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Centennial Gala Honorees

Woman of Merit 2012

Trailblazers are individuals, families, organizations or groups whose pioneering efforts opened the door for girls and/or women to follow. They may have been the ‘‘first’’ to reach a particular career or professional milestone, have participated in an organization or activity in a way that changed how women were involved, or challenged themselves in some way that created new opportunities for girls and women. If an organization or group, it may have demonstrated innovative solutions to working with girls to develop leadership skills or create unique opportunities for girls.


  • The Honorable Vanessa L. Bryant, United States District Judge, District of Connecticut
  • Dr. Carmen R. Cid
  • Priscilla Colebut-Brown
  • State Representative Michelle Cook
  • Barbara DeBaptiste
  • Anne C. Dranginis
  • Lucille Janatka
  • The Honorable Barbara B. Kennelly
  • Carolyn Kuan
  • Chief Lynn Malerba
  • Lauren Manafort
  • Chris McNaboe
  • Connecticut State Treasurer Denise Nappier
  • Marilyn Nelson
  • Ana Ortiz
  • Jennifer Rizzotti
  • Anne Stanback
  • Rear Admiral Sandra L. Stosz
  • Susan L. Talbott
  • Emily G. Viner

Community Champion
Community Champions are individuals, families, organizations or groups who have made significant contributions as volunteers within their own community, or on a regional or national level. They have distinguished themselves as mentors and role models. They have a proven track record of helping others succeed and have achieved personal success through the skills and abilities they have developed in the people around them. Their lives and work exemplify the value of community service intrinsic to Girl Scouts. If an organization or group, it has demonstrated through its mission, programs and support the importance of developing girls to reach their full potential and have proven success.


  • Aetna Foundation
  • Carolyn Bystrak
  • Judith A. Carey, RSM, PhD
  • Cheryl Chase
  • The Currier Family
  • Eric Daniels
  • Patricia Campanella Daniels
  • Mary Lou DeVivo
  • Marianne M. Downie
  • Susan B. Dunn
  • Lynn Valzania Kenney
  • Kountz Family
  • Anne I. Hayes
  • Estela R. López
  • Cathy Malloy
  • Governor Dannel P. Malloy
  • Barbara McClintock
  • Dollie McLean
  • Ed Johnetta Miller
  • Georgia A. Nash
  • Jessica S. Niemiec
  • Patricia Scussel
  • Susan B. Anthony Project
  • The Latina A.R.M.Y., Inc.
  • The Perrin Family Foundation
  • Travelers Foundation
  • Webster Bank
  • Elease E. Wright
  • Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman
  • Teresa C. Younger 

Distinguished Alumnae
Distinguished Alumnae are individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment, exceptional service, and an extraordinary dedication to the Girl Scout Movement. They are alumnae whose leadership, initiative, and energy have strengthened Girl Scouting, made a significant contribution to the mission, and who exemplify the true spirit of Girl Scouts.


  • Courtenay Austin
  • Kim Goetz Buser
  • Kaye Olson Collins
  • Joyce Daly
  • Deirdre Houlihan DiCara
  • Virginia (Ginny) Evitts
  • Agnes Farkas
  • Agnes Farrar
  • Janet Bailey Faude
  • Judilynn Ferlow
  • Janet Anderson Greenwood
  • Natalie Hatcher Caple Douglas Hardy
  • Diana M. Ingraham
  • Carol Friedberg Jayne
  • Margaret (Peggy) Jerrell
  • Bernadine (Bernie) Krawczyk
  • Margaret "Dink" Laudieri
  • Kathy MacLean
  • Jeanne Merola
  • Patricia Moore
  • Cynthia O'Brien
  • Inga Olson
  • Sally Onofrio
  • Loretta Paul-Goldin
  • Barbara Sumner
  • Arlene Tote
  • Priscilla P. Woyke 

Women of Promise
Women of Promise are alumnae, age 35 and under, who have distinguished themselves in their profession and/or community. They are women who demonstrate exceptional promise in terms of their ability to ascend and assume significant leadership roles.


  • Megan Altomare
  • Shannon Cohane
  • Ariel Ekblaw
  • Jasmine Rivera-McNeill
  • Saba Shahid
  • Jillian C. Vescovi
  • Holly Walker

Girls of Promise
Girls of Promise are current Girl Scouts ages 12-18 who distinguish themselves through their work in Girl Scouting and exemplify the values and principles of the Girl Scout Movement.


  • Kristina Ann Duffy
  • Josie Hunt
  • Isabella LenĨe Ilievski
  • Meggin Jacob
  • Lauren Turner Jansen
  • Laurissa Montigny
  • Gillian Gabrielle Pfeiffer
  • Trinette Yvonne Rose Robinson
  • Skyla Serra
  • Melanie Valdes
  • Michelle Venanzio

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