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Council Leadership

Executive Team

Cynthia H. Breunig
Chief Executive Officer and President

Cynthia became President and CEO of the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council in 2011.  She is a Gold Award Girl Scout and credits Girl Scouts with establishing her leadership and business skills. Her passion for the arts, which began with Girl Scout field trips to museums; and her Girl Scout service work with under-resourced communities opened her heart and mind to the needs of children -- our most vulnerable citizens.  Under Cynthia’s leadership, the Council has achieved financial stability in the face of the devastating COVID pandemic and taken the lead nationally in reaching out to girls from diverse backgrounds and Hispanic communities.  With support of the Board of Directors, GSSGC purchased Camp Skyland Ranch in late 2016 and Cynthia is proud that our Council became its stewards for generations to come.

Before joining GSSGC, Cynthia served for 13 years as President and CEO of Inner-City Arts in the heart of Los Angeles’ Skid Row, and enjoyed a 25-year career in museum management, opening what is today the Autry National Center in 1988.   Cynthia holds advanced degrees in Museum Studies and Education Administration, and attended Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Executive Education Program and the international Getty Leadership Institute.

Nancy Perdue
Chief Financial Officer

Nancy joined GSSGC as its CFO in July 2006, where she has successfully imposed stringent financial controls and implemented the Financial Edge enterprise accounting system.  Under her direction, the Council’s financial performance has been recognized with excellent findings from independent audits for the past seven years.  Yet, whenever a mission-related initiative needs financial support, Nancy and the Board Finance Committee finds a way to fund it.  During her long career in finance, Nancy has managed financial accounting operations for manufacturing and distribution companies, before moving to the nonprofit sector 13 years ago.  A native of rural Minnesota, she studied financial accounting at the University of Minnesota and then at the University of Redlands, where she graduated with a degree in management and a concentration in accounting.  A Lifetime member of Girl Scouts, Nancy  is a co-leader for a Daisy/Brownie troop in Highland for her great granddaughter, Brooklyn, who is an active G.I.R.L (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk Taker, Leader) TM

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Chuck MacKinnon
Chief of Staff

Chuck works directly with the CEO to implement operational activities requiring cross-functional teamwork.  In addition, he provides executive oversight for Member Services, Fund Development and Information Technology.  Chuck embarked on his nonprofit career in 2004 after retiring as Senior Director for Worldwide Administration at Herbalife International. In a varied career, he has also been a writer, editor, project manager, business analyst, and department head of a 100-person information technology department. Before joining Girl Scouts in 2011, Chuck worked with House of Hope Foundation and Inner-City Arts in Los Angeles. A Vietnam veteran and former Army Medical Service Corps officer, he graduated from Boston University with a degree in English and completed extensive graduate level coursework in business administration. Chuck is a Lifetime Girl Scout.

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Jua-Nita Williams Houston
Chief of Mission Delivery

Jua-Nita provides executive leadership over the Council's Entrepreneurial Programs, which includes the Fall Product Program and Cookie Program; Council program offerings like STEM, Destinations Unknown, Classroom to Career and Resident Camp; oversees GSSGC Retail, which includes our retail shops; oversees Adult Training and Awards, including Girl Higher Awards and Adult Recognitions; and is also responsible for Marketing and Communications.

Jua-Nita believes passionately in giving back to our communities and making opportunities for girls to explore, engage, and grow into their best selves. Jua-Nita is always looking for ways to break down barriers and provide solutions to help us reach a more equitable society. With her leadership on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts on the board committee and action team, GSSGC is becoming more aware of the equity gaps that exist within our own organization and how we can work to close those gaps.

Jua-Nita holds a Bachelor's in Psychology and Master's degrees in Organizational Leadership and Business Administration. Jua-Nita has taught classes in Marketing at California State University, San Bernardino. Her community involvement includes an officer of the Alumni Association Advisory Board - California State University, San Bernardino, member of CSUSB’s Pan African Alumni Chapter, and member of the Marketing Advisory Board for the Jack Brown School of Business. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and truly lives their motto of "Service to all mankind."

Board of Directors

Officers

Michele Branconier
Board Chair
Western Region Director, American Camp Association

Ann Marie Sakrekoff
First Vice Chair
Chief Operating Officer, Growing Inland Achievement Initiative

June Yamamoto
Second Vice Chair
Retired Dean of Career Education and Human Development, Crafton Hills College

Sandra Mayo, Ed.D.
Secretary
Educator & Vice Chancellor, Retired

Yves Mombeleur
Treasurer
Chief Fund Officer, Clearinghouse

Members-At-Large

Richard Aquino
Retired Public Affairs Officer, Defense Finance and Accounting Service

Andy Avery
Retired Deputy Coroner Investigator, San Bernardino County

Debbie Barrera
Chief Executive Officer, Prospectors Federal Credit Union

Cindy Beyl
Executive and Corporate Consultant

Laurilie Jackson
Associate Professor of Media Production, College of the Desert

Cathy Paredes
Local Market Executive for the Inland Empire, Bank of America

Lisa Reece
Vice President, Client Development, HDR, Inc.

Irene N. Rodríguez
Executive Director, Cabot’s Pueblo Museum

Beth Sari
President & CEO, D.T. Sari Co., Inc. dba DT Metal Services

Teofista Turner
Vice President, Branch Manager for the Inland Empire, U.S. Bank

Ex Officio Members

Cynthia H. Breunig
President & CEO, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council