Pat Bateman has been a GSSI staffer since October, 2011. She has fond memories of selling cookies around the block and going to camp, and she loves working at GSSI, because it enables her to help provide opportunities for girls to grow into the leaders of tomorrow. A graduate of Butler University, in Indianapolis, Pat’s previous work experience includes being an elementary school teacher, Coordinator of Children’s Programs and Special Projects at USI, Director of Children’s Services at Welborn Baptist Hospital, and Marketing Specialist for ARC Construction. Pat has served on the Philharmonic Guild Board for 14 years, has chaired the Young People’s Concert for the past seven years, and was also President of the Guild Board for two years. She was also Co-Chair of GSSI’s Day Donor donor group, the Golf Outing, and the Girl Culture Project. An avid reader, Pat loves to travel and spend time with her grandchildren.
Emily Bolenbaugh, Volunteer Information Coordinator
Emily Bolenbaugh has been employed by the council for eight years and was previously a Girl Scout adult volunteer, with a troop and day camps. Her favorite memory of Girl Scouting was camping, and she really enjoys helping adult volunteers with the necessary information they need to get their Girl Scout year started and running smoothly. A graduate of Tech High School, in Indianapolis, Emily was previously employed for three years at American General Finance, and for one year at E.T.C. She is a member of the Public Library Friends and of the International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons, and she loves to read.
Jessica Cottone, Director of Accounting and Human Resources
Jessica Cottone began her career at GSSI in August, 2010, as a Membership Development Specialist, facilitating national curriculum in GSSI’s 11 county jurisdiction. She also held the position of Corporate & Foundation Giving Coordinator prior to being promoted to Director of Accouting and Human Resources in 2014. Jessica strongly believes in building girls of courage, confidence, and character who can become future, successful leaders in our communities. In her free time she enjoys volunteering for Yankeetown Elementary School, Castle Youth Football League, and Newburgh Basketball League. Jessica also enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, and son, Zane, boating and being outdoors. Jessica was previously employed by Professional Transportation, Inc. as the Operations Support Manager for 10 years. She is a graduate from University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor of Science, emphasis in Business Administration with a Major in Management and Minor in Economics.
Jan Davies, CEO, is a graduate of the University of Evansville. An active participant in the community, Davies has provided leadership to local organizations such as the Ark Crisis Nursery, the Women’s Hospital, the Mesker Park Zoo Task Force, Rotary Club of Evansville, Junior League of Evansville, Harrison High School Site Committee, Athena Award Committee, Alcoa Community Advisory Board, and was a founding member and original Co-Chair of the Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County.
Margaret Dennis has been on GSSI's staff for five years and a Girl Scout volunteer for more than thirteen years. Her favorite memory of Girl Scouting has been watching the girls in her troop grow into Girl Scout Adults who are great leaders. She enjoys sharing her passion for Girl Scouting and helping Girl Scout adult volunteers get the most out of their experience. Margaret holds a BSEE from the University of Puerto Rico and a Masters’ Degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Previous work experience includes positions as a Computer Engineer at Alcoa’s Research facility near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Substitute Teacher for the Warrick County School Corporation. She volunteers for Newburgh United Methodist Church, Indiana Conference of United Methodist Women, Friends of the Ohio Township Public Library, Historic Newburgh Theatre, and Project Reveal.
Trudy Foroughi is a graduate of Indiana University, with degrees in German and Education. She has been employed by GSSI for more than 14 years. Her fondest memories of Girl Scouts are enjoying chocolate milk at day camp and field trips with her troop. A former teacher, she loves her job at GSSI because of the challenge of communicating effectively about the fabulous opportunities Girl Scouts offers for girls. She has enjoyed the challenge of adapting to the exciting change from all-print to digital media.
Gretchen Helm, a graduate of USI with a BS in Health Services, has been a GSSI staff member since August, 2010. Her favorite memory of being a Girl Scout was spending time with her father at the Father/Daughter dance. Gretchen enjoys working at Girl Scouts because of the opportunity to help girls become confident leaders who can, one day, change the world. Gretchen also volunteers as a Girl Scout adult troop volunteer and continues to participate in community functions. Her hobbies are spending time with family and friends, reading, and camping. She was previously employed in the Health Services field.
Gretchen works with North Central, West, and Posey service units.
Lucy Himstedt, Chief Operating Officer, is responsible for senior-level leadership in areas related to programming, membership, and volunteerism in the council’s 11-county jurisdiction.
Lucy most recently was Assistant VP for Marketing and Communications at University of Evansville, from 2008-2014. Prior to that, she worked in broadcast journalism, including serving as Vice President and first female General Manager of 14 WFIE.She was also a News Director at television stations in Montgomery, Alabama and Jonesboro, Arkansas. She began her TV career in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she spent ten years at the CBS affiliate in a variety of roles.
Lucy is a past chair of the Radio Television Digital News Association and its related Foundation. She has worked with prestigious national and international organizations on exchange programs—to Ukraine, Germany, Belgium, and Poland. She also has served on task forces and special panels relating to diversity and roles of women in media at prominent universities,including Columbia and Georgetown Universities, and at the Poynter Institute.
In her 15 years in the Tri-State, Lucy has been active in many area organizations. She is a past recipient of the Indiana Commission for Women's Torchbearer Award, the Athena Award, and A Network of Evansville Women's Woman of Action Award.
Lucy credits Girl Scouts for giving her opportunities that led to success as a business and community leader. She was a First Class Girl Scout (the predecessor to today’s Gold Award) and spent her childhood developing leadership skills through fun and memorable Girl Scout activities. Lucy's favorite thing about being a Girl Scout was attending summer camp every year. She says that she feels honored to put her business skills and personal passion to work with GSSI.
Donna Hodge has been on the GSSI staff for 35 years and a GSUSA member for 43 years. Her favorite memory of Girl Scouting is a trip her troop took to Washington, D.C. What Donna enjoys the most about her job is getting to know and collaborate with wonderful Girl Scout leaders, who share their time, talents, and resources to benefit girls in our community. Donna is a member of Altrusa International, the Vogel Spring Park Neighborhood Association, and the Garvinwood Neighborhood Association. Donna is also a member of the Eastern Star #555 and Vegeran of Foreign Wars Auqiliary 1114. An enthusiastic gardener, she loves planting vegetables and flowers, and is an avid reader.
Donna works with Daviess, Martin, Gibson, Perry, Pike, and Spencer service units.
Suzy Ingram, an Evansville native, has prior experience in retail and was Customer Relations Specialist at H&R Block. She was a girl member of Girl Scouts for several years and enjoyed the craft projects that were part of her Girl Scout experience. She still is an avid crafter and also enjoys crocheting and cooking.
Angie King, Director of Membership and Community Development
Angie King has been with GSSI for more than three years. Her favorite memories of Girl Scouting are the experiences she has been able to share with her daughter. She enjoys her job, because of the Girl Scout Mission and having the chance to help girls develop confidence and leadership skills, so that they will be a generation of exceptional women! A graduate of USI, Angie’s previous work experience was at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, in Orlando, Florida, and at Evansville’s Mesker Park Zoo & Botanical Gardens.
Stephanie Lightner studied Elementary Education at the University of Evansville, and has worked in the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation and at the YMCA. She is a certified waterfront lifeguard who has worked at Camp Koch for many years in a variety of positions. Stephanie is in her third year as a GSSI troop leader. Her goal is to provide a positive, fun learning environment that enables girls to gain an appreciation for camping and outdoor activities and to develop self-confidence in all areas.
Kara Messersmith, a graduate of Indiana Business College, with a BS in Business Management, has been a staff member of GSSI since October, 2011. Her favorite memory of Girl Scouts is chaperoning GSSI’s two teen delegates to the 2012 Girls’ World Forum in Chicago. She met Girl Scouts from all over the world, and they worked together to develop Take Action Projects to implement in their own communities! Kara loves empowering girls at a young age and watching them grow throughout the years into strong and powerful women because of Girl Scouts!
Melissa Rynkiewich was introduced to Girl Scouts in 1995 when she became her daughter’s Daisy Leader and has been a Lifetime Member ever since. She was also a cookie mom for four years. Melissa’s favorite Girl Scout memory is “cooking meals over the campfire at Camp Koch.” Melissa has volunteered for Tercera Federated Women’s Club for over 14 years,. She was the organization’s President, Vice President, and Secretary and is currently serving as Devotional Leader. Melissa was previously employed by Lieberman Technologies, as Senior Project Manager, and recently retired after 25 years of service. She enjoys spending time gardening and antique collecting.
Anita Smith, Executive Assistant to the CEO & Retail Manager
Anita Smith is an Evansville native who attended Mater Dei High School and Lockyear's Business College, from which she earned training as a Medical Secretary. She has worked in the insurance industry for seven yearsand as Bookkeeper for Raily Investments for 13 years. Anita's mother was her Girl Scout leader, and she fondly remembers making unique craft items such as a paper mache kite. Anita continued in Girl Scouting as an adult, serving as leader for her daughter's troop at the Daisy, Brownie, and Junior levels, and as Westside Service Unit's PSD.
Frank Spangler was born in Ohio, but grew up in Bancroft, West Virginia. He joined the US Army in 1976 and served for 22 years as a Combat Engineer/Construction Engineer. While in the military, he earned a two-year Associate Degree in General Studies at the University of South Texas. He retired from the Army in 1998 and, prior to being employed by GSSI, was a General Contractor, in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
Natalie Wade, Corporate and Foundation Giving Coordinator
Natalie Wade is a native of Evansville and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Southern Indiana. She has also worked as Box Office and Business Development Manager for the Evansville Civic Theatre and as Customer Service Specialist at Old National Bank. Natalie was a girl member of Girl Scouts and remembers happy times spent at Camp Koch.