Karen Peterlin, former director of development for Habitat for Humanity Greater Birmingham, has been named chief executive officer for the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama.
Peterlin comes to the council with a long history of employment with Girl Scouts and non-profit management. Following a successful career with the US Army, she served in multiple leadership capacities for the Girl Scouts of North Alabama, Inc., one of four legacy councils that merged to create Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama.
“My vision for GSNCA is to utilize the collaborative work of the board, staff and volunteers to develop and implement strategic and sustainable programs that will result in an increase in membership and public support that will ensure the financial stability of the council.”
Prior to her position with Habitat for Humanity, Karen was executive director of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society and CEO/president of Kid One Transport.
“I am very pleased to welcome Karen Peterlin aboard. I look forward to working hand-in-hand with her to create great partnerships between the membership, staff and the community,” said Pam Copeland, GSNCA board president.
Peterlin has over 40 years of service to Girl Scouts ranging from girl member to adult volunteer and finally professional staff member. As a child, Karen was a girl member of Girl Scouts in Pennsylvania and credits her experience then with giving her confidence and leadership. She maintains relationships with her former troop members to this day.
“Her passion for the Girl Scouts Movement inspires me,” Copeland said. “And I ask that you unite with us as friends of Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama to help make this council great.”
“The opportunity to become a leader again in the Girl Scouts is truly exciting,” said Peterlin. “I strongly believe in the Mission of the organization, the values and the life lessons that the Girl Scout Leadership Experience instills in girls.”
Peterlin joined the council on Monday, November 16th.