FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2013
Contact: Kim Graves, Communications Manager
Macedonia, OH – When the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) Board of Directors met for its last meeting of the year on December 4, a new set of leaders was at the helm.
Prominent community leaders, nonprofit and corporate executives, and many board veterans were elected by the GSNEO General Assembly to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting of the General Assembly on October 26, 2013. The newly elected Chair of the Board of Directors, Brenda Heidinger of Youngstown, most recently served as Secretary, and has served on the GSNEO Board since 2007. Heidinger has served as the Chair of the Program and Membership Committee and has served on the Executive, Audit, and Fund Development Steering Committees as well. Heidinger is a Lifetime Member and recipient of Girl Scouting’s highest girl honor, the Gold Award.
Previously, Heidinger was the Board Chair for the Girl Scouts Lake to River Council, a GSNEO Legacy Council. She has over 20 years experience with volunteer management, specializing in the areas of pluralism and diversity initiatives. Professionally, Heidinger is the Interim Executive Director for the Mahoning County Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services Board and an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist I. She has used her program development, implementation and evaluation skills learned from Girl Scouts to assist this organization with many of their initiatives.
Retired Board Chair Joan Villarreal was elected to serve as Secretary of the Board.
“Joan has tirelessly given her time and resources to the Council since she joined the GSNEO Board in October 2007, and particularly as Chairperson for the past two years,” said GSNEO Chief Executive Officer Jane Christyson. “By all measures, the Council has improved immensely on her watch. Joan has been actively engaged with our membership, she believes in the Girl Scout Mission, and we thank her for the strength she brought to her role as board chair. She has certainly been a great role model for our girls, and we look forward to her ongoing involvement with the Council.”
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio connects girls to a world of possibilities in a positive and inclusive, girl-led environment. Girls are inspired to discover their passions and empowered to reach their full potential through a proven leadership development program. GSNEO serves 35,000 girls and 14,000 adult volunteer members throughout an 18-county region including Medina, Portage, and Summit counties; Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake counties; Carroll, Stark and Tuscarawas counties; Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties; Erie, Huron, Lorain, Sandusky and Seneca counties.Since its founding in 1912, Girl Scouts has provided more than 50 million girls with time-honored programs that engage them with their communities; enhance self-esteem; increase financial literacy and interest in math, science and technology; encourage good health and nutrition and build leadership skills necessary for them to move confidently into their futures. Today, Girl Scouts is the #1 girl organization in the world, with 3.7 million members throughout the United States, including U.S. territories, and in more than 90 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas.