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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR – Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas is pleased to announce the appointment of Dawn Prasifka as Chief Executive Officer effective August 12, 2013.             

Dawn brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the nonprofit sector, with over twenty-five years of experience in various organizations prior to her most recent role as Executive Director of The Centers for Youth and Families Foundation in Little Rock.  Dawn’s professional accomplishments were recently recognized by the Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Professional Fundraisers as Arkansas’ Outstanding Fundraising Professional of 2012.  Additionally, Dawn was recognized by Arkansas Business Publishing in its June 2008 Soiree magazine as one of Little Rock’s 26 Power Women and was selected as a High Profile by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in its March 8, 2009 issue.             

Dawn has a history of nurturing relationships in ways that improve lives and make the world a better place.  She brings great analytical skills, knowledge of donor cultivation and management, organizational governance and management, processes and procedures to the Girl Scout organization.  She joins Girl Scouts – Diamonds Council after lending her expertise to numerous organizations with great causes, including senior leadership roles in larger organizations and start-up entities, as well as, running her own consulting business.  During her seven years at The Centers, which included one of the country’s most severe economic recessions, she was directly responsible for an average increase in donations of 9% annually.  She secured the largest single cash gift, as well as, the largest gift of property in the history of the organization.  Dawn’s redesign of the staff structure encouraged a team approach to fundraising and encouraged cross-training within the organization.             

Dawn will use her experience and commitment to youth development to advance the mission of Girl Scouting in the Diamonds Council.  She looks forward to leading the Diamonds Council to new heights of success in making a positive difference in the lives of even more girls.  Dawn states, “I am eager to engage staff, volunteers and partners as we empower girls to take the lead in their own lives and make a difference in their communities.” 

Dawn has served as a volunteer in many organizations and is currently a member of the Downtown Little Rock Rotary Club, and Mount St. Mary’s Alumnae Board Past President.  She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock and previously received a Bachelor of Science from Southeast Missouri State University.  Dawn is married to Ken Harrison and is the proud mother of three sons, Benjamin, Spencer and Brooks.