By William K. ALCORN
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio has chosen a troop leader as its new chief executive officer.
Jane Christyson, with more than 30 years of nonprofit management experience, was unanimously approved by the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) on March 6 and will take office next Monday. The organization has 40,000 girls and 14,000 adults.
“I believe my background in Girl Scouts and my professional experiences have prepared me well for this position,” said Christyson. “I have seen firsthand in my troop what girls can accomplish in Girl Scouting, and it is inspiring. I am eager to work with our volunteers, staff, board and community partners throughout Northeast Ohio to further the mission and provide even more girls with leadership experiences,” she said.
Christyson, who was Cleveland Metroparks director of marketing for 24 years, began her career at United Way Services of Cleveland in 1980 and served in several fundraising capacities. She then became executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 1984 before joining Cleveland Metroparks in 1989.
She is a member of many professional groups, a board member of the Press Club of Cleveland and is active with the Marketing Committee for the Ohio & Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor. She has spoken at many national conferences in the United States and internationally in Australia and Panama.
Cristyson, a resident of Strongsville, and her husband, Bob Mahoney, have a daughter, Bridget, who is a Girl Scout. Christyson was a Girl Scout for 10 years and earned the First Class Award, now known as the Gold Award. She has been the leader of Troop 71410 for seven years.