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Edwardsville woman named CEO for Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois


GLEN CARBON – Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois announced today that Sarah Durbin has been hired as its chief executive officer.

She replaces Villie M. Appoo who is retiring as CEO after seven years.

durbin sarahDurbin (left), from Edwardsville, has extensive background in strategic planning, financial management, business and organizational development and fund-raising. Previously, she was the executive director for Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois.

“I am honored to have been chosen as the new CEO for Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois,” Durbin said. “Coming from a family of Girl Scouts, I have always been drawn to the Girl Scouts’ unwavering commitment to empowering all girls. Girl Scouts has played an integral role in shaping the woman I am today and has given me the passion and values to use my skills and experience to lead GSSI in a way that provides all girls throughout our council opportunities to lead and achieve success whatever the topic or the way they choose to learn and explore.”

She earned her bachelor of science degree from MacMurray College in Jacksonville. She is a Girl Scout Lifetime Member and earned the highest Girl Scout award – First Class – now called the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Her past leadership roles included being transitional vice president for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana; chief human resources officer for Girl Scouts – Prairie Winds in Lisle, Ill., and chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of Whispering Oaks in Brookfield, Ill.

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois serves approximately 12,500 girls and 4,700 adult volunteers in 40½ counties in Southern Illinois.

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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