Alexandra Prsha started her troop in the fall of 2019 to give her
daughters the same Girl Scout experience she had as a child. Once a
troop of 10 Daisies, it has now grown into a multi-level troop of 26,
and Alexandra has expanded her leadership to the service unit level.
She enjoys camping and introducing her Girl Scouts to new experiences.
Anne Burnett’s mother volunteered with Girl Scouts, and she always
knew she wanted to do the same, even as a youth Girl Scout enjoying
the experience. When she had a daughter, she wanted to bring that same
joy to her. Even now, after her daughter has bridged to adults, Anne
continues to give back at the service unit level to support Girl
Scouts in San Diego and Imperial counties.
Brenda Maas has three daughters and has seen the positive impact
Girl Scouts has on them and on the community. She loves to make
connections with the girls and other volunteers and even led her troop
through the “best camping weekend ever.” Outside of Girl Scouts,
Brenda Maas is a well-known accounting professional who currently
serves as controller for a women-owned business with global presence.
Brooklyn Cave began volunteering in Girl Scouts as a co-leader at
age 17, right after high school graduation. Since then, she’s
continued to love making a positive impact and helping give girls
opportunities they might not otherwise have. Brooklyn now has four
daughters of her own and admires the way they’ve grown into “cool and
amazing” young adults.
Elisa Hilliard discovered Girl Scouting during a lunchtime
"In-School Girl Scouting" session her elementary school in
San Ysidro and remembers feeling special and included as an immigrant
child being introduced to an American tradition. Today, she delivers
the power of Girl Scouting to her three daughters, the 23 other
members of her multi-level troop, and the Sunny Trails service unit.
Ginger Busto has spent over 20 years working as a scientist and
promoting a love of science within her troop. Earning badges that
involve community service have been at the heart of those experiences,
and she loves to offer opportunities that girls might not otherwise
get. She knows that “the girls that are hardest to reach are the ones
that need us the most.”
Julia Robles has learned skills alongside her Girl Scouts for many
years. She’s also gained confidence to serve in whatever role is
needed. Julia knows that strong female leaders have a positive impact
in our communities; to highlight this, she led her troop to earn the
Bronze Award and to complete numerous service projects over their time
in Girl Scouting.
Lily Valmidiano knew she was meant to be a Girl Scout volunteer when
she observed timid girls in her troop quickly growing out of their
shells into confident entrepreneurs during the cookie season. She
shares the importance of gratitude with Girl Scouts and continues to
give back, because she knows that change is possible when you have
someone who believes in you.
Melissa Bennett believes that anything is more fun with a gaggle of
Girl Scouts. As a service unit manager and all around Girl Scout
volunteer, she loves to see the twinkle of excitement in a Girl
Scout’s eye as she discovers her interest in something for the first
time. Outside of Girl Scouts, Melissa is an Ob/Gyn Physician at Kaiser
Permanente specializing in menopausal medicine.
Nancy Mowry was an educator at the primary level for 18 years before
jumping into the role of parent. For 21 years, she's been an active
participant in organizing school functions, helping in classrooms, and
of course, leading a Girl Scout troop. She remains amazed at what her
girls have been able to do as they work towards their Bronze, Silver,
and Gold Awards.
Nicole Ries spent her summers as a Girl Scout at Rawhide Ranch and
always knew she wanted to be a troop leader to help shape the leaders
of tomorrow. Understanding that Girl Scouts have the power to change
the world, Nicole continues to give back through her service unit
leadership roles, ensuring every adult and Girl Scout knows just how
valuable they are.
Trista Zeis’s mom was her Girl Scout leader, so everything began
with her example. When Trista had a daughter, she knew she wanted to
continue the tradition. She has been a troop leader for over 11 years
and has served on the service unit leadership team. A lover of travel,
she always encourages girl-led opportunities to travel, show
leadership, and expand their horizons.