By Gary Lloyd
BIRMINGHAM — Melva Tate, interim CEO of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, will wrap up her contract with the organization effective Aug. 31.
Tate’s consulting firm, Tate & Associates, LLC, partnered with GSNCA in late February to provide executive management and CEO search support.
“We are saddened to see Melva leave,” said Sarah Edwards, GSNCA board president. “She has been instrumental in helping us finalize the goals and objectives for our new strategic plan, has motivated our staff and has implemented a number of systems and processes that have helped to move our council forward. Although other contractual obligations prevent Melva from extending her time as our interim CEO, I am thrilled that she has decided to continue to work with our search committee to finalize the hiring of our permanent CEO.”
Girl Scouts of the USA has provided GSNCA with an interim CEO until the search is completed and an offer is made to a permanent CEO. Sherry Sybesma is the new interim CEO.
Sybesma is a nonprofit consultant who has experience working with the arts, senior citizens, people with disabilities and youth programs. She has served as a part of the senior leadership staff in three Girl Scout councils and has consulted in almost every Girl Scout council in the U.S. Sybesma has experience in the computer industry, including management training from companies like IBM, Apple, AT&T and Xerox. When she was named senior vice president of ABC Bakers, she became the first woman to be in charge of a Girl Scout cookie supplier.
“We are pleased to have Sherry bring her expertise to GSNCA,” Edwards said. “Her wealth of experiences in Girl Scouting should add an immediate impact to our staff and membership. We are also happy to have additional consulting support from GSUSA as we work toward the goals and objectives of our strategic plan.”
Sybesma is a graduate of Leadership Austin and the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School Executive Program. She attended Western Revenue Resource Management School at the University of Colorado and holds a bachelor’s degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas.
An avid traveler, Sybesma has published a book about her excursions to Africa and she is currently writing a book about her 2013 travels to Europe. She joins GSNCA on Aug. 25.