After conducting a nationwide search, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Inc., is excited to announce that Sue Else has been named the new Chief Executive Officer for the council. They announced the appointment in a press release.
Sue Else has a lifetime of commitment to empowering women and girls. She started her career in the domestic violence field as a volunteer at a battered women’s shelter in Ames, Iowa, while going to college. She was quickly hired for one of the shelter’s two paid staff positions and soon became the Executive Director.
Else later moved to Kansas City, Mo., to serve as the President and CEO of Hope House for 18 years, where she led the organization through a radical shift in serving their clients. Under her leadership, Hope House grew from an organization with 13 staff members and a five bedroom bungalow to an organization with more than 70 staff members and two shelters with beds for up to 104 women and children and a licensed Early Childhood Center at each campus.
In 2006, Else became the President of the National Network to End Domestic Violence in Washington D.C. In her seven year tenure there, she brought national attention to the cause and was recognized for her leadership. She expanded the agency’s reach, oversaw the development of a curriculum that has since been implemented in 32 states and even served as the national spokesperson, appearing on Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, CNN, NPR, and numerous other media outlets.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have found a candidate as qualified and as passionate about empowering girls as Sue. She brings a wealth of experience in management and garnering community support, and we know she’ll be a wonderful fit for our council,” said Don Gregory, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Board Chair.
Else earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Iowa State University. She and her husband reside in Savannah and she is extremely eager to officially assume her position on Monday, August 19, 2013.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, and they in turn help make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is the premier leadership development organization for girls and serves over 14,000 girls and 6,000 adults in 122 counties in Georgia, two counties in South Carolina and Russell County in Alabama