Local woman appointed to 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 their 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."