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
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
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.