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CoA 2018

Council of Advisors

USAGSO's Council of Advisors provides a unified structure to advise and support the growth of Girl Scouts overseas. The CoA supports the work of USAGSO in fundraising, marketing/public relations, and day-to-day operations.  It  also offers input on matters of policy that directly concern the delivery of the Girl Scout program overseas.  The CoA currently consists of nine advisors, each of whom brings a strong background and the expertise necessary to support the work of USA Girl Scouts Overseas.

Liza Boffen
Liza Boffen

Liza Boffen is the Chief Development Officer and Executive Director, Development Office for Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (the 11th best university on the planet, but who's counting?). She was previously the first Chief Development Officer (CDO) for the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) and CEO of the IITB Development and Relations Foundation, in Mumbai, India. Prior to her time in India, Liza was the Vice President for Advancement at Franklin University Switzerland.

She was the first Senior Director of International Alumni Programs and Development at George Washington University, as well as the first Director of the Development Office at SingHealth, the largest healthcare gorup in South East Asia. Prior to joining SingHealth, Liza was the youngest Dean for Undergraduate Programs at the Center for American Education, Singapore. She previously served as the Associate Director, Development at the National University of Singapore. She has over 20 years of advancement experience with a range of charitable organizations, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, USA Girl Scouts Overseas-Singapore, Girl Scouts of Sycamore Council, Purdue University, Trinity (Washington) University and Historic Prophetstown.

Kristine D’Alesandro
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Kristine D’Alesandro has served with USA Girl Scouts over the past six years.  She is currently the Girl Scout council chair in Hanoi, Vietnam leading a growing council of troops, with its first Senior troop to begin in the Fall of 2016.  Prior to Hanoi, Kristine served as both Daisy and Brownie troop leader in Arlington, Virginia from 2011-2013 and as a Daisy leader in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 2010-2011.  This summer she and her family will be moving to La Paz, Bolivia where she will open a new Girl Scout council.


Kristine is an attorney who is currently working as a Political Analyst at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam.  Focusing on human rights, the advancement of the rights of women and girls is a core component of her professional work.  Prior to Hanoi, Kristine worked at the then-U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba as a Program Coordinator in its Public Affairs Section.  Prior to Havana, Kristine had served as a trial attorney and associate legal counsel with both the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security in San Francisco, California and Washington, DC from 2001-2007.


Kristine received a Juris Doctor in 2000 from the University of Baltimore, School of Law.  She received her undergraduate degree in International Business with a Minor in Spanish in 1996 from Loyola University Maryland.  She is married and has three daughters, ages 11, 9 and 7 – all Girl Scouts!

Kathleen Fitzsimmons
Kathleen Fitzsimmons

Kathleen Fitzsimmons is an American academic and manager with extensive experience in business and academia, and 25+ years in Italy. She is professor and director of the Business Studies Program at The American University of Rome, where she has been on the faculty since 1998.  She directs the degree programs in Business Administration and Travel & Tourism Management, and coordinates the AUR Honors Exchange.  

Kathleen received a BA in Journalism from Duquesne University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Known at AUR for her student focus and her #smartchicks hashtag, Kathleen has created a number of programs to create opportunities for students, including the expanded Internship Program, the AURA study abroad program, the Emory Honors Exchange, the AUR Business Club, AUR Campus Girl Scouts (2008-11), consulting projects with local organizations and the series of Business Field Studies. Prior to her entering academe, she held various roles in marketing management with Time Inc. in New York and Playtex Italia in Rome. 

Kathleen is a long-time volunteer with USAGSO, first as a leader of her daughter's troops (2000-08) and Events Chair of the local committee (2003-08), then as Chair of USAGSO Rome (2008-11), and is currently serving a second term on the National Council (2011-14 and 2017-20) . In recognition of her work as Coordinator of the European Global Learning Conference hosted in 2013 by The American University of Rome (which has become the home of USAGSO Rome), Kathleen was awarded the Thanks Badge at the 2014 ALC Awards Ceremony.  She was tapped in 2015 to be a member of the Governance Task Force that designed the Council of Advisors, and then appointed in 2016 to the CoA.  Kathleen has just renewed for a second three-year term, and is Council Development Chair.  

Chief among Kathleen's passions is creating opportunities for young women and mentoring them into being the #smartchicks of today and tomorrow.

Deb Gerardi Kemper
Deb Kemper

Deb Kemper is an active angel investor and mentor to early stage start-up companies. Deb led deal flow for the Boston Chapter of Golden Seeds since 2014 and was the Chair of the Boston Chapter from 2015 through 2017.   She is also a member of Clean Energy Venture Group and on the Advisory Board of Red Bear Angels. Her investment focus is high growth companies in the clean tech, health care, and technology sectors.  She is a Board Member at Day One Response, and a Board Observer at DayZero Diagnostics and 99DegreesCustom.   Deb serves on several non-profit boards including the Council of Advisors of USA Girl Scouts Overseas.   Deb was a consultant with McKinsey & Company where she served clients in the energy, electronics, and healthcare sectors. Her functional experience spans manufacturing, product development, operations, strategy, and leadership development.  She has provided leadership support to organizations in China, Peru and the United States.  Deb earned her MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where she was named an Edward Tuck Scholar.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Cornell, where she graduated With Distinction and was a member of the Varsity Women’s Crew.  As an alumna, she is serving on the advisory boards of Entrepreneurship@Cornell and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

Kathy Limbaugh
Kathy Limbaugh

Kathy Limbaugh initially became involved in Girl Scouts as an adult to support her girls, although she was a North Atlantic Served Girl Scout in London, England growing up. Initially a Daisy troop leader for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, she moved to Shanghai, China and served as Brownie leader and Learning Facilitator. Upon moving to Basel, Switzerland, she was a Junior and Senior leader and has sat on the Overseas Committee Management Team (OCMT) as a Programme Manager, Registrar, Webmaster, Quartermaster, and High Awards Coordinator. Currently, Kathy resides in Pennsylvania, serving as Service Unit Manager, Registrar and Troop Leader for the Brandywine Valley.

Kathy has been a global citizen since childhood.  Born in Brazil and raised in Europe, Kathy came to the US for the first time during high school.  Kathy earned a Bachelor of Engineering and Science degree in BioMedical Engineering, Math and Chemistry from Vanderbilt University. After university, Kathy was an Information Technology and Supply Chain Consultant, mainly supporting large global Chemical and Energy companies. Her specialty is helping large corporate entities in business transformation, best practices and operational excellence.

Kathy and her husband Steve are raising two Girl Scout daughters - already leaders in their own right.

Jennifer McLin
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Jennifer has held various senior roles in marketing, fundraising, and business development. She was Director of Global Partnerships for an international, health-related NGO in Geneva, Switzerland, following which she was Director of Marketing, Admissions, and Communications for a Nord Anglia Education private school, also in Switzerland.  Prior to this Jennifer worked in strategic partnerships and fundraising for two international environmental organizations, WWF and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In these roles, Jennifer helped to establish key strategic partnerships and to raise millions of dollars for worthy causes.

Jennifer was a Girl Scout when growing up in the Boston area and is now the Secretary of the Overseas Community Management Team (OCMT) in Geneva, Switzerland. She is going on her fifth year of leading Brownies, Juniors, and multi-level Girl Scout troops in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

Carol Weiss Pouchol
Carol Pochoul

A career in Information Technology led Carol to Microsoft where she was based in Redmond, Washington supporting Microsoft subsidiaries in the Asia/Pacific region and later in Europe. She moved to France in 1993 to assume the role of Information Technology Manager for Microsoft Southern Europe where she has lived ever since.



Carol has been part of the Overseas Management Committee of USA Girl Scouts Overseas Paris since 2004 serving as Treasurer and Registrar. As Treasurer, she was instrumental in obtaining non-profit status for USAGSO Paris in France, enabling the organization to operate within local compliance requirements. She has also served as a troop leader, adult awards coordinator and patch coordinator.


Carol has been part of the Council of Advisors of USA Girl Scouts Overseas since its inception and has been involved in sub-committees such as Customer Engagement Initiative and Strategic Partnerships. She has served in various roles and board positions with United Way Tocqueville and the Association of American Women in Europe. Since early 2018, Carol has engaged in philanthropic projects supporting education in Rajasthan and Assam India.


Originally from Bergan County New Jersey, Carol was a Girl Scout for 9 years, earning “First Class” honors. She earned her BA from Dartmouth College, majoring in Computer Science. Her two daughters were born and raised in France and were USA Girl Scouts for over 12 years in Paris.

Ráchel Roché Walton
Rachel Roche Walton

Ráchel began her Girl Scout Journey in Southeast Louisiana, under the watchful care of Girls Scouts Louisiana East. She walks in the footsteps of her grandparents who tirelessly supported scouting and in their community.  Her passion for the outdoors and youth advocacy led her to volunteer with the scouting movement over sixteen years ago.


As a Girl Scout volunteer in Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital, Ráchel served in positions at the troop and service unit levels.  She is a lifetime member of GSUSA, member of the Juliette Gordon Low Society, and member of the Olave Baden-Powell Society.


Ráchel has served the diverse Girl Scout community in Paris, France as the Overseas Committee Chair since 2016.  She joined USAGSO’s Council of Advisors in 2017 and is thrilled to steward the mission of USAGSO as Chair.  Ráchel is bound to the Girl Scout mission and understands the opportunities for leadership and social action Girl Scouts of the USA, and by extension USAGSO, provides for girls and adult volunteers.


Ráchel is a former retail buyer and market analyst. The events of September 11, 2001 led her on a path of public service in government as an intelligence analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Her professional competencies include strategic planning, qualitative risk analysis, and protocol. Her academic strengths include international relations, forensic psychology, and ethics and human behavior.


Ráchel, at her core, is a public servant and advocate for social action.  She is committed to volunteerism with more than 25 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations including the American Legion Auxiliary and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.  Her passion is empowering the next generation of female leaders through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and mentoring Gold Award Girl Scouts.


Ráchel and her husband Guy are proud parents of five children, three of whom are Girl Scouts—two Cadettes and one lifetime member who is a Gold Award recipient.

Valerie Russell

Valerie Russell is a life-long Girl Scout who has directly benefited from the amazing outcomes the Girl Scout program delivers.  She experienced the program as a girl from Daisies through Seniors with the Virginia Skyline Council, earning her Gold Award in 2001.  She credits the Girl Scouts for helping her identify her career path as a chemical engineer and helping her build the confidence to take on new challenges.

The impact of her girl experience led Valerie to become a lifetime member, and she actively engages with the Girl Scout family everywhere she goes.  She has been in many troop, service unit, and council-level volunteering roles across multiple councils as well as most recently serving the Amsterdam, Netherlands community of USAGSO as the Overseas Committee Chair and a troop leader from 2015-2018.  She joined the USAGSO Council of Advisors in 2018.

Valerie is the Director of Sales & Operations Planning for the Acetyl Chain of Celanese Corporation based in Irving, Texas.   She previously was the Business Director for the Sweeteners business of Celanese in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  She held prior roles in business management and manufacturing with Celanese across multiple US locations.  Valerie has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Valerie and her husband Lance have two daughters and the first is finally old enough to be a Daisy!

Rhonda Stargill
Rhonda Starghill

After nine years as a Brand Manager with the Procter and Gamble Company, Rhonda entered the non-profit sector in 2012 when she became the Director of Membership at Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.  She is also formerly the Senior Director of Recruitment, Community Outreach and Inside Sales for Western Ohio.


Rhonda’s experienced in branding, non-profit management and recruitment.  Her skills include data analysis, strategic planning, and effective communications.  Currently based in Guangzhou, China, she is passionate about Girl Scouts and has experienced the organization from many lens including girl member, parent, volunteer, and employee.

Danielle Ullner
Danielle Ullner

Danielle is a Harvard MBA and ex-Bain management consultant with a passion to serve and get involved.  She has extensive experience working with under resourced start-ups and non-profits to which she brings creativity, passion, innovation, and entrepreneurship.  She is the Fund Development Chair for the Harvard Business School and recently established a partnership with the State Department. 


As a partner in an early stage venture capital firm, Danielle works with female entrepreneurs daily and sees too often that woman are as technically skilled and business oriented as their male counterparts, but often lack the confidence to sell their vision to the investment community to raise capital.  This is one of the reasons she is passionate about the Girl Scout mission.  Danielle is the mother of two former Girl Scouts.  She currently lives in Israel and is relocating to London in the summer of 2017.

Eric Warner
Eric Warner

Eric Warner is a founding member and past Chair of the USAGSO Council of Advisors and has been a Girl Scout Volunteer for over 18 years.  His past Girl Scout positions include being the leader or co-leader of Daisy, Brownie, and Cadette troops, Service Unit Treasurer, Camp Director, Facilitator, and Overseas Committee Chair.  He has also worked hard to expand relations with the Japanese Girl Scouts as a Host Nation Liaison.


Eric has been busy in multiple other volunteer roles as well.  He has more than two dozen years of service at mainly the troop level within the Boy Scouts of America, both stateside and overseas.  He also occasionally teaches various classes to Girl & Boy Scouts and their leaders as an American Red Cross certified instructor.  And ever-dedicated to his career and profession, Eric currently serves as the Society of American Military Engineers’ Regional Vice President of the Pacific region and stays actively involved in two Japanese professional engineering organizations.