GLEN CARBON – Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois CEO announces the promotion of Jessica Upchurch to chief operating officer. Upchurch joined the council in 2017 as the director of volunteer experience. Two years later she became vice president of membership development and support. Now, she oversees the daily operations of most customer-facing departments including membership, program, adult education and customer care. Upchurch’s Girl Scout career began in 2009 at Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. A native of Hannibal, Missouri, she earned a bachelor of science in business administration from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri.

“Jessica has proven herself as an innovative leader who will skillfully guide Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois into its next 100 years,” said CEO Loretta Graham. “I am thrilled she is part of what I call my dream team!”

Graham restructured her leadership team in early August after the departure of Vice President of Program and Support Kathy Morgan. She decided her three executive team members all needed to be chiefs. In addition to promoting Upchurch, Graham named Beth Hammock as chief advancement officer. She previously was vice president of advancement and communications. Hammock now supervises fund development, the product program and marketing and communications. Kelley Young, chief financial and administrative officer, rounds out the four-person executive team.

“Girl Scouting is a great place for girls when times are tough,” Graham says. “Given the challenges of 2020, my team and I are working together to help build girls of courage, confidence and character in ways we never expected.”

Graham says the council depends on community support to make sure Girl Scouting is accessible to all girls and adult volunteers. The council will provide financial assistance to thousands of Girl Scouts this year.

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois serves approximately 9,000 girls and engages 3,500 adult volunteers in 40.5counties in Southern Illinois. Join Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois today! Adult volunteers and girls in K-12 are welcome. Call 800-345-6858 or email customercare@gsofsi.org. Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is a not-for-profit organization supported by various United Ways, businesses and individual donors throughout the region

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