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Committee and Task Force Governance

  • RGCA Executive Committee shall establish committees to meet the demands and needs of members and the association.
  • Committee chairs shall be appointed by the RGCA Chair.
    • Committee membership shall be open to all interested members in good standing
  • Committee Chairs may establish Task Forces that are topic focused with defined deliverables.
    • Task Forces shall have a defined life-cycle
    • Task Forces are limited to 5-7 members in good standing
    • No Task Force shall have more than one individual from the same company on is roster; however, such members may tap others in their companies to assist in executing a specific task
  • No individual may serve as chair on more than one committee or task force


Standing Committees

Executive Committee                                         

Chair:  Marina Hodges, Walmart

Committee Members

  • Tim Anderson, AMC Theatres
  • Timm Walsh, Regal Cinemas

Mission:  take timely actions when Board is not convened; oversee relationship with Kellen

Finance Committee                                             

Chair:  Tim Anderson, AMC Theatres

Mission:  monitor finances, develop annual budget and make recommendations to the Board as needed


Other Committees & Task Forces

Membership Committee                                    

Co-Chairs:  Bryan Whitlock, Lowe’s

Committee Members

  • Tom Boucher, CashStar
  • Julie Carter, Regal
  • Martha Eyman, Orvis
  • Nichole Glass, Gift Card Impressions
  • Lauren Haus, TJX
  • Colleen Dorwart, Travel Tags

Mission:  develop and oversee execution of membership develop plans; make recommendations for new programs and services that enhance RGCA value


Mentor Task Force                                               

Chair:  Paul Tappon, First Data

Mission:  provide support to, and a touchstone for, new members


Government Affairs                                            

Chair:  Nathan Ehrlich, Home Depot

Committee Members

  • Carmen Cook, Starbucks
  • Grant Menikoff, Barnes & Noble
  • Brian Gamberini, Home Depot
  • Nick Johnson, Target
  • Adrienne Joyner, DFRG
  • Andy Choi, Disney
  • Beth Blasdel, AMC Theaters
  • Bill Hambrook, Kohl’s
  • Elish Myers, DFRG
  • Frank Julian, Macy’s
  • Frank Squilla, InComm
  • Matt Levy, Target
  • Reed Luhtanen, Walmart
  • Robert Skiba, InComm
  • Kathie Peppi, McDonald’s
  • Jen Porras Brinker
  • Laura Parker, Best Buy

Mission:  monitor relevant legislative and regulatory matters and report to the membership; oversee legal counsel

Marketing / Communications Committee        

Chair: Jayne Stegemiller, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Committee Members

  • Susan Bach, JC Penney
  • Martha Weaver, Raise
  • Jenny Jeansonne, Stockpile
  • Regina Spielmann, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Mission:  oversee marketing, PR and communications initiatives; approve annual Fletcher plans


Industry Marketing & Sponsorships Task Force           

Chair:  Shawna Nichol

Mission:  identify key third-party organizations and develop strategies for engagement, collaboration or to compete


Website Task Force                                       

Chair:  Jenny Jeansonne, Stockpile

Mission:  launch a new RGCA website with modern functionality, database integration and housing robust, relevant content


Knowledge Committee                                       

Chair:  Marina Hodges, Walmart

Committee Members

  • Jenny Ford, Home Depot
  • Tracy Ng, Fandango
  • Teri Llach, Blackhawk Network
  • Kathie Peppi, McDonald’s
  • Beth Blasdel, AMC Theaters
  • Katie Dougherty, IHOP
  • Bill Hambrook, Kohl’s
  • Lloyd Parker, Hallmark
  • Michelle Brown, SVS

Mission:  set the education agenda for the year, develop program for Forum, oversight of Task Forces as follows


Insights Task Force                                           

Chair:  Kathleen Henderson, The Cheesecake Factory

Committee Members

  • Marina Hodges, Walmart
  • Beth Blasdel, AMC Theaters
  • Armineh Sarkissian, Applebees
  • Martha Weaver, Raise
  • Ken Bott, Darden Restaurants
  • Deborah Merkin, GiftCard Partners

Mission:  set the RGCA research agenda for the year to include internally generated data, procured data from industry partners, and/or paid original research


Merchandising Task Force                             

Chair:  Open

Committee Members

  • Lloyd Parker, Hallmark
  • Ken Bott, Darden
  • Deborah Merkin, GiftCard Partners
  • Cassie Moore, Kohl’s
  • Abby Teigland, Bass Pro Shops

Mission:  identify two specific topic areas and develop best practices for each


Innovations Task Force                                   

Chair:  Nicole Glass, Gift Card Impressions

Committee Members

  • Tracy Ng
  • Bill Hambrook, Kohl’s
  • Robyn Wentzel, Macy’s
  • Grant Menikoff, Barnes & Noble
  • Peter Davison, Disney
  • Paul Tappon, First Data
  • Kevin Shepela, Fandango

Mission:  deliver, at a minimum, a quarterly report and/or webinar on one or more innovations newly introduced to the closed loop gift card market


Fraud Task Force                                           

Chair:  Open

Mission:  identify two specific topic areas and develop best practices for each


Exchanges Best Practices Task Force                       

Chair:  Martha Weaver, Raise

Committee Members

  • Mark Romanelli, Wolfe
  • Tom Ochoa, Cardcash.com
  • Shelley Hunter, Blackhawk
  • Matt Kerper, Cashstar

Mission:  research and document best practices



Chair:  Jayne Stegemiller, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Committee Members

  • Martha Weaver, Raise
  • Kim Sobasky, Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Colleen Dorwart, Travel Tags
  • Erin Wood, Subway
  • Marina Hodges, Walmart
  • Kathleen Henderson, The Cheesecake Factory
  • Regina Spielmann, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Mission:  oversee the planning and execution of annual Forum