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 Officers and Members

  • Sara Ayala
    Board Chair
    New Hartford, NY

    Sara is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the US Air Force. She is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology (Computer Science) and the University of Washington (Business, Information Systems) with a 32 year career in management, program management, and acquisition management in communications, networking, and computers. Sara currently serves as Board Chair of NYPENN Pathways. She works part time for the 5th District Court as a permanency mediator, volunteers as a mediator with the Peacemaker Program in Utica and mediates Family Court and Small Claims situations.
     Along with her interest in mediation, Sara enjoys reading, hiking, and is a volunteer rainfall/snowfall monitor for the nationwide Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCorahs) reporting agency. Sara has also previously volunteered with the Valley Oasis Domestic Violence Center in California, Northern Virginia Suicide Hotline and as trainer for Boy Scouts budgeting and hiking awards. For two years she served as a HAZMAT First Responder in Southern California.
  • Kathy Burke Barry
    Syracuse, NY

    Kathy has served on the NYPENN Pathways Audit Committee for several years and is the current Treasurer. She specializes in audits of manufacturers and non-profit organizations, is the Director of Technical Services and 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 specializes in audits, reviews, and compilations of manufacturers, non-profit organizations, and closely-held family businesses. 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.
  • Deborah Schwarting
    Weedsport, NY

    A lifetime member of Girl Scouts, Deb first joined as a Brownie. As an adult she served as a leader and SU Manager, National Delegate and Board member in the Seven Lakes Girl Scout Council. Deb as served as Secretary of NYPENN Pathways Board since its inception and has been part of the Property Task Groups, By-Laws Task Group and Annual Meeting Task Group during her five years on the NYPENN Board of Directors. She has extensive volunteer experience in the community and is currently serving on the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Board of Education. Deb was named the 2011 Cayuga-Onondaga School board Association Outstanding Board Member of the Year. She holds a BS in Education and is employed part time as an Aquatics Instructor at the Auburn YMCA. Deb enjoys reading, gardening, and traveling. She loves being grandmother to William, Madison and Alayna.
  • Kim Lamar Shelton
    2nd Vice Chair
    Vestal, NY

    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 in June 2002. She is currently the Director of Student Support Services at SUNY Broome Community College in 2011.
     Kim educational philosophy is to ensure that students are provided with the necessary resources and tools to succeed.
     Kim resides in Vestal, NY with her husband, Dyschel, and daughter, Katherine (Girl Scout Ambassador). 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 church and surrounding community. She 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.
  • Judy Suddaby
    1st Vice chair
    Syracuse, NY

    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.
  • Judi Dixon
    Memphis, NY

    Judi is a Protein Sales Specialist at Dot Foods where her role includes consulting with food distributors to help them source their protein needs. She is also involved with Dot’s Women’s Leadership Group and facilitates the NY group meetings. Judi graduated from Empire State College with a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Marketing in October, 2008. She is an Ambassador with the Centerstate CEO Chamber in Syracuse. She also volunteers every year for the NY Beef Council at the NYS Fair on Beef Day to education the public about the nutrition associated with beef. Judi recently served as a Judge for the NYS Dairy Princess Competition.
     She is on the NYPENN Pathways Advancement Committee and had the honor of being one of twenty professional women mentors for NYPENN Pathways inaugural Camp CEO back in September. Judi 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 four years for the NYS Commercial Wine Competition and is a member of the American Wine Society.
  • Susan Duerr
    North Syracuse, NY

    Susan served as the Treasurer of NYPENN Pathways Board of Directors since its inception. 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 also sits on the Board of Francis House and serves 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.
  • Karen Hegeman
    Theresa, NY

    Karen recently served as 1st Vice Chair of NYPENN Pathways and 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 volunteer work includes student teacher supervisor for SUNY Cortland, serving on the Ted Swan Jr. Memorial committee and 'Our Memories Catering' and as a staff member at ADA Camp Carefree, NH, a summer camp for children with diabetes.
     A lifetime member, Karen has been involved in Girl Scouting since Brownies and achieved First Class and 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. Karen recently served as 1st Vice Chair of NYPENN Pathways and 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 volunteer work includes student teacher supervisor for SUNY Cortland, serving on the Ted Swan Jr. Memorial committee and 'Our Memories Catering' and as a staff member at ADA Camp Carefree, NH, a summer camp for children with diabetes.
     A lifetime member, Karen has been involved in Girl Scouting since Brownies and achieved First Class and 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.
     She enjoys woodworking, basket making, 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.
  • Crystal Jordan
    East Syracuse, NY

    Crystal was born and raised in North Babylon, New York. She attended Columbia University for her undergraduate degree as well as a post graduate degree in public health and Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York for her law degree.
     Over the last 10 years, Crystal has worked for community health centers in urban and rural settings. She has held various positions from Grant Writer to Chief Operating Officer while at Comprehensive Community Development Corporation, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Administrative Officer at Community Health Center of the Black Hills, Inc. and SCHC Companies, Inc., respectively. Crystal is currently an independent consultant specializing in health care administration.
     In addition, Crystal has served as a Board Member with Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons, an organization that spans North Dakota, South Dakota and parts of Minnesota, and has also served as a Board Member with Community Health Center Association of the Dakotas, the primary care association for the community health centers in North and South Dakota.
     During her free time, Crystal is a triathlete and is a member of the Onondaga Cycling Club, Central New York Tri Club, and Syracuse Chargers Master Swim Club. In addition, she enjoys playing golf, skiing, and hiking.
  • Katie MacIntyre
    Auburn, NY

    Katie has an established career in marketing and most recently held the position of Director of Marketing & Membership at MACNY, The Manufacturers Association. She earned her Certificate in Marketing from Georgetown University and a BA in Psychology from Marymount College of Fordham University. Katie currently volunteers for the NYS Parent Leadership Team, YMCA-Auburn, The MOST and is a founding member and parent leader at Auburn Community Café.
     She also served on the Board of Directors of the Seven Lakes Girl Scout Council and the Auburn Public Theater. Katie fondly recalls her experience as a young Girl Scout when she was chosen to represent the State of New Hampshire at the 75th birthday of Girl Scouting in Washington, DC. Katie will serve as a mentor at our second Camp CEO program in August. She is the mother to a three-year old son and enjoys gardening and growing food, running and creating community—both online and via social media.
  • Diane Maluso
    Ithaca, NY

    Diane Maluso was born and raised in Summit, NJ where she was involved in Girl Scouting from Brownies through Seniors, earning the First Class award in 1970. Some of her most memorable scouting memories were participation in Dig Mankind!, a Wider Opportunity at National Center West, and her many summers on the staff at Girl Scout Camps Eagle Island, Madeline Mulford, and Lou Henry Hoover. Her roles included serving as a unit leader, canoe instructor, boat driver, program director, and camp nurse. More recently, she served as the advisor for Campus Scouts at Elmira College.
     Diane has also worked as a registered nurse, has worked with adjudicated youth in wilderness settings, and eventually settled on a career as a social psychologist. Diane earned the Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island in 1992. She is a tenured associate professor of psychology and women's studies at Elmira College where she has been employed since 1996. Before that, Diane taught at the University of Rhode Island, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Hawaii. She teaches courses in the areas of experimental, social and personality psychology, statistics, the psychology of women, and interpersonal discrimination. She has twice been voted "Teacher of the Year" by the Elmira College student body.
     Ms. Maluso has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Women in Psychology, is currently serving on several committees with Ecovillage at Ithaca, and builds websites for various non-profit organizations. She enjoys canoe camping, fly fishing, and woodturning.
  • Amy Manley
    North Syracuse, NY

    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 created and produced award-winning programming for Time Warner Cable. In 2003, she was part of the original production team that helped launch CNY's first 24/7 news channel, News 10 Now.
     Currently Amy is a producer for WCNY-TV (PBS) where she produces regional and national programming. She has been honored for her work with multiple Syracuse Press Club awards, a NYS Broadcasters Award and three Emmy nominations.
     As a Girl Scout, she has very fond memories of the overnight adventure her troop had aboard the U.S.S. Sullivan battleship in Buffalo. She feels she has been blessed to have had 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. Amy received her B.A. in Broadcasting and Communications from SUNY Oswego where she was a proud member of Alpha Phi Omega. She currently volunteers for Lakeside Youth A Cappella Camp, serves on the board for The Spirit of Syracuse Chorus and previously was a board member for Syracuse Press Club.
  • Cathleen McColgin
    Skaneateles, NY

    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. In 2001, Cathleen was appointed as Provost of Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus.
     Since August 2008, Cathleen has held the position of Provost and Senior Vice President of Onondaga Community College. She has served, or currently serves, on several college-wide and SUNY-wide committees. 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 and serves as Chair of the Finance Committee.
  • Carl McLaughlin
    Watertown, NY

    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 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.
     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, American Heart Association, 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.
  • Karen Oxenreider
    Corning, NY

    Karen is originally from New York City and she attended college in Rhode Island. Her greatest enjoyment growing up in New York City was singing in the all-state choir and ice skating in Central Park.
     After college, she was hired and selected for the management program at Merrill Lynch. The position with Merrill Lynch was in London, England where she lived for three years. After London, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia and continued working for Merrill Lynch. In Atlanta, she met her husband and raised two wonderful sons. During her time in Atlanta, she accepted a promotion in retail banking and transitioned to First Atlanta. Karen now lives in Corning, New York and works for M&T Bank.
  • Terry Plizga
    Deerfield, NY

    Terry holds a MS in Management Science from SUNY Institute of Technology. Terry is employed by M&T Bank as a Vice President in CNY Business & Professional Banking. Previously Terry worked with SBU Bank as Vice President of Retail Banking. She recently served as the Chair for the NYPENN Pathways Board of Directors and Chair of the Board Development Committee. In the past Terry past served on a legacy council Board (GSFC) since 2002 as 1st Vice President, Member-at-Large, and Nominating Committee. She has also served as president, vice president, and treasurer of Greater Utica Sunrise Rotary. Prior to returning to banking, Terry was employed at Upstate Cerebral Palsy as an Associate Executive Director in charge of Human Resources.
  • Rebecca Reed
    Watertown, NY

    Rebecca is the Executive Director of Youth Development of the YMCA in Watertown where she has worked for 13 years. She has a BA in Business Administration from St. Leo College. Rebecca is on the board of CREDO and the Jefferson County Youth Bureau.
     Rebecca was briefly a part of Girl Scouting when she was 11 or 12 years old and reconnected with Girl Scouting when she joined NYPENN Pathways Strategic Learning Team where she helped us identify the realities we must address to move forward as an organization. Following that, Rebecca joined the board as a member-at-large and currently chairs the Board Development Committee. Rebecca is a strong proponent of providing girls with the foundation to believe in themselves. Rebecca is married to 1st Sergeant Retired Jeffrey Reed and is the mother of five children – two boys and three girls. Her family arrived at Fort Drum in 1995 and Rebecca has been an active member of the community ever since.
  • Sonia Robinson
    Oswego, NY

    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 more than 21 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.
     In her spare time Sonia enjoys gardening, traveling, photography, vintage shopping, recreational sports, walking, craft projects, event planning and learning about new things.
  • Mike Sabo
    Endicott, NY

    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 Board of Directors and on the joint Audit and Finance Committee. Prior to the merge, he served on the board of the Seven Lakes council. Other volunteer activities include chairing the Policy Board and serving on the executive committee of the Broome County Teacher Center 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 GS NYPENN 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.
  • Irene Scruton
    Fayetteville, NY

    Ms. Scruton is currently Director of the MBA Program at SUNY Oswego’s School of Business. Irene, a lifetime Girl Scout and former banking executive, received a “Woman of Distinction” honor in 2006 from GSCCNY and most recently served on the Transition Nominating Subcommittee of the Council Realignment Committee. She is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Onondaga Community College Foundation and chaired the Scholarship Committee of the Board. East Syracuse, NY.
     She is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo and holds an MBA from Syracuse University. She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse and served on its Board of Directors. She is also a Regional Vice President for the New York State Association of Traffic Safety Boards. Irene is an elected official serving on the Town of DeWitt Board and Chairs the Technology Committee among other community affiliations and service groups.
  • Helen Stepowany
    Clinton, NY

    Helen brings twenty-five years of non-profit executive leadership experience across 10 counties in central and western New York State, with a specialty focus on developmental disabilities and autism services. At a senior leadership level her work represents all facets of the design, development, implementation and continuous improvement of a wide range of services for persons with disabilities as well as the ongoing development of training and supports for staff that work with them. Areas of personal interest and accomplishment include non-profit organizational development, project management, strategic planning, leadership development, quality improvement, and performance management.
     Helen’s past experience includes supervising program operations at the Upstate Cerebral Palsy in Utica and with the design and development of the Kelberman Center, Inc., an affiliated non-profit center of excellence for individuals with autism incorporated in 2005 where she was their first Executive Director.
     In December 2011, she joined Pathfinder Village in Edmeston, NY in the position of Director of the Kennedy Willis Center, established as the first planned residential community for individuals with Down syndrome and related developmental disabilities in the United States.
  • Gwen Webber-McLeod, M.S.
    Auburn, NY

    Gwendolyn (Gwen) Webber-McLeod, M.S., is President/CEO of Gwen, Inc. She has over 30 years’ experience in leadership development, facilitation, strategic planning and the development of effective coalitions/collaborations. In addition, Gwen is a frequently sought after lecturer and conference keynote speaker on the topic of leadership. Her clients are CEOs, executive and mid-level managers, and leadership teams in public, private, health care and education businesses and organizations.
     Gwen is a cum laude graduate of SUNY Potsdam University, and a recipient of a Masters of Science in Management from Keuka College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Gwen takes pride in being a serial entrepreneur who created two businesses prior to Gwen, Inc.; Treble Associates and Gwen Webber-McLeod, Inspiring People to New Levels of Leadership, a consulting practice specializing in facilitation and professional mentoring /coaching for executive leaders. In 2008, she incorporated what she considers her “legacy building” business, Gwen, Inc., which houses her consulting practice and two new divisions. Gwen, Inc.’s hallmark division - The Leadership Connection®: A Resource Centered on Great Leadership opened as a resource center for leaders in January 2009.
     She has been Director of Communications for Wells College; Communications/Development Director of the Seven Lakes Girl Scout Council; Executive Director of the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls; Executive Director of the Booker T. Washington Community Center in Auburn, and Coordinator of Human Services for the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency.