Meet Our Officers
Council President / Board Chair
Susan H. Donnelly
Originally from Vermont, Susan H. (Sue) Donnelly is a lifelong member of the Girl Scouts. Her family was involved in the creation of Swift Water Council so it has been an honor for her to be on the inaugural board of GSGWM. She has been an active adult volunteer since 1996 as a trainer, leader, service unit manager and board member. On the GSGWM board she has served on the Executive Committee and Chair of the Integrated Board/Staff Long-Range Property Planning Task Group. In her professional life, Sue recently retired from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where she lives. She has many years of experience as an Organizational Development Specialist, educator and internal consultant. Sue has facilitated numerous internal and external strategic planning efforts, is knowledgeable in all areas of personnel management, and brings data- and outcome-driven decision making to her board work. A systems thinker, Sue is very committed to developing a financially strong Council that meets the Girl Scout mission while increasing membership; one that is prepared to serve girls into the future.
First Vice President
Denise has spent her career in the nonprofit world holding a variety of positions with responsibility for finance, information systems and human resources. Denise, who lives in Concord, New Hampshire, is currently the Vice President for Finance for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Denise has fond memories of her years as a Girl Scout, so she was thrilled to become part of the new Council’s board when it formed a couple of years ago. Denise wants to use her skills and talents to serve Girl Scouting so that a new generation of girls can have the kind of wonderful experience she had in the Movement when she was young.
Shannon, a former State Representative and current Council Secretary, and her family reside in Amherst, New Hampshire. While her family has been her primary focus, she has served on many community boards and committees over the years. She sits on and has chaired the URI College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Council and served on their Campaign Leadership Committee. She is a member of the Northern New England Advisory Board of the Children’s Tumor Foundation, and the Amherst Junior Women’s Club. In her role as state representative, Shannon served on several subcommittees, commissions and committees of conference. Shannon was recently selected to represent Girl Scouts of the USA at the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) Western Hemisphere Regional Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships Workshop to be held later this month in Toronto, Canada.
Martha grew up in a Girl Scout family, and has been active in Girl Scouting for more than 50 years. She served as a troop leader and trainer in three different councils, and had both a Girl Scouts Overseas troop and a Girl Guide unit in Liberia. When she joined the Board of Directors, Martha brought together her experience in business and accounting with a lifelong love and appreciation of Girl Scouting. Martha is a certified public accountant, and currently serves as secretary of the GSGWM Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Friends of WAGGGS USA committee, and has a passion for encouraging the international aspects of Girl Scouting. In addition to Girl Scouting, Martha, retired from newspaper publishing, volunteers as a tax aide to AARP and is an active member of her church community.
Barbara has been a member of Girl Scouts for more than 35 years. She was a Brownie Girl Scout in Pennsylvania and has volunteered in three other councils as an adult, serving in several operational roles as well as several governance roles. She has been a delegate to three previous National Council Sessions and is looking forward to representing GSGWM in Houston next month. Barbara has been involved in other non-profit organizations as treasurer, president, founding board member and board member. Barbara is a retired accountant and financial advisor. Her interest in serving the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is to help our Council continue to be the preeminent organization serving girls and adults throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Barbara feels her life has been enriched by the programs and friendships Girl Scouts offers girls and adults, and wants to make these opportunities available to as many members in our two states as possible.
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