Donna Ceravolo is a retired CEO for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. For the last sixteen years, since 2000, Donna had served the Nassau County community by leading over 100,000 Girl Scouts and 80,000 adult volunteers. Her missions she says, had always been staying ahead of the curve and helping her girls develop socially and reach success in the business world. Though retiring is a bittersweet, she sold her Freeport home and moved to Albuquerque, N.M.
During her tenure, Donna secured the future of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County by selling under-utilized camp properties in Hampton Bay and East Hampton. Selling the properties to the national conservation groups looking for open space properties to convert to parks and public use approximately eight years ago, for a hefty amount, has provided financial stability for the organization’s missions. According to Donna, it was a price the board could not turn down. The revenue of the properties has successfully supplemented girl programming in the county—an accomplishment Donna is proud of.
Girls Scouts in Nassau County is a part of the national Girl Scout movement. In Nassau County there are approximately 19,000 Girl Scouts and 7000 volunteers. Donna said that she’s proud of the impact the organization makes throughout the county, but especially in the individual lives of the girls who participate. Though she misses her work with the organization, she candidly said that she was ready to start a new chapter in her life, along side her husband, Wells Jones who also retired from the nonprofit sector in the next six months.
Under her guidance, the GSNC had developed community partnerships with Northwell Health, DHL, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Nassau County Bar Association, Adelphi University, Wells Fargo, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, ATT, Motorola and more. She helped over see robotics and STEM programs that established additional partnerships with Hofstra University, Molloy College and Vaughn College.