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Nicole is the Program Manager for a classified program at Raytheon in which she is responsible for $10M in annual revenue. She was previously the Maritime Portfolio Business Manager for Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems where she oversaw a team of four financial analysts and $200M in annual revenue. She has earned multiple team and personal awards for her creative approaches to financial processes. Nicole is an 8-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force where she worked as Base Finance Manager and served overseas. Nicole earned her Master’s Degree in Management with a concentration in Accounting from Worcester State University. She has volunteered with many organizations that include the American Red Cross, Worcester youth sports, and many animal-related causes. Originally from Minersville, PA, Nicole resides in Shutesbury, MA with her husband, 12 year old son and two Australian Shepherds. When not working, she can be found spending time gardening, hiking, bird-watching, and teaching herself how to play the guitar. 
Bonnie J. Walker  is Principal Diversity & Inclusion Officer, at MIT Lincoln Labs, where she collaborates with her team and colleagues across divisions and departments, the Business Transformation Office, MIT Campus, ERGs and other Lab stakeholders and leaders to execute strategies, develop programs and practices that support and advance MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s continued commitment to diversity and inclusion (D&I). Most recently, Bonnie completed the Next Generation Executive (NGE) Program, with The Partnership. She was recognized in the Worcester Business Journal (WBJ) Forty Under Forty, Class of 2018, and in 2019 started a column, Outside the Box, for the WBJ. In 2020 and 2021 she received third place in the New England Better Newspaper Competition, for Serious Columnist. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, in Sociology, and M.A. in Scientific Communications. Bonnie has served on the GSCWM Board of Directors since 2018 and as 2nd Vice President since 2020.
Ryan is the Vice President of Business Development for Peregrine Property Management, a property management firm based in RI and MA. He is the chair of the GSCWM Fund Development Committee. He was a member of the 2018 Forty under 40 class in the Worcester Business Journal. Ryan resides in Worcester where he attended and graduated from Assumption College. This will be Ryan’s third term on the GSCWM Board of Directors and his second term on the Board Development Committee.
Sheryl is Practice Director at Change Healthcare Consulting. She was previously the Owner/Principal of A3 Management Consulting. With over 30 years’ experience in the payer and medical provider industry, Sheryl is an innovative and results-oriented executive and strategic thought leader with extensive experience in both operational and information technology aspects of healthcare and business. Sheryl spends time volunteering as well. She is on the board of directors for Women in Action, Inc. which is a local organization with a vision to increase the range of opportunities, activities, skills, roles, and rights available to women by encouraging the fullest use and development of women’s abilities and resources. She is a member of the pastoral council at her church. Sheryl is a member of the board of advisors for the Macgregor Communications Boston PM Summit. Sheryl has mentored college freshmen at Bryant University for several years on their IDEA program design thinking projects required for all freshmen.
Andrea is the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services in the School of Management at Clark University. She serves on numerous School of Management and University committees and is a member and supporter of the United Way Women’s Initiative. Andrea completed her second 2-year term on the GSCWM Board Development Committee and served on the GSCWM Board of Directors from 2010-2013, serving on the Finance Committee and as First Vice President. She joins the Board of Directors again as an at-large member. She was invited to participate in the White House Council on Women and Girls, with the White House Council of Economic Advisors under the Obama administration with deans from numerous AACSB accredited universities, administration officials, and business stakeholders to seek ways to expand opportunities for women in business. She has been involved in volunteer work promoting leadership for young women and working in higher education for over 30 years. She holds an M.B.A. and undergraduate degree in Public Administration and teaches organizational leadership part-time. Andrea resides in Sutton with her family.
Executive Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy for Mass General Brigham Health Care. Carla has a PhD in Organizational Behavior, a master's degree in organizational development and more than 25 years of experience as an organizational development and diversity management consultant, facilitator and educator.
Carolyn Sailer is the Director of Human Resources at the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts where she is responsible for all Human Resources functions. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources. Carolyn is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with clinical experience in healthcare and non-profit settings and received a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and a master's degree from the Smith College School for Social Work.
Christine is a Senior Vice President and the Chief Communications Officer for Fallon Health in Worcester. She is responsible for all of the company’s internal and external communications functions, as well as community engagement and government affairs. Christine is Chair of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a member of the Board of Directors for the Worcester Regional Research Bureau and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, and an Emerita member of the Leadership Council for the United Way of Central Massachusetts’ Women’s Initiative. Additionally, she was recognized in 2008 by the Girl Scouts of Central and Western MA as a Woman of Distinction, chaired the 2015 and 2016 Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference, selected by the YWCA of Central MA as its 2017 recipient of the Katharine F. Erskine Award in Business and Law, and in 2019 named as one of the Worcester Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business. She graduated summa cum laude from Becker College where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Christine A. Phillips is Senior Vice President and Human Resources Director for Westfield Bank. She received a master's degree in business administration from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts where she also completed her undergraduate degree. Christine was an elected official in South Hadley, recently completing a 7-year term on the School Committee and currently serves on the Capital Planning Committee. She is Co-Director of the St. Patrick’s CYO Basketball league that supports 220 players in grades K-8.
Ellen W. Freyman, a resident of Longmeadow, concentrates her practice in all aspects of commercial finance and real estate: acquisitions and sales, development, leasing and financing. She has an extensive land use practice that includes zoning, subdivision, project permitting and environmental matters. Ellen is a graduate of the Western New England University School of Law (1988) and Pennsylvania State University (1977). Ellen has been active in the community since moving to western Massachusetts in 1983 and has been recognized or awarded by: the Professional Women’s Chamber (Women of the Year, 2012); Ad Club of Western Massachusetts (Pynchon Award, 2012); Springfield Leadership Institute (Community Service Award, 2011); Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Top Women of Law Award, 2010); the Reminder Publications (Hometown Hero Award, 2010); and BusinessWest Magazine (Difference Makers Award, 2011).
Jennifer Hubert is Vice President-Marketing for Bay State Savings Bank. An active community leader, Jennifer volunteers and serves on many various boards and committees, including as Head Swim Coach and Program Coordinator for the Special Olympics Auburn Rocketeers, Co-chair for the Legendary Legacies Night of Legends Fundraising event, Committee-Member for the World Smile Day Foundation, Vice President of the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Teen Institute, Committee-Member for the Reliant Foundation’s Drive for a Cause Charity Golf Tournament, and Marketing Committee for the Women’s Initiative. She is an alumni of Syracuse University
Katie Rozenas-Hanson is the Agricultural Education Coordinator, Agritourism/Culinary Tourism Coordinator and the Massachusetts Dairy Promotion Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR). Katie received her B.S. in Geography/Environmental & Global Studies from Worcester State University and her M.S. in Professional Communications from Clark University. A proud Gold Award Girl Scout, Katie is very involved in her community and currently serves as Secretary for the Dudley Agricultural Advisory Commission. 
Neliana Ferraro de Mitchell is the Digital Project Coordinator for Baystate Health’s marketing team. She manages projects, serves as an admin for the network’s intranet, and helps maintain the external website. Before transitioning into marketing, Neliana was a reporter and producer at news stations in upstate New York and Vermont. She is Quinnipiac University graduate with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Economics..
Patricia is a passionate nonprofit professional with over a decade of experience in public policy, community organizing, youth development and fundraising. She recently worked as the Manager of Community Engagement and Women’s Initiative at the United Way of Central MA. She has also worked as the Community Advocacy Director for the American Heart Association (focusing on local public policy initiatives), and as the Grassroots Manager at the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network (the policy arm to the American Cancer Society), where she was awarded the Grassroots Professional of the Year award for her work to engage volunteers in cancer advocacy. She received both her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master of Arts in Community Development and Planning from Clark University in Worcester. She has served on the Board of Directors at the YWCA Central Massachusetts, was a member of the Investing in Girls Alliance, and completed a 6-month training program with Emerge Massachusetts, which trains women to run for public office. As a mom to a new baby boy and a sassy toddler girl, Patricia is dedicated to empowering women and girls. She resides in Shrewsbury with her husband, daughter, and son.
Roberta McCulloch-Dews , is Vice President of Marketing for Greylock Federal Credit Union. She previously served as Director of Administrative Services within the Office of the Mayor and Public Information Officer for the City of Pittsfield. Roberta has a bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism from New York University and a master’s degree in Social and Public Policy and an Advanced Certificate in Project Management from SUNY Empire.
Constance is a freshman at Notre Dame Academy. They are passionate about theater and dance and very excited to have the opportunity to be part of the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts Board of Directors and give back to the Girl Scout community. Constance has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten and is a Girl Scout Senior presently.
Elizabeth is a Hopkins Academy freshman where she serves as class vice president and recently competed in Le Grand Concours, the National French Contest. She has been a proud Girl Scout for 10 years. She recently completed her Silver Award, which focused on improving plant and pollinator biodiversity in her school community. She looks forward to beginning work on her Gold Award. She loves volunteering with Girl Scouts to make her community a better place and is excited to give back to her fellow Girl Scouts as a girl member of the Board of Directors.
Juliana is a freshman at Southwick Regional High School where she is active in drama, musical theatre and chorus. She has been cheerleading for basketball and football games for seven years. Juliana has been a Girl Scout for ten years and is a Girl Scout Senior presently.
Lisa Hall Blackmer - is serving her seventh term as a North Adams City Councilor, where she has chaired the Finance, Public Safety and Community Development committees and presently serves as Council President. She serves on the board of the Massachusetts Municipal Association and works as a School Business Administrator. She is a certified Treasurer, a certified Municipal Public Procurement Officer and a Licensed School Business Administrator. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a master's in business administration from MCLA, a master's Certificate in Municipal Administration and Leadership from Suffolk University. 
Amelia J. Holstrom, Esq . is a Partner at Skoler, Abbott, and Presser, P.C. in Springfield where she exclusively represents management in labor and employment matters. Amelia was a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts for a number of years and previously served on the Board Development Committee. Currently, Amelia is the Clerk of the Board for Clinical and Support Options, Inc. and a Member of the Board for the East of the River Chamber of Commerce (ERC5) as well as an ad-hoc Member of the Personnel Committee for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Amelia also serves on two Town Committees/Boards in Wilbraham: The Commission on Disabilities and the Personnel Board. 
Ryan is the Partner Account Manager at Human Interest. He is the chair of the GSCWM Fund Development Committee. He was a member of the 2018 Forty under 40 class in the Worcester Business Journal. Ryan resides in Worcester where he attended and graduated from Assumption College. This will be Ryan’s third term on the GSCWM Board of Directors and his second term on the Board Development Committee.
Roberta McCulloch-Dews , is Vice President of Marketing for Greylock Federal Credit Union. She previously served as Director of Administrative Services within the Office of the Mayor and Public Information Officer for the City of Pittsfield. Roberta has a bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism from New York University and a master’s degree in Social and Public Policy and an Advanced Certificate in Project Management from SUNY Empire.
Bonnie J. Walker  is Principal Diversity & Inclusion Officer, at MIT Lincoln Labs, where she collaborates with her team and colleagues across divisions and departments, the Business Transformation Office, MIT Campus, ERGs and other Lab stakeholders and leaders to execute strategies, develop programs and practices that support and advance MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s continued commitment to diversity and inclusion (D&I). Most recently, Bonnie completed the Next Generation Executive (NGE) Program, with The Partnership. She was recognized in the Worcester Business Journal (WBJ) Forty Under Forty, Class of 2018, and in 2019 started a column, Outside the Box, for the WBJ. In 2020 and 2021 she received third place in the New England Better Newspaper Competition, for Serious Columnist. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, in Sociology, and M.A. in Scientific Communications. Bonnie has served on the GSCWM Board of Directors since 2018 and as 2nd Vice President since 2020.
Karen Wall is Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Fresenius Medical Care, Inc. a publicly traded company. She is an advisor to Fresenius’ Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, as well as an executive sponsor to the company’s Female Leadership Consortium. She has served as Girl Scout Troop Leader, cookie mom, and was a prior board member and board development committee member with GSCWM.  

Suzanne has served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts (GSCWM) since the council was formed in January, 2008. For 19 years, she served as the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Western Massachusetts and, prior to that, for seven years as Executive Director and one year in an entry level position for the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada based in Reno, NV.Ms. Smiley was a Certified Girl Scout Executive Director/CEO, earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University, and completed an 11 day executive seminar in nonprofit management through the Harvard School of Business. In addition, she completed the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation and numerous other short courses on fundraising, human resources management, and organizational change.

Suzanne has volunteered in many capacities, including serving as chapter president of Business Networking International, board member and secretary for the Employer’s Association of Western Massachusetts, board member for the Human Services Forum, and various officer positions with the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In addition Suzanne was the Town of Gill Planning Board Chair for 17 years and Zoning Board of Appeals Chair from 2006 to the present. She is currently a Music Minister and is a former religious education instructor at St. Patrick’s Church in Northfield, MA.

Carole, is the Chief Financial Officer of the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts. Carole joined Girl Scouts in 2000 and eagerly continued her duties through the 2008 merger. While taking a nine year hiatus from the workforce to raise her children, Carole earned a Master of Science in Accountancy from Bentley University. Carole has been involved in numerous community service projects and plans to continue her community service through her relationship with social organizations and as a board member of The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts.

Deborah joined GSCWM in 2010, as office manager in Leeds, before it moved to its current location in Holyoke. In her formative years, Deborah was a Girl Scout in North Adams, and then a Troop Leader. Deborah studied Social Anthropology, as well as many accounting & business courses and earned her degree in computer science. Deborah has volunteered in various ways over the years; at a food co-op, as a member of the auxiliary fire department, and creator of a food share community program. Over her career, she has held various management positions; developed through extensive experience as an operations manager, office manager, administrative assistant and office administrator.

Growing within the GSCWM organization she has learned the shop functions, site rentals, team building, and has been instrumental in developing the Information and Referral (I&R) department. Deborah aids in resolving challenges with innovative solutions, systems and process improvements proven to increase efficiency, customer satisfaction and the bottom line. She emphasizes strong communication, managerial, customer service and organizational skills.

Monica has been with GSCWM professionally, since 2005, bringing with her a long standing relationship in membership. Monica was a Girl Scout for five years, her mother, taking a tip from a school nun, signed her up to join Girl Scouts. As a mother of three girls, Monica got involved with the Girl Scouts again, volunteering for their troop. She was a Brownie troop co- leader for nine years and a Junior troop co-leader for two years. Monica’s other volunteer opportunities included running her town’s girls softball league, volunteering at her church all while attending school part-time. She has worked for Nichols College, before working for the health department at Head Start. Monica felt that working as a Membership Specialist for GSCWM, where she could marry her devotion and love of children, with her GS volunteer knowledge, was a win, win. As a support specialist for GSCWM, Monica has overseen half the service units in Central and Western MA, at one point or another. Through hard work, and mentorship from many wonderful staff and volunteers, Monica worked her way up from membership specialist to director of membership services. A proud Girl Scout lifetime member who is also the proud mother of three Girl Scout lifetime members. She understands and embraces the organization, its mission and it members. Monica is a very proud Cuban born American citizen who calls Webster, Massachusetts home.
Sara has been a part of the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts since 2012 when she began as Product Program Manager and then transitioned to Senior Director, Girl Experience. In this capacity, Sara is responsible for all girl activities including programs, camps, and product programs. Sara’s background is in product and brand management where she has over 20 years’ experience from roles at Timex Corporation, Yankee Candle Company, Kanzaki Specialty Papers and most recently at Pioneer Nutritional Formulas as Director of Marketing and Brand Manager. Sara has an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an undergraduate degree in government from Smith College.