Girl Scouts River Valleys is thrilled to welcome Gayle Hayhurst as Board Chair as of July 1, 2017.
Hayhurst has served on the Girl Scouts River Valleys Board of Directors since January 2013 and has most recently held the role of First Vice Chair. Passionate about helping women and girls succeed, she is looking forward to stepping into the role of board chair to continue this work.
“I’m thrilled to be stepping into this role and continue driving the growth of this important organization. The vision the board and staff have put forth is clear and compelling but the gravity of the challenges ahead and the importance of our work in supporting all girls in our communities requires leadership at all levels. I am ready to hit the ground running. I truly believe in the power of every girl to change the world and am honored to be a part of that mission.”
Hayhurst, of Excelsior, MN, is Vice President of Human Capital for Schwan’s Home Service Division, where she is responsible for all aspects of human capital, including overall organization design, change management, compensation and incentive programs, training and development, and communication. She is past president and past board member of Women of Influence Giving Circle, a network of women that pools the charitable gifts of its members to fund programs and services that address issues of safety, health, and equality for women and girls in Minnesota.
“Gayle’s experience as a Girl Scout board member and her leadership and passion to help build girls of courage, confidence, and character make her a great fit for the position of board chair,” said Tish Bolger, CEO of Girl Scouts River Valleys.
Michele Azar is stepping down from her role as board chair, which she has served in since January 30, 2016. “I’m sincerely grateful for the opportunity to have served with this incredible, talented board of directors to ensure all girls thrive and reach their full potential.”
With Azar’s leadership and modeling of true governance, Girl Scouts River Valleys has returned to a path of sustainable membership growth and is building a culture of philanthropy. She plans to continue to support Girl Scouts and do all she can to bring out the greatness in every girl.