IRVINE, Calif. (June 26, 2017) – Delegates from across the council recently elected seven new members to Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Board of Directors. These business and community leaders join Girl Scouts of Orange County’s existing board members in governing the council through functions that include strategic planning, policy development, and fiduciary oversight.
Geri Cerkovnik, of Aliso Viejo, is owner and CEO of Dale Carnegie of Orange County, a leading self-improvement and performance-based training company that serves local business professionals, adults, and youth. Ms. Cerkovnik holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, an MBA in international business and telecommunications management, and a master’s certification in program management. She has built her career in technology and startup environments and has been part of several successful acquisitions. Ms. Cerkovnik supports many community projects, including Dale Carnegie’s Global Day of Giving. She also supports programs that help girls and women succeed in their career aspirations, such as Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Celebrate Leadership event, and she volunteers with organizations that benefit the special needs community, including Special Olympics and LightHouse.
Julie Farbaniec, of Mission Viejo, serves as human resources director for Blizzard Entertainment, supporting all of its game development teams, including World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Hearthstone®, Heroes of the Storm®, Diablo® III, and Starcraft® II. She is currently focused on talent planning, team and leadership development, and nurturing environments where creativity can thrive. Ms. Farbaniec holds a bachelor's degree in communications from New York's Hofstra University and a master's degree in organizational leadership from Chapman University. She is thrilled to help Girl Scouts of Orange County drive forward its mission and help girls and young women build their own unique leadership capabilities.
Sharon Klein, of Irvine, is a partner at the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP, where she advises clients on a variety of corporate and intellectual property matters. Ms. Klein is a nationally recognized authority in the fields of health care technology, data rights and privacy, security and data protection, and has been a pioneer in advancing the careers of women in the legal profession and health IT. Her legal career, spanning nearly 40 years, began when she served as the first female law clerk for Judge William Ditter, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Ms. Klein grew up in Girl Scouts and was a proud top cookie seller.
Rebecca Marshall, of Newport Beach, is Vice President of Global Sourcing and Real Estate at Ingram Micro, where she is responsible for leading a global team in negotiating and sourcing nearly $2B of indirect materials and services. Additionally, Ms. Marshall manages Ingram Micro's real estate strategy for a portfolio of over 450 office and warehouse locations globally. Prior to joining Ingram Micro in 2011, she held leadership positions with Raytheon, Federal-Mogul, and A.T. Kearney. Ms. Marshall earned her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Putri Pascualy, CFA, CQF, of Newport Beach, is a managing director and partner at PAAMCO Prisma, a global alternative asset manager, where she is responsible for portfolio construction, structuring, and risk management for large customized mandates. Prior to PAAMCO Prisma, Ms. Pascualy was an economist with Cornerstone Research. Her commentary appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Financial Times, CNBC, and Barron’s, and she is the author of Investing in Credit Hedge Funds, a practical guide on aspects of alternative investing in corporate credit. She earned her undergraduate degree in economics and received her MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Pascualy is very active in Girl Scouts of Orange County’s STEM programs, and PAAMCO is a member of the Girl Scouts of Orange County STEM Consortium.
Roberta Swanson, CPA, of Coto de Caza, is Vice President of Tax for Western Digital Corporation, a leading developer, manufacturer and provider of data storage devices and solutions that address the evolving needs of the information technology industry. Ms. Swanson has over 30 years of tax experience in both private industry and public accounting and has held positions with The Restaurant Enterprises Group, Apria Healthcare, Ernst & Young, and Touche Ross & Co. She is also a member of the American Institute of CPAs, California Society of CPAs, and Tax Executive’s Institute. Ms. Swanson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master of Science in taxation from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Nella Webster O'Grady, of Newport Coast, is Principal of Palo Capital of Newport Beach and has over 30 years of experience providing investment management, trust, and financial planning services throughout Southern California. She previously served in senior management roles at US Trust, Wilmington Trust, and First American Trust. Ms. Webster O'Grady maintains close ties with local nonprofits, including nine years on the board of Orange County United Way, Founding Member and Chair of the Woman's Philanthropy Fund, the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine, and the Pacific Symphony 100. A long-time supporter of Girl Scouts of Orange County, she previously served on its Board of Directors and is the current Chair of the Friends of the Girl Scouts Trust. Ms. Webster O'Grady was a Girl Scouts of Orange County Celebrate Leadership honoree in 2011.
“We are thrilled to welcome seven phenomenal leaders to the Girl Scouts of Orange County board of directors. They are shining examples of go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders in our community and serve as powerful role models for our girls,” said Nancy Nygren, CEO of Girl Scouts of Orange County. “They join us at a pivotal time in our council’s history as we prepare to open the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center in Newport Beach this fall, OC’s new hub for Girl Scout STEM programs."
Girl Scouts of Orange County Board Chair Becky Bailey-Findley added, “These incredibly talented leaders join our existing board members in helping to ensure that we reach more girls with programs and experiences that prepare them to embrace a lifetime of leadership as they go out and make the world a better place.”
A complete listing of Girl Scouts of Orange County board members can be found here.
We are Girl Scouts of Orange County. We are 34,000 strong-- nearly 21,000 girls and 13,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop. Every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. With programs in every zip code in Orange County, Girl Scouts offers every girl opportunities to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit GirlScoutsOC.org.