GLEN CARBON – Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois has hired Karen Vrooman as director of development and communications.
Vrooman comes to GSSI with more than 15 years of experience in development, communications/marketing and civic engagement. She has worked in the nonprofit sector where she established and directed an Illinois nonprofit with the mission to empower children and families through green and community partnerships.
She serves as the president of the board of directors for the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Meridian Society, a women’s philanthropy organization; as a board member of Southwestern Illinois College’s Herstory Month Committee; and as a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion. Women and youth leadership building has always been a favorite service focus.
“My parents taught that service to others is the primary purpose of human existence and what better way to serve than by immersing myself in the mission of the Girl Scouts. Plus, I am a Girl Scout! Coming from a military family allowed me to serve as a scout in both Kentucky and Florida. I feel joining GSSI continues my scouting journey and my deep desire to serve.”
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois serves approximately 12,400 girls and engages 5,000 adult volunteers in 40½ counties in Southern Illinois.