General Assembly Meeting
Nominated Biographies of Candidates
CATHY LIPPERT - NOMINATION FROM THE FLOOR - DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Cathy Lippert’s career is a STEM success story that can be an inspiration to girls in Northeastern Ohio and scouts everywhere. Graduating with a B.A. cum laude from prestigious Smith College (a leading liberal arts school for women) after public high school, and subsequently working her way into technology and up the ranks to senior management through startups and acquisitions into her current position at Oracle, Mrs. Lippert is uniquely qualified to help lead GSNEO through the next decade of growth, cultural change and technical advancement, while maintaining the Girl Scout traditions of the constituency.
From a professional perspective, Mrs. Lippert brings a strong combination of strategic management experience, plus a track record in business execution, fundraising, and consensus building, which she has demonstrated in not-for-profit industry consortia as well as in successful technical businesses. Over the course of her career, she has acquired the necessary skills to manage business units of up to $200M in revenue and organizations of up to 56, lead the development of a strategic plan, and direct the supporting budget, human resource decisions, and programs toward the execution of that plan.
In light of the much publicized debate about the future of GSNEO and how it will fulfill its mission to develop competent and self-fulfilled female professionals, citizens and family leaders for the 22nd century, Mrs. Lippert brings a balanced perspective from which to address the needs of membership and staff in alignment with the progressive goals of the GSNEO board. As an artist, activities coordinator, and church volunteer in her spare time, mother of 2 Solon High School students (including one Senior Girl Scout, and one Northeast Ohio champion swimmer), and wife of David Lippert, a retired pharmaceutical engineer, Mrs. Lippert has, in effect, realized the American dream for the modern woman.
Lippert believes it is time to invest her accumulated wisdom and skills toward the development of the next generation of women, whether their interests are managerial, vocational, recreational, or family-related.
JENNIFER GASSMAN - NOMINATION FROM THE FLOOR - DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Jennifer Gassman camped and canoed the Boundary Waters as a Northern Minnesota Girl Scout for ten years. She rejoined in 1996, began leading Troop 1098 in 2001, and was named New Leader of the Year by her Service Unit in 2002. She camped with the troop often over 12 years, and under her leadership, three troop members earned Gold Awards. Jennifer was a First Aider and worked on Service Unit Camporees, World Friendship Days, Cadette/ Senior Summits, and service projects. Jennifer also served on the Executive Board of the Shaker Heights High School Band Boosters from 2004 to 2011. She is a researcher at Cleveland Clinic, Principal Investigator on National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney (NIDDK) NIH-funded clinical trials. As a biostatistician, she oversees conduct, personnel, and budgets of complex multi-center studies and is an author on more than 50 peer-reviewed papers. Jennifer is a Fellow of the Society for Clinical Trials; she has also served on the Society’s Board of Directors. Her Ph.D. is from Case Western Reserve University. “I hope to promote math, science, and outdoor activities for all GSNEO Girl Scouts. Young women need to know more about the variety of careers available to them,” she said. Her areas of expertise include advocacy, community service and education as well as program development and evaluation.
COREY ANN RINGLE- NOMINATION FROM THE FLOOR - DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Corey Ann Ringle has been in scouting since 1990 and camping since 1992. She grew up a Girl Scout spending 12 years in the scouting program and earned both her silver and gold award . As an adult volunteer, she has been very active as a non-traditional volunteer (meaning she doesn't have a daughter in the program). She works with many different troops and as a council program facilitator and camp monitor. She was the director of the North Chagrin Day Camp summer, 2012. She is currently a membership delegate and serves as the chief delegate of the North region. She graduated from Kent State School of Architecture in 2007 with a Masters of Architecture. She has had numerous work experiences during college in institutional and residential design and after college at commercial and engineering firms. Corey recently stated, "I think I would be a great asset to the Board of Directors as I have years of construction and design experience. When working with Architects and Planners, I believe it would behoove us to have one with experience on our side of the table. I have worked with volunteers all over our 18 county region and am well versed with our camps and the amenities they currently provide. Please consider me for the position" Corey has been the recipient of the Appreciation Pin for her continued volunteer support of the Girl Scout Organization. She was also selected in the national media campaign for the "Year of the Girl" based on her volunteer work and dedication to scouting.
LYNN SCHOLLE RICHARDSON - NOMINATION FROM THE FLOOR - BOARD DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Lynn Scholle Richardson was a Girl Scout for four years as a child until her leaders quit, and no one else was willing to take the troop. At age 18 she was invited to help on a camp out, and she recognized the the profoundly positive impact Girl Scouting had had on her life. She has been a GS volunteer ever since.
Since then, she met many other women who have credited Girl Scouting with instilling traditions, skills, and most of all, values that made them who they are. She therefore believes that Girl Scouting is an intensely valuable experience, one that has profoundly influenced the world, and one that cannot be duplicated in any other organization. This is why she is so insistent that the current GSNEO management remain true to the GS promise and law.
Lynn has been a troop leader for girls K-12, Service Unit Director for Bedford area, council delegate in GSLEC, national delegate to the 2002 convention. She started Trefoil Integrity yahoogroup in 2000. She designed and led the first Cadette /Senior Summit. She was the volunteer manager of Bedford Cabin until it was relinquished. She organized the Friends of Crowell Hilaka in 2009, altho unlike many of the members who joined, she had never visited there as a child, and didn't even know much about it until 1995. She was a member of the Vision 2012 Committee, representing Camp Crowell Hilaka on the marketing sub-committee. She is currently a membership delegate for GSNEO and the lead plaintiff in the GSNEO membership vs. management lawsuit. Although very fond of tradition, she is excited about the potential for non-traditional Girl Scouting venues and hopes the council will survive long enough to see them flourish.
Lynn is a Registered Nurse. She specialized in High-Risk Obstetrics for 17 years at University Hospitals of Cleveland. As her family grew, she gradually decreased her hospital work hours until she became a full time Stay-at Home Mom, a position she held for 7 years. She returned to paid employment when her husband was laid off . Since she wanted to do something "different" , so she joined the UH Case Medical Center hemodialysis department. She was promoted to Advanced Clinical Nurse, became the primary pediatric hemodialysis nurse, and was the lead member of the team to establish the hospital hemodialysis dialysis protocols.
She is the author of Raising Kids Cheap in Greater Cleveland . The first edition was self-published. The second edition came out via a real, commercial ( albeit local ) publisher : Grey & Co. Although she enjoys writing, she hated the promotional tours,and found that she truly and deeply detests live TV interviews. Lynn enjoys gardening and learning new things.
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