Pam Czyz has stepped down as CEO of Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada and on Monday, October 14, the GSSN Board of Directors announced that Heidi Howe will serve as the Interim CEO for GSSN. Heidi brings a wealth of experience, leadership and passion to our council. She has served on the GSSN Board of Directors since 2017 and has been an active participant on our Strategic Committee.
Ms. Howe is an experienced leader with a passion for serving our community. In addition to being a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts, she also serves on the boards of Reno South Rotary and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Northern Nevada.
Professionally, Ms. Howe served 26 years in the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, retiring as a captain in 2017. Early on, she was just one of 13 women in a male-dominated field. She honed her leadership and management skills, eventually overseeing 350 law enforcement staff and $56 million budget.
The daughter of an immigrant mother and a father who struggled with dyslexia, Ms. Howe learned the importance of education from an early age. A lifelong learner, she holds a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice administration and is currently pursuing her master's degree in public administration. Raised in Reno, Ms. Howe graduated from Hug High School. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Bill, for 32 years.