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HOLYOKE — Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts announced the inaugural Green Is The New Black gala to take place on June 10, 2022 at the Springfield Country Club.  

Green is the New Black is an opportunity to mingle, sip on a Girl Scout Cookie inspired cocktail, enjoy dinner, dancing, and embrace the Girl Scout spirit of fun, friendship, and new adventure. All attendees are encouraged to dress to impress in their best green semi-formal to formal dress wear as memories will be captured at the photo booth. 

“We are excited to host this inaugural gala as not only a fundraising initiative — it is the chance to gather with like-minded professionals who understand how important girl leadership development is in our communities”, said Pattie Hallberg, CEO for the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts.  


The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m.. Tickets are $125 each and are available at gscwm.org or by calling (413) 584-2602. All proceeds benefit Girl Scouts and their continuing efforts to provide innovative programs and vital support to girls in grades K-12 throughout central and western Massachusetts. Purchasing a ticket is an affirmation that you are fully vaccinated.  


Sponsors include: TD Bank, HEARD Strategy & Storytelling, Peoples Bank, Wolf & Co., Monson Savings Bank, Peoples United Bank, Health New England, Springfield Thunderbirds, Easthampton Savings Bank, Country Bank, Fallon Health and USI Insurance.   

For more information about the event or sponsor opportunities contact Jamie Mahon, [email protected]or (413) 584-2602, ext.4037 

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HOLYOKE – The Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts (GSCWM) recently elected five new officers and one new member to its board of directors at its annual meeting. They include: 

  • Ellen W. Freyman, board member-at-large 2022-2024. Freyman concentrates her law practice in commercial finance and real estate: acquisitions and sales, development, leasing and financing. She has an extensive land use practice;
  • Jennifer Johnson, president/chair of the Board: Johnson is the director of Clinical Services for Commonwealth Medicine at UMass Chan Medical School. She is a registered nurse and is a Medical Service Corps Officer for the United States Air Force Reserves;
  • Nicole Messier, first vice president, is the program manager for a classified program at Raytheon in which she is responsible for $10 million in annual revenue. She is an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force; 
  • Bonnie J. Walker, second vice president,is the director of Equity and Inclusion at Worcester Academy. She is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the New England Chapter, and the Board at the African Center for Education (ACE), in Worcester;
  • Ryan Matson, secretary, is the vice president of Business Development for Peregrine Property Management, a property management firm based in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He is the chair of the GSCWM Fund Development Committee; and

Sheryl Zarozny, treasurer, is practice director at Change Healthcare Consulting. She is a member of the board of advisors for the Macgregor Communications Boston PM Summit and mentors college freshmen at Bryant University on their IDEA program design thinking projects required for all freshmen.