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Pam Chalupa, a senior manager in Comcast’s engineering department, recently joined our Board of Directors. She was inspired to give back after completing the Half the Sky Leadership for Women program, a national forum consisting of classroom sessions, professional networking, and leadership development forums. Chalupa’s journey with Girl Scouts began as a Brownie with the Spar and Spindle Council, what is now Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. After earning her Silver Award, she went on to earn her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Chalupa holds a bachelor’s degree in management from UMass Lowell; a master’s degree in telecommunications from Boston University; and various professional certifications. She said she hopes to further the Girl Scout mission via her own personal and professional experiences and encourages girls to “dream big, remove limits placed on themselves and others, and do the extraordinary.”
Rosyln K. Chavda
Roz lives in Nottingham, New Hampshire. Most recently, Roz served as an Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. She is a policy development and implementation specialist and an expert in social science statistics. While her most recent experience with Girl Scouting has been limited to supporting her niece's participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Leadership program through the purchase of Thin Mints, Roz was a Brownie Girl Scout while growing up in Brooklyn, New York. Looking back, Roz believes that the structure and regularity that Girl Scouts brought to the lives of the girls and their families in her neighborhood was invaluable.
Shelburne resident Victoria Fewell was recently appointed to the board of directors for Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Fewell, a registered psychotherapist who works as an outpatient clinician and transitional case manager at the Howard Center in Burlington, has a lengthy history with Girl Scouts. Growing up in Florida and Connecticut, she joined a Brownie troop as a child, and remained an active girl member through Cadette level.
When Fewell moved to Vermont just over a decade ago, she was thrilled to rejoin as a parent volunteer, alongside her Brownie daughter. Since then, she’s enjoyed taking part in various troop activities, including retreats and overnight trips. Fewell has also served as the troop’s cookie manager. She said she’s looking forward to further assisting an organization that, as she puts it, “will always hold a special place in her heart.” Fewell further noted that her talent for problem-solving would be an asset for the nonprofit’s board. “The way I see it, problems are just opportunities for growth,” Fewell said. In addition to serving on the board of directors, Fewell is also a member of the governance committee.
While she was growing up, Kate Guerdat gathered many fond memories from her years as a Daisy and Junior Girl Scout, and the camping trips she took with her mother, who served as their troop leader. Today, Kate shares in the Girl Scout experience with her young daughter, Cadence, a Daisy Girl Scout in Amherst, NH. This past year, Kate even helped coordinate Girl Scout cookie sales for her daughter’s troop. Kate, who is the associate vice president of academic affairs at Manchester Community College (MCC), was appointed to the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains earlier this summer.
Professionally, she supports the college’s areas of institutional assessment and online learning, working directly with program areas in efforts to expand their reach. She said serving on the Board of the Directors will allow her to work towards both organizations’ collective missions of preparing female graduates for a brighter future. “MCC has a mission of STEM proficiency,” Kate noted. “And the Girl Scouts has such a rich, multi-faceted history. I’m fortunate to now be working in a capacity where I can benefit both causes.” When Kate isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying the great outdoors.
Ron Haenchen of Keene was recently appointed to the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains board of directors. Haenchen, a senior applications programmer/analyst with National Grange Mutual, has a lengthy history of service with both the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts. He has served as the assistant district commissioner for the Monadnock region of the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America since September 1995.
A native of Oklahoma, Haenchen and his wife, Brenda, are the active Scouting parents of a grown son and daughter. The couple has lived in Keene for over two decades. Their daughter, Laura, earned her Girl Scout Gold Award and recently worked at Our Chalet, an 83-year-old World Center of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts lodge in the Swiss Alps. “Girl Scouts has been very good to her,” Haenchen said. He holds degrees from Oklahoma State University and State University of New York College at Oneonta.
Haenchen, who previously served on the property committee for Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, said he’s excited to continue serving an organization that’s meant so much to his family. Active in many local Scouting events, Haenchen regularly gets into character as “Pa Ingalls” during the popular Laura Ingalls Wilder Weekend, held each September at Camp Kettleford in Bedford.
Katelyn PC Hudson
Katelyn lives and grew up in Jericho, VT and is a lifetime Girl Scout. She first joined Girl Scouting as a Brownie in 1992. After several jumps between local troops, Katelyn earned her gold and silver award, as well as the President's Student Service Award and served two terms as Girl Representative to the legacy Vermont Council Board of Directors. She also helped with the creation of the Girls Rock the Capitol Program and worked as a Young Woman Ambassador. While attending Vermont Technical College, she helped troops as an assistant leader, mentor, and delegate. After her first degree, Katelyn attended the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Arizona and Wisconsin for a Bachelor's degree before going to graduate school at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for a Doctorate of Architecture. Since returning to Vermont Katelyn has worked at a local architectural firm in Burlington while reconnecting with the Girl Scouting community. She is excited to be able to give back to an organization that has offered her so many opportunities.
Sue's interest and lifelong membership in Girl Scouts was cultivated by her mother who has spent over 50 years actively involved in the Girl Scouts. Sue herself started in Girl Scouts as a Brownie and graduated high school as a Senior Girl Scout. Sue attributes her successes over the years to the skills, confidence and opportunities being a Girl Scout help her develop. It is those same skills and opportunities she wants to help other young girls develop and experience. While in college Sue continued participating in Girl Scouts by working as a summer camp counselor and as an adult, Sue hosted a troop while living in Philadelphia and served as a troop leader while in North Carolina.
Today, Sue resides in Manchester, New Hampshire where she works as the Vice President of Strategy at Catholic Medical Center. In this position, Sue focuses on developing and executing organizational strategies as well as marketing, communications and philanthropic activities. Sue moved to New Hampshire from Naples, Florida where she lived for 10 years. There she worked for a healthcare system leading strategic planning retreats, implementing lean six sigma, and formulating numerous industry and competitive landscape analyses. She also spent a portion of her career as an independent consultant and management engineer in various healthcare organizations along the east coast. Sue has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from Duke University. Sue believes her strengths and knowledge can help the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains continue to bring rewarding opportunities and experiences to girls and adults throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.
Bethany Marchand of Hillsborough, NH was recently appointed to Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains’ board of directors. Marchand has been a Girl Scout since joining a Brownie troop in her native Bedford, MA. She remained an active troop member through high school, earning her Silver and Gold awards. Marchand’s Gold Award project, a video titled “S’mores,” was used for many years to introduce new members to the camping experience: a topic Marchand is pretty familiar with, having attended Girl Scout camp for 15 consecutive summers.
Marchand earned her bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology from University of Maine and her master’s degree in environmental education from Steven’s Point. She held longtime positions at both Project Learning Tree and Eastern Mountain Sports prior to her current career in marketing for the healthcare sector. The married mother of two said she considers her work with the board as the perfect opportunity to “pay it forward.” “I wanted to make sure that future generations of girls can enjoy the same experiences I did,” Marchand added.
David McBee, a Wilton resident with a lengthy resume of community service around the region, was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. McBee, a native of Michigan, spent many years as a Boy Scout before serving in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He is a graduate of Oakland University and Boston University, and spent several decades working in insurance and occupational safety consulting prior to his recent retirement. A Vietnam veteran, McBee has devoted his time to various nonprofit organizations over the years. During his years serving the Greater Nashua Jaycees, he was voted one of the five outstanding presidents and earned the project of the year award. He also served on the board of the directors of the Nashua Salvation Army; headed his district’s development of youth organizations in the Milford Rotary Club; headed his district’s Rotary Leadership Institute; and served as president of the Wilton Main Street Association.
Currently, McBee is in the process of developing a class for the Nashua Adult Learning Center. The class, Chasing Happiness, is aimed at promoting a positive outlook on life as a method of ensuring future success. “People that are happy, regardless of their circumstances, are the ones that will ultimately obtain success,” he noted. McBee said he’s excited to lend his expertise to Girl Scouts, an organization that has meant so much to both his wife and daughter. “This is the perfect opportunity to continue exercising my sense of community, but on a much larger scale,” he said. When he’s not volunteering his time, McBee enjoys singing classical and sacred music, playing tennis, golfing, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Judith Silverberg, PhD
A lifetime Girl Scout member, Judy was a member of the Riverland Council in Wisconsin beginning as a Brownie in 1959, earned her First Class in 1967, and attended Girl Scout West in Ten Sleep, Wyoming in 1970. She has been an active Girl Scout volunteer throughout her adult life serving as a leader and trainer. Judy has 35 years of experience working with natural resource agencies in Wisconsin, Connecticut and New Hampshire. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she earned a Bachelor’s (Wildlife Ecology) and Master’s degree (Environmental Education) and holds her Doctorate in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire. Currently, she works for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department where she is responsible for planning, implementation and delivery of wildlife education and viewing programs throughout the Granite State. Judy also oversees the department’s visitor centers and conservation camp. She has served on a number of boards and advisory groups and been an adjunct professor at several universities. She is the author of the NH Wildlife Viewing Guide and lives in Bow. Judy is the recipient of numerous state, regional and national awards. She looks forward to bringing her organizational, facilities management and educational skills to the board.
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