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Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington Announces New CEO Shannon Evers


Dear Fellow Girl Scouts,

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington, we are thrilled to announce the hiring of our next Chief Executive Officer.

As communicated earlier this year, our current CEO, Karen Hill, shared with us her plans to retire around the end of this year. Our council has greatly benefited from her leadership over the last 14 years, and we appreciate the lead time she gave our CEO Search Committee to perform a thorough search. With the aid of Evergreen, a professional search firm that specializes in the Girl Scout marketplace, the committee reviewed and interviewed many applicants, narrowing the field to several highly qualified candidates. Throughout, we have sought to adhere to an objective, fair and open process, informed by the survey results received from our membership and the board and the strategic goals of the council. At the end of the interview process, one candidate stood out as having the depth of experience, commitment to the Girl Scout mission, and creative vision for a council of our size.

Following our offer and her acceptance, we are so pleased to introduce Shannon Evers, who is currently the CEO of the Girl Scout council in Oklahoma City. She has nine years of CEO experience with that council, during which she oversaw several outstanding accomplishments. Previously, she directed fund development activities for two Girl Scout councils for a total of about eight years, one in western Washington, and the other in the Portland area before the merger of four councils to form GSOSW. You can view Shannon's LinkedIn profile as an introduction. Her blood truly runs green.

Shannon will join our council on January 31, 2022. Karen will continue with us into February to provide a smooth transition. Shannon’s family will be moving to Oregon a bit later in the year.

We will be scheduling opportunities for everyone to meet Shannon, whether virtually or in person, in the coming weeks. She is extremely excited to meet all of you. We hope you will join us to celebrate Karen’s retirement and the incredible legacy she has created for our council, as well as to welcome Shannon and work together to develop our future vision for Girl Scouting and making the Girl Scout experience available to all girls. Stay tuned for more details in the new year.

Please join me in thanking the members of the committee for their time, wisdom and collaboration to bring us to this moment. Thank you to the board members for their support every step of the way. And a huge thank you to staff and volunteers for your support of Girl Scouts, especially in coping with the challenges of the pandemic. You exemplify what makes Girl Scouts such an important and amazing organization.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season as we prepare to welcome 2022!

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Mary Ann Frantz
Board Chair