Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes announced today that Karmen Lemke, Chief Executive Officer since November 2018, will step down from her position effective November 13. Ms. Lemke will remain in community leadership in a new opportunity based in Green Bay.
Ms. Lemke’s tenure with the organization was highlighted by her representation as an enthusiastic ambassador sharing the mission, vision and values of the organization throughout our Council’s 52 counties in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. While the challenges of the tragic loss of Girl Scouts and their Troop Leader in Chippewa Falls and the COVID-19 pandemic tested the organization, Ms. Lemke’s compassion and determination helped lead the way. Ms. Lemke shared, “It has been an honor and privilege to serve as CEO of this amazing organization. The true superstars are, and will always be, the girls and our volunteers who inspire all of us who proudly serve Girl Scouts.”
The organization’s Board Executive Committee will announce their transition plan in the weeks to come. A Council spokesperson commented, “We are grateful for Karmen’s contributions and wish her the very best in her future endeavors. Our organization remains strong and continues to be a beacon of connection and inspiration to girls and their families in this time of challenge and uncertainty. Girl Scouts is still here for everyone, as always.”