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Board of Directors

The Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways is governed through policies set by its Board of Directors, and operations carried out by 70+ staff members and nearly 8,000 volunteers! The Board of Directors rotates on a membership cycle, so that some members are elected each year by the general membership at the council’s Annual Meeting. For issues or concerns on council governance, you can contact the Board of Directors by email.

2016-2017 Board of Directors


Karen Hegeman, Board Chair
Theresa, New York

Karen is a current NYPENN Pathways board member, Board Development Committee member and recently served as 1st Vice Chair. She was also formerly a member-at-large for the Thousand Island Girl Scout Council Board, having served as a President and member for many years. A graduate of SUNY Cortland, Ithaca College and SUNY Brockport, Karen is a retired school administrator, principal, teacher and coach.

Her current volunteer work includes serving as CIT Director at ADA Camp Carefree, NH, a summer camp for children with diabetes; and serving on the Ted Swan Jr. Memorial committee and 'Our Memories Catering’.  Previously she has been an instructor-of-trainers in Thousand Islands legacy council; provided training in the Madeline Hunter model of Effective Teaching, and supervised student teachers for SUNY Cortland.

A lifetime member, Karen has been involved in Girl Scouting since Brownies and achieved Curved Bar.  She was privileged to work at Girl Scout day camps and resident camp while growing up, directed her local neighborhood day camp, and worked at Girl Scout National Center West for ten summers.

Her hobbies include woodworking, basket making, marquetry, gardening and kayaking, and enjoying her lake home in northern NY. She is an elder in her church and serves as church treasurer and on the mission committee.


Judy Suddaby, 1st Vice Chair
Syracuse, New York

Judy is currently Principal Law Clerk to a Judge in the New York State Court of Claims. Prior to this position she was in private practice focusing in matrimonial and family law. She is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh and Albany Law School of Union University.   She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Onondaga County Bar Association.  She has been involved in Girl Scouts for several years, currently serving as 1st Vice Chair of NYPENN Pathways Board and was Chairperson of the Bylaws and Property II Task Groups. Prior to NYPENN Pathways, Judy was on the former GSCCNY Board and the Board Development Committee, and as part of the Governance Subcommittee of the Council Realignment Committee.

In addition to Girl Scouts she is involved with REaCH, a research and educational organization with the goal of finding a cure for hydrocephalus.  Judy is also active with her church, and her sons' schools.  She really enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.


Kim Lamar Shelton, 2nd Vice Chair
Vestal, New York

Kim Lamar Shelton earned her B.A. degrees in Sociology and Afro-American & African Studies in 1988 and completed her Masters of Arts in Teaching degree in January 1990 from Binghamton University. Kim graduated from the Southern Tier Leadership Academy sponsored by Binghamton University’s School of Management and School of Education in June 2002. Kim has held various faculty and administrative positions over the past 25 years. She is currently a Faculty Member and Director of TRiO Programs at Mansfield University.

Kim’s educational philosophy is to ensure that students are provided with the necessary support and resources to succeed.

Kim resides in Vestal, NY with her husband, Dyschel, and daughter, Katherine, who is a college student. When Kim is not working at the college, she serves as a photographer and stylist in her husband’s business, Legacy Everlasting Photography. Kim believes in giving back and serving others. Therefore, she continues to be active in her surrounding community. Kim has performed with the Vestal Community Chorus since 2014. She is a member of Binghamton University’s Greater Binghamton Alumni Chapter. Kim has served on the NYPENN Pathways Board since the realignment and is the current 2nd Vice Chair. The Girl Scouts of Indian Hills Council honored Kim with the Thanks Badge in 2008 for her service at the troop, service unit, and council level.


Kathy Burke Barry, Treasurer
Syracuse, New York

Kathy has served on the NYPENN Pathways Audit Committee for several years and is the current Treasurer.  She specializes in audits, reviews and compilations of manufacturers, closely-held family businesses and non-profit organizations. She also is the Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee at Dermody, Burke & Brown. She has been with the firm since graduating from St. John Fisher College with a BS in Accounting in 1987. Kathy is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  She previously served on the boards of the YWCA and Girl’s, Inc.


Mike Sabo, Secretary
Endicott, New York

Mike has a professional background in Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Information Technology and Information Asset Security with a degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University. He retired from IBM as a Manager/IT Security Auditor and most recently worked as a consultant in China for a large Chinese telecommunications company. Mike currently serves on the NYPENN Pathways Board of Directors and is chair of Audit Committee. Prior to the merge, he served on the board of the Seven Lakes council.  Other volunteer activities include serving on the Policy Board of the Teacher Center of Broome County and providing Medicare Advantage Plan selection assistance for eligible people. Personal interests include tennis, hiking, chess, bridge and education support.

Mike feels service on the NYPENN Pathways board is important to help ensure that the resources are available to provide a meaningful scouting experience for any girl who would like to participate in scouting.  This includes providing the highest quality of support to the volunteer leaders who are the key to giving girls a rewarding and enjoyable scouting adventure. He also feels it is important to offer girls the kinds of programs that will encourage more of them to become scouts and continue in scouting as they get older.


Judi Dixon
Memphis, New York

Judi is a Protein Sales Specialist at Dot Foods where her role includes consulting with food distributors to help them source their protein needs.  Judi graduated from Empire State College with a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Marketing in October, 2008.

She is on the NYPENN Pathways Board, serves on the Advancement Committee and is a nominee for the Board Development Committee.  Judi also participates in NYPENN Pathways annual Camp CEO program at Camp Comstock.  Recently, Judi had the pleasure of being a coordinator for the Toastmasters’ Youth Leadership Program where seven Girl Scouts from this council participated in an 8-week program where they learned speaking and leadership skills.  Judi has also served as a Judge for the NYS Dairy Princess Competition for three years. She is passionate about continuing to be involved with organizations that promote and nurture the skills and talents of women and girls alike to assure that we continue to have strong, confident women leaders well into the future! 

Among Judi’s hobbies are camping, swimming, and wine tasting.  In fact, Judi has also served as a judge for six years for the NYS Commercial Wine Competition held at the NYS Fairgrounds.  


Cindy Demo
Alexandria Bay, New York

Cindy completed her BA in Education at SUNY Oswego and received her Master’s in Education at SUNY Potsdam. Currently she is a college instructor at Jefferson Community College in Watertown.   

Cindy is nominee for the NYPENN Pathways Board and a nominee for the Board Development Committee. Cindy currently serves on NYS EAP, Hearts for Youth, United Way/SEFA and PEF-Union Secretary.  Cindy also served on the Thousand Island Girl Scouts Board.

Cindy enjoyed Girl Scouts Day Camp and Residence Camp –riding the bus and singing songs, learning to cook outside on a tin can, crafting and passing swim tests.


Amy Manley
North Syracuse, New York

Amy is an Emmy Award winning TV producer/director with extensive experience in the broadcast markets of Upstate New York. A former assignment editor at WTVH-TV, Amy has also produced regional and national programming for both Time Warner Cable and PBS. In 2003, she was part of the original production team that helped launch CNY's first 24/7 news channel, News 10 Now (Time Warner News). In 2013, Amy was nominated for 3 New York State Emmys for her work at WCNY-TV, ultimately taking home the top prize for best public affairs program.

Currently, Amy serves as Communications Manager for the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University creating multimedia content to highlight the students and faculty across the liberal arts college.

She feels she has been blessed to have so many wonderful, strong and confident women role models growing up.  Girl Scouts was a big part of that and it is an honor to give back to the organization. Amy received her B.A. in Broadcasting and Communications from SUNY Oswego where she was a proud member of Alpha Phi Omega.  She currently serves on the board of NYPENN Pathways, volunteers for Lakeside Youth A Cappella Camp, chairs the board of The Spirit of Syracuse Chorus and previously was a board member for Syracuse Press Club.


Cathleen McColgin
Skaneateles, New York

Cathleen C. McColgin was born and raised in the Syracuse, New York area.  Upon graduating from Jamesville-Dewitt High School, she attended Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, MI) and obtained an A.A.S. degree in Respiratory Therapy. After returning to Central New York, Cathleen earned an A.A.S. degree in Nursing at Cayuga Community College.  While working as a registered nurse, Cathleen attended Syracuse University’s College of Nursing and graduated with a B.S. degree.  Cathleen’s teaching career began in 1988 at Cayuga Community College as the Coordinator of the Nursing Arts Laboratory.  During this time she completed her M.S. degree in Nursing and Ph.D. in Higher Education from Syracuse University. 

Cathleen was appointed President of Herkimer Community College in June 2015. Prior to that, she held the position of Provost and Senior Vice President of Onondaga Community College and also Provost of Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus.    She is also an evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Cathleen served as an officer in the United States Army Reserve as a member of the 376th Combat Support Hospital, obtaining the rank of Captain. Cathleen is a current member of the NYPENN Pathways Board, serves on the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties and the Mohawk Valley Edge.


Joanne Iman
Cold Brook, New York

Joanne is a Vice President Small Business Banker with First Niagara Bank. She is responsible for growing the profitability of the small business customer base within the Central Mohawk Valley area.  She is charged with developing new relationships, retention of the current customer base and strengthening partnerships.  While working with clients, she provides financial education, analyzes financial condition and recommends solutions.  Joanne has been in the financial services for 30 years.  She previously worked for M&T Bank, SBU Bank and First Investors Corp.  

She holds a BS in Communication Studies from SUNY Brockport. She contributes her time and resources to Campaign Committee of the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area. She is actively involved with the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center, Mohawk Valley Financial Women’s Group and The Rome Arts Community Center.  In addition, she is past President of the American Institute of Banking, past President of Youth Empowerment Project and a graduate of Leadership Mohawk Valley.  Joanne resides in the beautiful foot hills of the Adirondack Park with her husband Bill, 3 horses and 3 dogs. 


Sonia Robinson
Oswego, New York

Sonia is a Public Health Educator and Emergency Planning Coordinator for the Oswego County Health Department. She is a graduate of the State University College at Cortland with a BS in Health Science and is currently working toward a Masters Degree.  In addition: Sonia has operated a small business from her home for over 25 years.

Sonia has extensive volunteer experience including: Girl Scout Leader and volunteer in the Oswego Service Unit, Oswego School District Band Parent Association Board Vice President, Oswego Children’s Board, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society; Relay for Life; Boy Scouts of America and the Oswego YMCA.  Sonia currently serves as a NYPENN Pathways board member and Chair of the Advancement Committee and on the Board for the Zonta Club of Oswego.

In her spare time Sonia enjoys gardening, traveling, photography, vintage shopping, recreational sports, walking, craft projects, event planning and learning about new things.


Joyl Clance
Syracuse, New York

Joyl Clance is Director of BizEventz, Inc., a division of the Business Journal News Network. She has been running BizEventz for almost 5 years, directing operations, marketing, communications, and production/logistics of all events. A graduate of Bryant & Stratton College in Travel & Tourism Management and Business, Joyl didn’t realize she had such a passion for producing events. Prior to graduation Bryant & Stratton College offered Joyl a full time position coordinating Admissions and events. This led her career to the nonprofit world, putting on events for American Cancer Society and America Heart Association (AHA). She then was offered the opportunity to manage BizEventz, and here she has found her “home.”

Joyl Clance and BizEventz are very involved in the community and proudly supports many nonprofits and community events like; Mr. Habitat, Wisdom Keeper, the Healthy Syracuse Coalition, CNY Sales & Marketing Executives (CNY SME) Crystal Ball Awards, AHA, and many more. Joyl enjoys sitting on the board for CNY SME as their VP of Programs. Recently, Joyl just left the Entertainment Department of Turning Stone Casino & Resort after almost 15 years where she got to watch concerts as a fun side job, ushering guests, hosting and training staff.

Even though Joyl is extremely active with the BizEventz business, you can often find her out in the community being a networking queen. She always says “Be a mover and a shaker! Life is short! Put yourself out there and make an impact!”

In her free time, Joyl loves the outdoors and hiking with her boyfriend Brian and their dog Delilah. She also makes time to bike, cook, travel, and spend time with her family and friends!


Lucimar Foo Siam Escudero
Horseheads, New York

Lucimar, a graduate of Bernard M. Baruch College with a B.A. in Administration, is Vice President and Commercial Credit Manager with Chemung Canal Trust Company.

Lucimar has previously served on the Board of GS-SLC and is currently on the Finance Committee and Communications Coordinator for her service unit. Other volunteer experience includes The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, Chemung ARC, NYSARC, Inc, Fund for Women of the Southern Tier and United Way of the Southern Tier. Lucimar enjoys reading and traveling and is the proud mom of two Girl Scout Silver Award recipients.


Susan Duerr
North Syracuse, New York

In May, Susan completed her term as a NYPENN Pathways Board Development Committee Chair.  Prior to her term as the BDC Chair, she was the Treasurer of the Board for five years.  Previously, she was a member of the GSCCNY Board, and served on their Finance and Audit committees. She was chair of the Older Girl Awards Committee and was a leader for various levels of Girl Scouting for 16 years. Susan previously sat on the Board of Francis House and served on their Finance Committee.

Susan holds a degree in Accounting from LeMoyne College and is currently employed as the Director of Finance at Medbest Medical Management, Inc. in Syracuse, New York.


Casey Crabill
Camillus, New York

Dr. Casey Crabill is Onondaga Community College’s eighth President, leading Central New York’s second largest undergraduate college. 

Prior to joining OCC, she served from 2006 to 2013 as president of Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey, where her accomplishments included setting record student enrollment; obtaining a $4.6 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to train workers in new career paths; and becoming the first community college in the country to sign an environmental stewardship agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  She has also served as president of the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California, as acting president and dean of Learning and Student Development at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, Connecticut; and division chair for Academic Development and Learning Support at Dundalk Community College in Dundalk, Maryland.

Casey received her B.A. in English from Skidmore College and an M.S. in Teaching English as a Second Language and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the State University of New York at Albany.

Casey is a former Girl Scout and shared her scouting experiences in her keynote speech at last year’s Gold Award Recognition event.  She has participated as a mentor at Camp CEO and is currently a member of its program planning committee.


Elizabeth De Rose
Vestal, New York

Liz works for Verizon Wireless as a Solution Architect. She partners with businesses to develop a wireless strategy that both leverages their existing infrastructure and adds additional capabilities to support long term strategic objectives resulting in measurable business improvements.  Through her career with Verizon, Liz has held several positions focusing on sales, marketing, operations, network, and training.  Liz earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College and an International Business Degree from the University of Madrid, Spain.

Starting as a Brownie, Liz learned the value of community service. Since then, she has more than 25 years of volunteer experience including Great Dane Rescue, Planned Parenthood, Vestal Hills PTA, American Cancer Society, and the Broome County Chamber. She is currently a Delegate and Adult Trainer for her SU, and Troop Leader.

Providing a supportive environment for her daughter’s troop as they have transitioned from Daisies to Brownies has been extremely rewarding, as well as the Volunteer-In-Training program with older girls.  She wants to ensure that NYPENN remains in a position to prepare girls for a future that includes an understanding of their role and responsibility in a technologically driven world, while preserving the fundamentals of a community focused scouting program.


Linda Jolly
Corning, New York

Linda is vice president and corporate secretary of securities and governance at Corning Incorporated. In addition to her responsibilities as corporate secretary and work with the Board, Linda is the lead on all securities and corporate governance related legal matters for Corning.  Linda also currently serves as corporate secretary and counsel to the Corning Incorporated Foundation and the Corning Museum of Glass. Before joining Corning, she held positions as general counsel to two privately-held companies, as a vice president of legal compliance at an investment banking firm in NYC, and as an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in NYC.

From 1985 through 1997, Linda was an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Air Force and New York Air National Guard.  She was stationed in South Korea, Virginia and New York, and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant.  Linda holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz, and received her law degree magna cum laude from New York Law School. She is a member of the New York and Connecticut Bars.

One of her favorite Girl Scout memories is of visiting a bakery and other local businesses when she was a Brownie in Texas.  Linda also enjoyed participating as a mentor at Camp CEO.


Carl McLaughlin
Watertown, New York

Carl is currently employed as the Executive Director of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization. This is a community and economic development agency that functions as the primary community interface with Fort Drum. This is a second career following 32 years as a school district administrator, retiring in 2004 from the Watertown City School District. His wife Weslie and he both graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1972; his graduate work was completed at SUNY Brockport, SUNY Oswego, and NYIT.

Carl is currently a member of the NYPENN Pathways board.  He has more than 20 years of adult volunteer service with the Thousand Islands Girl Scout Council doing a variety of tasks from cookie Dad to board chairperson. Most of his committee work was in the area of property, personnel, policy and bylaws, and the Camp Trefoil Committee.  Other current community service activities include Rotary, The North Country Arts Council, and Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County. He is a past District Commissioner for the local Boy Scouts and was for many years Trailmaster for a local Volksport Club, North Country Wanderers.


Dorollo Nixon, Jr.
Binghamton, New York

Dorollo is currently a member of NYPENN Pathways Board Development Committee and was co-chair of this year’s Women of Distinction event in Binghamton. He was born and raised in Rochester, New York and its suburbs, including Greece. His family has called upstate New York home since the 1950s. For several years, Dorollo was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout (Troop 90). He holds degrees from Cornell University and Rutgers University School of Law. During the last 14 years, he has worked, studied and lived as far away as London, South Korea and Dubai, but has never forgotten his upstate roots. 

Prior to moving to the Binghamton area in June 2012, he practiced law in New York City for various firms, focusing on international commercial matters and antitrust work. Dorollo has also sought the Republican nomination in New York’s 27th Congressional District. He currently volunteers as President of Southern Tier Young Professionals and is a board member of several nonprofits, including ACHIEVE, the Broome County Arts Council, the Central New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and Mapleridge Ranch. He and his beloved wife Lyuba reside in the City of Binghamton and enjoy distance running, gastronomy, serving in their church and fine wine. Dorollo wants to help encourage girls to seek challenges in our global world and overcome them.


Caeresa Richardson
Liverpool, New York

Caeresa works as an Associate Product Line Manager with Eaton’s Crouse Hinds Division.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University, is a certified Project Management Professional and a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Leadership Development Program for Minority Managers. Caeresa is very active in the Central New York community and has collaborated in several leadership capacities with organizations like A Good Life Youth Foundation, the Gwen, Inc. “You Can’t Fail Conference,” and The Promise Land Church. She is also a member of Junior League of Syracuse. In 2014, she was a recipient of the YWCA Diversity Achiever Award for her contributions to the CNY community.

Caeresa is passionate about the development of professional women and young girls and has fond memories of being a Girl Scout at a young age.  She lives in Liverpool, New York with her husband David.