Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast Announces 2017-2018 Board of Directors

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GSCCC Announces Board Members during Annual Meeting in Aptos

“We are pleased to welcome our new Board Members to the team, as well as those who will be serving a second term to continue our council’s mission,” said Board Chair Tammie Helmuth.

Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast (GSCCC) announced today the installment of its new Board of Directors, representing communities throughout the council. The new Board of Directors were installed during GSCCC’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Aptos at the Seascape Beach Resort on Saturday, April 22.

Appointed to the Board during the meeting were: Dwayne Carey of Woodland Hills; Hayley Civian of Aptos; Genevieve Evans-Taylor of Camarillo; Mark Lisa of Templeton; Danielle McCaffery of Santa Barbara and Ryan Van Ommerren of Thousand Oaks. The Board also appointed Sue Roth of Santa Cruz to serve on the Executive Committee as the inaugural Vice Chair of the newly formed Membership Connection Committee.

“This year, GSCCC created a new bylaw-required committee, the Membership Connection Committee, that allows direct flow of information to and from the Board and CEO directly to our membership,” said Jody Skenderian, Interim CEO of Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast. “We believe this Committee will help us create a new level of communication that helps unite us as one entity for the benefit of all of our Council’s Girl Scouts.”

“We are pleased to welcome our new Board Members to the team, as well as those who will be serving a second term to continue our council’s mission,” said Board Chair Tammie Helmuth. “Their expertise in their respective fields will help us achieve the strategic growth objectives and goals we have established for our council for the upcoming year.”

Board Chair Tammie Helmuth of Ventura; Vice Chair Lupita Renteria-Galvan of Salinas; Secretary Crystal Evans of Simi Valley and Treasurer Ashley Ogden of Paso Robles continue in their existing Board Member roles during this coming term.

Second-term Board Members-at-Large include: Kalpana Iyer of Thousand Oaks; Keisha Frost of Capitola; Susan Murata of Thousand Oaks and Jamie Ruffing of Santa Barbara.

New Board Development Committee members were also installed: second-term members, Debbie Holler of Newbury Park, and Mariann Novarina of Monterey. Crystal Evans of Thousand Oaks and Kalpana Iyer of Thousand Oaks will continue their existing roles on the Board Development Committee.

National Delegates 2017-2020 were also installed in preparation for Girl Scouts of the USA’s national G.I.R.L. 2017 convention to be held in Columbus, Ohio in October: Lily Hargett – girl delegate; Natalie McCaffery – girl delegate; Emily Ramirez – girl delegate; Sue Roth – adult delegate; Jody Skenderian – Interim CEO, GSCCC; Tammie Helmuth – Board Chair, GSCCC and Ashley Ogden – Treasurer, GSCCC.

Volunteer of Excellence Awards recognize volunteers who have contributed outstanding service in support of the Council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members. Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast Interim CEO Jody Skenderian and Board Chair Tammie Helmuth awarded Volunteer of Excellence awards to Katherine Brown from Service Unit 155 in Coastal Redwoods, Pam Caine from Service Unit 356 in Monterey Bay and Laurie Bend, also from Service Unit 356 in Monterey Bay.

Appreciation Pins recognize an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). Appreciation Pins were awarded to Kristin Escalle from Service Unit 452 in San Luis Obispo and Dawn Scearcy of Service Unit 553 in Valley of the Flowers for their outstanding volunteer work.

The Annual Meeting celebrated the Girl Scout Gold Award Centennial and included 18 Gold Award recipients from the past and present, as the luncheon honored their achievement of earning the highest award in Girl Scouting – The Girl Scout Gold Award and predecessor awards of First Class and Curved Bar.

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast serves over 10,400 girls across six counties and is committed to making the Girl Scout Leadership Experience available to girls in ways that impact their lives both in the moment and into the future. Girls participate in troops, individual projects, council events, day camps and more. A variety of leadership, outdoor skills, and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) based programs and events provide girls with opportunities to learn and explore in fun and informative ways. To join or volunteer in Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara or Ventura County, visit:

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