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Council Announces New CEO

Girl Scouts Heart of the South is pleased to announce the council’s new Chief Executive Officer, Melanie Schild. Melanie is a longtime volunteer, supporter and alumna of Girl Scouts having served six years on the Greater Memphis Area Community Advisory Board and Centennial Committee, as well as led her two daughters’ troops for six years.  

Schild has vast experience in nonprofit strategic management, strategic alliance building and marketing. Spanning a career of over twenty- five years, she has served as chief executive officer, board member, and volunteer for international, national and local not-for-profit organizations.  Schild served most recently as Executive Director for Pilot International, a charitable and educational organization dedicated to transforming communities. She also led Kappa Delta Sorority, Inc.  as the Executive Director. While with Kappa Delta Sorority, Melanie helped develop the national partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA, along with International Girls’ Day and the Kappa Delta Foundation’s Girl Scout Gold Award Young Women of Distinction scholarships.  A member of numerous professional associations, Schild has served as president of the Fraternity Executives Association and the National Panhellenic Conference Executive Directors Association. In 2004, she was named one of the "50 Women Who Make a Difference," by Memphis Woman Magazine.  

“Melanie has the vision and experience needed to continue the great work our organization is delivering to our community,” said Girl Scouts Heart of the South board Chair Kathleen Webb. “Her extensive business experience combined with her volunteer work with multiple non-profit agencies has demonstrated her leadership qualities and her strong commitment to others. She will be a wonderful role model for our girls and volunteers.”  

“I firmly believe that girls can do anything and I am excited to work with Girl Scouts Heart of the South's dedicated staff and board to bring those programs and initiatives to the girls in our communities, Schild said. “I look forward to getting out into the council’s 59 counties and seeing what Girl Scouts can do to develop tomorrow's leaders."  

After starting her college work at the University of Mississippi, Schild graduated from the University of Tennessee. She also earned her Masters in Organizational Communication from the University of Denver and attended Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.  Schild is a Girl Scout alumna, with her mother serving as her troop leader, just as she has with her two daughters.  A current resident of Germantown, TN, she is married to Tom Schild and they have two daughters, Emmaline and Addie Mac, who both attend Houston Middle School.  In her spare time, she enjoys painting, traveling and spending time with family and friends.   

Her first official day with the council will be Tuesday, April 22. Please join us in welcoming Melanie! 

You will also have the chance to meet Melanie at the council's annual meeting on Saturday, April 26 at The Orchard in Tupelo, MS. 


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