Girl Scouts of Central Maryland names new CEO

Baltimore–Girl Scouts of Central Maryland (GSCM) is pleased to announce that Violet Apple has been selected as the Council’s new CEO.  She comes to GSCM with over 25 years of Girl Scout experience, including serving as the Interim and Chief Operating Officer for Girls Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania and the former Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council. Since 2008, Ms. Apple has served as Chief Membership Services Officer for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. She will begin work at the Baltimore City headquarters on Monday, March 31, 2014.

Ms. Apple is a strong advocate for children and has been dedicated to the development and extension of services to girls for over 25 years. She significantly increased membership in underserved communities in Eastern Massachusetts and was instrumental in developing programs that are award winning and now considered best practices. Her commitment and work included building inclusion programs with a special focus on serving girls with disabilities; girls on probation and who resided in residential treatment homes; and girls incarcerated in juvenile facilities.

“We are excited to begin this new chapter of Girl Scouting in central Maryland,” said Lorrie Caudle, COO who has also been serving as Interim CEO.  “The Council staff looks forward to working with Ms. Apple to serve our existing girl and adult members and to grow membership in underserved communities across central Maryland.”  Ms. Apple achieved parity in Girl Scout membership among African American and Latina/Hispanic girl membership in Pennsylvania and continued this work in Massachusetts.

Ms. Apple holds a Master of Management degree in Business Administration from Penn State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. In 2011, Ms. Apple was named one of ten Thought Partners for Girl Scouts of the USA. In addition, her commitment to making a difference in young people’s lives has been recognized by the Fulton Opera House with the “Women Who Care Award” and the YWCA Racial Justice Award.

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