and sustainable.

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.

Dhriti Stocks, Senior Director, Development

Dr. Dhriti P. Stocks serves as Senior Director of Development for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, overseeing corporate partnership and engagement, government grants, and data to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Dhriti has spent more than a decade in nonprofit fundraising, overseeing corporate giving, individual membership, and grants and foundations relations for organizations such as the Children’s Medical Center Foundation, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and Junior Achievement of Dallas. She began her nonprofit career as an AmeriCorps member serving with VolunteerNow.

Dhriti has spent her adult life in the Dallas area, following a move from Sydney, Australia, and is a proud graduate of Austin College and the University of Texas at Dallas with her PhD in Public Affairs. She has also earned her CFRE designation and is a graduate of the CCC Leadership Program and the Communities Foundation of Texas Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy.

Dhriti enjoys all things outdoors and spends her spare time hiking new trails around the DFW area with her young child.



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