Dear Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines Friends:
I am so excited to be joining Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines as your new Chief Executive Officer. As one who was a Brownie and Girl Guide in Canada, Girl Scouting was instrumental in helping me build important life and leadership skills as well as my passion for the outdoors. I am thrilled to be able to work with our membership and volunteers as well as our staff to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
First, I want to thank Rusine Mitchell Sinclair for her great leadership and service to the Council. She brought the two legacy councils together beautifully and has built a very solid foundation for Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines’ future. She has worked tirelessly to elevate the number of STEM opportunities available for our Girl Scouts and positioned the council well both financially and programmatically. Our council will always be indebted to Rusine for her efforts to make it one of the best in the nation.
Most recently, I served as executive director for the Carolina Ballet. During my fourteen years with the ballet company, I have served as marketing director, general manager, and executive director. I had the pleasure of being with Carolina Ballet from a start-up arts organization with an operating budget of $1.2 million to a $5.5 million institution that serves over 75,000 patrons annually as well as more than 16,000 school children. We successfully launched three major fundraising campaigns during my tenure including the most recent effort that exceeded $12.5 million. I also managed a staff of 24 full time employees, 80 contracted part-time employees and hundreds volunteers. My responsibilities included board relations, strategic planning, budgeting, marketing, fundraising, contracts, personnel management, arts advocacy, government relations, special events, volunteer coordination, cultivation and stewardship of donors. I look forward to bringing my experience in these areas , my passion for non-profits as well as my network of relationships to Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines.
My plan for my first 60 days includes meeting all of the staff and board of directors and beginning my efforts to meet the volunteers and members across our 41 central and eastern North Carolina counties. Again, I am very excited to be part of this historic and incredibly impactful organization and look forward to meeting you all in the near future!
All the best,
Lisa M.K. Jones