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Tahirah Ahmad
Atlanta, GA
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 8 years as a Girl Scout

School: Miltan High School, rising junior

Volunteer: Chattahoochee Nature Center, Girl Scouts, For kids, Arts Center

Favorite Cookie: Thin Mints and Samoas - cant pick just one

Favorite Camp: Timber Ridge
 
 

Sarah Anne Bock
Forsyth County
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 12 years as a Girl Scout

Work: Babysitting 4 boys

School: South Forsyth High School IB (International Baccalaureate) senior

Volunteer: Meals by Grace, Senior Citizen Prom

Favorite Cookie: Tagalongs

Favorite Camp: South Forsyth Day Camp
 
 

Genevieve Collado
DeKalb County
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 12 years as a Girl Scout

School: St. Pius X Catholic High School, 10th grade

Volunteer: Georgia Aquarium Youth Volunteer with over 100 hours of service

Favorite Cookie: Thin Mints

Favorite Camp: Misty Mountain

What is the most valued life lesson you've learned through Girl Scouting?
The most valued life lesson I have learned through Girl Scouting is recognizing my inner strength. I developed my inner strength by taking the Girl Scout values and applying them into my life, which carved my character and who I am today. I have the courage, inner strength, and confidence to be true to myself and respectful of others.

What do you hope to learn From Girl Scouts across the United States at the 53rd Girl Scout Convention in Utah this fall?
I hope to see more powerful and courageous women that built their future with perseverance. I hope to be guided for my gold award project and learn from other delegates around the country of what their take action projects are about. I have two ideas that I am considering and need to talk them through. I also am so excited to make new friends and discover the empowerment of women.
 
 

Verlie Cowan
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 10 years as a Girl Scout, 10+ years as an adult

Volunteer: Service Unit Director, Troop Advisor, Training Facilitator
 
 

Shirley Ann Cruz
Cobb County
scruz@gsgatl.org
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 10 years as a Girl Scout

Work: Manager of Volunteer Support, Recognition, and Resolutions for Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

Volunteer: Volunteering for the Junior League of Atlanta and Council of Volunteer Administrators (COVA)

Favorite Cookie: Samoas

Favorite Camp: Pine Valley
 
 

Pooja Dave
DeKalb County
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 10+ years as a Girl Scout

School: Woodward Academy

Volunteer: Knti dance Academy (Indian classical dance studio), My sister's house( homeless shelter), Genetics lab at Emory University

Favorite Cookie: Samoas

Favorite Camp: Meriwether
 
 

Anne DeFranks
Fulton County
adefranks@yahoo.com
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 4 years as a Girl Scout, 20 years as an adult

Work: Software Technical Expert at Amdocs for more than 28 years. I love the work I do and have had more opportunities throughout my career with the company than I ever imagined!

School: Emory University, BS-Computer Science/Math 1983

Volunteer: I get to share my love for cooking as a member of the St. Brigid Catholic Church Salty & Sweets group.

Favorite Cookie: Samoas

Favorite Camp: Meriwether

What is the most valued life lesson you've learned through Girl Scouting?
One person can make a difference.

What do you hope to learn From Girl Scouts across the United States at the 53rd Girl Scout Convention in Utah this fall? I hope to learn if regional differences exist among the various levels within Girl Scouts, and if so, how can we amend our programs to compensate for the differences?
 
 

Lianne Griffin
DeKalb County
liannegriffin@bellsouth.net
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 10 years as a Girl Scout , 22 years as an adult

Work: I retired from corporate America (Project Manager) in 2013 and I am the owner of a Network Marketing business now

School: Graduated from Georgia Tech with BS Industrial Management and a Masters Degree in Project Management from George Washington Univ.

Volunteer: Church- Atlanta Weimaraner Club Rescue- Girl Scouts

Favorite Cookie: Tagalongs

Favorite Camp: Misty Mountain
 
 

Heather Heigl
Gwinnett County
heatherheigl@yahoo.com
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 6 years as a Girl Scout, 4 years as an adult

Work: School Counselor at Pucketts Mill Elementary School in Dacula, GA. I have been a school counselor for 15 years in GA, NC, and Florida.

Favorite Cookie: Thin Mints
 
 

Priscilla Hetherington
Gwinnett County
pjhetherington@gmail.com
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 1 year as a Girl Scout, 9 years as an adult

Work: Program manager for the Internal Revenue Service with more than 30 years of experience in customer service for this agency. I have enjoyed public service but am truly looking forward to retirement.

Volunteer: I volunteer with my children's schools. particularly with the high school basketball booster club.

Favorite Cookie: Tagalongs

Favorite Camp: Misty Mountain
 
 

Lynn Huckabey
Cobb County
gmgirlscout@gmail.com
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 3 years as an adult

Work: Engineering Supervisor for Georgia Power Company. It is a pleasure to work for a company that focuses on serving our customers as well as our community.

Volunteer: I am a member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Northwest Georgia. This is the only shelter for victims of domestic violence in Cobb County and it is my passion to ensure their needs are met. I also volunteer at my daughters’ school, for Citizens of Georgia Power and for the Society of Women Engineers. I volunteer with multiple groups that promote environmental advocacy and maintain hiking trails in the area to ensure these facilities are maintained for all to enjoy.

Favorite Cookie: Trefoils

Favorite Camp: Timber Ridge
 
 

Kirsten Emma Hughes
Gwinnett County
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 12 years as a Girl Scout

School: Collins Hill High School Junior. Go Eagles!

Volunteer: My mother works for GSGATL as a Membership Specialist so I volunteer with her all the time.

Favorite Cookie: Tagalongs

Favorite Camp: Meriwether
 
 

Paige Laine
Forsyth County
paige.laine@comcast.net
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 2 years as a Girl Scout, 5+ years as an adult

Work: Part time as an Attorney with Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle, PC in Duluth, GA

Volunteer: South Forsyth Service Unit School Coordinator for Brookwood Elementary School; Brookwood classroom and PTA volunteer; Local School Council member for South Forsyth Middle School; Group Leader at Emory Law School Orientation on Professionalism; very active in Creekside United Methodist Church in Cumming, GA.

Favorite Cookie: Tagalongs

Favorite Camp: Timber Ridge

What is the most valued life lesson you've learned through Girl Scouting?
Girls (and boys!) are capable of more than we let them do! We tend to overparent - even when we don't helicopter, we assume they are too young, too inexperienced, too whatever to take on big projects and instigate big change - but they are way more talented, motivated, and innovative than we give them credit for. My constant reminder to myself as a type A troop leader is to pull back!

What do you hope to learn From Girl Scouts across the United States at the 53rd Girl Scout Convention in Utah this fall?
I am very excited about the idea of getting together with leaders from around the country. At my local service unit meetings, I always get great ideas from other leaders, and I imagine Convention will provide the same great fountain of knowledge on a grand scale. I have a running list of questions - How did you do your journey? What's a great Bronze project? Best ideas for parent engagement? Keeping overcommitted, overscheduled girls focused through high school? And I also have a running list of ideas I want to explore - STEM curriculum from vendors is just one example!
 
 

Crystal McCollum
DeKalb County
2014topic@gmail.com
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 11 years as an adult

School: Spelman College (class of 1992) – B.S. in Mathematics; Georgia Tech (class of 1998) – M.B.A.; Georgia State University (class of 2011) – Masters of Taxation

Work: I am a Certified Public Accountant with over 15-years of experience in both financial and tax accounting. Currently, I provide corporate and partnership tax services to public and large private entities.

Volunteer: In addition to serving Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta as a volunteer, I also volunteer with the following organizations: Boy Scouts – Atlanta Area Council, Arabia Mountain High School PTSA, Champion Middle School PTSA, Oak View Elementary School PTA, Hands on Atlanta, Atlanta Urban Debate League and KPMG Family for Literacy.

Favorite Cookie: Savannah Smiles

Favorite Camp: Pine Acres
 
 

Maya McCollum
 
 
 

Patricia Mullins-Thuon
Fayette County
pmthuon@yahoo.com
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 11 years as a Girl Scout, 14 years as an adult

Volunteer: Various Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts

Favorite Cookie: Tagalongs

Favorite Camp: Pine Valley
 
 

Judy Narde
Gwinnett County
narde@bellsouth.net
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 7 years as an adult

Work: Manage rental properties and homeschool my daughter.

Volunteer: Ga swimming Office and church youth group.

Favorite Cookie: Do-Si-Dos and Samoa

Favorite Camp: Misty Mountain
 
 

Dolores Peterson-Wise
Cobb County
d.petersonwise@mindspring.com
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 18 years as an adult

Work: Retired from IBM after 29 years and 1 month of service. Prior to joining IBM, I taught high school mathematics in Ardsley, New York and an Mateo, California for nine years.

School: BS from State University of New York, College at Oneonta (Math Education), MS from Syracuse University (Math Education), Administrative courses at Hayward College – Hayward, California Business courses at University of Pennsylvania and Babson College in Massachusettes

Volunteer: I do volunteer at United Way with my husband. Also, I am on the Advisory Board for the Bagwell College of Education at Kennesaw State University

Favorite Cookie: Samoas

Favorite Camp: Timber Ridge

What is the most valued life lesson you've learned through Girl Scouting?
I have watched the girls in my troop and the Service Unit go through a wonderful transformation in which they have developed into leaders with courage, confidence and character and are indeed making the world a better place.

What do you hope to learn From Girl Scouts across the United States at the 53rd Girl Scout Convention in Utah this fall?
My objective is to meet as many of the Girl Scouts as possible and to engage in discussions which will enable me to obtain new ideas and concepts which I will share with my constituents in Georgia.
 
 

Janice Rinaldo
Gwinnett County
gsjanice@comcast.net
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 3 years as a Girl Scout, 13 years as an adult

Work: Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation, Volunteer Program Supervisor. I have worked in the parks since 2008, and have one indoor office and 47 outdoor offices-each one is unique!

School: I graduated from the University of Georgia in 2009 with a BS Ed. Degree, specializing in Recreation and Leisure Studies, Go DAWGS!

Volunteer: I have served as a chapter officer for the Philadelphia Winn Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and on Harbins Elementary PTA. But, being the leader for several active Girl Scout Troops has been my true passion (and the most fun).

Favorite Cookie: Do-Si-Dos

Favorite Camp: Timber Ridge

What is the most valued life lesson you’ve learned through Girl Scouting?
As a young adult I realized my love of nature and all of outdoors but it was just a recreational hobby in my spare time. As life progressed and my eldest daughter, Noel, got involved in scouting, and we moved to an area that was in need of leaders. Noel volunteered me to lead, and the rest is history. Through my Girl Scout training I was able to connect with camp directors and outdoor professionals, and found my true passion in life can become a career. Now I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Education degree, specializing in Recreation and Leisure Studies and love what I do, and do what I love. Girl Scouting is not just something we do for fun and education in my family, but is a way of life.

What do you hope to learn from Girl Scouts across the United States at the 53rd Girl Scout Convention in Utah this Fall?
This fall I hope to learn more about the overall organization, and how to give back to girls around the world in a bigger scope beyond just the troop level. And of course, make new friends!
 
 

Lauren Roberson
Gilmer County
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 9 years as a Girl Scout

School: Gilmer High School-sophomore. Plan on going to the University of Alabama: ROLL TIDE!

Volunteer: Senior Citizens Center; Relay for life; Beta Club at school; Toys for Tots; Food Pantry; Math tutoring

Favorite Cookie: Samoas

Favorite Camp: Misty Mountain
 
 

Danita Scott
DeKalb County
dsccott@gstgatl.org
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 6 years total as a Girl Scout and adult

School: Currently Pursuing a Master’s Degree in Training Performance Improvement I have less than a year to finish and I am counting down the days.

Volunteer: I have volunteered for ten years at World Changers Youth Experience-youth Specialist. I have done every role in this position from drama, small group leader, girls mentoring, and I also worked at WCCI for a short time.

Favorite Cookie: Do-Si-Dos

Favorite Camp: Misty Mountain
 
 

Marjorie Thuon
Fayette County
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 10 years as a Girl Scout

School: McIntosh High School

Volunteer: Various (no long term commitment)

Favorite Cookie: Thin Mints

Favorite Camp: Candlewood (Connecticut)
 
 

Marie Wright
Gwinnett County
mmmwright@yahoo.com
  Number of Years as a Girl Scout: 10 years as a Girl Scout, 23 years as an adult

Volunteer: Scouts and Church

Favorite Cookie: Tagalongs

Favorite Camp: Pine Acres