CHERRY HILL, NJ -- Hamilton's community-minded superwoman Rachel Holland is now leading the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey (GSCSNJ). Holland has been named chair of the GSCSNJ board of directors which consists of 22 members committed to advancing the organization’s mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. 

Holland has been a Girl Scouts member for more than 35 years. She was in one of the legacy councils from age eight until 18 and became a volunteer after college. In her new role, Holland is making history as the first board chair to serve as a Girl Scout in the council she will now lead.  

“Girl Scouts gives girls a way to experience so many different experiences and activities. Whether girls are interested in the outdoors, or STEM, the arts or robotics, or civic engagement, Girl Scouts helps girls find their passion and voice and hone it with the help of wonderful role models and peers who encourage and help them succeed," said Holland, who has served on the board for the past nine years.

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She is the owner of Rachel Holland Special Events, LLC that specializes in community outreach programs, events, and campaigns to connect clients with statewide decision makers. Holland also serves as the executive director of the Hamilton Partnership, the Township business advocacy arm, and as chairperson of the Hamilton Area YMCA, 

As GSCSNJ board chair, Holland wants to increase fundraising efforts and integrate key learnings from the pandemic to provide more girls with access to the Girl Scout movement.

“We have come out of a year like no other and if COVID taught the world anything, it is to be prepared and gather support from the community," said Holland. "Our diversity and inclusion efforts are also paramount to our success as a movement. Working within our communities and with our girls to acknowledge our differences and similarities teaches them important life skills. Learning about diverse cultures, backgrounds, and abilities, is key to our overall goal of inspiring the next generation of girls who will run the world."

“We are excited to have Rachel bring her passion for Girl Scouts and her wealth of knowledge to lead our board of directors,” said Ginny Hill, GSCSNJ CEO. “As a lifetime member, Rachel knows firsthand the power of Girl Scouts and is a prime example of the type of leaders that come through our movement. We are grateful for her years of dedication to our organization and look forward to seeing her help take us to new heights in the years to come.” 

Holland lives in Hamilton with her husband, Kevin Drennan, and their two daughters Eva and Jacqueline, who are both Girl Scouts. 

For more information about the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ, visit gscsnj.org.

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