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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 was a 10-year Mariner Scout and is a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts.  Cynthia credits Girl Scouts with establishing her leadership and business skills through the cookie program; her passion for the arts, which began with Girl Scout field trips to museums; and her Girl Scout community service work with high-poverty children for opening her heart and mind to the needs of children -- our most vulnerable citizens.  Under Cynthia’s leadership, the council increased membership by over 29%; is first in the nation in Girl Scout cookie boxes per girl sold; and has taken the lead nationally in reaching out to girls from low-income families and Hispanic communities.  With support of the Board of Directors, GSSGC purchased Camp Skyland Ranch in late 2016.  Cynthia has noted, “I could see all of the possibilities of the Skyland Ranch property and am proud that we elected to purchase it and become 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
CFO & Chief Operating 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


Chuck MacKinnon
Chief of Development
Chuck oversees fund development, marketing and graphic design services, external relations and communications, and GSSGC events production.  Joining GSSGC in 2011, revenue from fundraising has nearly quadrupled and Girl Scout visibility in the Inland Empire has been raised significantly.  Communications to GSSGC stakeholders and the community at large has benefitted from a robust and vibrant social media presence.  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 proud to be a Lifetime Girl Scout.

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Elizabeth Locke-Thomas
Chief of Mission Delivery

“E” joined GSSGC in 2008, after years of service as a volunteer for this Council.  A proven leader and revenue turnaround specialist in sales-related for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Elizabeth brings expertise in developing successful growth strategies and training both individual representative and team leaders, increasing customer service, morale and satisfaction. “E” left her for-profit world to further her beloved Girl Scouts. “E” is known for creating dynamic marketing/brand strategies that engage consumers. The product and retail sales organization has flourished under her leadership, increasing the cookie sale by over $6 million in five years and taking the Council per-girl-average from 155 boxes to a national high of 440 boxes in 2020. She presides over "the Mission" and all Council programs, which includes not only the Entrepreneurial Program, but also Camps, expanded Outdoor programming, Virtual programming, enhanced offerings with STEM and Classroom to Career. In addition to the program side of things she oversees our 5 retail stores, Volunteer training and Higher Awards. Elizabeth is an accomplished chef and caterer and the creator of two nationally marketed products in her own rights.  She is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University, and has served on several task forces for Girl Scouts of the USA.

Board of Directors


Michele Branconier
Board Chair
Western Region Director, American Camp Association

Debbie Barrera
First Vice Chair
Chief Executive Officer, Prospectors Federal Credit Union

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

Lolla Long
Senior Sales Advisor, BBVA Compass Bank

Cathy Paredes
Vice President, Enterprise and Business Community Engagement, Bank of America


Andy Avery
Retired Deputy Coroner Investigator, San Bernardino County

Cindy Beyl
Executive and Corporate Consultant

April Diaz
Vice President, District Manager for the Inland Empire, U.S. Bank

Debbie Gradias
Realtor, RE/MAX Advantage

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

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

Yves Mombeleur
Chief Impact/Branding Officer, Clearinghouse CDFI

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

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

Ann Marie Sakrekoff
Senior Director, Growing Inland Achievement Initiative

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

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

Ex Officio Members

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