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
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, Corporate and Foundation Giving Coordinator
Jessica Cottone,a graduate from USI, with a BS in Business Administration, Major in Management and Minor in Economics, has been a GSSI staff member since August, 2010. Her favorite memory of Girl Scouts is working directly with young women in our community. Jessica previously worked as a middle manager in the private sector for 10 years. She co-chairs the EVSC Afterschool Committee, volunteers for the Castle Youth Football League, and participate in Yankeetown PTO and her son’s events/activities/parties. She enjoys spending time with her family, boating, and swimming.
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 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 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.
Stacey Godbold, Director of Communications and Community Development
Stacey Godbold has been with the council for a year. She fondly recalls attending day camp and loving being outside, learning about nature, and cooking over a fire. Her very favorite memory is preparing and sharing a spaghetti dinner with her Brownie troop. Stacey loves the opportunity her job gives her to create awareness about Girl Scouts. She says that, when she was a girl member, she had no idea that the activities she enjoyed so much were designed around the Girl Scout mission. “Girl Scouts learn to trust themselves, make decisions as a group, develop a love for science, be CEO of their own business, and so much more,” she said. “It is my job to communicate the great achievements of our local Girl Scouts and educate the community about where the organization has been, where it is now, and where the future will take the Girl Scout Movement!“ Stacey’s previous employment includes being Director of Marketing for Swat Pest/Healthy Spaces and Director of Marketing for Guttertech and Busy Dog Waterproofing. She enjoys playing in her gardens and enjoys antiquing. She is a board member of the Ark Crisis Center and past Board Member of Rotoract and Youth First Awareness Committee and has participated for the past two years in the Blondes vs. Brunettes Football, which benefits the Alzheimer’s Association. Stacey served on the Awareness Commitee of Youth First from 2009-2011. She was recently honored as a 20 Under 40 recipient by the Evansville Business Journal.
Chris Goodman, Director of Retail and Administrative Services
Chris Goodman, Director of Retail and Administrative Services, has been involved with Girl Scouts since 2008. His favorite memory of working at GSSI is being a staff member at Camp Koch, where he enjoys helping girls achieve their leadership potential. Chris also enjoys volunteering with the United Way FAFSA program, helping students and parents better understand the college FAFSA application process. When Chris isn’t working or volunteering, he enjoys camping, traveling, and spending time with family.
Dan Hayden, Camp Koch Ranger and Membership Specialist for Perry County Service Un
Dan Hayden has been employed by GSSI for 17 years. He enjoys seeing girls having a good time outdoors at camp. A graduate of Saint Leo University, Dan served nearly 27 years in the United States Army. He is a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the VFW Burial Details. In his spare time, Dan enjoys boating and fishing.
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 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.
Angie King, Director of Membership and Community Development
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, 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.
Kara Messersmith, a graduate of Indiana Business College, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management, has been employed by GSSI for eight months. Her favorite memory of Girl Scouts is chaperoning GSSI’s two teen delegates to the recent 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! She loves empowering girls at a young age so they can grow to be strong and powerful women! Kara was previously employed as Vault Teller at Diamond Valley Federal Credit Union.
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
Council Registrar Ulrica Sims, a native Evansvillian, has been a GSSI employee since 2009. She began as a Retail Clerk and then became Retail Manager, before moving to her current position as Registrar. She says it has been exciting to see girls grow up and progress through Girl Scouting. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Aimee Stachura, Senior Director of Membership, Volunteerism, and Program
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.