Each spring, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) hosts its Annual Meeting at the Macedonia, Ohio headquarters, but this year the meeting on April 4, 2020 was held using Zoom technology. During the virtual meeting, nearly 100 Girl Scout members, both girls and adults, tuned in for the governance meeting that included board committee reports and an election of board members, committee members, and national delegates. Laura Watson Schultz, Board Chair (2016-2020), who recently celebrated her 30-year anniversary as a Girl Scout, is a Lifetime Member and a proud Gold Award Girl Scout. She gave her final remarks before passing the gavel to Judith E. Matsko after the unanimous vote.
“Serving as board chair was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and I pledge to continue to serve the organization and our girls in other capacities,” said Schultz. “I’m confident in our future and in Judy’s leadership as we continue to grow strong and deliver relevant Girl Scout experiences.”
Judith E. Matsko will lead the GSNEO Board of Directors, which provides strategic direction and stewardship, supporting leadership experiences and programs for more than 25,000 Girl Scouts throughout 18 counties in Northeast Ohio.
“It’s an honor to serve GSNEO and to build upon the strategic initiatives put in place over the past few years,” said Matsko. “I believe in the mission, I believe in this council, and I look forward to engaging with our Girl Scout community. One of the most important roles of the board chair is to inspire a deeply committed board to add great value to the organization.”
Judith E. Matsko, Development Director of The Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma is a Girl Scout alum. Matsko joined the GSNEO Board of Directors in 2013 as a Director-at-Large and later Vice Chair. She served as chair of the Fund Development committee for six years, chair of the past three Dessert First fundraising events, and she served as a volunteer on the Strategy Alignment and the Women of Distinction committees. In 2014, Matsko was recognized as a GSNEO Woman of Distinction.
Chris Venditti, Director, Strategy and Execution at Cardinal Health was elected Vice Chair; Kate Asbeck, a retired Financial Executive and Cindy Skelton-Becker, Senior Manager, Corporate Continuous Improvement at Nordson Corporation were elected Treasurer and Secretary respectively.
Voting members of the council elected this year’s slate, which included 10 new Adult Board members (of 19), six new Board Development Committee members (of eight), and two new girl board members, who are elected annually.
The newly elected are Dr. Mary Parker, Vice President of Enrollment Management at Kent State University; Dr. Karen Stock, Associate Professor of Business at Walsh University; and Christine Walker, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for FirstEnergy Service Company, a subsidiary FirstEnergy Corp.
The elected Girl Scout Board Members-at-Large (one-year term) are Charity Boley of Uniontown, who was newly elected, and Ava Kress of North Royalton, who was re-elected.
Re-elected to serve another two-year term to the Board of Directors were: Allison Baker, Corporate and Brand Affairs Manager at Nestle; Robyn Gordon, Director of the Center Operations Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field; Matthew Inks, Director of Enterprise Continuous Improvement at KeyBank; Kathy Moock, Community Volunteer; Nicole Rodenfels, Development Director at LifeAct; Laura Schultz, Esq., an associate in the Business Litigation practice group at Thompson Hine LLP; and Ellen Stephens, Vice President of Human Resources for the Corporate Division and World Headquarters for The Sherwin-Williams Company.
Newly elected to the Board Development Committee were: Erin Brady Curtis, Manager of Volunteer, Employee, and Spiritual Care Services at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital; James Harris, Senior IT Project Manager at Eaton Corporation; Kathy Moock, Community Volunteer; Dr. Karen Stock, Associate Professor of Business at Walsh University; and Sandra Reid, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning Administration at The Davey Tree Expert Company. Dr. Vivian von Gruenigen, Chief Medical Officer at University Hospitals Ahuja was re-elected to serve another two-year term to the GSNEO Board Development Committee.
“Girl Scouts of North East Ohio is strong and growing, and we couldn’t provide outstanding programs and services to more than 25,000 girls without our dedicated volunteers, including members of our board of directors and committees,” said GSNEO Chief Executive Officer Jane Christyson.