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Marla Meyer

Chief Executive Officer 

Marla's Bio

Marla Meyer is a strong supporter of leadership development for women and girls and loves working with Girl Scouts. She is a mom and aunt to two amazing Girl Scouts, Madi and Savannah. For them and all Girl Scouts, she works to unleash the power of girls through experiences that build leaders of tomorrow and help them realize there is always a solution to every problem. “Think like McGyver,” as Marla would say.

One thing you might not know about Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons’ CEO, is that she spent her childhood on a farm near Beaver Creek, MN, with sheep, more sheep and lots of sheep. Marla’s down to earth personality started on that farm and grew into a love of getting to know people authentically, and engaging people in their interests and figuring out how to make life fun and adventurous.

Marla’s love of iconic brands (like Girl Scouts) led her to work for more than 20 years for Coca-Cola and Pepsi, at the forefront of sales, marketing and service leadership across the United States and Canada.

Marla holds an MBA in Marketing from the Craig School of Business, California State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Management from Minnesota State University, but her biggest accomplishment is being a mom to twins, Max and Madi.

Which Girl Scout cookie is your favorite?

Samoas! What’s better than crisp cookies, coated in caramel and sprinkled with toasted coconut? And the best part? Dark Chocolate stripes on top of it all!

Stacy Stahl

Stacy Stahl

Chief Operating Officer 

Stacy's Bio

Stacy has had a life-long love for adventure! A Girl Scout Alum (she fondly remembers attending a Girl Scout camp behind the Brandon, SD Lutheran Church) she caught the bug for world travel in high school which led her to teaching middle school English in three different small communities on the island of Hokkaido in the northern part of Japan and biking the Amalfi coast of Italy for her mom’s 60th birthday!

An Augustana University Graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Stacy returned from Japan with a new passion for working with youth and has spent her entire career doing just that! As the COO of Girl Scouts she is excited to serve a mission that continues to feed her passion for building confidence in girls.  She also was drawn to the rich history of the organization and our founder Juliette Gordon Low who was a trailblazer and an advocate for women and girls during a time where the concept of empowering females wasn’t widely accepted or embraced.

Stacy looks forward to working with the council team and volunteers to create the most captivating and life-changing programming that advances the mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character and creates memories girls will remember for a lifetime.

Which Girl Scout cookie is your favorite?
Tough choice! I tend to go back and forth between Samoas and Thin Mints. I’m a fan of all of the chocolate varieties! 

Kailene Frey

Kailene Frey

Chief Human Resources and Risk Officer

Kailene's Bio

Kailene was born in Aberdeen, SD and raised in Reno, Nevada, the biggest little city in the world. To this day, Kailene has an affinity for mountain ranges, jeans and a great pair of boots. Kailene’s passions include her faith, family, good music, friends, real estate, country and understanding what makes people who they are. Kailene decided to pursue education with a double major in Business and Psychology and has held multiple leadership positions in the Human Resources field. This background has brought her to Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons where she is inspired every day by the Girl Scouts mission and the important work we do. She is committed to helping develop a great culture where together anything and everything is possible.

Which Girl Scout cookie is your favorite?
The Thin Mint. The Thin Mint is a round chocolate wafer with just the right hint of mint flavor and is one of the most popular Girl Scouts cookies. They freeze great and bonus, the Thin Mint has the most cookies per sleeve of all the Girl Scout cookies!

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Lisa Karsky

Vice President Development and Communications

Lisa's Bio

Lisa Karsky was born on Christmas day and grew up on a farm outside of Springfield, SD. Lisa’s professional development began in middle school when her Mom started a home business and she traveled along, watching her connect with others, market her business, lead meetings and help other women do the same through development opportunities. This led Lisa to a Marketing & Business Degree from Dakota State University.

She was living in Fargo, ND at the time of the 2009 Red River Flood which instilled in her an unforgettable feeling of community and camaraderie as people demonstrated what it means to come together for others. This ignited a passion to give back and lead her to a career in Philanthropy beginning in 2011. This career shift and her passion collided when she joined Girl Scouts! Lisa is most excited to build a level of community awareness and partnership that gives a greater voice to the experiences and impact happening at Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons. 

When she’s not promoting the Girl Scout Mission family is where it’s at – you’ll catch her on an evening walk or travel adventure with her husband Ben, son Bennett, and dog Buster.

Which Girl Scout cookie is your favorite?
The new Adventurefuls! The crunchy brownie and caramel crème pair with just about any Starbucks drink!

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Dale Norton

Chief Financial Officer

Dale's Bio

Dale Norton has always been good with numbers and his attention to detail make him the ideal CFO for Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons. Dale grew up in Spirit Lake, IA and graduated from the University of South Dakota, BSBA, with an emphasis in accounting. Immediately out of college, Dale went to work with Deloitte in Phoenix, AZ, working his way up to become an auditing manager. Most recently, Dale was a Financial Advisor but has also been a CFO or Controller of various companies in Sioux Falls, SD. Dale’s drive to succeed supports the critical role of the financial aspect in our great girl-centered organization and he strives for accurate recording and proper use of communication channels. When he isn’t attending his sons’ sporting events, Dale participates in competitive sailing, which has been a passion of his from the age of six.

Which Girl Scout cookie is your favorite?

Thin Mints, preferably frozen! 

Jackie Swanstrom

Jackie Swanstrom

Director of Governance and Executive Support

Jackie's Bio

As the one in charge of the council’s Corporate Governance, CEO support and Board of Director’s support, Jackie runs a tight ship—but looking at her desk with files organized by color, it’s clear she brings fun and flair to the mission as well ( and sometimes her favorite baked goods and garden flowers too).  Her boys and husband make sure she stays in touch with her “wild” side with regular camping outings with family and friends throughout South Dakota and Iowa.  What drives her in her work life? Her personal mission statement: “Collaboration & Grace—people working together and positively supporting one another to develop excellent future leaders and communities.” Sounds like a Girl Scout to us!

Which Girl Scout cookie is your favorite?

Thin Mint! Isn’t it everybody’s favorite cookie?