St. Louis, MO – June 8, 2018 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri announced Vicki L. Dawkins, Ann Delenela, Julie Leverenz and Sonni Fort Nolan were recently appointed to the organization’s board of directors.
“The Board and I are excited to welcome Vicki, Ann, Julie and Sonni to our organization,” said Bonnie Barczykowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. “Between these four women, there is more than 90 years of leadership experience in STEM, Money Management and Health, our organization’s three programmatic focus areas. As we plan for our second century of Girl Scouting in eastern Missouri, it is crucial we continue to provide our girls with relevant, 21st-century programming. The four new board members will help ensure our girls are primed for success.”
Vicki L. Dawkins is the President Hermetic Motors at Emerson. Prior to her current responsibilities, Vicki has enjoyed various roles in Supply Chain and General Management within Emerson in the United States, Europe and Asia. Before joining the board, Dawkins served on Girl Scout’s STEM advisory committee, where she helped implement STEM-related initiatives for eastern Missouri troops—encouraging troop leaders to explore STEM and the outdoors with their Girl Scouts.
“I met one of the Girl Scout robotics teams when I was on the STEM advisory committee and a common theme the girls talked about was not being as comfortable with speaking or presenting to a group,” Dawkins said. “But being on the robotics team not only gave them an opportunity to do STEM-related activities but also challenged them and put them in stretch areas. A few of the girls said they are completely different people because of the robotics team.”
Ann Delenela currently serves as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Ameren and is an expert security strategist with knowledge covering information technology, information security and cyber/physical security management. Delenela is an advocate of digital safety and brings extensive cybersecurity experience to her new role as Member-At-Large.
“Cybersecurity badges are new for Girl Scouts,” Delenela said. “I’ve been in that field for a long time and the demand will only increase. I’m hoping to support Girl Scouts and be that influencer for girls and encourage them and tell them they can do this. I am passionate about cybersecurity and passionate about helping and mentoring young women.”
Julie Leverenz is the Vice President, Patient Experience for Hannibal Regional Healthcare System and is responsible for supporting its mission by providing a positive patient experience. In addition to her 29 years of experience in the healthcare field, Leverenz has held leadership roles in Girl Scouts. She served as President of the Girl Scout Council of the Becky Thatcher Area and oversaw the merger with Girl Scouts of Greater St. Louis in 2007, which resulted in the formation of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.
“I was a Girl Scout and have become successful because of that foundation,” Leverenz said. “I want to give back in a way that’s meaningful.”
Sonni Fort Nolan is a Partner at Husch Blackwell and brings extensive business knowledge to her role on the board. Nolan has 18 years of experience in business strategy and labor and employment litigation and her practice includes several industries, including technology, manufacturing and transportation—fields that are in constant flux and face ever-increasing competition.
“The Girl Scout organization is creating empowered young women ready to become our best future business, community and family leaders,” Nolan said. “This is critical for many reasons. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is making a positive impact on so many young women. I hope my experience will help further their mission.”