Chief Executive Officer
Fran’s history with Girl Scouts is long and illustrious. She was a Brownie as a girl, and continued the Girl Scouting tradition within her family, becoming troop leader for her daughters when they were young. Fran’s passion for the organization prompted her to join the [former] Great Plains Council Board of Directors, where she held the position of board president from 1993-97. Fran was appointed to chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts Great Plains Council in 2007, and was promoted to chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Council in 2008, following a merger of five former Nebraska councils.
A native Nebraskan, Fran earned both her Bachelor’s (finance) and Master’s (management) degree from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. For 32 years, she worked for First National Bank, where she moved up through the company in various positions, including senior vice president in the Shared Services Division.
In addition to her successful banking career, Fran has always devoted time to the community through her involvement with many non-profit organizations such as United Way; Omaha Women’s Fund; Ballet Omaha; Junior Achievement; Howard Kennedy School; Heartland Family Service; Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging; UNO Women’s Walk; UNO’s Alumni Association; and the City of Omaha Police Foundation Board.
Due to her commitment to advocate on behalf of women’s issues, Fran has received numerous awards including: Ten Outstanding Young Omahans, 1991; YWCA’s Woman of Distinction, 1994; Lady Mav Distinguished Person, 1994; and both the Honor Pin and Thanks Badge from Girl Scouts in 1994 and 1998 respectively.
Lynne B. Ruth
Lynne B. Ruth was elected
president of the Board of Directors for the Girls Scouts Spirit of
Nebraska Council in March 2014. In 2007/08, she was part of the
realignment team that brought together the five legacy councils to form
the Spirit of Nebraska Council. Lynne was a board member of the Prairie
Hills Council from 1999-2008, serving as Board President for the 19
counties in northeast Nebraska from 2002 to 2006.
her Girl Scouting journey is western Pennsylvania. Her years as a
Brownie through Senior Girl Scout at Mt. Lebanon High School in
Pittsburgh were filled with many memorable adventures and life-building
skills and she credits the years of camping at Redwing and Kaufman with
providing her the courage to pursue a science degree. Lynne feels that
the leadership roles that one takes on as a Girl Scout provide the
confidence to take on challenges in college and beyond. All of life’s
experiences have helped to shape the character she demonstrates for the
young people with whom she works n a daily basis.
Lynne is a
science educator for the Shelby-Rising City Public Schools. She was a
7-12 grade teacher in the Rising City district for 22 years and joined
the Shelby district in 2000, prior to the more recent merger of the two
school systems. She presently teaches the sophomore biology, anatomy,
physiology and physics classes. Lynne holds a Master’s in Science
Education with emphasis in Biology from the University of Nebraska at
Kearney. Her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Science Education was
earned at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. While studying at Hope, she
served as sorority president and was involved in field research for the
Over the years, Lynne has volunteered for numerous community and church activities and leadership positions.
She feels very honored and privileged to serve as the Board President for Girls Scouts Spirit of Nebraska.
2016 Board of Directors
President – Lynne Ruth, Shelby-Rising City Public Schools
First Vice President – Tricia Montague, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Second Vice President – Mike Sullivan, Baird Holm Law Firm
Secretary – Lynne Harland, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Treasurer – Bob Wick, UNICO
Members at Large
Kate Betsworth, Union Pacific Railroad
Scott Bradley, Community Volunteer
Juli Comstock, Omaha Public Power District
Libby Davis, Omaha Police Department
Colleen Dorwart, Cabela’s
Ashley Eisert, Union Pacific Distribution Services
Amanda Fanning, Adams Bank and Trust
Katie Glover, Hornady Mfg., Co.
Howie Halperin, Educators Health Alliance Wellness
Macala Hoffschneider, Great Western Bank
Jennifer Klein, Clark Enersen
Ann Pedersen, OBI Creative
Brian Runge, Dana F. Cole and Company LLP
Susan Seidel, Holland Basham Architects
Maria Vazquez, Metropolitan Community College
Thomas Walker, Central Community College
Sändra Washington, Community Volunteer
Linda Willis, Community Volunteers