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Past Volunteer Spotlights

Each month, we are happy to highlight a volunteer at GSHCC who dedicates their time and talent to Girl Scouts. Below you can read our past volunteers of the month.

May 2018: Nicole Nuñez
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This month, we’re excited to highlight Nicole Nuñez, a cancer research scientist, who volunteers in the Sacramento STEM Center + MakerSpace. 


Name: Nicole Nuñez

Were you a Girl Scout? If yes, where?
No (but I wish I was!)

How long have you volunteered with Girl Scouts?
5 months (began January 2018).

Why do you volunteer for Girl Scouts?
I volunteer for Girl Scouts because I believe that girls deserve an environment where they can take calculated risks, build their confidence and develop critical skillsets in STEM that are essential for ensuring society’s prosperous future.  

What’s your favorite thing about volunteering with Girl Scouts?
My favorite thing about volunteering for Girl Scouts is that girls get a chance to get hands on experience implementing their own creative ideas to solve problems. When taking a risk, we don’t always succeed, but Girl Scouts teaches girls that with every failure comes a learning experience that can be used to make your next idea even better!

What advice would you give to young girls interested in learning more about the STEM fields?
There are now more STEM fields to choose from than ever before, with fascinating combinations at the interface of multiple sectors such as engineering textiles for fashion, creating new foods with biochemistry, and coding for medical applications. Think about what you like to do for fun and see how you can integrate innovative STEM ideas into your hobbies!

Favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavor?
Caramel deLites

Outside of volunteering, what are a few of your hobbies?

  • Theater and dance performances such as acting and crew volunteer
  • Running, snowboarding and back-county hiking
  • Painting, scrapbooking, and creative applications to projects 
June 2018: Rathish Jayabharath
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Rathish Jayabharathi has been volunteering with Girl Scouts for many years. During the fall of 2016, Rathish joined the GSHCC Community Task Force to plan what would become the new STEM Center + MakerSpace. Since then he has given countless hours sharing his expertise and passion, and leading Robotics workshops in the STEM Center for Girl Scouts at all age levels. Thank you Rathish for all you do to introduce girls to STEM and Robotics!  

 

 

Name: Rathish Jayabharathi

Where do you work and what do you do?
I work at Intel Corporation and am the Chief Technologist for System Content and work within the Manufacturing Validation Performance (MVP) area.

Were you a Girl Scout? If yes, where?
No, but I was a Boy Scout and a scout leader.

How long have you volunteered with Girl Scouts?
7+ years

Why do you volunteer for Girl Scouts? 
I volunteer to increase awareness of STEAM-related careers amongst girls. I have noticed there are several pre-conceived notions about Math and Science even among middle-schoolers and exposing younger girls to STEAM careers and opportunities helps them break through these critical barriers.

What’s your favorite thing about volunteering with Girl Scouts?
The enthusiasm and the joy that is expressed when a child/girl gets the robot to move (basically their first experience in programming a robot) is priceless.

What advice would you give to young girls interested in learning more about the STEM fields?
Give it a try and you will enjoy it (don’t say you are not interested before trying something out). I have had several girls say that they do not like programming until they first tried it. After that they had commented that is was easy and fun. It is awesome to see that sense of accomplishment, and so my goal is to make my workshops more fun than following a strict curriculum.

Favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavor?
Thin Mints

Outside of volunteering, what are a few of your hobbies?
Wildlife photography and robotics are two of my favorite hobbies.

July 2018: Heide Allen
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If there has been a Girl Scout volunteer need in the past four decades, Heide Allen has jumped in and given it her all. Product Sales, Service Team, Troop Leader, Troop Organizer, Resident Camp, and more, there is no volunteer opportunity that Heide hasn’t tried (and succeeded in!). In her 44th year as a Girl Scout volunteer, Heide is still as committed as ever. She’s currently the Northrose Service Unit Treasurer and the Modesto Cookie Cupboard volunteer. Thank you Heide for your dedication and outstanding volunteer service with Girl Scouts! 


Name: Heidi Allen     

Where do you work and what do you do?

I am now retired.

Were you a Girl Scout? If yes, where?

Unfortunately I never had the opportunity as a girl.

How long have you volunteered with Girl Scouts? What volunteer role do you have? 

I have been a volunteer for 44 years which includes 44 years of cookies.  Currently I am Northrose Service Unit Treasurer and the Modesto Cookie Cupboard.  My past volunteer roles have included leader, troop, service unit and council product sales manager.  I’ve co-directed resident camp and organized and supervised trip camping.  I’ve also been an organizer of troops.  For 14 years I chaired a wine tasting event benefitting our Girl Scout Council.  After 44 years, it’s hard to remember all the many things I’ve been involved in.  LOL!

Why do you volunteer for Girl Scouts?

Why does anyone volunteer for Girl Scouts?  For the girls of course.  I believe very strongly in the principles and goals of Girl Scouts.  We have been a Girl Scout family for 44 years. As I look back on my years as a Girl Scout, I realize that even though I spent many years as a volunteer, mentoring girls and adults alike, Girl Scouts has given back so much to my life.  I could not imagine my life without Girl Scouts in it. 

What’s your favorite thing about volunteering with Girl Scouts? 

Watching girls grow into confident young women is wonderful.  But, I have also watched adult leaders grow the same way.

What advice would you give to young girls? 

Stick with Girl Scouts – the rewards of growing and learning with Girl Scouts are so worth it.  I have watched the girls in the troops I have lead turn into remarkable young women and leaders.  The opportunity to explore and try new things is at their fingertips.

Favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavor?

So who doesn’t like Thin Mints? However my favorites are Caramel DeLites.

Outside of volunteering, what are a few of your hobbies?

I am an avid gardener and a gourmet cook.  Love being outdoors.  I am also a dedicated volunteer and currently volunteer for 3 organizations besides Girl Scouts.

August 2018: Carly Narlesky
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Name
Carly Narlesky

Where do you work and what do you do?
I work in Sacramento for MBK Engineers, a private water resources consulting firm. I primarily work in our hydrology and reservoir operations modeling group (I study floods at reservoirs like Folsom and Oroville), but also build web applications for sharing information with our clients and coworkers. I am a licensed Civil Engineer, but I've had past jobs as a research assistant in planetary science and as an intern at a dinosaur quarry.

Were you a Girl Scout? If yes, where?
Yes! I was a Girl Scout from Daisies all the way through my Gold Award and beyond in the former Tierra Del Oro Girl Scout council that eventually merged into GSHCC.

How long have you volunteered with Girl Scouts? What volunteer role do you have?
I continued to volunteer at Girl Scout daycamp after graduating high school, and still help out when I can. So about 11 years! This year, I joined the Girl Scout STEM Center + Makerspace as a volunteer workshop facilitator where I teach classes on computer programming and website design as well as paleontology. I'm looking forward to our upcoming space science programs as well!

Why do you volunteer for Girl Scouts?
The strong female role models I encountered through Girl Scouts made a huge impact on my decisions to pursue leadership opportunities and my skills in public speaking. As my Girl Scout troop grew older, our leaders provided opportunities to plan and run our own meetings. We made decisions with a vote, and learned a lot about compromise and teamwork. Girl Scouts is full of wonderful traditions, exposure to new skills, ideas and career paths and is a great place to make new friends, but keep the old. I'm grateful for the volunteers who made my Girl Scout experience possible (thanks, Mom!!), so I'm here to pitch in too!

What’s your favorite thing about volunteering with the Girl Scout STEM Center? 
I love when girls ask about how they can continue the project from our workshop at home!  It's so cool to see girls get excited about what they've been learning and hear their plans to share their projects with friends and families.

What advice would you give to young girls interested in learning more about the STEM fields?
Computer science and programming skills are really useful in so many different fields.  Even if you don't plan on becoming a software engineer, the methods of computational thinking and the logic behind writing a computer program can really change our perspective on how we communicate with other people and help us organize our problem-solving efforts.  Plus, there's so many fun ways to learn about programming now -- I hope you give it a try!

Favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavor?
The Lemon Drop ones from when I was in 5th grade!

Outside of volunteering, what are a few of your hobbies?
Backpacking and camping, cooking, computer programming, reading and swing dancing :)

September 2018: Silvia Marwick
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Silvia Marwick was not a Girl Scout when she was growing up, but over the last 11 years she has definitely made up for lost time! Silvia began volunteering when her daughter joined Girl Scouts and has volunteered in almost every role possible since then. Thank you Silvia for your dedication and outstanding volunteer service with Girl Scouts! 

Name
Silvia Marwick

Where do you work and what do you do?
I work for the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (formerly the Board of Equalization) under the Technology Services Division as an IT Associate, specializing in AT&T billing. However, I am currently on loan as a “Leader United Executive” to the Our Promise campaign for the State of California/United Way and I will be working for them until the middle of November 2018.

Were you a Girl Scout? If yes, where?  
Unfortunately, I never got to be a Girl Scout. I am making up for lost time!

How long have you volunteered with Girl Scouts?
My daughter, Isabel and I have been Girl Scouts for 11 years.

What volunteer role do you have?
I have many roles! I am a parent volunteer and a GSHCC trainer. I have also volunteered as a troop leader, driver, first aider, treasurer, cookie manager and fall product manager. I’m a member of the Land Park Service Team and have served as the 100th Anniversary liaison, mentor, guest speaker coordinator and service unit coordinator.

Why do you volunteer for Girl Scouts?
First, I wanted my daughter to be a Girl Scout and for her to have the best Girl Scout experience possible. But then, I found that Girl Scouts made the best use of my knowledge and skill base such as organizing events, teaching and public speaking. I am kind of amazed that someone lets me do all this stuff and that people listen.

What’s your favorite thing about volunteering with Girl Scouts?
I love the network of friends and support I receive from Girl Scouts.

What advice would you give to young girls? 
Try everything! Don’t be afraid. Don’t stop yourself from new experiences.

Favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavor?  
Peanut Butter Patties

Outside of volunteering, what are a few of your hobbies?   

  1. I love to read. I can easily spend a whole day reading and not do anything else!
  2. I like watercolor painting.
  3. I like to work with my hands, so crafting and knitting are important to me.
October 2018: Anne Otter
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Anne Otter began volunteering with Girl Scouts six years ago because her granddaughters were Girl Scouts. Since then she has held multiple volunteer roles, stepping up to be a troop leader, service unit coordinator and more. Thank you Anne for all you to do to support girls as they try new things and become leaders.

Name
Anne Otter

Where do you work and what do you do?
I am retired now, but I had a career with Department of Corrections as a Records Analyst. After I retired, I went to work with JC Penney Custom Decorating Customer Service. The great part of that job was using the software to make technical drawing of the window covering styles and revising the designer’s handbook.

Were you a Girl Scout? If yes, where?
Unfortunately not. My mom thought mints were better than cookies so I was a Campfire Girl.

How long have you volunteered with Girl Scouts? What volunteer role do you have?
I have been an adult volunteer with Girls Scout for 6 years. I am a troop leader, service unit co-coordinator, and recruitment volunteer. I also volunteer with special projects, the most recent one being the coordinator of Project Pumpkin. Cosumnes River Service Unit was able to grow a Giant Pumpkin in the Satellite Garden at Fox 40. It was a five month effort that involved eleven of our troops, growing two big pumpkins. The largest pumping is about 250lbs.

Why do you volunteer for Girl Scouts?
I volunteered with Cub Scouts when my sons were little, as well as for my grandsons. One day my granddaughters reminded me that there were Girl Scout programs! I love to watch the growth of the girls through the experiences that Scouting brings them. All of the girls, at different points, will get that sparkle that says I’ve grown because of what we do here. The friendships for the girls and for the leaders are a bond that will last. The hope on the girls’ faces when they first join and wear their uniform is priceless. I volunteer because of the girls and who they will become!

What’s your favorite thing about volunteering with Girl Scouts?
Volunteering has helped me get out of the retirement rut and do great things. I have experienced many things for the first time as a leader. I feel I have grown considerably because of Girl Scouts. I have met some really great people! And, like I stated above, seeing the girls’ growth is the absolute best part!

What advice would you give to young girls?
The world might tell you that you are not thin enough, smart enough, not daring enough or good enough. I like the saying “Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid.” Do what you love, trust yourself, try new things!

Favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavor?
Hmmm, I don’t like Peanut Butter Sandwiches….

Outside of volunteering, what are a few of your hobbies?
I love to paint or draw and my sister is teaching me jewelry making. My grandkids love doing art and crafts when they hang out so we do a lot of that. I take care of a few of my grandkids in the afternoon and weekends each week. I love taking care of the plants in my yard. I may expand the garden after the wonderful experience I have had with Project Pumpkin!

November 2018: Tamarin Austin
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Name
Tamarin Austin

Where do you work and what do you do? 
I’m a lawyer at the State Water Resources Control Board. Up until a couple years ago, my Girl Scouts thought all I did was be a troop leader. They were surprised to learn I had a day job!

Were you a Girl Scout? If yes, where?  
I was only a Girl Scout for one year in Tucson, AZ.

How long have you volunteered with Girl Scouts? What volunteer role do you have?
I am a co-leader for a third year Cadette troop. We have been together since they were in first grade. We got together in the middle of the year, so we didn’t join Girl Scouts until they were first years Brownies. In first grade, we had play dates with fun patches and called ourselves “Camellias.”

Why do you volunteer for Girl Scouts? 
At first, it was to support my daughter in developing a great group of friends, and a nice way for me to get to know other moms. Later, it became important to me to spend time with my daughter. That is still a priority, but after seven years together, all of my girls are like my family. I love seeing them try new things outside their comfort zone. They have taken over planning all of their activities and that’s been an amazing transformation. Last year, they decided they really liked sleepovers, so now we have sleepovers almost every month where they earn at least one badge. Spelunking, visits from experts in cyber security and the Sac Crime Lab, escape room-ing, zip lining - they keep my calendar full!

What’s your favorite thing about volunteering with Girl Scouts?
I love our trips. We camp and/or travel at least twice a year. Singing and playing charades around a campfire is pretty magical.  

What advice would you give to young girls?
I’d like to share an excerpt of an email I sent my girls last summer:

Yesterday I hiked to the top of Mt Whitney, the highest peak in the continental US. I had a lot of time to think during our trek and I often thought of all of you and our many wonderful adventures together. You were in my thoughts as I walked the final feet to the summit. What paths will you choose in your lives? I hope that you will do things to push yourselves. Follow your dreams and work hard to achieve your goals. Choose good companions along the way. And build a home to come back to where you find peace. Believe in yourself! You can do ANYTHING!

Favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavor?  
Caramel Delights are always good. Lemonades are the best cookie for s’mores. Frozen Thin Mints for gardening on a hot summer day. Peanut butter sandwiches dipped in a frosty mug of milk are hard to beat. Shortbreads make an awesome pie crust for strawberry pies in the spring.

Outside of volunteering, what are a few of your hobbies? 
My mother has an orange ranch in LA, and I spend most long weekends and many weeks of school breaks clearing brush and pulling vines. “Orchard cross-fit” is excellent exercise. It offsets my passion for baking (and eating baked goods). I love trashy romance novels, but have joined a book club to broaden my reading spectrum. (It worked - I read stuff I never would have picked up, but I still prefer the romances - they put the “litter” in literature.) My husband and I enjoy travel too.  Currently, I’m on a trek up to Ashland (my kids got to go for school so we thought it was our turn), through Medford (Harry and David factory!), Gold Beach to the mouth of the Rogue River and then down to Fort Bragg to see the Glass Beach. Still on the bucket list: Machu Picchu and a tour of the northeastern US!

December 2018: Jenni Payton Moore
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Name:  
Jenni “Lucky” Payton Moore 

Where do you work and what do you do? 
I work at Merrill F. West High School in Tracy. I am a security officer there. 

Were you a Girl Scout? If yes, where? 
I was a Girl Scout as a Brownie in Auburn, California. 

How long have you volunteered with Girl Scouts? 
12 years. I have been a leader of Troop 525 and held multiple positions on the service team in my area. Currently, I am a leader, troop mentor, and events coordinator, and I am on the volunteer training team. 

Why do you volunteer for Girl Scouts? 
I volunteer for the girls. Watching them try something new, letting them explore and discover something on their own…if it is something they will enjoy continuing to learn about, and if not, so they can say they tried it and move on to something else. 

I adore watching them expand their abilities at all ages, and truly love when they reach out as adults and say that because of what they did during Girl Scouts they were able to accomplish their goals.  

What’s your favorite thing about volunteering with Girl Scouts? 
The laughter and sharing the rich history of Girl Scouts with the girls and leaders. Where else can you just be yourself? You are treated like family. 

What advice would you give to young girls? 
Don’t be afraid to try something new. You may just discover that you have found your new favorite thing. Try, try and then just when you think you can’t do it, try again. 

Favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavor? 
Lemonades & Shortbread 

Outside of volunteering, what are a few of your hobbies? 
Road trips to new places, finding a camping area and then exploring their vintage stores. I am always looking for pieces of Girl Scout memorabilia to add to my collection.

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