May 18, 2007

Girl Scouts name “San Diego’s 10 Cool Women of 2007” and honors community partners

Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council introduced “San Diego’s 10 Cool Women of 2007” during its Volunteer Celebration and Annual Meeting on April 26.

Each year since 2000, the council has honored 10 local women for their personal and professional achievements. These inspiring women are outstanding role models for girls, balancing family, friends, work and service as they raise the bar of excellence in their communities. The 2007 Cool Woman are:

Attorney Marissa Bejarano is surrounded by family and friends to celebrate receiving Girl Scouts “10 Cool Women of 2007” Award at USD’s Joan Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. Pictured left to right: Michael Bejarano, Yvonne Bejarano, Celina Caprio, Marco Torres, Marissa Bejarano, Nellie Andrade, Rosa Robles, Esperanza Bejarano, and David Bejarano.

· Carol Lam-Senior VP, Legal Counsel, QUALCOMM / Former U.S. Attorney

· Chief Tracy Jarman-Fire Chief, San Diego Fire and Rescue

· Rana Sampson-International Crime Consultant / “First Lady” of San Diego

· Rhonda Welch-Scalco-Chairwoman, Barona Band of Mission Indians

· Marissa Bejarano-Director, Hermanitas, MANA de San Diego

Girl Scout troop leader and attorney Marissa Bejarano joined the California Attorney General’s Office in 2006. For five years, this USD graduate volunteered as a San Diego Police Cadet. Currently she directs the nation’s largest one-on-one mentoring program, Hermanitas, for MANA de San Diego, a national organization that mentors young Latinas in academic pursuits.

· Janice Brown-Founding Attorney, Brown Law Group

· Mary Clark-Community Volunteer

· Wendy Gillespie-Principal, Frontier Trading

· Peggy Johnson-Executive Vice President, QUALCOMM

· Molly Moores-Community Volunteer/Director, Sudanese Tutoring Program

This year marks the 90th anniversary of Girl Scouting in San Diego, which began with Coronado Troop #1 in 1917. As a special tribute, Rancho Bernardo troop leader Charmaine Reed and her daughter, Cadette Girl Scout Roxanne Conowitch, impersonated Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon Low and her niece, Daisy Gordon. Their skit reflected Gordon Low’s dream that girls of all backgrounds explore nature and develop self-reliance. She wanted young women to invest in their own futures and actively participate as valued citizens.

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