2019-2020 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS
Jennifer is an American who has been living in Singapore for almost five years. She has been a troop leader for Cadette Troop 64 for the past two years and last year served on the Executive Committee as the trainer for new leaders. 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. Most recently, she worked at Stamford American International School as the Music Administrator and is currently a Field Consultant at CS Mobility. Jennifer was a Brownie and Girl Scout in elementary school and 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.
Katrina grew up in the Chicago suburbs where her favorite Girl Scout memory was when her mother was the cookie chair for her troop and the living room was filled to the brim with cases of cookies. She has lived in Singapore for three years and before that lived in France, the US, Venezuela and Colombia. Prior to moving to Singapore, Katrina taught marketing at the University of Illinois and the University of Arizona and wrote case studies for INSEAD in France. She is in her second year as a co-leader of Junior Troop 15.
Ann grew up in St. Louis, Missouri but has lived outside of the USA for the past 16 years. She was a teacher in Hong Kong and Japan before committing full-time to the inappropriately named role of stay at home mom. She has been the leader of Daisy Troop 69 and now Brownie Troop 16. In her free time, Ann enjoys eating her way through South East Asia and running.
Shirley grew up in the Bay Area in California and has lived in Singapore since 2009 with her family. Before Singapore, she lived in San Francisco, Tokyo, Manila, and Noosa. She leads Troop 40, a mix of Senior and Cadette girls. Shirley currently works at the Singapore Academy of Law as a consultant. When she has free time, she enjoys playing tennis. Her oldest daughter Jessica (1st year Senior) will continue to supervise her work as web editor and plans to step in when things get a little too complicated and difficult for her mom.
Farah is the Singapore American School Representative for USAGSO-Singapore and is the leader of Daisy 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.
Melinda Murphy Heimstra
Melinda is the Trainer for USAGSO Singapore, and was formerly the Chair and Secretary here. She currently leads Cadette Troop 82. Melinda also serves as a Global Facilitator for USA Girl Scouts Overseas, training leaders across Asia as a National Volunteer Partner in the US. She has a lifelong passion for Girl Scouts and was a First Class Scout as a girl (equivalent of today's Gold Scout) and has received the Honor Pin and Appreciation Pin as an adult. Her father was a Scout Master and her brother an Eagle Scout. Currently, she writes and produces video for Expat Living. In the United States, she had a storied career in television working as a producer and on-camera reporter including a stint as a network correspondent at CBS News. Her most important roles are as a wife and mother of two: her Cadette Girl Scout and Webelo Cub Scout.
Michelle Reeb will be helping out USAGSO as the Secretary during the year 2019-2020. She is the recipient of The Thanks Badge, the highest honor an adult can receive. She has held many jobs within Singapore Girl Scouts including Treasurer and Overnight Camp Director. Michelle had had three daughters in the program and has been a leader for almost two decades. She currently leads our Senior/Ambassador troop.
Leigh Gass joined Girl Scouts one year ago as a leader for Troop 95. When her daughter was born, she made the career change to full-time mom after 15 years in public accounting and corporate finance in the USA. Her family has lived in Singapore for 2 years, after spending 2 years in Beijing. She can usually be found at her daughter's school, where she volunteers with the PTA; or hiking in Singapore's National Parks and green spaces.
Sabrina Lim is the Coordinator for Patches & Pins for USAGSO Singapore. Her involvement in Girl Scouts started in 2014 when her three daughters joined the organization and she stepped up to be a leader for Daisy Troop 68 and Junior Troop 64. She is currently a troop leader for Cadette Troop 64. 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 leader and a freelance consultant helping expatriates locating from other countries to settle into Singapore. 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, but has lived the last 22 years in Singapore. She was a Girl Guide in Canada. For USAGSO-Singapore she leads Troop 57. She is the immediate Past Chair and recipient of The Appreciation Pin. She also ran Overnight Camp for two years. She worked for 15 years at Hewlett Packard and now is part of a startup marketing and branding company. She has found a passion in mentoring girls and women and volunteers in a professional mentoring organization.
Nisa will be helping out USAGSO with Highest Awards during the year 2019-2020. She leads Troop 63, a Senior troop. Professionally, Nisa is a medical doctor. While she's very busy in her career, she's thankful she can give back and spend meaningful time with her daughter.
Eunice Song will be coordinating Community Outreach programs and activities of USAGSO Singapore Council. She has been serving Girl Scouts since 2013 as Troop Leader for Troop 87 for three years; and as the current Co-Troop Leader of Troop 83. Eunice and her family have been living in Singapore for more than ten years now. She just started her new role as a staff at the International Community School. Before that, she ran her own company called Treasures Of The Orient. In her free time, she loves building memories with her family, watching movies and sports on TV, and learn balloon sculpting. Her passions include going on mission trips, teaching children, and volunteering at local community services such as Meals On Wheels where she delivers food to the elderly.
Susan is the USAGSO Singapore's Communications Chair, entering her second 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.
Mariana is from Portugal, and has been living in Singapore for the past 4 years. She is a teacher at Stamford American International School and her 3 children also attend this school. She has been involved in Girl Scouts for the past 3 years, first as a parent, last year as a Troop Leader, and now as the SAIS representative. Her daughter Mimi will be a second year Junior this year. Mariana is passionate about working with children and also loves to travel, meet new people from different cultures, and reading. She really appreciates how Girl Scouts help to promote girls' independence and exposes them to lots of different experiences.