Girl Scouts of Central Maryland (GSCM) recently announced that Violet Apple has been selected as the Council’s new CEO. She has more than 25 years of Girl Scout experience, including serving as the interim and chief operating officer for Girls Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania and the former Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council. Since 2008, Apple has served as chief membership services officer for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. She will begin work at the Baltimore City headquarters on March 31.

A strong advocate for children, she has been dedicated to the development and extension of services to girls for over 25 years. She significantly increased membership in underserved communities in Eastern Massachusetts and was instrumental in developing award-winning programs that are now considered best practices. Her commitment and work included building inclusion programs with a special focus on serving girls with disabilities; girls on probation who resided in residential treatment homes and those incarcerated in juvenile facilities.

“We are excited to begin this new chapter of Girl Scouting in central Maryland,” said Lorrie Caudle, COO who has also been serving as Interim CEO. “The Council staff looks forward to working with Ms. Apple to serve our existing girl and adult members and to grow membership in underserved communities across central Maryland.”

Apple holds a master of management degree in business administration from Penn State University and a bachelor’s in social work from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. In 2011, she was named one of 10 Thought Partners for Girl Scouts of the USA. In addition, her commitment to making a difference in young people’s lives has been recognized by the Fulton Opera House with the “Women Who Care Award” and the YWCA Racial Justice Award.