Written by:Jennifer Yepez
4/10/2014 7:42 AM 

The Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas announces that Colleen Walker has been appointed as the Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, effective June 1, 2014.  She will replace Nicole Small, who resigned in late 2013.

We are extremely grateful to Colleen for her leadership at GSNETX over the past 7 years. With her focus and priorities clearly on the development of young girls, she has been instrumental in creating a council recognized for its strengths in preparing girls for leadership in the 21st century. In leading the first Girl Scout council in the country to complete the Strategic Learning Process, Colleen recognized the importance of innovative and relevant programming and implemented a five-year plan of work to strengthen our focus and produce measurable results.  The council recently went through their second Strategic Learning Process, which resulted in an organizational realignment and updated goals.

During Colleen's tenure, we underwent one of the first Property Master Planning Initiatives, evaluating six camp properties and developing a plan to transform four properties into Outdoor Centers of Excellence, supporting our key pillars of Outdoor Leadership, Financial Literacy, Healthy Living and STEM. Camping has been a crucial mainstay of Girl Scouts since its founding by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912. With the successful launch of GSNETX's capital campaign last year, we have raised over $4 million towards our $13 million goal.

With an educational background in architecture, Colleen has continually demonstrated her belief in the need to develop girls' interests in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), particularly in light of today's emphasis on STEM careers.  In her new position at The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, she will continue to enhance and enlarge the programmatic partnership we already share with the museum, providing STEM activities and mentors to the girls of GSNETX.

The Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that Jennifer Bartkowski will step into the role of GSNETX's Interim Chief Executive Officer upon Colleen's departure. During Jennifer's tenure at the council, she led the Strategic Learning Process and staff realignment and has provided leadership in developing new programs and partnerships to take us into the second century of scouting.  In addition, she has played a critical role in the Capital Campaign, as well as helped to increase and diversify the council's revenue stream.

Although Colleen is sad to be leaving her beloved GSNETX, she expressed that her, "staff is highly committed to the mission of Girl Scouts and will continue to focus on building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place." "I have the utmost confidence in Jennifer and her ability to enthusiastically move GSNETX forward," said Colleen.

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