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Current Honorees

Each year, Girl Scouts River Valleys is proud to honor remarkable women and girls for their leadership, accomplishments, and community contributions. Congratulations to the 2018 honorees for this great achievement!

2018 Young Women of Distinction

Valentine Chu Kha Vang Headshot

Valentine Chu Kha Vang

Valentine is a junior at Roseville Area High School and has been a ConnectZ Girl Scout since 2014. Valentine has excelled as a leader in her ConnectZ troop by assisting with recruitment efforts, troop activities, and service projects. She is particularly passionate about helping those affected by sex trafficking and raises awareness on this issue through one-to-one conversations with her peers. Outside of Girl Scouts, Valentine is the president of her high school’s Hmong club and leader of the Asian Cultural Show. Valentine is currently preparing for post-secondary school through her participation in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a college readiness program. Valentine plans to study law, criminal justice, or medicine in college.

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Molly Carroll

Molly is a senior at Wayzata High School and has been an active Girl Scout since she was in kindergarten. Molly has completed her Silver Award and earned her Gold Award for her project that addressed the achievement gap in STEM skills for at-risk elementary school students. Molly has been a Girl Scout Service Unit Delegate and National Delegate for a number of conventions. She is also a member of the Girl Scouts River Valleys Board of Directors and the Girl Leadership Advisory Board. Outside of Girl Scouts, Molly participates in student government, basketball, soccer, science mentorship, and community service. She was a Minnesota delegate to the World Food Prize in 2017. Molly plans to continue her studies in food science, molecular biology, and biochemistry in college.

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2018 Women of Distinction

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Gail Chang Bohr

Gail is a retired senior judge for the District Court of Minnesota and is an international consultant with the National Center for State Courts' Trinidad and Tobago Juvenile Court Project. In 2018 she was elected Ramsey County’s first Asian American judge. Gail was born in Jamaica, and attended Wellesley College and Simmons School of Social Work. Before entering law school, Gail worked as a clinical social worker for children and families in the U.S. and Hong Kong.

Gail is the founding executive director of the Children's Law Center of Minnesota, she has trained over 270 volunteer lawyers to represent children in foster care, initiated award-winning programs, and implemented systemic reform for children in foster care. She is a founding member of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum and an advisor to the Coalition of Asian American Leaders. She advises and mentors young lawyers as a member of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Gail’s awards include Minnesota Lawyer's 2007 Outstanding Service to the Profession Award and the 2015 Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans' Lifetime Achievement Award, among others.

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Sarah Crippen

Sarah is a native of Worthington, Minnesota, graduated from Carleton College in Northfield with a degree in English literature, and received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota law school. She currently serves as managing partner at Best & Flanagan LLP, where she practices in the areas of litigation and employment law. As an MSBA certified labor and employment specialist, she also also has extensive experience as an investigator, having performed employment investigations for a wide variety of clients such as municipalities, other governmental entities, and Fortune 100 corporations. Sarah also provides pro bono services to the MSBA Appellate Advice Clinic and the St. Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and its member congregations. Sarah is a Minnesota State Bar Association Certified Labor & Employment Specialist, has been named a Super Lawyer in employment law, and has been given the highest A-V rating by her peers in the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory.

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Kweilin Ellingrud

Kweilin is currently a partner at McKinsey & Company and was the first woman to lead the Minneapolis location from 2012-2016. Beyond McKinsey, Kweilin has served on the Board of College Possible, the Board of the YWCA of Minneapolis, and recently joined the Board of the Greater Twin Cities United Way. Kweilin graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics and political science, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was president of the Women’s Student Association.

Kweilin is passionate about gender equality and leads McKinsey’s work on the “Power of Parity” on both the global and U.S. level. She has authored several reports which identify global and U.S. “impact zones” and link economic equality to social equality. Over the past few years, Kweilin has worked with UN Women on the HeForShe campaign strategy and has worked with a number of UN organizations and global foundations. She also worked for two years at the Center for Women & Enterprise, a Boston nonprofit that helps women entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. She is a 2017 MAKERS@Awardee and was named a 2018 “Top 100 People to Know” by Twin Cities Business Magazine, a “Top 10 Corporate Women in Minnesota” by Twin Cities Business Magazine, and a “2015 Women in Business” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

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Dee Thibodeau

Dee is the founder and CEO of Charter Solutions, Inc. a company focused on analytics, management consulting, business process integration, and application development. Dee has served in top executive positions in the technology and financial industries since 1986, when she served as president of the largest computer training facility in the Midwest. She has been President of Arco Transcription, Inc. and EDI Solutions. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato and attended the Executive Management Development Program at the University of St. Thomas. Dee has been recognized with the 2017 Pinnacle Leader Award from the Women’s Health Leadership Trust and Wonder Woman from Twin Cities Business, The Real Power of 50, Twin Cities E-Commerce Forum and the National Association of Women Business Owners. She is currently on the board of M Health, MHTA, the Women’s Health Leadership Trust, and is Managing Director of the Sofia Fund. In the past, she has served on numerous boards including BRAAS, Dri-Steem, Microworx, The Credit Company, and the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Association.