Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska names CEO

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska is proud to announce that Sarah Waldman is the new chief executive officer of the council. She will officially take up her role on October 25, 2021.

Waldman most recently served as Executive Director of the TeamMates Mentoring Program, the school-based mentoring program founded by Tom and Nancy Osborne. She ran the regional nonprofit that operates 175 local chapters in five states and serves over 10,000 youth annually.

“Sarah brings a wealth of leadership experience and a passion and enthusiasm for working with youth and community service,” said Kate Betsworth, president of the Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. “The board is thrilled to bring a leader of Sarah’s caliber into our movement.”

Prior to joining TeamMates, Waldman gained extensive leadership experience at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, where he served as an HR Attorney, Vice President of Human Resources, Vice President of Ethical Practices, and Senior Vice President of Administration.

Waldman earned a law degree from Creighton University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. She is on the board of directors of Whispering Roots, is a trustee of the Business Ethics Alliance and previously served on the boards of TeamMates, ICAN: Institute for Career Advancement Needs, the Business Ethics Alliance, the UN Alumni Association and the Community Alliance.

“This is a very exciting time to join the Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska team,” said Waldman. “The dedicated staff and volunteers have created a wonderful basis to build girls with courage, self-confidence and character. I look forward to continuing this foundation to expand youth and adult membership and community support for girls across the state. “

Waldman’s hiring follows an extensive search process conducted by a CEO Search Task Force composed of members of the organization’s board of directors.

The current CEO, Fran Marshall, will leave her position in mid-November after leading the organization for 14 years. Marshall was the first CEO of Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. She led the original five Nebraska Boy Scout Councils that grew into a statewide organization that provides girls with exceptional experiences.

Via Girl Scouts and the Spirit of Nebraska Council

Girl scouts make their dreams come true and work together for a better world. Coast-to-coast programs allow Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities to unmistakably be themselves as they discover their strengths and face new challenges – whether they want to climb the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for going on a hike or campaigning for climate justice or making their first best friends. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alumni, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voice and make changes that affect issues that matter most to them.

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska is the largest girls’ organization in the state. At the national level, there are 2.5 million girls and adult members who believe that girls can work together to change the world.

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