National Board Officers

Photo of Connie L. Lindsey. © GSUSA. All rights reserved.Connie L. Lindsey
National President
Chicago, Ill.

Connie L. Lindsey is Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust, Chicago. She is responsible for the design and implementation of the global Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity and Inclusion strategy for Northern Trust and the development of goals, policies, and programs appropriate to the brand and business unit strategies. In addition, Ms. Lindsey provides oversight and leadership to the firm's response to environmental matters as well as social issues, within the marketplace, workplace, and the community.

Prior to becoming the Head of CSR, Ms. Lindsey led the client servicing teams in the Public Entities and Institutions segment in the Corporate & Institutional Services business, serving public fund and not-for-profit clients. Over the course of her 20-year Northern Trust career, she has held a number of leadership roles, including Deputy Business Head in Operations and Technology, Group Head in Northern Trust's Wealth Management business, Director of Enterprise Relationship Management, and Manager in Treasury Management Consulting and Product Management and holds the Certified Treasury Professional designation.

Ms. Lindsey is National Board President of Girl Scouts of the USA, the highest-ranking volunteer of this 3.4 million-member organization. Ms. Lindsey joined the Girl Scouts board in 2005 and was elected National Board President in 2008 for a three-year term. She was re-elected to the role of National Board President at the 2011 convention for another three-year term. In this role she has provided guidance in three vital areas—policy, fund-raising, and leadership. Connie is an integral part of the Girl Scout transformation, committed to building and sustaining membership growth and ensuring girls receive a premier leadership development experience. She is a Leadership Circle Member for Vision 2020, a national project focused on advancing gender equality by energizing the dialogue about women and leadership.

Ms. Lindsey is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Green Schools, a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, Executive Leadership Council, Executives' Club of Chicago, Friends of Prentice Women's Board member at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a Director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Club of Chicago. She is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow in the class of 2001. Ms. Lindsey attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she majored in finance and has completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education Corporate Social Responsibility program. She is a public and motivational speaker on topics of diversity and inclusion, corporate responsibility, leadership, and personal and professional empowerment.

Ms. Lindsey has been profiled on national television on PBS' 30GoodMinutes and ABC's Heart and Soul. She has been recognized for her leadership professionally and in the community by the Chicago United's Business Leaders of Color Award, YWCA Outstanding Leader Award in Community Leadership, National Diversity Council's Most Powerful and Influential Women Award, Women's Bar Association of Illinois-Advocacy Award, Ebony Magazine's 2009 Power 150, Alpha Kappa Alpha Women Changing the World Award, Life Directions-Guiding Light Award, and the Chicago Defender Women of Excellence Award. In 2011 Ms. Lindsey was honored with the Spirit of Achievement award by Loretto Hospital Foundation. She was the first woman to receive the award in its eight year history. The recognition established the Connie L. Lindsey, Cancer Resource Center at Loretto Hospital in Chicago. She is an Inroads, Inc. Alumna and has been inducted into the Inroads Alumni Hall of Fame.

During her induction ceremony, Ms. Lindsey described leadership: "Great leaders are great servants." Ms. Lindsey believes that we serve the best interests of girls by ensuring Girl Scouts has the structure, focus, and programs necessary to sustain another century of preparing today's girls to be tomorrow's leaders.

Photo of Davia B. Temin. © GSUSA. All rights reserved.Davia B. Temin
First Vice President
New York, N.Y.

Davia B. Temin is president and chief executive officer of Temin and Company, Inc., a management consultancy focused on reputation and crisis management, marketing and media strategy, thought leadership, and high-level leadership communication coaching. She founded the company in 1997 to help corporations and other institutions define and strengthen their market position and bottom line, public image, and identity during good times and in times of crisis.

Previously, Davia headed corporate marketing for General Electric Capital, where she oversaw marketing strategy, crisis communications, branding and corporate identity, media relations, advertising, publications, investor relations, special events, and corporate sponsorships for the company and its 27 global businesses. Before working at General Electric Capital, she led marketing at Schroders; Scudder, Stevens and Clark; Citicorp Investment Bank; and Columbia Business School. Prior to that, she worked for the governor of Massachusetts.

Originally from Cleveland, Davia is a former girl member, one year selling more cookies than any other girl in Ohio. Elected to the Girl Scouts of the USA’s National Board in 2005, Davia chairs the Fund Development Committee. She has been a Girl Scout Gold Award keynote speaker for the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, which honored her as a 2007 Woman of Distinction. Elsewhere in the community, Davia chairs the international nonprofit Video Volunteers, helping the poorest of the poor around the world learn how to make investigative videos chronicling injustices and then fix those injustices. She also serves on the boards or advisory boards of the White House Project, ProPublica, the Harvard Women’s Leadership Board, the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship at Columbia Journalism School, and the Committee for Economic Development, among others.

Davia is a former Swarthmore College trustee; past president of the Public Relations Society of New York; founding producer of the highly successful entertainment industry conference, The Business of Entertainment: The Big Picture; and past executive producer of The Night and the Music Productions. She received her bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and her masters degree from Columbia University.

A frequent public speaker, Davia has appeared as a guest on all major U.S. television networks and on numerous local and national television shows around the world. She is featured in a number of books, including Wall Street Women, and is currently writing her own book on crisis management.

Photo of Linda P. Foreman. © Cyndi Shattuck. All rights reserved.Susan P. Peters
Second Vice President
Fairfield, Conn.

Susan P. Peters is vice president of executive development and chief learning officer for GE, where she is responsible for talent identification, leadership development, training, performance management, and succession planning for all GE executives worldwide.

She joined GE's human resource management program in 1979, later holding union relations and human resources leadership roles in several GE businesses. Susan next worked in Bergen Op Zoom in The Netherlands, managing human resources for GE Plastics manufacturing sites across Europe. After returning to GE corporate headquarters to lead staffing and development, she moved to human resources management positions within GE Plastics, Americas, and GE Appliances.

Named executive vice president of human resources for NBC in 2000, Susan was appointed VP of executive development for GE a year later. In 2006, she assumed responsibility for the GE Management Development Institute in Crotonville, N.Y., and all leadership training. A founding member of the GE Womens' Network, Susan is also a member of the GE Volunteers Advisory Board. Susan was elected to the Girl Scouts of the USA's National Board in 2008 and serves on the Executive Compensation Committee and the National Strategy Task Group.

Photo of Linda Mazon-Gutierrez. All rights reserved.Debra Nakatomi
Los Angeles, Calif.

Debra Nakatomi is president and chief executive officer of Nakatomi & Associates, a strategic communications firm she founded in 1989, dedicated to promoting access, equity, and stewardship through advocacy and public education. The firm counsels philanthropic, private, and not-for-profit clients on issues management, brand identity, and fostering relationships with diverse markets of consumers and communities. Debra is an advisor on organizational development, messaging and media relations, public education campaigns including sexual, domestic and community violence prevention, smoking cessation, sustainable community development, health promotion, and environmental education.

Previously, Debra held executive positions in public affairs and communications at the Walt Disney Company and CBS Television, Inc. She currently serves on the boards of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum and the Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation, and is a member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers and the U.S. Japan Council. Committed to building philanthropy for women and girls, Debra is a former board chair of the Los Angeles Women's Foundation and the Center for Asian Pacific American Women and a recipient of the Changing the Face of Philanthropy Award from the Women's Funding Network. A former girl member, she was elected to Girl Scouts of the USA's National Board of Directors in 2002 and since 2005 has served as GSUSA International Commissioner, chair of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) Task Group, and is a member of the Advocacy and Public Policy Task Group.

Photo of Joan Wagnon. © GSUSA. All rights reserved.Joan Wagnon
Topeka, Kans.

In January 2003 Governor Kathleen Sebelius appointed Joan Wagnon secretary of revenue for the state of Kansas, a position she retired from in January 2010. Before this appointment, Joan was president of Central National Bank, a position she assumed after leaving office as mayor of Topeka in 2001. Once an executive director of Kansas Families for Kids and of Topeka's YWCA, she has also been a schoolteacher, medical researcher, and state legislator for 12 years.

This former girl member and Lifetime member received the Thanks Badge from the former Girl Scouts of Kaw Valley Council (Topeka), where she was a troop leader, special services volunteer, trainer, and council board president. Additionally, Joan has served as president of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board and chair of the Multistate Tax Commission, board member of Central National Bank, and president of the Rotary Club of Topeka. She has been on the Girl Scouts of the USA's National Board since 2005, and serves as Treasurer.