I’m Donna Ceravolo, and I have the best job in the world as Executive Director/CEO of Girl Scouts of Nassau County. We have 22K girls and 7K adult volunteers here in our jurisdiction; one out of every five girls between the ages of 5 and 17 are Girl Scouts here. Nassau County is part of the suburbs of New York City; we are the first county to the east of the five Boroughs, in the middle of Long Island. Nassau County is a compact 287 square miles, with a population of 1,350,000. I have a great staff of about 60 people, but it is the 7,000 adult volunteers who make Girl Scouting possible here.
I’m always a Girl Scout, but I am also a wife, a mother (21 year-old son) and a good friend. Have a bulldog named Earl Warren, and a Laborado+Poodle named Yancy. My earliest career goal (at age 14) was to have a job where I got dressed-up and had someone else to clean my house, so by my count I’ve been pretty successful! I like to watch TV, read, travel, bake cakes...and there is the shoe thing.
I look forward to telling you more about the REAL Girl Scouts, and to exploring how Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. We’ll delve into some of the most critical issues facing girls today – including relational aggression , cyber-bullying, and body image. We’ll do Girl Scout Cookies® 101, and I’ll try to answer questions you might have about the world of Girl Scouts. From time to time we’ll have guest columnists, so let me know if you have stories to share. Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout!