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Search is on to replace regional Girl Scouts CEO

ALBANY — Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York Board of Directors has announced the departure of longtime CEO Mary Buszuwski.

Buszuwski will step down from her position at the end of January 2021. The board has partnered with Evergreen Executive Source, a national executive recruiting service, to identify candidates and advise on the selection of a new CEO.

Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York serves 15 counties in upstate New York and counts its current membership at 7,298 girls, 2,772 adult volunteers and a staff of 35 full- and part-time employees.

Buszuwski has served as CEO for over six years. Her career includes numerous senior-level and executive positions in the nonprofit sector, including 12 years at the national headquarters at the American Red Cross and five years with the American Nurses Association as chief operating officer. She is currently a member of the Forum for Executive Women, League of Women Voters and the Soroptomist International of Saratoga County.

“Mary has been an integral member of our council and has provided exceptional leadership to GSNENY during her time as CEO. I have the highest regard for her guidance during this challenging time and congratulate her on the many accomplishments she has made,” GSNENY board Chair Kristen Navarette said in a press release. “The board and I are committed to ensuring our council continues to grow and evolve, and that GSNENY’s future remains strong for the girls and volunteers we serve.”

“It has been a pleasure and an honor to lead such an extraordinary organization that values and perpetuates the potential of every girl to make a difference in the world,” Buszuwski added. “I am proud to be leaving behind a dedicated organization that I know will continue to uphold the mission of Girl Scouts.”

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