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Residents of Garden City and Hempstead join Girl Scout leadership

By Erica Schwartz

According to a press release from the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Susan McDonald of Garden City and Angela Stanley and Katrina Rochelle Sims, Ph.D. of Hempstead were nominated to serve on the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Board of Directors through 2026. Deandra Denton of Hempstead was also nominated to serve on the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Board of Directors Development Committee through 2026.

The four women were sworn in during the organization’s 59th annual convention, held at the Ruth S. Harley University Center on the campus of Adelphi University. Randell Bynum, executive director of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, says the organization is proud to have a respected board of directors that guides and inspires young Girl Scouts.

“The Girl Scouts of Nassau County is proud to have such distinguished and accomplished members on our board who inspire and motivate our Girl Scouts,” said Bynum. “I am confident that this group of leaders will help cultivate the Girl Scout experience and fulfill our mission to develop girls of courage, confidence and character who will make the world a better place.”

The Girl Scouts of Nassau County Board of Directors is comprised of lifelong Girl Scouts, community leaders, and nonprofit and corporate executives who provide leadership, innovation, and ongoing support to the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Council.

The board works with young women throughout Nassau County to build courage, confidence and character. It also supports fundraising efforts to provide access to the Girl Scout experience for young women in the community.

Susan MacDonald (Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts of Nassau County)

Susan MacDonald has been one of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s Realty’s top producers for 20 years. Prior to becoming a real estate agent, MacDonald worked for 25 years in a variety of fields including engineering, architecture, and financial services. She is also involved in her community, serving as an active committee member and volunteer for her church, the Cathedral of the Incarnation. MacDonald primarily works with her church through the INN initiatives, Social Justice Ministry, and Cathedral Connect. Previously, she served as a board member and president of the Garden City Foundation, a small village foundation that assists families in need and provides an annual scholarship, and as president of the Mineola Garden City Rotary.

Angela Stanley (Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts of Nassau County)

Angela Stanley works in the office of the Mayor of Hempstead Township as a research assistant to the Board of Trustees. In addition, she has held key positions on the board of her civic association. Stanley is currently the first vice president and program director of the Long Island chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, a nonprofit organization led by black women to promote racial and gender equity in their community and the world at large. Stanley has three daughters, all of whom are former Girl Scouts. She has served as troop leader and troop mother for all three of her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.

Katrina Sims (Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts of Nassau County)

Katrina Rochelle Sims, PhD in history, is an assistant professor and visiting lecturer at Hofstra University. She specializes in topics such as “Black Health, Trauma, and Resistance” and “Women’s Health and Reproduction.” Sims is also the author of several publications and books. Sims earned a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy from Florida A&M University and a master’s degree in history before earning her doctorate in history from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi in 2016. Sims says she is inspired by the outstanding organization of the Girl Scouts and their mission to help girls grow and become confident young women through their membership in the Girl Scouts.

Deandra Denton (Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts of Nassau County)

Deandra Denton is a former student of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County and a Gold Award Girl Scout. She is an associate and a member of the Investment Management Group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, a Manhattan-based law firm. Denton received her JD from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. While in law school, she served as a Student Honors intern at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and completed an internship in the New York State Attorney General’s office. Dented received a BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University in 2020.

For more information about the Girl Scouts of Nassau County and their many events throughout the year, as well as information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, visit www.gsnc.org.