Local woman on Girl Scout board

AMHERST – While she was grow­ing up, Kate Guerdat gathered many fond memories from her years as a Daisy and Junior Girl Scout, and the camping trips she took with her mother, who served as a troop leader.

Today, Guerdat shares in the Girl Scout experience with her young daughter, Cadence, a Daisy Girl Scout in Amherst. This past year, Guerdat even helped coordinate Girl Scout cookie sales for her daughter’s troop.

Earlier this summer, Guerdat, the associate vice president of aca­demic affairs at Manchester Com­munity College, was appointed to the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains.

Professionally, she supports the college’s areas of institutional as­sessment and online learning, working directly with program areas in efforts to expand their reach. She said serving on the board of the directors will allow her to work toward both organi­zations’ collective missions of preparing female graduates for a brighter future.

"MCC has a mission of STEM pro­ficiency," Guerdat said, referring to science, technology, engineer­ing and mathematics. "And the Girl Scouts has such a rich, multifacet­ed history. I’m fortunate to now be working in a capacity where I can benefit both causes."

Plans for a series of Girl Scout events at the Manchester campus are in the works, Guerdat said. She also hopes to use her high visibility to ultimately create new opportu­nities for girls of various ages and interests.

"I’d love to see more camps, as well as more year-round opportu­nities," Guerdat said. "The com­munity college environment lends a ready hand. We can offer more leaders and more training opportu­nities: a win-win for everyone."