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GSCSA Welcomes Sandi Blalock as Director of Appalachian Highlands Region

Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians has hired longtime advocate Sandi Blalock as director of the Appalachian Highlands Region in the Tri-Cities.

“While Sandi is a new staff member, she is no stranger to our Girl Scout family,” said Lynne Fugate, CEO of GSCSA. “She has dedicated years of service in various volunteer positions. We are fortunate to have someone so knowledgeable and passionate to lead the Appalachian Highlands Region in East Tennessee.”

Blalock, a lifelong volunteer with the Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians, previously served as a troop leader, service unit manager, and longstanding board member. Her relationship with the Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians began when her daughter, Leigh Ann, was in kindergarten. Sandi stepped up when her daughter’s Daisies troop needed a leader to get started. She led the troop for 13 years and witnessed so many young girls develop into confident leaders and adults. Sandi served as a service unit manager for three years and has been a board member since 2015, serving three full terms.

“I have been a part of the Girl Scout mission for more than a decade witnessing many young girls, including my daughter, develop into confident leaders,” Blalock said. “It is one of my goals as the new director to ensure that volunteers are trained well and appreciated, so that they can have the same fulfilling experience that I had.”

The Appalachian Highlands Region is fortunate to have someone who has been part of the Girl Scout mission for so long take on this leadership role. Through her volunteering, Sandi dedicated herself to the Girl Scouts and is enthusiastic about what is possible for young girls. She looks forward to helping GSCSA recruit and train volunteers who are passionate about developing our community’s future leaders.

Sandi will be based in the Tri-Cities area at the Johnson City office and looks forward to representing the Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachian in communities across the region. She resides in Greeneville with her husband, Larry. She has two grown children, George and Leigh Ann. In her free time, she loves to travel and has been on multiple mission trips. Just before the 2020 pandemic, she and her daughter visited Iceland to see the northern lights, known as the aurora borealis. Sandi also enjoys being creative with photography and watercolor painting.