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Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes Announces CEO Departure


Dear Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes Family,

This November marks my second anniversary with the Council. When I accepted the position, I came with great enthusiasm and a passion for Girl Scouts and with an eagerness to learn, grow, and serve as your Chief Executive Officer. It was a leap of faith in many ways. Departing from three decades in corporate America to nonprofit leadership was exciting and scary at the same time. The role has stretched me and challenged me in so many ways and as a result I am a stronger, more resilient leader because of the experiences Girl Scouts has brought me. I came ready to embrace our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

It is with gratitude and a humble heart that I announce I will be stepping down from my position as CEO of Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes to pursue a new opportunity outside of the organization. I will carry the wonderful lessons learned and relationships built along with me and know that the Girl Scout spirit will lead me in all my future endeavors.

My last day at GSNWGL will be on Friday, November 13.  Patrice Pergolski, our Board chair, and I will continue to work on a transition plan over the next couple weeks, and I will work closely with the Council leaders to ensure a smooth change of leadership. One of the many great things about our Council is that we lead as a team. Our team is ready and able to step in and step up to cover any challenges that arise after my departure, guiding important decisions and steering us in the best direction for our Council. Please be assured that our Council remains strong and poised to boldly meet the challenges of the future. There will be no interruption of support or services to our members, volunteers and their families.

 In closing, I like to reflect on the wise words of our founder Juliette Gordon Low, “The work of today is the history of tomorrow and we are its makers.”  You, our valued members, volunteers and families are a part of that, and I remain grateful for all of you and the differences you make in the lives of girls in our community.

Yours always in Girl Scouting,

CEO