Trailblazers are alumnae whose pioneering efforts opened doors for other women to follow. They may have been the first women to reach particular career or professional milestones, participated in organizations or activities in ways that changed how women were involved, or challenged themselves in ways that created new opportunities for women.
Honorable Pamela G. Alexander
Executive Director, Council on Crime and Justice
Retired Judge, Hennepin County District Court
Appointed by Governor Rudy Perpich as the first African-American female judge in the State of Minnesota, Girl Scout Pamela Alexander has committed her life and work to the cause of equal justice under the law. During her judicial career, Alexander distinguished herself in her efforts to eradicate disparities in the judicial system for both adult and juvenile offenders. Since retiring from the bench, Alexander has served as president of the Council on Crime and Justice where she advocates for policies that enhance public safety while not hindering individuals’ abilities to reach their full potential.
Over the years, Alexander has held teaching positions at several law schools and served on numerous legal task forces and community boards. Her leadership and accomplishments have been widely recognized, with awards including the MACDL Equal Justice Advocacy Award and Hennepin County Bar Association’s Walter Mondale Public and Community Service Award.
Alexander was a Girl Scout in the legacy Greater Minneapolis Council through her high school graduation. Over the years, she has been a speaker for many Girl Scout groups and a mentor to countless aspiring attorneys. Alexander holds a Bachelor’s degree from Augsburg College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota.
In 1991, Pamela Alexander handed down a decision that touched off a national debate about racial disparities in drug sentencing guidelines. The decision came at great personal cost to Alexander, who faced threats to her personal safety and was denied a Federal judgeship due to the controversy — risks she accepted with courage and grace.
Co-Founder, Bancroft Arnesen Explore
Founder, Ann Bancroft Foundation
Polar explorer Ann Bancroft broke through gender barriers with her all-female expeditions to the far reaches of the world. A Minnesota native, Bancroft is a lifelong wilderness lover who first made headlines in 1986 when she became the first woman to travel to the North Pole by dogsled. She shares her love of the outdoors as an educator with her more than 25-year history working with Wilderness Inquiry and the Learning Disabilities Association. Bancroft has a 12-year partnership with Girl Scouts, including the development of the Bancroft Arnesen Explore patch program in 2000 and study materials that allow Girl Scouts and Girl Guides throughout the world to follow her adventures. Most recently, Bancroft and her exploring partner, Liv Arnesen, connected with River Valleys during the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts celebration the Great Girl Gathering @ MOA® via Skype from Finse, Norway. They announced their Access Water Expedition departing for Antarctica November 2012 and invited girls to join them.
Bancroft believes that “in honoring our women leaders, and supporting girls’ ambitions and hope, we are validating ourselves.” Through the Ann Bancroft Foundation, she provides grants to girls who want to achieve a dream. The foundation also presents annual Dream Maker Awards to four Minnesotans who encourage and support the achievements of girls and women.
For her accomplishments, Bancroft has been named Woman of the Year by both Ms. and Glamour magazines. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Oregon.
Through her various roles as an explorer, educator, sought-after speaker and philanthropist, Ann Bancroft believes by sharing stories related to her dreams of outdoor adventure, she can help inspire a global audience to live to their full potential.
President and Founder
Angie’s Kettle Corn
When Angie Bastian and her husband Dan started Angie’s Kettle Corn in Mankato, MN, it was because they wanted to teach their children the importance of creating something and working together toward a goal. Bastian discovered that creating a business is also a way to create opportunity, hope and a sense of purpose for employees. Because of their steady job, some employees are putting themselves through college, others have been able to purchase their first home, and many have been successful at turning away from drugs and alcohol through the support of the Blue Earth County Drug Court and the culture at Angie’s Kettle Corn.
Despite the demands of building a business, Bastian is committed to remaining active in her children’s lives. She volunteers at Loyola Catholic Schools and has been a Girl Scout leader for her daughter’s troop. Bastian currently serves on the board of the South Central Community College Foundation and is a past president of the American Association of University Women chapter in Gallup, NM. She has been honored with many business awards, including Greater Mankato Growth Entrepreneur of the Year, Star Tribune’s Top 100 Workplaces and Twin Cities Family Business Award. Bastian holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing from Goshen College and Emory University, respectively.
Angie Bastian and her husband created a work environment where people feel respected, appreciated and rewarded for a job well done. Their business has become a vehicle to empower people — just like the Girl Scouts organization.
Sharon Sayles Belton
Vice President, Government Affairs and Community Relations, Thomson Reuters
Former Mayor of Minneapolis
Long before Minneapolis residents elected her as their first female and first African-American mayor, Sharon Sayles Belton wore a Girl Scout uniform. Inspired to community service at a young age, Sayles Belton worked for civil rights in Jackson, MS, and Minneapolis. She later became an advocate for women as the assistant director of the Minnesota Program for Victims of Sexual Assault, and later as co-founder of the Harriet Tubman Shelter for Battered Women where she remains on the advisory board.
Prior to serving two terms as Mayor of Minneapolis, Sayles Belton spent a decade on the Minneapolis City Council and served as its president from 1990 to 1993. Under her leadership, the city experienced significant economic growth and neighborhood stability. After leaving office, Sayles Belton entered the private sector where she helped develop a national program to address the nation’s mortgage foreclosure crisis. She is currently vice president of community relations and government affairs at Thomson Reuters. Sayles Belton also serves on the boards of the Hennepin Healthcare System, Homeownership Preservation Foundation, Parent In Community Action Head Start, Presidential Scholars Program and Womenwinning.
She received numerous honors for her contributions, including the National Bar Association’s Gertrude Rush Distinguished Service Award, American Association of Affirmation Action’s Rosa Parks Award, and the Joan and Walter Mondale Award for Public Service. Additionally, she was awarded the Catharine Lealtad Service to Society Award from her alma mater, Macalester College. Sayles Belton is also a graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute at Harvard University.
Sharon Sayles Belton credits Girl Scouts with reinforcing the importance of taking responsibility for her own personal development and helping her understand her responsibilities as a citizen.
Chief Executive Officer
Jacquie Berglund is founder of FINNEGANS — a beer company that donates 100 percent of its profits to alleviate hunger in the Midwest. Through its community fund, FINNEGANS has donated more than $250,000 to community projects and raises awareness about hunger through its website, promotional materials and a group of over 1,000 volunteers who help promote the fund’s causes.
Earlier in her career, Berglund worked abroad for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and was instrumental in bringing together government officials who were once at war with one another to cooperate on issues facing their countries.
With the success of her business model, Berglund received numerous honors, including the B. Warren Hart Distinguished Service Award from St. Paul Jaycees. She has also been named one of the “40 under 40″ by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and “Ten Young Outstanding Minnesotans,” as well as a “Minnesotan You Should Know” by Twin Cities Business Journal. In 2012, FINNEGANS was featured on CNN in their “Leaders with Heart” and “Small Business Success Stories” segments.
Berglund was a Girl Scout while growing up in Mahtomedi, MN. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from Augsburg College, and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the American Graduate School of Paris.
Jacquie Berglund hopes to expand the number of social enterprises that make the world a better place by sharing her sustainable business model, and providing technical assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs with similar goals.
President, Galeo Group, LLC
Chair, Ameriprise Certificate Company
Karen Bohn’s affiliation with Girl Scouts began when she was growing up in Grand Forks, ND, and continued as an adult when she became a board member of the legacy Greater Minneapolis Council and served as a National Convention Delegate.
Bohn is part of an elite group of women serving on corporate boards, including Ameriprise Certificate Company, Ameriprise Bank FSB, Alerus Financial and Otter Tail Corporation. She is a past director of Gander Mountain, American Express Bank FSB and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. Bohn had a long and successful career in the financial services industry, where she rose to become chief administrative officer of Piper Jaffray. Bohn was the first woman to chair the Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce and also served on many nonprofit boards, including Children’s Theatre Company, Luther Seminary Foundation, Blake School and University of North Dakota Foundation. She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of North Dakota.
One of Bohn’s passions is working with Friends of Ngong Road, an organization whose mission is to provide education and support for Nairobi children living in poverty whose families are affected by HIV/AIDS so they can transform their lives. Through this program, she devotes hundreds of hours of volunteer service annually in both the U.S. and Kenya.
Karen Bohn’s goals are to keep busy, keep learning and keep giving. She hopes her legacy will be to be as generous and caring as her parents and grandparents, and to leave the world a better place.
Jane Davidson, Ph.D.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Christenson Chair of Renewable Energy
Director, Solar Energy Laboratory, University of Minnesota
Through her research, Girl Scout Jane Davidson strives to make the world a better place by creating clean alternative fuels using concentrated sunshine, waste water, and carbon dioxide or biomass. For her contributions to the field of solar energy, Davidson received the Charles Greeley Abbott Award from the American Solar Energy Society. She also received the Ada Comstock Distinguished Scholar Award, which was established to acknowledge and honor the scholarly accomplishments and leadership of outstanding women faculty at the University of Minnesota.
Davidson also volunteers with Engineers Without Borders, helping rural Ugandan women develop access to clean water. She has served as editor of American Society of Mechanical Engineering’s Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, and as a member of the American Solar Energy Society Board, Governor Tim Pawlenty’s Clean Energy Technology Task Force, and the Solar Rating and Certification Board.
Davidson holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Duke University. She joined Girl Scouts while growing up in Nashville, TN, and was involved as an adult volunteer in the legacy Greater Minneapolis Council.
As a professor, Jane Davidson strives to ensure a future for generations to come through her work on the development of sustainable energy options. A key component is training and mentoring future leaders of our nation. Davidson believes her students are her enduring legacy.
Operator and Graphics Producer
In the male-dominated field of sports broadcasting, Girl Scout Lisa Gangl has made a name for herself. As a graphics producer/operator for ESPN, she is most often the only woman on the production crew that travels the country covering all of the games. Gangl was one of the first women to produce a game for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the first to travel with the team in any capacity. She was also the first woman to hold the position of executive producer/game producer for her college’s men’s sports teams. Gangl’s professional honors include the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Award and the Hometown USA Video Festival Winner.
Despite a demanding profession, Gangl finds time to volunteer in her children’s schools and serves as treasurer of the Chisago Lakes Parent Teacher Organization. She is also in her fifth year as a troop leader for a very active group of Girl Scout Juniors and is a key member of the Mid Du Lac service unit team where she is the treasurer, Fast Start coach and leader mentor. Gangl originally joined Girl Scouts while growing up in Onamia, MN.
She earned Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from St. Cloud State University.
It has taken a lot of confidence for Lisa Gangl to crack the glass ceiling in her profession. On every show she pushes herself to prove that she knows the sport as well as any man does, yet at the same time, doesn’t feel like she has to act like a man to fit in with them.
Joan Anderson Growe
Former Secretary of State of Minnesota
In 1974, Joan Anderson Growe was Minnesota’s first woman constitutional officer elected in her own right. As Secretary of State, she implemented a statewide online voter registration system (the first of its kind in the nation), and a statewide election reporting system. Under her leadership, Minnesota led the nation in voter turnout and became a voter registration and elections model for the entire U.S. Growe also served as an international election observer in Romania, South Africa, Azerbaijan, El Salvador, Peru and Yemen. Previously, she served in the Minnesota House of Representatives and was an elementary school special education teacher.
Growe became a Girl Scout while growing up in Buffalo, MN, and was later an adult volunteer and served on the board of the legacy Greater Minneapolis Council. Her other board affiliations have included the Minneapolis Foundation, American Swedish Institute, Hennepin Theatre Trust and Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs. She has received numerous honors, including the Esther V. Crosby Award, President’s Medal from St. Benedict College, Distinguished Alumni Award from St. Cloud State and the National Leadership Award for Voter Education from the National Association of Secretaries of State.
Growe holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University and earned a Special Education Certificate from the University of Minnesota. She also attended the Harvard management program for public employees.
Looking back on her historic career, Joan Anderson Growe is comfortable with having been a trailblazer for other women. In a National Public Radio interview, she reflected, “When one woman does it, it makes it easier for the next one.”
Executive Vice President Target Technology Services
Chief Information Officer, Target Corporation
Beth Jacob is one of very few women to hold the title of chief information officer in a Fortune 500 company. In this position, she is responsible for IT operations for the company’s stores, distribution centers, headquarters location and international facilities. She also oversees the delivery of fast, reliable and innovative technology solutions for a variety of applications, platforms and environments. Jacob oversees Target.com, including the development of Target’s own e-commerce platform. For her professional accomplishments, Jacob was named one of Computerworld magazine’s “Premier 100 IT Leaders.”
She has been an active volunteer with the Target Team for the past 13 years-focusing on schools. Jacob is also a board member of the Greater Twin Cities United Way and serves on her church council. Previously, she served on the board of Children’s Home Society and Family Services. She joined Girl Scouts as a Brownie in Moundsview, MN, and has been a volunteer “cookie mom” with her daughter’s troop. She also finds a great deal of satisfaction in serving as a CASY (Caring Adult Serving Youth) at her church, where she mentors a group of young girls.
Jacob holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Minnesota.
Beth Jacob’s philosophy of volunteering is, “How can we live in such a way that we open ourselves to life’s blessings, and then, in gratitude and grace, we give it all back?”
When Belinda Jensen entered college as one of just three women in the Atmospheric Science Department, proving herself as a serious female student in science studies was a challenge. Going into broadcasting versus pursuing a more traditional secondary education career was a difficult decision for Jensen, but one that paid off in professional success and respect.
Jensen has been the chief meteorologist at KARE11 News since 2005 and the weekend meteorologist and host of KARE11 News Saturday since 1993. She was also the meteorologist for K102 and Cities 97 radio stations for 12 years. Jensen received local Emmys for storm coverage, as well as the Eric Sevareid Award for Weather Coverage from the Northwest Broadcast News Association. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Jensen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology.
She lends her celebrity to many important local causes and charity events including Children’s Hospitals Cancer Kids Fund, CCRF, Brain Tumor Association, Starkey Foundation and Children’s Hospital Association. Remembering her days as a Girl Scout in Prescott, WI, Jensen has been an active supporter of the organization over the years — speaking at events and hosting Girl Scout groups at KARE 11. She has been particularly helpful in promoting River Valleys’ 100th Anniversary celebration and is featured in the council’s “Where can Girl Scouts take you?” advertising campaign.
Belinda Jensen truly enjoys the work she does with schools promoting science as a viable, interesting career path, particularly for girls. She hopes to set the stage for her daughter to work towards any career of her dreams.
Susan Adams Loyd
Clear Channel Outdoor–Minneapolis/St. Paul Division
Susan Adams Loyd is one of few women leaders in the top ranks of media companies. Prior to her current role leading the region’s dominant provider of out-of-home advertising, Loyd spent more than 30 years in television management at stations in Minnesota and Florida, including serving as vice president and general manager at WCCO-TV and director of programming at KARE11. During her career, Loyd earned numerous industry and community service awards including a regional Emmy, National Association of Broadcasters Service to America Award, and University of Minnesota’s Notable Alumni Award.
Loyd has been an active member of many civic boards, including serving as president of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, vice president of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and board member of the Minneapolis Downtown Council, Meet Minneapolis and Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys. Previously, Loyd also served on the board of Florida’s Gateway Girl Scout Council and was named one of their “Women of Distinction” in 2006.
An Edina native, Loyd participated in Girl Scouts while growing up. She also enjoyed athletics and excelled as a competitive figure skater. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech Communications from the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State University, respectively.
Susan Adams Loyd credits her experience in Girl Scouts with demonstrating her abilities, strengths and potential to others — but most of all, to herself. She wishes to contribute by opening doors to a world of boundless opportunities for the girls who will be tomorrow’s leaders.
Former President and Managing Director
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Sarah Lutman has had a diverse career in arts management, philanthropy and media. Most recently, she was president and managing director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, where she pursued innovation in artistic leadership and audience development efforts. Her previous position was senior vice president for American Public Media (APM), where she was responsible for regional and national broadcast and digital programming. While at APM, Lutman earned two Peabody Awards, expanded classical program offerings, brought U.S. cultural programming abroad and spearheaded the launch of an alternative music station to serve new audiences.
Prior to that, Lutman served as senior program officer at the Bush Foundation (St. Paul) and executive director of Fleishacker Foundation (San Francisco). She is co-founder and editor of Grantmakers in the Arts Journal, and early in her career, was a San Francisco- based arts administrator and professional bassoonist. Lutman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Mills College and completed graduate coursework in Arts Administration from Golden Gate University.
Lutman’s community activities include serving as an overseer of Curtis Institute of Music and board member of Interlochen Center for the Arts, as well as membership in the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Policy Study Group and Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable. She joined Girl Scouts in Chagrin Falls, OH.
Sarah Lutman believes those in leadership must create an environment in which new leaders can be mentored, tested and prepared for the considerable challenges ahead. What she has learned is that emerging leaders rarely disappoint; much more often, they astound.
Judy Mahle Lutter
Founder and President
Melpomene Institute for Women’s
Judy Mahle Lutter was inspired by her mother — who had been a professional Girl Scout and remained an active volunteer most of her life — to be independent, courageous and physically active. As Lutter grew up a Girl Scout, earning both Curved Bar and First Class honors, she learned to be a leader and take risks. This path ultimately led her to devote her career to health issues affecting physically active women.
When Lutter became a runner at age 33, she recognized there was a shortage of research on physical activity and women’s health, so she began conducting her own studies. In 1982, she and a friend, Susan Cushman, formed the Melpomene Institute to help women make informed choices about their own health and lifestyles. For her work, Lutter won numerous awards in the health and fitness arena, served on the board of Women’s Sports Foundation, and was a guest columnist for many fitness publications, including Women’s Sports and Fitness, Runner’s World and FootNotes. She was a competitive distance runner, cyclist and cross-country skier, who continues to enjoy doing something physically active every day. She is a popular speaker and the author of two books, “Bodywise Woman” and “Of Heroes, Hopes and Level Playing Fields.”
Lutter holds a Bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College and two Master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota.
Judy Mahle Lutter believes her Girl Scout experiences helped her question the status quo, particularly the roles that women and girls could play. She learned the value of being part of a team and respecting and honoring people for who they are.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scout Sona Mehring created the first CaringBridge website in 1997, during a friend’s high-risk pregnancy. With extensive experience in the information technology industry, Mehring’s vision was to develop a free service that combined the capabilities of technology with the personal needs of people facing significant health challenges.
Previously, Mehring was president of Beacon Technologies, technology director at Plan Analytics, Inc., an independent consultant for GMAC ResCap and a software engineer at several technology companies. She was named one of 2011′s “Most Influential Women in Technology” by Fast Company magazine, one of “200 Minnesotans You Should Know” by Twin Cities Business magazine, and one of “25 Women Industry Leaders in the Twin Cities” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. She also received a certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for outstanding and invaluable service to the community. Mehring is a member of Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, National Health Care Council and National Health Marketing Leadership Roundatable.
Mehring joined Girl Scouts while growing up in Weyauwega, WI. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.
In developing a way for patients and their families to easily communicate about serious illnesses, Sona Mehring has also provided a means for millions of people to express encouragement and support during difficult times. She is a true example of how a single motivated Girl Scout has made the world a better place.
Honorable Ancy L. Tone Morse
Olmsted County District
In June, 1959, Ancy L. Tone Morse was the only woman in her law school graduating class and the only woman admitted to the Minnesota Bar that year. She was the first woman attorney to practice law in Olmsted County and in 1983 was appointed the first female district judge in greater Minnesota. Morse served on the bench for 16 years, with a special interest in judicial ethics, community corrections, mediation and judicial selection. Morse holds Bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Minnesota.
A longtime community leader in Rochester, MN, Morse has had membership in a number of organizations, including United Way of Olmsted County, Legal Assistance, American Association of University Women, YWCA, Community Corrections Advisory Board, Minnesota Board of Judicial Standards, National Association of Women Judges, Minnesota Bar Association, Junior Achievement and University of Minnesota Rochester Advisory Board. She is a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts and served the legacy River Trails Council as a troop leader, board member and council president. Under her leadership, major funding was secured to build Camp Whispering Hills, which is still enjoyed by hundreds of girls each year. Morse was a girl member in International Falls, MN, earned Curved Bar honors, and in 1953, was one of four girls representing the U.S. at a meeting of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides at Our Chalet in Switzerland. Members of the group remain in contact and periodically gather for reunions at various locations around the world.
Ancy L. Tone Morse credits her Girl Scouting experiences with having helped her establish a foundation for positive feelings about herself, a belief that she could do most things she set out to do and the confidence to try.
Anita M. Pampusch, Ph.D.
Mayor of Lilydale, MN
Retired President, St. Catherine University
Retired President, Bush Foundation
Anita M. Pampusch has had a distinguished career in philanthropy and higher education. For 10 years, she was president of Minnesota’s second largest private foundation, the Bush Foundation, which is known for its programs in education, arts, social services and health. During her tenure, Pampusch was responsible for organizing the Bush Fellows Summit and expanded endowments by $200 million. Previously, she worked at St. Catherine University, including 13 years as its president. In that role, Pampusch was instrumental in acquiring a second campus in Minneapolis and developing a number of new programs.
She also has an extensive resumé of civic engagement. Pampusch currently serves as Mayor of Lilydale, MN, and is a board member of Hennepin County Medical Center, Minnesota Symphony Orchestra and Northstar Education Finance. Previous board service includes Allina Foundation, Minnesota Meeting, Minnesota Historical Society, William Mitchell Law School, St. Paul Companies, St. Paul Chamber of Commerce and the University of Notre Dame.
Pampusch received seven honorary degrees, numerous leadership awards and fellowships from the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for Humanities. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Catherine University and holds Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees from the University of Notre Dame.
Anita M. Pampusch attributes her years as a Girl Scout in South St. Paul with teaching her to respect and take responsibility for others. As a high school senior, she wrote, “I would consider myself a success if the world is a better place for my having lived in it.” And this principle has guided her life ever since.
Coldwell Banker Burnet Minnesota
A Girl Scout from Westfield, NJ, Robin Peterson attended the University of Vermont where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and Education. She holds a Master’s degree in History from the State University of New York and spent several years teaching before beginning her career in real estate in 1977.
During a 35-year career with Coldwell Banker Burnet, Peterson has risen through the ranks as a sales associate, assistant manager, branch manager, training director, regional vice president and executive vice president before being named president in 2000. In her current role, Peterson is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the firm’s 24 sales offices, including nearly 2,000 sales associates in Minneapolis and St. Paul, St. Cloud, and Rochester, MN, as well as in western Wisconsin.
Peterson earned a Graduate of REALTOR® Institute (GRI) and serves on the boards of the Minnesota Association of REALTORS® and Minnesota Homeownership Center. She taught real estate classes locally and nationally. Peterson has been named one of the “Most Influential Women in Business in the Twin Cities” by CityBusiness magazine and one of “Residential Real Estate’s Leading Ladies” by LORE magazine. Peterson also received the “Lifetime Hall of Fame Award” from the REALTORS® Political Action Committee.
Robin Peterson has great passion for life and her career. She leads by example and demonstrates that she is personally willing to do anything she asks others to do. Peterson believes that the key to her success is leading with integrity and building team morale by recognizing others’ contributions.
In her 30 years as a news anchor and reporter, Girl Scout Diana Pierce has used her public platform to promote health, wellness and fitness. She is passionate about motivating her audience — especially women — to live healthier lives and endeavors to provide useful information they can use to make wise lifestyle choices. Pierce is a role model who “practices what she preaches,” and often participates in fitness-related charity events. During her career, Pierce has covered major news events for KARE 11, traveling to Japan, Africa and around the United States. A graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Pierce was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2009.
She has also devoted her time to many local charities, helping to raise funds for Children’s Heartlink, Animal Humane Society, WAMSO (Women’s Auxiliary for the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra), Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and Girl Scouts River Valleys, to name a few.
Pierce joined Girl Scouts in her hometown of Exeter, CA, where her mother was a volunteer troop leader. Pierce, in turn, was a troop leader when her daughter participated in Girl Scouting here in the Twin Cities. She has been actively involved in promoting Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary activities and recently hosted River Valleys’ kick-off celebration, the Great Girl Gathering @ MOA® on March 10-11, 2012.
Girl Scouts motto, “Be Prepared” has served Diana Pierce well throughout her personal and professional lives. She especially remembers learning first aid, outdoor skills and ways to make use of natural resources that built her self-confidence and comfort in new situations.
Judith Ramaley, Ph.D.
President, Winona State University
Past National Board Member, Girl Scouts of the USA
Judith Ramaley is a professor and academic administrator who has served as president of three universities, including Winona State University, The University of Vermont and Portland State University. She has also held administrative and teaching posts at George Washington University, The University of Maine, The University of Kansas, The State University of New York at Albany and the University of Nebraska. Ramaley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Swarthmore College and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Anatomy from UCLA. She also pursued post-doctoral studies at Indiana University and was awarded three honorary degrees for her accomplishments.
Ramaley has a special interest in higher education reform and played a significant role in designing regional alliances to promote educational cooperation. She has contributed to national discussions about the changing nature of work and the workforce, and plays a national role in the exploration of civic responsibility and the role of higher education in promoting good citizenship. Ramaley has also published extensively on educational reform, science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and leadership of organizational change.
She has served on numerous government and higher education task groups, as well as the boards of nonprofit organizations, including Girl Scouts of the USA. She is currently a board member of the River Valleys council. Ramaley was also a girl member in both Texas and New York.
Judith Ramaley’s experiences with Girl Scouts have informed and strengthened her own commitment to leadership, which has been particularly helpful during times of institutional and social change.
Executive Vice President
Jeannine Rivet feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to pursue a career that embraces her passion of helping people live healthier lives. In her current role, she works with and on behalf of all business segments in areas focused on strategic and business relationship management, customer and public relations, social responsibility, and nursing advancement.
She is a board member of numerous industry and professional associations, and businesses. She earned a diploma in Nursing from Rhode Island School of Nursing, a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Boston College and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Boston University.
Rivet is actively involved as a mentor to women in business through the Minnesota Menttium program and is the secretary and board member of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable. She has been recognized as one of the most powerful women in business by Fortune and Minnesota Business magazines and was presented Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Career Achievement Award. She has also received alumni achievement awards from Boston University and Boston University School of Public Health.
Early in life, Jeannine Rivet learned the importance of family, community, faith and helping where she can — lessons that were reinforced when she became a Girl Scout in Woonsocket, RI. Through her family foundation, she hopes to instill in her children a legacy of giving back and to inspire others to be involved as well.
Creator and Designer, Rox Minneapolis Jewelry
Former News Anchor, FOX 9
The daughter of politically active parents, Chicago native Robyne Robinson was instilled with the belief that if you succeed in life, you must make a way for others. Her mother was her Girl Scout troop leader and a role model who encouraged the girls to stand up for themselves.
Spurred by the socio-political climate of the 1970s, Robinson became a broadcaster in order to tell the stories of people she felt had been marginalized and misrepresented. She was the first African-American prime time TV anchor in the Twin Cities, winning two Emmys (one for Best Anchor) and numerous awards for her reporting, including the 2008 Republican National Convention and the Interstate 35W bridge collapse.
Robinson lends her celebrity to numerous causes, including the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota, Girl Scouts and a variety of arts organizations. Her current enterprise, Rox Jewelry, works with South African seamstresses in a fair trade venture that supports orphaned children with HIV/AIDS.
In the summer of 2010, Robinson took a sabbatical from TV news after being tapped to campaign for Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, only the second person of color to run for the higher office. Her outstanding career was featured in the Twin Cities Public Television/Minnesota Humanities documentary, “Firsts: Minnesota’s African-American Groundbreakers.”
Robinson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Loyola University of Chicago and was a Public Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota.
Robyne Robinson believes the principles she learned in Girl Scouts inspired her and all women to be a force for change in their community.
Julie Snow, FAIA
Principal and Chief Executive Officer
Julie Snow Architects, Inc.
Julie Snow has built an award-winning architectural firm known for its innovative design. The diverse scale and type of work designed by Snow’s firm ranges from large U.S. Land Ports of Entry to residences to product design, always designing with technical integrity and intense attention to detail. The studio’s work has appeared in leading professional journals, nationally and internationally, and was exhibited at the Chicago Architectural Foundation. In 2005, Princeton Architectural Press published the first monograph on the studio’s work as part of their “New Voices in Architecture” series. Most recently, Snow was recognized by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with its Architecture Award, which characterized her work as “invention within convention…elegance balanced by pragmatism.”
She has taught at the University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, where she received the Ralph Rapson Award for Distinguished Teaching. She has also held visiting professor positions at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, University of Maryland, University of Arkansas and Washington University, St. Louis.
Snow currently serves on the board of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and was a co-leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. She is a member of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable and was named a Fellow by the American Institute of Architects (FAIA). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Colorado.
Julie Snow believes in sharing her talents in the community. Her firm recently studied urban opportunities in downtown Minneapolis to improve infrastructural performance and create a more active urban environment. They are also working on a sustainable biologic conservation station in Central America.
Marilyn DeLano Stewart
Chair, Governor’s Committee University of Minnesota–Rochester
Retired Branch Manager, Edina Realty Rochester
A successful business owner, Marilyn Delano Stewart has built a career of challenging norms. She was the first female president of the Minnesota Association of Realtors, first female president of the Rotary Club of Rochester and first female chair of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. As chair of the Rochester Higher Education Development Committee, Stewart led the effort to develop, fund and establish the University of Minnesota–Rochester (UMR).
She is currently a member of UMR’s Chancellor’s Advisory and Advocacy Committee, the Rotary Club of Rochester, Destination Medical Community Executive Committee, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, American Association of University Women (Rochester branch), and University of Minnesota President’s Club and Alumni Association. She has previously served on numerous professional and community boards. For her contributions, Stewart has been honored by many organizations, including being the first woman to receive the ATHENA Award from the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce.
As a Girl Scout in Fairmont, MN, Stewart earned Curved Bar honors. She later became a troop leader when her daughters joined Girl Scouts and has served on various volunteer committees over the years. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota and earned multiple real estate certifications.
As a young woman, Marilyn Delano Stewart learned the value of hard work and persistence in achieving a goal. Through many trials and setbacks, she continued to advocate for a University of Minnesota campus in Rochester — a dream that was finally realized after 20 years of effort.