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Leadership 2.1.1


Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s Board of Directors represent a variety of professions, backgrounds, perspectives, races, ethnicities and ages that reflect the diversity of our members and the state in which we operate. Our staff and board has representatives with Girl Scout volunteer experience; former Girl Scouts; and members with experience in law, finance, education, government, technology, business and fundraising. We are grateful for the expertise and experience they provide in overseeing the progress and preservation of our council.

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland 
Board of Directors

Board of Directors & CEO

2022-2023 Board Roster and Head Shot
Members at-Large
members at large

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Violet M. Apple, CEO
Violet M. Apple Chief Executive Officer

A strong advocate for children, Violet M. Apple has been dedicated to the development and extension of services to girls for more than 30 years. 

Violet has a thorough understanding of the complexities of delivering safe, contemporary programs to girls and values the critical role volunteers play in implementing such services.  She has partnered with major corporations and funders to build program support in the delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, the Girl Scout Gold Award, and STEM initiatives for girls. She has also been involved with overseeing the administration of outdoor experiences to girls for nearly 20 years and has been involved with the development and delivery of numerous resident and day camps.

In 2014, she became the Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.  Prior to that Violet served as Chief Membership Services Officer for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, and Chief Operating Officer for Girls Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (headquartered in Harrisburg, PA). In these positions, Violet was responsible for developing a transitional plan for the merger of seven councils into two councils affecting approximately 100,000 girl and adult members.

Her contribution to her local community further confirms her commitment to young people and their development. In 2020 Violet was appointed to the Board of Hostelling USA, where she previously had served on the Board Development Committee.  In 2019 she was re-appointed by the Governor of Maryland to serve on the Maryland Legal Services Corporation Board.  She is also currently serving on the boards of Maryland Nonprofits and CASA of Baltimore City. In addition, she had the privilege of serving on the WOW (Women of the World) Festival 2016 Board of Directors.  She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Executive Alliance, Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board and a graduate of The LEADERship class of 2015.

In 2021 Violet received the Luminary Torchbearer Award from LTYC and CarVer Communications.  She has been named one of the Daily Record’s Most Admired CEOs and she received Maryland’s Top 100 Women award in 2019 and 2016.  She also received the Baltimore Teachers Union Women’s Rights Award, SMART CEO - Circle of Excellence, SMART CEO –Brava Award, and the YWCA’s Racial Justice Award. In addition, she also received the Thanks Badge, the highest award given by Girl Scouts of the USA.

Violet holds a Master of Management degree in Business Administration from Penn State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a Non-Profit Management Certificate from Delaware University.

Executive Staff & Leadership Team

Along with the CEO, GSCM’s Executive Staff and Leadership Team guide the organization in the planning, development, and execution of initiatives and resources to benefit a diverse group of girls, volunteers, and staff.

Executive Staff:

Violet M. Apple
Chief Executive Officer

Donald Biles
Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Stolte
Chief Mission Delivery Officer

Jackie Thomas-Suggs
Chief Development Officer

Leadership Team:

Candace Allmond
Director of Community Girl Initiatives and Partnerships 

Karen Krug

Terry Mercer
Director of Product Sales

Anthony Roberts
Director of Grants and Administration

LaSchelle Ross
Director of Membership and Retention

Michael Snow
Director of Facilities & Property Services

Logan Taaffe
Director of Annual Giving

Danita Terry
Director of Marketing & Communications

Smurti (Sony) Nebhnani
Director of Business Operations & Support