Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana, Inc. | Who We Are | Staff


Pat Bateman, Chief Development Officer

812-421-4970 Ext. 326
pbateman@girlscouts-gssi.org

Pat Bateman has been a GSSI staffer since October, 2011. She has fond memories of selling cookies around the block and going to camp, and she loves working at GSSI, because it enables her to help provide opportunities for girls to grow into the leaders of tomorrow. A graduate of Butler University, in Indianapolis, Pat’s previous work experience includes being an elementary school teacher, Coordinator of Children’s Programs and Special Projects at USI, Director of Children’s Services at Welborn Baptist Hospital, and Marketing Specialist for ARC Construction. Pat has served on the Philharmonic Guild Board for 14 years, has chaired the Young People’s Concert for the past seven years, and was also President of the Guild Board for two years. She was also Co-Chair of GSSI’s Day Donor donor group, the Golf Outing, and the Girl Culture Project. An avid reader, Pat loves to travel and spend time with her grandchildren.

Emily Bolenbaugh, Volunteer Information Coordinator

812-421-4970 Ext. 310
ebelenbaugh@girlscouts-gssi.org


Emily Bolenbaugh has been employed by the council for five years and was previously a Girl Scout adult volunteer, with a troop and day camps. Her favorite memory of Girl Scouting was camping, and she really enjoys helping adult volunteers with the necessary information they need to get their Girl Scout year started and running smoothly. A graduate of Tech High School, in Indianapolis, Emily was previously employed for three years at American General Finance, and for one year at E.T.C. She is a member of the Public Library Friends and of the International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons, and she loves to read.

Jessica Cottone, Director of Accounting and Human Resources

812-421-4970 Ext. 305
jcottone@girlscouts-gssi.org

Director of Accounting & Human Resources Jessica Cottonebegan her career at GSSI in August, 2010, as a Membership Development Specialist, facilitating national curriculum in GSSI’s 11 county jurisdiction and also held the position of Corporate & Foundation Giving Coordinator. Jessica strongly believes in building girls of courage, confidence, and character who can become future, successful leaders in our communities. Jessica co-chairs the EVSC After-School Committee and is a member of the Evansville Area Fundraising Committee. In her free time she enjoys volunteering for Yankeetown Elementary School, Castle Youth Football League, and Newburgh Basketball League. Jessica also enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, and son, Zane, boating and being outdoors. Jessica was previously employed by Professional Transportation, Inc. as the Operations Support Manager for 10 years. She is a graduate from University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor of Science, emphasis in Business Administration with a Major in Management and Minor in Economics.

Janice Davies, CEO

812-421-4970 Ext. 319
jdavies@girlscouts-gssi.org

Jan Davies, CEO, is a graduate of the University of Evansville. An active participant in the community, Davies has provided leadership to local organizations such as the Ark Crisis Nursery, the Women’s Hospital, the Mesker Park Zoo Task Force, Rotary Club of Evansville, Junior League of Evansville, Harrison High School Site Committee, Athena Award Committee, Alcoa Community Advisory Board, and was a founding member and original Co-Chair of the Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County.

Margaret Dennis, Director of Volunteer Resources

812-421-4970 Ext. 312
mdennis@girlscouts-gssi.org

Margaret Dennishas been on GSSI’s staff for four years and a Girl Scout volunteer for eleven years. Her favorite memory of Girl Scouting has been watching the girls in her troop grow into Girl Scout Ambassadors who are great leaders. She enjoys helping Girl Scout adult volunteers get the most out of their experience. Margaret holds a BSEE from the University of Puerto Rico and a Masters’ Degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Previous work experience includes positions as Computer Engineer at Alcoa’s Research facility near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Substitute Teacher for the Warrick County School Corporation. In addition to being a Girl Scout volunteer, she volunteers for the Castle High School Band Boosters, Castle High School PTO, Newburgh United Methodist Church, and Friends of the Ohio Township Public Library.


Trudy Foroughi, Community Relations Assistant

812-421-4970 Ext. 315
tforoughi@girlscouts-gssi.org

Trudy Foroughi is a graduate of Indiana University, with degrees in German and Education. She has been employed by GSSI for more than 14 years. Her fondest memories of Girl Scouts are enjoying chocolate milk at day camp and field trips with her troop. A former teacher, she loves her job at GSSI because of the challenge of communicating effectively about the fabulous opportunities Girl Scouts offers for girls. She has enjoyed the challenge of adapting to the exciting change from all-print to digital media.

Gretchen Helm, Membership Recruiter

812-421-4970 Ext. 331
ghelm@girlscouts-gssi.org

Gretchen Helm, a graduate of USI, with a BS in Health Services, has been a GSSI staff member since August, 2010.Her favorite memory of being a Girl Scout was spending time with her father at the 4th grade Father/Daughter dance. Gretchen enjoys working at Girl Scouts because of the opportunity to help girls become confident leaders who can, one day, change the world. Gretchen also volunteers as a Girl Scout adult troop volunteer and continues to participate in community functions. Her hobbies are spending time with family and friends, reading, and camping. She was previously employed in the Health Services field.

Donna Hodge, Customer Service Manager

812-421-4970 Ext. 313
dhodge@girlscouts-gssi.org

Donna Hodge has been on the GSSI staff for 33 years. Her favorite memory of Girl Scouting is a trip her troop took to Washington, D.C. What Donna enjoys the most about her job is getting to know and collaborate with wonderful Girl Scout leaders, who share their time, talents, and resources to benefit girls in our community. Donna is a member of Altrusa International, the Vogel Spring Park Neighborhood Association, and the Garvinwood Neighborhood Association. An enthusiastic gardener, she loves planting vegetables and flowers, and is an avid reader.

Brynn Howell, Membership Recruiter

812-421-4970, Ext. 324
bhowell@girlscouts-gssi.org

Membership RecruiterBrynn Howell was born in Perry County and attended Perry Central High School. She holds a BA degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Indiana. She also spent a year studying in Heidelberg, Germany. Brynn previousy worked at Deaconness Hospital and at Cafe Arazu, a restaurant in Newburgh.

Suzy Ingram, Retail Shop Manager

812-421-4970, Ext. 301
singram@girlscouts-gssi.org

Retail Shop Manager Suzy Ingram, an Evansville native, has prior experience in retail and was Customer Relations Specialist at H&R Block. She was a girl member of Girl Scouts for several years and enjoyed the craft projects that were part of her Girl Scout experience. She still is an avid crafter and also enjoys crocheting and cooking.

Angie King, Director of Membership and Community Development

812-421-4970 Ext. 303
aking@girlscouts-gssi.org

Angie Kinghas been with GSSI for more than three years. Her favorite memories of Girl Scouting are the experiences she has been able to share with her daughter. She enjoys her job, because of the Girl Scout Mission and having the chance to help girls develop confidence and leadership skills, so that they will be a generation of exceptional women! A graduate of USI, Angie’s previous work experience was at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, in Orlando, Florida, and at Evansville’s Mesker Park Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

Sarah Lasiter, Program and Membership Specialist

812-421-4970 Ext. 307
slasiter@girlscouts-gssi.org

Sarah Lasiter, Program and Membership Specialist, is a 2012 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana, with a major in International Studies/Political Science. She has been working at GSSI since January, 2012. Her favorite memory of Girl Scouting is the fun she had a as camp intern last summer. She enjoys working for Girl Scouts because the organization has a hand in building future leaders. Girl Scouts empowers young women by showing them that they can accomplish anything they put their minds to. Her previous work experience includes waitressing at Cafe Arazu, a Newburgh, Indiana restaurant. Her hobbies include hula hooping, going to see live music, bike riding, and reading. While at USI, she enjoyed membership in the International Club and the Spanish Club.

Stephanie Lightner, Resident Camp Director


lightner.avon@gmail.com


Resident Camp Director Stephanie Lightnerstudied Elementary Education at the University of Evansville, and has worked in the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation and at the YMCA. She is a certified waterfront lifeguard who has worked at Camp Koch for many years in a variety of positions. Stephanie is in her third year as a GSSI troop leader. Her goal is to provide a positive, fun learning environment that enables girls to gain an appreciation for camping and outdoor activities and to develop self-confidence in all areas.

Kara Messersmith, Director of Program Development

812-421-4970 Ext. 330
kmessersmith@girlscouts-gssi.org

Kara Messersmith, a graduate of Indiana Business College, with a BS in Business Management, has been a staff member of GSSI since October, 2011. Her favorite memory of Girl Scouts is chaperoning GSSI’s two teen delegates to the 2012 Girls’ World Forum in Chicago. She met Girl Scouts from all over the world, and they worked together to develop Take Action Projects to implement in their own communities! Kara loves empowering girls at a young age and watching them grow throughout the years into strong and powerful women because of Girl Scouts!

Melissa Rynkiewich , Product Sales Manager

812-421-4970 Ext. 323
mrynkiewich@girlscouts-gssi.org

Melissa Rynkiewich, Product Sales and Product Data Manager, was introduced to Girl Scouts in 1995 when she became her daughter’s Daisy Leader and has been a Lifetime Member ever since. She was also a cookie mom for four years. Melissa’s favorite Girl Scout memory is “cooking meals over the campfire at Camp Koch.” Melissa has volunteered for Tercera Federated Women’s Club for over 14 years,. She was the organization’s President, Vice President, and Secretary and is currently serving as Devotional Leader. Melissa was previously employed by Lieberman Technologies, as Senior Project Manager, and recently retired after 25 years of service. She enjoys spending time gardening and antique collecting

Anita Smith, Executive Assistant to the CEO & Retail Manager

812-421-4970, Ext. 302 or 306
asmith@girlscouts-gssi.org

Executive Assistant to the CEO & Retail Manager Anita Smith is an Evansville native who attended Mater Dei High School and Lockyear's Business College, from which she earned training as a Medical Secretary. She has worked in the insurance industry for seven yearsand as Bookkeeper for Raily Investments for 13 years. Anita's mother was her Girl Scout leader, and she fondly remembers making unique craft items such as a paper mache kite. Anita continued in Girl Scouting as an adult, serving as leader for her daughter's troop at the Daisy, Brownie, and Junior levels, and as Westside Service Unit's PSD.

Frank Spangler, Camp Koch Ranger


frank.spangler57@gmail.com

Camp Koch Ranger Frank Spangler was born in Ohio, but grew up in Bancroft, West Virginia. He joined the US Army in 1976 and served for 22 years as a Combat Engineer/Construction Engineer. While in the military, he earned a two-year Associate Degree in General Studies at the University of South Texas. He retired from the Army in 1998 and, prior to being employed by GSSI, was a General Contractor, in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Aimee Stachura, Senior Director of Membership, Volunteerism, and Program

812-421-4970 Ext. 316
astachura@girlscouts-gssi.org

Aimee Stachura provides senior-level leadership in the development, implementation, and assessment of GSSI strategies for delivery of a nationally consistent leadership development experience for girls and volunteers. She has been involved in Girl Scouting for more than five years and a council staffer for more than two years. Aimee believes that empowering girls to make a difference in the world is an incredible mission, and she is truly committed to building girl leadership for the future. She has also served as Director of Theatre for F.J. Reitz High School, for more than five years and previously worked as a Staffing Specialist for HR Solutions and Support Manager for Mid America Apartment communities. She enjoys volunteering time as a member of the Reitz Home Museum’s Education Committee, the Welborn Baptist Foundation Movement Committee, and the Public Education Foundation Summer Musical Committee. Aimee holds a Bachelor of Music, with a major in Musical Theatre from Belmont University, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Natalie Wade, Membership Recruiter

812-421-4970, Ext. 309
nwade@girlscouts-gssi.org

Membership Recruiter Natalie Wade is a native of Evansville and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Southern Indiana. She has also worked as Box Office and Business Development Manager for the Evansville Civic Theatre and as Customer Service Specialist at Old National Bank. Natalie was a girl member of Girl Scouts and remembers happy times spent at Camp Koch.

Kristina White, Corporate & Foundation Giving Coordinator

812-421-4970, Ext. 311
kwhite@girlscouts-gssi.org

Kristina White has been with GSSI since February 2013, beginning as a Membership Recruiter. Kristina attended Memorial High School in Evansville and holds an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Bellarmine University and a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from Ball State University. Prior to joining GSSI’s staff, she taught Public Speaking and worked as an Americorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America). Kristina remembers happy times swimming in the lake at Camp Koch when she was a girl member of Girl Scouts.

 

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