Where do you work and what do you do?
I work at Kaiser
Permanente in Rancho Cordova as a Registered Nurse in the Allergy,
Asthma, Immunology Department. I am also a Research Study Coordinator
in the department to conduct new drug study protocols.
Were you a Girl Scout? If yes, where?
I was a Junior Girl Scout in San Jose for 2 years. I did not
stay involved as I had a difficult time connecting with the girls in
an already established troop. I loved the day camps in summer, but
eventually with being so shy staying in the troop became difficult.
How long have you volunteered with Girl Scouts? What volunteer role
do you have?
I have been a Girl Scout Troop Leader since
1998 and continue to present. I have been a troop leader to two troops
(Daisy through Ambassador level). I am a High Adventure troop leader,
a Service Unit Event Coordinator and Outdoor Mentor, and a RN-First
Aider/ Wilderness First Aider for events.
Why do you volunteer for Girl Scouts?
I love the
leadership opportunities that the girls have in this organization.
This helps develop their confidence, organization and management
skills, problem-solving skills, and ability to not only lead but to
work in a group settling. I am passionate about the outdoor and travel
experiences for the girls. These opportunities not only offer many
life skills, but also offer many opportunities they might not have
with school or their family. Growing skills bring one out of their
comfort zone and helps bring self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment.
I am also a strong proponent of the Girl Scouts Leadership and
Awards Program, encouraging girls to pursue their Girl Scout Gold
Award. This award builds on so many life skills and leadership that
will benefit them personally in their college applications and
education and or career development. These projects are a lifetime
skill and leadership development and a strong component of giving back
to your community.
I volunteer to advocate and lead girls in the wide variety of
opportunities Girl Scouts has to offer within my own troop, service
unit and council. The reward is seeing the girls expand their
opportunities, develop leadership and mentoring skills, and form
What advice would you give to young girls?
Dream and dream big. Make goals and work toward them. Take a
chance and step outside your comfort zone and try something new: a new
food, a new adventure, explore and learn a foreign language and
culture, go camping or hiking. When trying something new, find a
mentor to guide and encourage you. Soon you will become the mentor to
the next person.
From the time the girls were Daisies and Brownies, we talked about
the various opportunities in Girl Scouts and showed pictures from
World Thinking Day that included the Girl Scouts World Centers PAX
Lodge in London, and my Chalet in Switzerland. There was also a high
school age troop that also shared their journey and experience with
our service unit after they went to the World Centers. This brought
with it goal setting, money earning with Girl Scout Cookies and Fall
Product, and years of saving. Having the opportunity to demonstrate
and experience long term goal setting planning for the future
opportunities paid off when the girls were able to choose Girl Scout
travel experiences in their final years of high school. Several of the
girls went on the London to Lucern trip for Girl Scouts, and several
of the other girls went on Destination trips that included a Girl
Scout camp in Germany, a Minnesota Wilderness and Canoe Adventure, and
even a cruise to Mexico.
Favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavor?
Thin Mints always
Outside of volunteering, what are a few of your hobbies?
The great love of the outdoors and healthy living. I enjoy our
family garden that provides produce year-round, and of course cooking
seasonally. My love of travel and adventure and planning the next
trip. My love of the outdoors extends to tent camping, RV camping,
hiking and backpacking, and even boat camping.
Anything else you’d like to share about your experience with Girl
Scouts (history with organization, recognitions or awards received,
etc. If sharing recognitions/awards, please share what you did to
My great love of the outdoors and camping
began at a young age growing up with my family. Taking on the next
level and backpacking was never experienced until I was a Girl Scout
Leader with my oldest daughter's troop. I took the Beginning and
Intermediate Backpacking training courses several times to have as
much exposure and practice of the new skills. This gave me the
confidence to take several backpacking trips with my family – and a
new passion for this level of camping has become a favorite. The
backpacking skills have continued to be used as I have mentored and
lead High Adventure Girl Scouts in various backpacking trips that
include Point Reyes, Pacific Crest Trail Sections, and Rim to Rim
Girl Scouts is held near and dear to my heart for providing the many
opportunities that build confidence and character to girls and adults.