Girls Inc Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Girls Inc. of Lynn celebrated its 75th anniversary at their Annual Meeting on September 28 at the Lynn Museum/Lynn Arts. The evening featured an introduction from Leslie Mercedes, one of two Teen Board members; remarks from executive director Deb Ansourlian; a Volunteer Honor Presentation to Nancy Whitman and Nahant Women’s Club for their loyal efforts as committed volunteers; and the induction of four new Board members.

“As we take a moment to stop and reflect on 75 wonderful years, it’s also a great time to think about the future,” said Ansourlian. “I see our future in these girls. While we have accomplished much, there is still much to do to ensure we continue to empower girls to be strong, smart and bold for another 75 years.”

New Board members include Amy Heath, physical therapy department chair and associate professor of practice at Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences; Terese Hoekstra, senior director at Flexion Therapeutics; Jermaine Williams, vice president of student affairs at North Shore Community College; and Alexander Zapata, branch manager of Webster Bank in Harvard Square, Cambridge.

This year’s officers include Board President Anina Butler, Vice President Kathleen Turner, Treasurer Kim Monahan, and Clerk Candace Doucette.

Girls Inc. of Lynn is a nonprofit organization based in Lynn, Massachusetts, and an affiliate of the national Girls Inc. model. Girls Inc. of Lynn aims to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold by meeting the needs of girls in the community, developing their capacity to overcome the effects of discrimination and be self-sufficient, responsible members of the community. By providing girls aged 5-18 with after-school and summer programs tailored to their needs, Girls Inc. of Lynn has served as a vigorous advocate for all girls in the surrounding North Shore communities since 1942.

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