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Women of Distinction is a nationwide Girl Scouts of the USA program that recognizes the achievements of women. As Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York educates girls to be future community leaders, we want to recognize the community leaders of today. Since 1985, GSNENY has been hosting Women of Distinction events across the council. Honorees are awarded for their strength of character, dedicated community service, emphasis on life-long learning, along with their dedication to fostering self-confidence and leadership skills in others. These events are one of many ways we keep Girl Scouting vibrant in our communities. Many women who are leaders in their fields credit Girl Scouting with helping them build the set of skills that paved their road to success.

Please join us as we celebrate the 2020 Women of Distinction! We are planning an in-person reception to honor these amazing women, and we are also offering the option to join virtually so those who are unable to celebrate our honorees in person can still hear their stories.

Our Honorees

This year we celebrate the accomplishments of:

•   Ellen Bouchard, Business Development Officer at Dannemora Federal Credit Union –Distinguished Personal Achievement
•   Kara Maggy, CNA at Meadowbrook Nursing Home – Distinguished Leader of Tomorrow 
•  Jacqueline Prather, Child Care Director at Plattsburgh YMCA Bright Beginnings – Lifetime Achievement

Our Sponsors
Get Involved

There are lots of ways to get involved:

  • Use your social media savvy to suggest others submit nominations. 
  • Join the committee. If you would like to help plan and execute the event, please contact Nikki Hilchey, Interim Director of Philanthropy at 518-563-1560 x 307.
  • Join the Pearl Society! Email or call Nikki for next steps.
  • Connect the committee with a potential sponsor; email contact information of a potential sponsor and the committee will follow up!
  • Attend the event! Tickets will be available online later this summer or contact us to be added to the invitation list.
Past Honorees

Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York is proud to have honored women who have made an impact on lives and communities throughout the North Country! Women of Distinction honorees from the past several years include:


  • Ms. Jacqueline M. Kelleher Esq., Distinguished Trailblazer
  • Ms. Cathy Dove, Ed.D., Distinguished Personal Achievement
  • Ms. Jennifer Moore, Distinguished Community Leader
  • Ms. Essence Hightower, Distinguished Leader of Tomorrow
  • Ms. Miriam Lane, Innovative Leader Award


  • Michelle LeBeau, Distinguished Trailblazer
  • Kimberly Davis, Distinguished Trailblazer
  • Sally Meisenheimer, Distinguished Personal Achievement
  • Linda Bourgeois, Distinguished Community Leader


  • Mary Skillan, Lifelong Impact
  • Barbara Rice, Distinguished Trailblazer
  • Meg LeFevre, Distinguished Personal Achievement
  • Anastasia L. Pratt, Ph.D., Distinguished Community Leader


  • Deena Giltz McCullough, Distinguished Community Leader
  • MaryAnne Bukolt-Ryder, Distinguished Trailblazer
  • Katelyn Dufrane, Distinguished Leader of Tomorrow
  • Edna Coonrod, Distinguished Personal Achievement


  • Alice Recore, Distinguished Trailblazer
  • Alice Sample, Distinguished Community Leader
  • Hannah Provost, Distinguished Personal Achievement
  • Maxine Perry, Distinguished Personal Achievement


  • Devi Momot, Distinguished Trailblazer
  • Kaysie Kyler, Distinguished Personal Achievement
  • Christine Darrah, Distinguished Leader of Tomorrow
  • Tonia Finnegan, Distinguished Community Leader