2010 Best of the Best
Congratulations to Gina Thompson, the Best of the Best Award Winner for 2010!
We wish to congratulate Gina Thompson as being named the inaugural award winner for 2010. Gina was selected as the winner of the Excellence of Creativity and Innovation Award in January 2010 for her work in encouraging the use of technology in the membership department. Gina, as part of the SWTE (Staff Working Together Effectively) committee, was also instrumental in helping design the new organizational structure for the Membership, Volunteerism and Program (MVP) department. The new structure went live August 2 and Gina was promoted to the position of Director of Membership and Community Development. In this role, Gina has excelled in leading her team, many of them new to Girl Scouts, to many successes in her department. She works tirelessly to encourage staff to take Girl Scouts to the next level. Gina is a true visionary and serves as an example of dedication, integrity and commitment to girls, staff, and volunteers.
Lisa Garcia, Excellence of Customer Service Award
“Lisa is objective and thoughtful in her approach to Human Resources and employees can rely on her to be fair, unbiased and knowledgeable about her area of work. When you go to Lisa with a question or concern, you can be sure she will listen to you, investigate options and resources and provide the best solutions possible. She strives to educate our employees on their benefits and is always approachable. During the MVP transformation, she worked countless hours dedicated to ensuring the process was clear in its objectives and ethical in its implementation. She created an on boarding process and orientation process that makes certain every new employee is aware of his/her responsibilities, is knowledgeable about Girl Scouts and has the information needed to begin their employment. She is always professional and makes every effort to make the HR department a ‘go to’ place for employees.”
Lynn Jefferson, Excellence of Leadership Award
“During the transformation of the MVP department, Lynn Jefferson has exhibited phenomenal leadership qualities. She participated in numerous meetings providing valuable feedback on possible organizational structures, best practices and how best to allocate resources, all while keeping the girls’ and volunteers’ best interest in mind. Since being appointed Team Lead, she has taken the initiative to ensure her team works efficiently and effectively. Lynn adheres to the Girl Scout promise to help people at all times as she is always available to answer a question or help a team member in any and every way she can. She is a mentor to not just her team but anyone who needs an answer or assistance or better yet -- a good laugh! Her humor has brightened many people’s days, providing comic relief while fostering harmony and camaraderie. Lynn is a true leader and is most deserving of this Recognizing Excellence Staff Award.”
Crystal Haskins, Excellence of Customer Service Award
“I have known Crystal since she came to work for GSSWT. In that time, she has been helpful beyond all expectations but mostly she has gone above and beyond at her job, and anything else that was dropped on her desk. I know that she has spent many nights working late to meet impossible deadlines. An ordinary person would have quit! But Crystal is an extraordinary person of character and commitment…She has worked diligently to make it possible for us to give girls the very best experiences and for us to have the very best experiences at the Council Offices…She never grumps, is always smiling and happy and acts like there is nothing she would rather do than solve the problem I am having right now regardless of how many problems are sitting on her desk…I really feel Crystal should be recognized for all she does.”
Cathy Noll, Excellence of Team Work Award
“Cathy Noll is such a pleasure to work with. She is always willing to give a helping hand. She makes an effort to attend all the events that she possibly can. Cathy is always willing to lend an ear and be a friend to all.” “As a new Girl Scout leader, Cathy has been a fountain of information. She has answered every question, provides me with any form needed and she encourages me when I didn’t think I could do it. She is very open to ideas. Cathy has a great sense of humor and makes the meetings fun.” “I am an orientation presenter and secretary. Whatever I need, I call Cathy and she informs me with all the correct information. I would like to thank her very much.” “Since Cathy has become our MDE (Membership Development Executive), our service unit, our leaders and volunteers have become more involved. Cathy has enabled us to take more training classes to better our leadership skills and get our girls motivated. Our girls are benefitting more through the lessons, journeys and other activities we hold and attend…It has been such a pleasure working with Cathy and I am looking forward to working with her in the future.” “I am a new troop leader and Cathy has been such a great leader to me. She has helped in the past several months with every question I had and have. She is patient and very knowledgeable. She has provided me with excellent information and resources. She always returns my calls or replies to my emails in a timely manner. Thank you very much Cathy!”
Lucy McArthur, Excellence in Commitment Award
“Lucy is continuously seeking new ways to outreach and support girls. She never hesitates to help and encourage. She is always the first one to remind us that “it’s for the girls”. Lucy’s passion and commitment to serving and outreaching to girls is an encouraging example. Lucy is always available to help and support in any area when needed and she is committed to unifying all council areas. Her hard work and creative ways of outreaching has highly impacted not only the girls’ lives in community housing but also her leaders whom she builds up and encourages to lead. Lastly, Lucy approaches her job with optimism, encouragement and integrity; making her an excellent example to the girls.”
Sherry Cook, Excellence in Leadership Award
“Sherry Cook demonstrates her leadership through her role as Change Champion for the MVP (Membership Volunteer Program) Staff restructure group. She has consistently led the group by facilitating discussion to provoke respectful opinion-sharing, thoughtful dialogue and keeping us on task…Sherry has also demonstrated great leadership, flexibility, and teamwork through her involvement with the Young Women’s Leadership Academy over the past two school years. Sherry has led the charge to engage girls of YWLA in Girl Scouts during the school day while constantly thinking of new ways to involve them with council-sponsored activities as well. In any situation, crisis or otherwise, Sherry remains calm and collected, a virtue we all strive to know.”
Gina Thompson, Excellence of Creativity and Innovation
Nominated by Stephanie Finleon
Gina was the first and most productive employee to fully embrace staff use of technology. She was first to encourage the use of the portal for the membership department in order to share and store the information necessary to support the recruitment function. Gina was instrumental as the chair of the SWTE (Staff Working Together Effectively) committee. The SWTE committee led the charge for use of the portal by all departments. Though many people have been involved with brainstorming, creating, and using the portal--the vision was always Gina’s, and as the one constant, was able to bring people together to 1) share her vision, 2) use other’s talents and ideas to create new tools, and 3) made it useful and a tool used by all staff.
Diane Sifuentes, Excellence of Customer Service
Nominated by Jerry Langdon
Diane has always been professional and friendly when dealing with staff at camp. She handles changes with grace and flexibility. Other people strive to emulate her qualities: friendliness, caring for others, and maintaining a positive attitude. Comments from other staff and volunteers always describe Diane as warm, always smiling, and friendly. To sum it up: “She Is Great!”
Becky Jennings, Excellence of Flexibility
Nominated by Bill Schneider
When you talk about flexibility, Becky automatically comes to mind. Dedicating over 40 weekends a year to programs, Becky is constantly on the go! Always driving between the leadership center, Camp Mira Sol, Camp La Jita, and all places in-between, she will do whatever it takes to make sure the programs have what they need to be successful. When met with roadblocks to success, Becky's first concern is for the girls and always asks "what do we need to do to make this program happen?" She will check her resources, consult with volunteers to arrive at great solutions.
Janice Jentsch, Excellence of Teamwork
Nominated by Caroline Broderick
"Quite simply, Janice is the best MDE I have ever worked with, and they have all been great. Teamwork is obviously a vital part of a successful service unit and Janice encourages this at every opportunity. I always come away from cluster meetings with new ideas and thoughts and a very much renewed sense of spirit ... She has created a strong team and support network beyond the individual service unit -- not something I had experienced before. She approaches everything she does with such a positive attitude that problems disappear ... It is difficult to be more specific about why Janice should be honored because so much of her excellence in teamwork is because of her character: her honesty and integrity, her deep well of creativity and innovation, her drive, her sense of fun, but also her sense of duty towards our girls and a deep appreciation of our volunteers. Janice is a joy to work with."