Girl Scouts of the USA Announces National Board Leadership Lanes

Girls and Young Women are Offered Leadership Positions with National Board and Girl Scout Staff


March 16, 2009

Michelle Tompkins
Girl Scouts of the USA
(212) 852-5074

New York, N.Y. — Girl Scouts of the USA has selected 24 participants for the National Board Leadership Lanes. These leadership opportunities for girls and young women enrich Girl Scouts of the USA as the movement delivers on its mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Four motivated girls have been chosen as National Board Task group members to serve as members of the Advocacy and the WAGGGS task groups. Five young leaders have been chosen as Young Alumnae Volunteers to mentor the participants and to receive governance training. Fifteen determined girls have been chosen as National Girl Consultants to consult both National Board members and Girl Scouts of the USA staff members.

Girl Scouts of the USA is making great strides in integrating girls' voices in its work. The National Board Leadership Lanes offer an opportunity for girls and young women to influence both operational and policy decision–making processes in Girl Scouting. The selected girls and young women will partner with Girl Scouts of the USA for the calendar year on various projects.

This year's participants were selected from over one hundred applications and a series of interviews. They are a diverse group of Girl Scouts. They represent all six Girl Scout geographical areas, various ethnic backgrounds and different age groups. Each participant demonstrates a commitment to reaching the highest level of their leadership potential.

"The National Board Leadership Lanes program is a great example of girl leadership in action," said Kathy Cloninger, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA.

Following are National Board Leadership Lanes participants:


Morgan, WAGGGS Task Group Member
Lawrenceville, Ga.
Morgan is a high school senior in Atlanta, Georgia. She is on the varsity softball and basketball teams, a Lion Leader (mentor to freshman) and a yearbook staff member. Her hobbies include traveling, crafting, reading and scrapbooking. She will be attending college in the fall, majoring in English with a minor in International Policy and Pre-Law Studies. Her goal is to become a corporate lawyer. Morgan is a Girl Scout of 12 years.


MarissaMarissa, Advocacy Task Group Member
Riverside, Calif.
Marissa is a high school junior in Riverside, Calif. A Girl Scout of 13 years, she has a deep-rooted passion for helping others and improving the world. In her free time, Marissa enjoys her numerous dance classes, water polo and her position as Editor-in-Chief of her school's newspaper. Marissa plans to attend Harvard and pursue a career as a pediatric neurosurgeon.


AshleyAshley, Advocacy Task Group Member
Memphis, Tenn.
Ashley is a high school student in Memphis, Tenn. She is in the 11th grade and is a member of the Mock Trial Team., Mu Alpha Theta and Honor Society. She is interested in law and political science. This summer she will be attending prep school in Connecticut. Ashley is a member of Girl Scouts Heart of the South and was a troop assistant.


KathrynKathryn, WAGGGS Task Group Member
Fairfax, Va.
Kathryn's dad was in the army so she has lived all over the place, including two countries and six states. She loves reading, singing, dancing and working with her Girl Scout Brownie Troop. When she graduates from college she hopes to join the foreign service.


NoorainNoorain, Young Alumnae Volunteer
New Haven, Conn.
Noorain is a student at Yale Law School. She recently completed her M. Phil in Migration Studies at Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Originally from Grand Rapids, Mich., she graduated from Rice University. She has interned at Google, Inc., Shirkat Gah (a women's rights NGO in Pakistan), the U.S senate, the Middle East Institute, Amnesty International and the Baker Institute for Public Policy. Noorain is a 2002 Young Woman of Distinction. As a lifelong Girl Scout member and volunteer, she is thrilled to be working with Girl Scouts once again!


KatieKatie, Young Alumnae Volunteer
San Antonio, Texas
Katie is a lifetime Girl Scout who has served on her council's Board of Directors for two terms as an ex officio member in San Antonio, Texas. She is currently pursuing a business degree at Texas Christian University in Fort worth, Texas. She enjoys traveling around the world and learning about different cultures. She also enjoys playing golf and spending time with friends and family.


JasmineJasmine, Young Alumnae Volunteer
Jacksonville, Fla.
Jasmine was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and was a military child so she considers multiple places her hometown. She attends the University of North Florida and will earn her bachelor's degree in History with minors in English and Political Science. She is the founder and President of the Campus Girl Scouts chapter at the University of North Florida. Her hobbies include reading, making jewelry and fish keeping.


RebeccaRebecca, Young Alumnae Volunteer
Durham, N.C.
Rebecca currently works at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) coordinating research programs. She has a B.S in Ecology and an MSPH in Environmental Health Sciences, both from Tulane University. In addition to leading two Girl Scout troops, she loves to tend to her vegetable garden, travel and cook for friends.


DianaDiana, Young Alumnae Volunteer
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Diana is a public relations professional working and living in Oklahoma City. She was born in the Philippines and has lived in Oklahoma from age nine. She loves outdoor activities like camping, hiking and backpacking. She is a new homeowner who has spent the past year "recycling" her house built in 1959 with "do-it-yourself" projects. Diana is also a current Girl Scout troop leader in Oklahoma.


ToniToni, National Girl Consultant
Palm Desert, Calif.
Toni is a 16 year old Girl Scout from Palm Desert, Calif. She enjoys working with a team on and off the basketball court and has a passion for public speaking and theater. She loves to travel even though she must at times leave her family, including her mom, dad, little brother and adorable pug Oreo at home. In life, she hopes to continue her journey on "the road less traveled". Toni was an emcee at the 2008 Girl Scout National Council Session /51st Convention.


JennaJenna, National Girl Consultant
Erie, Pa.
Jenna is a high school sophomore in Erie, Pa. She is active in a range of school activities including French Club, History Club, Model UN, Speech and Debate, and the Environmental Club. Her strongest passions include dancing and violin playing. It may sound like all she does is works but making time for her many close friends, eating and watching her favorite show 24, help to keep her grounded. She also loves traveling, going on crazy adventures, and most importantly meeting fun new people like the rest of the girls. Jenna traveled with other Girl Scouts on the "Pathways to Politics" Girl Scout destination.

NataliaNatalia, National Girl Consultant
Madison, Wis.
Natalia lives in Madison, Wis., where she is active in several social justice groups, including an organization she founded as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award. The organization is called Madison SOS (Speak Out, Sister!). She loves to write, swim, cook and travel, and is really interested in global issues affecting girls and women. She hopes to study politics and women's studies in college and to pursue a career in journalism or public policy. Natalia is a 2008 Young Woman of Distinction.


TaylorTaylor, National Girl Consultant
La Plata, Md.
Taylor is a high school junior. She is originally from San Jose, Calif. and now lives in La Plata, Md. She is highly involved in her school's student government association, a member of the Spanish Honor Society and a member of the Mock Trial Team. She loves Girl Scouts and has been involved for 11 years. She wants to be a pediatrician.


AmandaAmanda, National Girl Consultant
San Antonio, Texas
The Lone Star State, Texas is Amanda's home. She is greatly intrigued with science and strongly thrives in her school community. She aspires to become a neurologist. Outgoing, motivated and caring are her most dominant personality traits. She has been a Girl Scout since her years as a Daisy.


SarahSarah, National Girl Consultant
Little Chute, Wis.
Sarah is from Little Chute, Wis. She is currently attending the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where she is undecided as to her major and is an active member of the music committee. She enjoys meeting new people, reading, writing and getting coffee. Her passions are music (she's currently trying to teach herself piano), Girl Scouting, helping people, as well as the environment. Sarah is a 2008 Young Woman of Distinction.


NatalieNatalie, National Girl Consultant
Lacey, Wash.
Natalie is a member of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington council. She has been in Girl Scouts for nine years beginning with Daisies and she still loves it. She traveled on two different Girl Scout destinations in the last two years and loves traveling. She also loves playing sports and staying active, especially with soccer.


EmmaEmma, National Girl Consultant
Georgetown, D.C.
Originally from Brentwood, Tenn., Emma is a current student at Georgetown University. She is studying Arabic, Government and Economics. She hopes to go into the field of domestic policy-writing. In her "free time" she loves to read, bake and take naps. Emma is a 2008 Young Woman of Distinction.


WhitneyWhitney, National Girl Consultant
Olympia Fields, Ill.
Whitney is a high school senior and resident of Olympia Fields, Ill. She is interested in history and plans to study political science at Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. She also enjoys playing field hockey. Whitney is a 2008 Young Woman of Distinction.


EmilyEmily, National Girl Consultant
Wilson, N.C.
Emily is a current tenth grader in Wilson, N.C. She loves Girl Scouts and started as a Daisy in kindergarten. Traveling is one of her passions. This summer she is going to the Galapagos Islands on her first Girl Scout international destinations trip. She is a good student and spends most of her spare time reading.


SohiniSohini, National Girl Consultant
Austin, Texas
Sohini is from Austin, Texas, a dynamic, cozy and artistically–inclined city. In college she plans to study a combination of cell biology and biochemistry, chemistry, neuroscience, cognitive science, linguistics and psychology. She is interested in learning many languages, the development of sustainable energy and environmental conservation, as well as all types of music and film. Sohini is a 2008 Young Woman of Distinction.


JenniferJennifer, National Girl Consultant
Greenfield, Wis.
Jennifer is a high school freshman. When she gets older she would like to be very successful and have a great job in leadership. She is looking forward to learning even more about being a leader. She is very excited to meet new people. Jennifer was the youngest member of the Teen Leadership Council at Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast.


ErinErin, National Girl Consultant
New Castle, Del.
Erin is from New Castle, Del., home of Vice President Joe Biden. She is a senior in high school in Wilmington and will graduate in May. She is very interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and plans to major in Engineering at Hampton University in Virginia next fall. She loves to travel and build robots, meeting lots of fun people along the way. Erin is a 2008 Young Woman of Distinction.


ShannonShannon, National Girl Consultant
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Shannon is a current student at Colorado State University and is majoring in Chemical and Biological Engineering. In her free time, she likes to snow board, play volleyball, and attend concerts and movies. Her favorite bands and singers are We the Kings, The Rocket Summer, Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift. Shannon is a 2008 Young Woman of Distinction.


JenniJenni, National Girl Consultant
Clermont, Fla.
Jenni lives just outside of Orlando, Fla. and is part of the Citrus Council. She attends Lake Sumter Community College as a Pre-Pharmacy major and is very involved in many clubs. She is very passionate about outdoor, animals, space, science, government, traveling and helping in her community. She is in her 14th year of Girl Scouting. Jenni is a 2008 Young Woman of Distinction.