GSWPA Announces Retirement of COO, Jean Briancesco

Jul 10, 2009 Posted in Newsroom, Press Releases

Jean Briancesco, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania’s Chief Operations Officer, announces her retirement after nearly 30 years of service to the organization.

Briancesco became involved with Girl Scouts of Beaver and Lawrence Counties as a volunteer in 1981 and joined the staff in 1987 as a membership specialist. In subsequent years, she held a variety of positions in membership, program and adult development. In 2002, Briancesco was hired as the chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Beaver and Lawrence Counties. In 2008, she was appointed to the positions of vice president of program and membership and chief operations officer for the newly formed Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania.

Briancesco states, “What I enjoyed most in my Girl Scout career was the opportunity to work directly with older girls and help them in their leadership trainings and in earning the highest recognition for girls in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award. The girls and I were a great team, and many kept in touch after they graduated. There is no greater satisfaction than to hear a girl say you’ve been a role model and you helped her to achieve her goals. It’s been great being part of an organization that helps girls become successful women. There is no job better than that!”

Briancesco is the recipient of the Girl Scout Appreciation and Honor Pins and the Thanks Badge, awarded to her by Girl Scout volunteers and the Board of Directors.

Patricia A. Burkart, CEO of Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, said, “Jean has made numerous contributions to the Girl Scout movement. Over her remarkable career she has demonstrated strong leadership skills, an in-depth knowledge of the program and an exceptional ability to work with volunteers, girls and staff. GSWPA’s Board of Directors and I offer Jean a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for her years of service and wish her the best of luck in all future endeavors. She will be missed.”

Briancesco and her husband, Tony, reside in Big Beaver Boro. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren and she is looking forward to enjoying the next chapter of her life with them.

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