IRVINE, Calif. (June 13, 2016) – Delegates from across the council recently elected four new members to Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Board of Directors. These talented leaders join Girl Scouts of Orange County’s existing board members in governing the council through functions that include strategic planning, policy development, and fiduciary oversight.
Jacqueline Akerblom, of Newport Beach, is managing partner of Grant Thornton LLP’s West region, which comprises 14 offices in the western U.S. Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax, and advisory firms. She has served in multiple leadership roles within Grant Thornton, including managing partner of the firm’s Southern California practice and national managing partner of Women’s Initiatives and Programs. A past member of the firm’s Partnership Board, she spent four years in Grant Thornton International Ltd.’s London office serving as an advisor to U.S. and European companies on cross-border transactions. Akerblom is a certified public accountant in California, member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and a former executive committee member of the AICPA Women’s Initiative. She also serves on the University of San Diego School of Business dean’s advisory board and CEO Roundtable at the University of California, Irvine. In 2015, Akerblom was one of six local leaders and Girl Scout alumnae honored at Girl Scouts of Orange County’s 2015 Celebrate Leadership event.
Holly Garcia, of Anaheim Hills, is Executive Director, Sales – Major Accounts for Ingram Micro Inc., the world’s largest wholesale technology products distributor. A 19-year veteran of the information technology industry, Garcia has held various leadership roles within the organization and is responsible for the company’s Major Accounts partners in the US. Prior to her current role, Garcia served as Sr. Director of the Components Business Unit where she was responsible for all facets of the business: vendor management, marketing, sales, marketing development, and purchasing, as well as the System ArchiTECHs community. Before joining Ingram Micro in 2000, Garcia worked at Merisel in various purchasing positions. Garcia holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from California State University, Long Beach. She was recently named among five Ingram Micro executives on the Channel Company’s 2016 Women of the Channel List. This prestigious list highlights female executives in the IT channel representing vendors, distributors, solution providers, and other organizations for their outstanding leadership, vision, and unique role in driving channel growth and innovation.
Lisa Perrine Ed.D, of Newport Beach, is CEO of system integration firm Cibola Systems Corporation. Perrine and her team focus on the human elements of communication: the interplay between workplace culture and communication, how people experience media, and how individuals interface with technology. Among Cibola’s current clients are Chapman University, Edmunds.com, The California Endowment, Latham & Watkins LLP, and SAG-AFTRA. Perrine began her career in product design, working on assignments that included Airstream trailers and the first MTV studio on the west coast. She became Cibola’s CEO in 1991 and completed her MBA shortly after. Most recently, Perrine earned her Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University. She is an Infocomm Certified Technology Specialist and a California licensed C-7 contractor. Cibola supports a number of local charities through volunteer service and pro-bono technical consulting, including Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Girl Scout Leadership Center opening in early 2017 in Newport Beach. Perrine joins the board with Girl Scout experience as daughter of a troop leader,a Brownie and Junior Girl Scout herself, and grandmother of an enthusiastic Girl Scout Cadette.
Jeff Winston, of Yorba Linda, has 40 years of experience defining information technology strategies in addition to designing and implementing I.T. solutions for Fortune 500 companies. He spent the last 20 years in the pharmaceutical and medical device business for Allergan, Inc. where he focused on streamlining business processes, improving customer experience, equipping field forces with effective tools, and managing the business of I.T. Prior to Allergan, Winston spent 10 years with global petroleum company Unocal Corporation. He is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council for the Chapman University Schmid College of Science and Technology and serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors and member of the Executive Committee for Temple Beth Sholom of Orange County. Also, as chair of the Temple Beth Sholom Living Legacy Campaign, he helped raise over $8M for the redesign and reconstruction of the facility following a devastating fire in 2014. While Winston himself is new to Girl Scouts, he is a proud Girl Scout member and husband to alum Caron Winston.
“We are so proud to welcome Jacqueline, Holly, Lisa, and Jeff to our Board of Directors and look forward to their contributions,” said Nancy Nygren, CEO of Girl Scouts of Orange County. "They join us at an exciting time as we embark on the second year of our STEM Consortium and prepare for the early 2017 opening of our Girl Scout Leadership Center in Newport Beach. The new Leadership Center will be a place where Girl Scouts across Orange County have life-changing experiences as they explore 21st century careers and learn to take action on issues they care about. They'll also create lifelong memories as they explore the waterfront surroundings."
Girl Scouts of Orange County Board Chair Becky Bailey-Findley added, “I am proud to serve alongside these talented community and business leaders and all of our continuing board members. The wealth of experience and passion they bring to building our next generation of female leaders adds tremendous value to our organization and helps ensure that we are able to reach more girls with programs and experiences that give them the courage and confidence to change the world.”
A complete listing of Girl Scouts of Orange County board members can be found at: http://www.girlscoutsoc.org/en/gsoc/board-of-directors.html.
About Girl Scouts
We are the Girl Scouts of Orange County. We’re 36,000 strong— more than 21,000 girls and nearly 15,000 adults who believe every girl can change the world. Girl Scouts began over 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed` in the power of every girl. Today, we continue her vision of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place by helping them discover their inner strength, passions, and talents. And with programs in every zip code in Orange County, there’s a chance for every girl to do something amazing. We’re the Girl Scouts. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.GirlScoutsOC.org.