Girl Scouts pledging their service (Photo from the Girl Scouts website)

Garden City And Hempstead Residents Join Girl Scouts Leadership

By Erica Schwartz

Garden City resident Susan McDonald and Hempstead residents Angela Stanley and Katrina Rochelle Sims, Ph.D. have been nominated to the Girl Scouts of Nassau County board of directors through 2026, according to a press release from the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. Hempstead resident Deandra Denton has been nominated to the Girl Scouts of Nassau County board development committee through 2026, as well.

The four women were sworn in during the organization’s 59th Annual Meeting, which was held at the Ruth S. Harley University Center on the Adelphi University campus. Randell Bynum, the chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Nassau County, says that the organization is proud to have an esteemed board of directors to lead and inspire young Girl Scouts.

“Girl Scouts of Nassau County is proud to have such prestigious and accomplished members on its board of directors who inspire and empower our Girl Scouts,” Bynum said. “I am confident that this group of leaders will help cultivate the Girl Scout experience and help fulfill our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.”

Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s board of directors is composed of lifelong Girl Scouts, community leaders, and nonprofit and corporative executives who provide leadership, innovation and constant support to the Girl Scouts of Nassau County council.

The board of directors works collaboratively with young women across Nassau County to build courage, confidence, and character. They also help fundraising efforts to expand access to Girl Scout experiences to young women in the community.

Susan MacDonald (Photo courtesy Girl Scouts of Nassau County)

Susan MacDonald has been a Daniel Gale Sotheby’s Realty top producer for the last 20 years. Prior to her work as a realtor, MacDonald spent 25 years working in various fields such as engineering, architecture, and financial service. She is also involved in her community, serving as an active committee member and volunteer for her church, The Cathedral of the Incarnation. MacDonald primarily works with her church as part of the INN initiatives, the Social Justice Ministry and Cathedral Connect. Previously, she served as a board member and president of the Garden City Foundation, a small Village foundation helping families in need and providing an annual scholarship, and as president of The Mineola Garden City Rotary.

Angela Stanley (Photo courtesy Girl Scouts of Nassau County)

Angela Stanley works in the Incorporated Village of Hempstead Mayor’s Office as the research assistant to the board of trustees. Additionally, she has held significant positions on the board of her civic association. Stanley currently serves as the first vice president and program chair for the Long Island chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, a non-profit organization led by Black women to promote racial and gender equity in their community and the world at large. Stanley has three daughters who are all Girl Scout alumni. She has served as a troop leader and troop mom for all three of her daughter’s Girl Scout troops

Katrina Sims (Photo courtesy Girl Scouts of Nassau County)

Katrina Rochelle Sims, who has a doctorate in history, is an assistant professor and faculty-in-residence at Hofstra University. She specializes in topics such as “Black Health, Trauma and Resistance” and “Women’s Health and Reproduction.” Sims is also the author of several publications and books. Sims earned a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy from Florida A&M University and a master’s degree in history before going on to earn her doctorate in history from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, in 2016. Sims says that she is inspired by the Girl Scouts’ outstanding organization and its mission to help girls grow and become empowered young ladies because of their membership in the Girl Scouts.

Deandra Denton (Photo courtesy Girl Scouts of Nassau County)

Deandra Denton is an alumnus of Girl Scouts of Nassau County and a Gold Award Girl Scout. She is an associate and member of the Investment Management Group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, a Manhattan-based law firm. Denton received her J.D. from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. During law school, she served as a student honors intern at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and interned at the Office of the New York State Attorney General. Dented received a B.A. magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University in 2020.

For more information about Girl Scouts of Nassau County and the many events they hold throughout the year, or to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate, visit

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