Loretta Graham has joined Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois as the new chief executive officer.
A news release announcing the appointment says the council has welcomed her with "open arms and open hearts -- ready to learn and live the promise and law with her at the helm."
Graham joined Girl Scouts in 1991, beginning her career with roles in membership and marketing, before returning to South Carolina more than nine years ago. She also lived in North Dakota for more than 25 years.
Her achievements in the nonprofit sector include working with communities to be a voice and face for girls, and developing volunteer programs and council activities.
"I am extremely honored to have been selected as the new CEO of the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois," Graham said in the news release.
"I am boundlessly grateful to the board of directors who empowered me to lead Girl Scouting, and I can hardly keep in my impatience to get started."
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois serves about 11,300 girls, and engages 4,550 adult volunteers, in 40½ counties in southern Illinois. Its mission is to help builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
"In Girl Scouting, we reach out to our communities for support and in turn we are challenged to be a service to those communities," Graham added.
"In the Girl Scout Law, we pledge to be honest and fair, courageous, strong, responsible, and to make the world a better place. Even through the challenging times that we may have throughout the year, I will remain committed to meeting the needs and interest of girls, and developing leadership skills.
"The best way to prepare for the future is to have a hand in creating it."