By Kim Henry, Program Director
What do Girl Scouts do? Whether you’re new to Girl Scouting or have led a troop for years, you probably have asked yourself that question from time to time.
Program is the “what” at the heart of the Girl Scout Experience and your council’s Program team is here to support you, whether you have questions about an event, need activity ideas for Journeys, or guidance about our Highest Award programs. We are also in charge of planning and coordinating council-led events and promoting opportunities in the local community. So to better support you, let’s introduce our team!
Meridith Orr is the Program Executive. She provides leadership for the development and delivery of girl programs and girl training opportunities throughout our 41 counties. She also supervises the four Program Directors, who specialize in troop support for each of the Girl Scout grade levels. Before coming to Program in 2013, Meridith worked in both Customer Care and Membership departments.
Deanna Welker has been a staff member for eight years. Prior to her work for the council, she was the troop leader for her oldest daughter’s troop. While she primarily oversee our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs, she also works with our cultural arts and history programs, the religious recognitions, and day camp. “I can talk about them all day!” she says. She is also the Program staff liaison for the Girl Scout Junior troops. “I love those Jazzy Juniors, and I’m always happy to help leaders explore the Junior Journeys, those great Junior badges, and of course, the Girl Scout Bronze Award.”
Kim Henry is the Program Director for Daisies and Brownies. So what does that mean? Part of her job is to coordinate council-led programs for Daisies and Brownies. “I love working with our girls and volunteers!” Kim says. “I am also here to support Daisy and Brownie leaders with any program questions or needs. If you need help with Journeys, let me know and I would love to help!”
Melissa Almodovar is the Program Director based out of the Wilmington Service Center. “I am responsible for the new Mobile Programming vehicle that we affectionately call ‘Daisy.'” Melissa says, “I am also your go-to person for anything Program Aide Core Training-related. I travel throughout our 41 counties bringing programming to troops, especially those who are not able to get into the service centers for training or events.”
We are excited to have a new staff member coming on board who will be a resource for Girl Scout Cadette, Senior and Ambassador program questions, and oversee the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards. She will also coordinate council-led events and some trainings for teen girls. Stay tuned for more updates!