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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 :)

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