Lafayette Service Center
Rachel possesses seventeen years of progressive nonprofit leadership experience. She developed a passion for nonprofit youth service as a counselor at the Acadiana Children’s Shelter and the Acadiana Shelter for Girls in Lafayette, Louisiana. She continued her work in the nonprofit industry as a Membership Specialist & Membership and Training Director with Girl Scouts Bayou Council where she was recognized for her efforts in membership growth and retention. Rachel strongly believes that an environment focused on accountability and a commitment to professional excellence is the foundation to customer service and satisfaction.
Drawing on her previous experiences as an employee with Bayou Council, Rachel was promoted to Chief Operations Officer – Direct Services for Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf where she played a key role in the successful realignment of the Girl Scout organization in the state of Louisiana by effectively working to help merge three legacy Girl Scouts Councils serving 12,000 members and 42 parishes. As Chief Operating Officer – Direct Services, Rachel was chosen to lead the council in its strategic learning and planning initiative through participation in Girl Scouts of the USA Strategic Learning Pilot Program lead by Willie Pietersen (Reinventing Strategy) at the Columbia School of Business in New York. Recently, Rachel was chosen to participate in the National Human Services Assembly Executive Leadership Certificate Program in collaboration with Arizona State University’s, Arizona State Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation, Indiana State University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s Fund Raising School.
Rachel has been deeply entrenched in service to her country and community. She is a United States Army Veteran who was stationed in Hanau, Germany where she was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for outstanding support services during Operation Desert Storm. She has served as an AmeriCorps member where she provided services to Habitat for Humanity, Louisiana Coastal Restoration efforts as well as mentoring at risk youth in middle schools and Lafayette Parish Teen Court in Southwestern Louisiana. Rachel has also served as a United Way of South Louisiana Campaign Volunteer Chair, United Way of Iberia Campaign Volunteer, and as a member of the Acadiana Violence Prevention Task Force.Rachel holds a Bachelors Degree of Arts with a Major in Sociology and lives in Lafayette, Louisiana with her husband and daughter who is a Girl Scout Cadette.