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Meet The CEO 

Nancy Wright has a proven track record in leading cross-functional teams within diverse business environments, focusing on revenue results, developing new business and building brands.

Prior to joining Girl Scouts, Nancy served as president of Blue Plate Catering, Inc., overseeing the operations of a significant multi-million dollar business that provides upscale catering services to corporate, non-profit, social and cultural institutions; direct service catering to private homes and offices; a world-class restaurant; and management of Applause Food Operations for the Chicago Symphony Center. 

Nancy graduated with a Master of Science in Education degree from Northwest Missouri State University and a Bachelor of Special Studies degree from Cornell College. She served on the board of directors for the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and is a member of the Advisory Council for the International Catering Association. She is a member of the Woman's Athletic Club of Chicago, is a Girl Scout alumna, and was a Girl Scout leader and volunteer for six years. 

SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM
      
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Jean Dorsch, Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness
Jean is responsible for overseeing development and reporting against the council’s strategic plan, IT, data quality and insights, risk management, and process review and improvement initiatives. Prior to joining Girl Scouts in 2015, Jean worked in higher education and public accounting, with experience in risk management and consulting, internal audit, process review and improvement in public, private and non-profit organizations in variety of industries. A graduate of Illinois State University, she is a Certified Public Accountant. Involved in Girl Scouts throughout grade school, Jean later served as leader and in other volunteer roles for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.

Steven Aguina, Vice President of Finance
Steve is responsible for all Finance and Accounting functions, including controls and oversight, cash management, treasury, accounting, financial reporting, planning and analysis. Steve also oversees the council’s independent audits. Steve has financial, accounting and operational experience both in the corporate and operating unit environment with Fortune 500 publicly held corporation, Tribune Company. Steve has a Bachelor of Science  in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign and a master's in business administration concentrating in Finance and Marketing from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management (Executive Program). He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant and Illinois CPA Society.

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Patty Fay, Chief of Staff
Patty joined the Council in 2012 as the Vice President of Human Resources and Administration and is now Chief of Staff for the council. She and her team oversee all internal operations, from the Cookie Program and Finance to IT, HR, and all of the "little stuff" that keeps things going. Prior to the Girl Scouts, Patty held a variety of Human Resources roles in many for-profit sectors: financial services, higher education, the chemical industry and consumer products. A Campfire Girl when growing up, Patty's first direct involvement in the Girl Scouts was as volunteer for her daughter's Girl Scout troop, helping to carpool and sell cookies. On Friday nights in the summer, you can find Patty at the beach in Evanston, sharing a pizza and glass of wine with her husband. When cooler weather sets in, Patty enjoys a good book.

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Gwen Ferguson, Vice President of Governance and Board Experience 
Gwen is responsible for working with the board, the national delegates, and the council delegates on engagement and governance. She is a career Girl Scout, who has worked for Girl Scout councils in Illinois and Michigan for almost 30 years in membership, program, product program, adult development, volunteer services, and governance. Gwen is a third generation Girl Scout, following in the steps of her mother and grandmother. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Illinois State University, with the intention of pursuing a career in Girl Scouting. Gwen earned a Certificate in Volunteer Management, and has pursued post-graduate work in Nonprofit Administration at North Park University. She served as a GSUSA National Guest Trainer for 5 years, training Girl Scout staff members in membership and volunteer management.

Jill Hudson, Vice President of Fund Development 
Jill oversees the team responsible for establishing and securing financial partnerships with corporations, foundations, government entities, United Way agencies, and individuals, all of whose contributions support the council’s programming and operations. As a former journalist with a commitment to causes that advance girls’ and women’s interests, Jill was naturally drawn to the Girl Scout mission. She joined Girl Scouts in 2007 as a manager in fund development in the Illinois Crossroads council, one of the seven councils that merged in 2008 to become GCNWI. She became the department head in 2017. Before joining Girl Scouts, Jill ran her own public relations consulting firm for 10 years after working as a reporter for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Jill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University.

Lesley Kennedy, Vice President of Community Engagement and Mission Delivery
Lesley currently serves as VP of Community Engagement and Mission Delivery for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, and is responsible for the strategic direction and successful expansion of GirlSpace, Girl Scouts’ targeted focus on girls representing under resourced communities in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Prior to coming on board at Girl Scouts, Lesley served as Director of Strategy and Organization Development at Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA). and also developed a still thriving consulting practice. Lesley served as Youth & Opportunity United’s Chief Program Officer following five years as a Senior Program Officer at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and for seven years as the Executive Director of Chicago Girls’ Coalition. She has a master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in English and Women’s Studies from Stephens College. Lesley lives on the south side of Chicago with her husband and their three children.

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Vicki C. King, Vice President of Outdoor Programs and Property, Retail, Customer Care and Volunteer Services
In her role, Vicki has strategic oversight and responsibility for all outdoor programs and properties, retail operations, customer care and volunteer services. Vicki also oversees direct management of and strategy for GCNWI’s entire portfolio of properties, including seven camps and six Gathering Places. Vicki joined Girl Scouts in March of 2009 and is the former president of the board for Loaves and Fishes Community Food Pantry in Naperville, Illinois. She retired in July 2004 after 17 years with Microsoft Corporation as director of US outbound reseller sales. Vicki has a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from DePaul University. Vicki is an avid and dedicated walker, on track to walk more than 7.3 million steps this year. This equates to walking more than 3,600 miles – more miles than the distance between New York and Los Angeles!

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Julie Somogyi, Chief External Affairs Officer 
Julie oversees the marketing, recruitment, member services, and fund development teams that are responsible for engaging people in our Girl Scout Mission as members, supporters and brand champions. As a news-editorial journalism graduate from the University of Illinois, Julie launched her career as a newspaper reporter and editor and quickly found her passion by shifting to non-profit public relations, marketing and communications. She has advocated professionally on behalf of girls and women for 30 years, serving as a staff member for three Girl Scout councils. In addition to tending to the next generation of women leaders, Julie nurtures her green thumb by gardening indoors and out, raising a bounty of veggies and perennial flowers that completely take over her yard every summer.