Friday, May 29, 2009

Meet the Chief Volunteer Officer!

Over my career, I have worked alongside outstanding volunteers who make time in their lives, careers and families to take on the special leadership role of serving an organization as Chief Volunteer Officer.  The volunteer leadership of any not-for-profit organization has to have a balance of chutzpah and humility, a willingness to put herself in a spokesperson role, to put in time behind the scenes doing the schmoozing  and strategizing.  She has to believe passionately in the work of the organization.  Her reward is not dollars or glory, but the satisfaction of carrying on the legacy of the organization until it is time for the next person to step forward …

I am proud to introduce Diane McFarlane, Esq., Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s new President and Chief Volunteer Officer!

I have had the privilege of working with Diane for the past six years, first on the Council Nominating Committee, then as Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors and most recently as Executive Vice President of the Board.  Diane served as Chair of the Nominating Committee for one year; she was an Alternate National Council Delegate to the Girl Scouts of the USA’s National Council Meeting in 2005.

Diane is Manager of Staffing and Professional Development at Goodwin Procter LLP’s Manhattan office.   She is responsible for staffing all New York Business Law Department associates, as well as monitoring their workloads, professional development, performance evaluations and facilitating the provision of interim feedback. Prior to joining Goodwin Procter in 2005, Diane was a senior regional counsel at the New York City Department of Education, a Special Assistant Attorney General at the New York State Attorney General’s office. She also practiced as a litigation associate at Martin, Clearwater and Bell, LLP, and was an Assistant District Attorney for Kings County.  Diane received her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and her B.S. from SUNY at Stony Brook.

Diane has a strong commitment to community service and  is also serving this year as Vice President of the Nassau County Chapter of Links, Inc.

At her election, Diane said that she is honored, humbled and ready to serve as President and Chief Volunteer Officer.  Her vision is clear and concise.  Diane is committed to having Girl Scouts of Nassau County be the leaders and experts on girls and to continuing to be a high performance Girl Scout Council. 

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