2020-2021 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS
Overseas Committee Chair
Shirley is the Overseas Committee Chair for USAGSO-Singapore. This is her second year as Chair and she has previously served as the Secretary and Web Editor. Shirley is from the SF Bay Area, but has lived in Tokyo, Manila, and Singapore over the past 20 years. She got involved in Girl Scouts when her girls were Daisies and has enjoyed her Girl Scout journey as a Troop Leader and member of ExCo. Prior to becoming a mom, she worked as a corporate securities lawyer in Tokyo and currently works as a consultant at the Singapore Academy of Law. She is passionate about helping girls grow up to be strong, independent women while working together to "make the world a better place." She appreciates the international community of Girl Scouts and all the goodness they share with her two Ambassadors.
Radhika is the Secretary for USAGSO-Singapore this year and served as the Community Outreach Chair last year. Radhika is a second year Brownie troop leader and has been a Girl Scout leader ever since her daughter joined Girl Scouts as a Daisy. She shares a special bond with her troop.
Radhika calls Singapore her second home having stayed here since 2010. She is a Software Engineering professional and is also a trained Yoga instructor. She loves to dance, travel, learn new languages and experience different cultures.
Ouiyoung is the Treasurer for USAGSO-Singapore. Previously, she served as the Assistant Treasurer for two years. This is her fifth year as a Girl Scout leader; this year she leads a first year Juniors. She was a Junior back in the United States and she has reignited her passion for fun and adventure through leading her daughter's troop. Ouiyoung and her two daughters are passionate about nature exploration and sports. Having lived 17 years in Singapore, particularly working in CBD at Raffles Place and Telok Ayer, she has become a history and culture enthusiast. Besides planning for an epic Junior year, Ouiyoung hopes to train for a half marathon and perfect her Peranakan cooking.
Paige is the Assistant Treasurer for USAGSO-Singapore. She is also a co-leader for Junior Troop 21, a spectacular group of 5th graders! Paige grew up in the United States, but has also lived in Spain, Russia, the Netherlands, Norway, and Singapore. Her family has lived in five countries in the past six years. Having the Girl Scout community to return to here in Singapore is a huge blessing and makes settling in so much easier. In her previous life, Paige was an Elementary Music Teacher and can sometimes be found substitute teaching at SAS. She loves working with kids of all ages and empowering them by embracing whatever makes them unique; we all have a superpower! Paige also loves running, playing tennis, crocheting and traveling.
Joy Yu is the Registrar for USAGSO-Singapore. Living in Singapore again after 20 years, Joy has always known she would come back, but with her family in tow. This is her second year as a troop leader for Juniors, and she loves how Girl Scouts train future leaders while nurturing lasting friendships.
Joy is a market researcher by profession and a certified coach toward helping find GenZ’s true passion. In Singapore, she and her daughter have discovered a love for high tea, but will always prefer a trip to the beach anytime.
Agnes is the Assistant Registrar for USAGSO-Singapore. She is also the Co Leader of Troop 51, a group enthusiastic Cadettes. This is her second year as a troop leader.
Melinda Murphy Heimstra
Melinda is the Highest Awards Chair for USAGSO-Singapore, and was formerly the Chair, Secretary, and Trainer here. This is her tenth year to co-lead Troop 82. Melinda is also the Vice Chair of the Council of Advisors for USAGSO. She has a lifelong passion for Girl Scouts, earning her First Class distinction as a girl (equivalent of today's Gold Scout). As an adult, Melinda has been recognized with the Thanks Badge, Honor Pin and Appreciation Pin. Currently, she works as the General Manager of the American Association of Singapore and a media trainer for VanMedia Group. In the United States, she had a long career in television, working as a producer and on-camera reporter including a stint as a network correspondent for CBS News. Her most important roles are as a wife and mother of two: her Senior Girl Scout and sports-crazy son.
Nadhasha is the Web Editor for the USAGSO-Singapore website. This is her third year serving in the Executive Committee and her fourth year as a Co-Leader for Troop 51. She owes many of her first-time experiences to Girl Scouts and loves the GS way of learning things the fun way. She is passionate about helping girls become kind and strong individuals and is always encouraging her troop to challenge themselves.
Nadhasha grew up in the Middle East and lived in India before relocating to Singapore. She is a Computer Engineer working as a Technical Writer. In her free time, Nadhasha likes to read books, listen to music, play tennis, and solve jigsaw puzzles among other things.
Susan is the Communications Chair for USAGSO-Singapore, entering her fourth year as an adult Girl Scout. She co-leads Brownie Troop 21, an amazing group of second graders. She grew up in rural New York, and lived in NYC, Washington DC, and Baltimore before relocating to Singapore. When she’s not having fun with her daughter, Claire, working with her troop, or volunteering with the PTA, Susan enjoys sewing, crafting, and traveling. She has a background in communications, graphic design and law.
Patches & Pins
Sabrina Lim is the Coordinator for Patches & Pins for USAGSO-Singapore. Her involvement in the council started in 2014 when her daughters joined Girl Scouts and she stepped up to be a troop leader. She subsequently undertook the role of Patches and Pins Coordinator in 2015 and has been in the Executive Committee ever since. Prior to being a full-time mom, Sabrina was a Public Relations Practitioner for 10 years in the industry. She now divides her time between being a mom, wife, Girl Scouts volunteer, and a part-time job in running events. She appreciates being part of a wonderful community and the leadership opportunities that her daughters have benefited from Girl Scouts.
Lakshmi was born and brought up in Canada and has lived the last 27 years in Singapore. She was a Girl Guide in Canada. She is a former Chair for USAGSO-Singapore. She was a troop leader for 6 years and was Overnight Camp Director for two years. Lakshmi is recognized with the recipient of The Appreciation Pin. She worked for 15 years at Hewlett Packard, 4 years at startups and has been with Visa for the past few years. She has found a passion in mentoring girls and women and volunteers in a professional mentoring organization.
Mary is the Trainer for USAGSO-Singapore. She is a Cadette troop leader
Natalie is the SAIS representative for USAGSO-Singapore this year. She is also a Junior troop co-leader for the second year after her daughter signed up for Girl Scouts in 4th grade and asked her mom to be a leader. Natalie is a lawyer at Exxon Mobil Corporation and has been in Singapore since December 2020. While she has previously mostly resided in the U.S. (Washington DC and Houston, TX during her adult life), she has also lived and worked in Russia and lived in Spain (for a summer during law school). She was a Girl Scouts Brownie and Junior when she was a child in Indiana and remembers her GS time fondly (especially camping). She has really enjoyed getting to share the adventures of Girl Scouts with her daughter and the rest of her troop. They are such a wonderful group of girls and it’s rewarding to share in their experiences!
Jennifer is the Community Outreach Chair for this year. She formerly served as the Chair for USAGSO-Singapore for three years and Secretary for one year.
Jennifer is an American who has been living in Singapore since 2011. Jennifer is the owner of White Glove Pte. Ltd., an employment agency in Singapore. Jennifer is an attorney and member of the California Bar Association.
Prior to becoming an attorney and living overseas, she worked as a course developer and instructor for financial services and software companies in New York City and Silicon Valley.
Jennifer is passionate about helping girls and women become strong and independent. Her top priority is raising two independent daughters to follow their dreams and passions.
Farah is the Singapore American School Representative for USAGSO-Singapore and is the leader of Junior Troop 11. She was born in Singapore, but has lived overseas for most of her life. She has lived in Sweden, Indonesia, Australia, and Thailand. In 2012 Farah and her husband returned to Singapore to raise their daughter. She worked in Business Administration and Social Services prior to becoming a mom. Her passion for 'giving back' has led her to volunteer for USAGSO-Singapore. Farah is currently working towards a Master of Clinical Psychology and in her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.