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Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways elects board members for 2023-24

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The Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways (GSNYPENN) Council is pleased to formally announce appointments to its Board of Directors for 2023-2024. GSNYPENN is a regional council chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) to deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  

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The GSNYPENN Council serves 24 counties in New York and two in northern Pennsylvania. It is an independent 501(c)(3) membership organization with adult volunteers, parents and girls actively engaged in strategic policy direction. Governance structures are part of every Girl Scouts council and are defined by council bylaws.  

GSNYPENN’s governing body is its Board of Directors. Under the leadership of the chair, the board maintains the integrity and purposes of Girl Scouting within the council’s jurisdiction. The board’s responsibilities include influence policy regarding council goals, issues affecting girls, issues affecting the business of the organization, strategic planning, financial oversight, and fund development. 

The board consists of lifelong Girl Scouts, community leaders, nonprofit and corporate executives, and board veterans. Some bring a wealth of Girl Scout knowledge, while others bring expertise and experience in areas including education, strategic thinking, communications and marketing, technology, governance, finance and decision making. 

Interested in sharing your talents as a member of the GSNYPENN Board? Complete the form at or reach out to [email protected].

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Board of Directors 2023-2024 

Board Chair – Tiffany Alvarez Smith of Liverpool, N.Y.
Managing Director, Partnerships at Achievement Network

1st Vice Chair – Kathy Burke Barry of Syracuse, N.Y.
Partner, Dermody, Burke & Brown CPAs LLC

2nd Vice Chair – 
Katie MacIntyre of Auburn, N.Y.
Manager, Marketing Products, National Grid

Treasurer – Susan Duerr of North Syracuse, N.Y.
Retired Accountant
Past Director of Finance, MedBest Medical Management

Secretary – Cindy Demo of Alexandria Bay, N.Y.
Retired Educator

Past ESL/GED Teacher, New York State Department of Corrections & Community Services

Past Instructor of English, Jefferson Community College 


Debbie Calkins of Mansfield, Pa.
Past Owner/Operator, Debbie’s Day Care

Tiffany Campau of Syracuse, N.Y.
Coach Impact Lead, The Achievement Network 

Judi Dixon of Memphis, N.Y.
Self-Employed, Strategic Event Management 

Kim Lamar Shelton of Vestal/Corning, N.Y. & Mansfield, Pa.
Professor and Director of TRiO Student Support Services Program, Mansfield University of the Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania 

Michelle McCabe-Szczepanski of Binghamton, N.Y.
Associate Attorney, Levene Gouldin & Thompson LLP 

Carl McLaughlin of Watertown, N.Y.
Retired, Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization 

Karen Roth of Stittville, N.Y.
Chief Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory 

Mike Sabo of Endicott, N.Y.
Retired, IBM  

Deb Sanderson of Norwich, N.Y.
Retired, Chenango County Area Agency on Aging 

Paloma Sarkar of Oswego, N.Y.
First Vice President, Enterprise Risk Manager, Pathfinder Bank 

Sheri Seguin of Ogdensburg, N.Y.
CORE Peer Navigator, North Country & Northern Central Regions, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

Judy Suddaby of Onondaga, N.Y.
Attorney, New York State Court of Claims 

Vanessa Teamoh of Watertown, N.Y.
Technical Specialist, Jefferson Community College