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GSRVAA Leadership Team
Kris Klos, Chair
Kris is a Lifetime Girl Scout who proudly earned her Gold Award as a girl. She is a founding member of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Special Interest Group and has volunteered her time in different roles at the service unit level and at council and alumnae events. Kris is now a leader for her daughter’s troop.
Juliann Nelson-Duffy, Treasurer
Juliann began her Girl Scout journey as a Brownie and Junior Girl Scout. As an adult, she led both of her daughters’ troops and was a member of the North Pines Service Unit Team, earning the Outstanding Volunteer Award for her service. She is a founding member of the STEM Special Interest Group. She joined the RVAA Leadership Team as Treasurer in 2014. Juliann worked as an actuary for Securian Financial Group for 39 years and retired in 2016.
Mary Selby, Media & Data Management
Mary’s connection to Girl Scouts began when she agreed to become a leader for her youngest daughter’s 1st grade Brownie Troop. She lead that troop until they graduated from High School. Since that time she has continued volunteering with the Rosewood and Roseville Service Units as a member of the Core Team. She has served many roles on the team including SU Cookie Manager, SU Events Coordinator and Digital media manager. She joined the RVAA Leadership Team in 2013 as Events Coordinator and has served for many years as the Forever Green Breakfast Chair.
Mary and her husband, Denny, have two grown daughters, five grandchildren (all three granddaughters are registered Girl Scouts with their mothers as their leaders). She retired from her Medical Records duties in 2015 and in her retirement enjoys quilting and many other hand crafts.
Jan Johnson, Adult Awards
Now a Lifetime member, Jan was a leader of her daughter’s troop in 1990-2001 and was co-service unit manager and service unit treasurer. She is one of the founding members and is still active with both Caddoodles Camp (volunteer run Caddie training) and Spookamaga (older girl and public event) and serves on the adult awards review committee and Forever Green awards and breakfast teams.
A.J. Steinbring, RVAA Scholarship
A.J. Steinbring has been a Girl Scout since she was in 1st grade and earned her Silver and Gold Awards. After attending Camp Northwoods for a decade as a camper, she spent seven glorious summers working there and now serves as the chair of the Camp Northwoods Alumnae Association. She also volunteers on the council’s Caddie Committee and Forever Green Scholarship Committee and is an outdoor trainer.
She graduated from Metropolitan State University with a double BA in Research/Information Studies and English Literature, and now works as an administrative assistant for General Mills. She married the love of her life in April 2020 during the COVID-19 state shutdown. She spends her free time caring for a balcony garden and a growing collection of houseplants, competing with a trivia team and being an “Auntie” to friends’ kids.
Mary Eisele Slack, Chair Emerita
Mary’s Girl Scout career started as a Brownie in Waterloo, Iowa. After she earned her First Class Award, she led and volunteered with troops through her 20s. Mary was a trainer/facilitator for Greater Minneapolis/River Valleys for many years and now volunteers for special projects.
She is clinical faculty at the University of St. Thomas in the Management Department and owns a consulting business, Eisele and Associates, Inc. Her areas of expertise are leadership, management, human resources, process improvement, project management, team dynamics and strategic planning. Mary and her husband, Dave, have two grown sons and they all love to spend time at the lake.
Natasha Groth, Member at Large
Tasha started out as a Brownie Girl Scout in Delano as a part of the Greater Minneapolis Girl Scout Council before the River Valleys Council was formed. She was a Brownie, Junior and a Cadette before her troop disbanded when both leaders moved out of the Service Unit. Tasha got back into Girl Scouts when her daughter started Kindergarten and the troop needed a co-Leader and cookie manager. A year later she took over the troop, and the girls and Tasha went on many adventures through 16 different states. Tasha also served as service unit manager for four years. Even though her scouts have all graduated, they still get together regularly for holidays and annual trips.
Tasha graduated from CSB/SJU with a BA in Psychology and is the HR and Office Manager for a steel erection firm in the west metro. She has a daughter, son and great husband. Her hobbies include running her gluten free cottage bakery and being outdoors as much as possible, including a minimum of 20 camping trips a year!
The GSRVAA Leadership Team is scouting for a new board members, including Vice Chair, Special Interest Group Liason, and Member Engagement. For more information, please email Kris.