Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania honor 4 local women leaders at Take the Lead event

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania honored four distinguished local women leaders Wednesday during the annual Take the Lead event.

Girl Scouts of all ages ran the show as emcees, award presenters and more at the event, which was held at the Crowne Plaza Reading in Wyomissing.The Take the Lead awards recognize distinguished local women whose leadership and achievements have made the world a better place.

They were presented to:

Heather Chandler, president of Sealstrip Corp., Gilbertsville

Sealstrip facilitates and participates in several charitable contribution projects, with the company matching employee donations.Chandler was a member of former Gov. Tom Corbett’s Advisory Council for Manufacturing and will serve as a judge for the 2015 Governor’s Impact awards.She also serves as chair of the board of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce as well as on the capital campaign for the Pottstown Area Seniors Center and the member advisory council for the Delaware Family Business Center.

Karen Marsdale, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Marsdale has been with the Chamber for 17 years and assisted the organization through the merger with the Manufacturers Association of Berks County. She guided ventures such as the establishment of Women2Women and Berks Family Business Alliance.She has served as a volunteer on numerous nonprofit boards and has been active on various committees.Marsdale and her husband volunteer with Reading inner-city mentor groups and church youth groups.

Toni Miller, senior executive vice president, chief administrative officer and chief financial officer for Boscov’s Inc.

Miller has more than 30 years of retail experience in finance and operations. She serves on various retail industry advisory councils and boards, including the National Retail Federation, along with some other committees and boards.She has a particular passion for a ministry in Romania that feeds children in gypsy villages and supports an orphanage, elderly care and three churches.

Tammy White, president of United Way of Berks County

White has been with the United Way for 25 years and has served as president since 2009. She administers an organization of 25 staff members and more than 1,400 volunteers.More than 100,000 Berks County residents are helped by the United Way each year.

Reading Eagle, April 9th, 2015