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Garden City Residents Re-Elected to GSNC Board


Garden City, NY May 29, 2012 – Christine Rio and Leslie Segrete, residents of Garden City, have furthered their dedication and commitment to supporting, empowering and mentoring future generations of women that they have shown year after year. Ms. Rio has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Inc. as a member of the Council Nominating Committee. Ms. Segrete has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Girls Scouts of Nassau County, Inc. as a Member-at-Large. Both were elected on May 21, 2012, at the 47th Annual Meeting held at The DeMatteis Center. They join other Board Members in their mission to provide leadership, innovation and constant support to the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Council.

“Christine and Leslie have and continue to be great additions to our Board of Directors,” said Diane M. McFarlane, Esq., President of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Board of Directors. “We believe this is an appropriate recognition for the work that they have done in the past. With Christine and Leslie serving on our Board again, we are confident that they will each bring strong leadership and help us to continue our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.”

Christine Rio served three terms as President of the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Nassau County and was Chair and Co-Chair of the Council’s Delegate Communications Committee. She first joined the Board of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County in 1995 and was a National Delegate three times. She is a Director Emerita of the World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, Inc. and was a member of the Board of Visitors of Fordham College. In 2002, she was named by the Girl Scouts of Nassau County as one of “90 Women for 90 Years.”

Ms. Rio and her family have a long association with both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Her daughter is a Gold Award recipient and her son, an Eagle Scout. Ms. Rio is a Gold Award Alliance member herself, as a recipient of First Class (the highest award given when she was a girl in Girl Scouts). Currently, she is a Vice President of the Bank of New York Mellon and holds a B.A. from Fordham University and a M.B.A. from New York University.

Ms. Segrete, a former Nassau County Girl Scout, was elected to serve as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors in 2008 and was nominated for a third term. As a member of the Fund Development Committee, Ms. Segrete co-chaired the Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Committee for the concession stand at the U.S. Open and she was chair of the volunteers for the first “Girls Go the Distance” Walkathon.

Ms. Segrete works as a home improvement expert with an eye for design and the skills to get the job done. She has worked hard making design dreams a reality as carpenter and designer for TLC’s hit series “Trading Spaces” and “While You Were Out” and A&E’s “$100 Makeover”. She was also the designer for WEtv’s “The Ugliest House on the Block” designing dramatic exterior makeovers that benefit the whole community.

In addition to television, Ms. Segrete co-hosts “The Money Pit”, a nationally syndicated home improvement radio program heard on over 237 radio stations around the nation. She has shared her talents with the GSNC helping girls earn badges, learn new skills and get creative. She helped 100 girls earn their Sew Simple badge, making pillows for themselves and “cage comforters” for the many animals at the New York Center for Animal Care and Control. Ms. Segrete also shared her knowledge and talents with our Adult Volunteers during Oktoberfest weekend. In 2007 Ms. Segrete received the Juliette Low Award of Distinction from GSNC. She is mom to Henry and wife to Edward and lives in Garden City.

Girl Scouts of Nassau County builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouting in Nassau County creates an accepting and nurturing environment, which gives girls a chance to build character and develops leadership skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them throughout their lives, like strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. With almost 21,000 girl and 7,000 adult members, Girl Scouts of Nassau County has become the preeminent organization and leading authority for girls. The organization, now in its 100th year, continues to make the world a better place one girl at a time.

For more information on the Girl Scouts of Nassau County call Donna Rivera Downey 516 741-2550 at ext. 260, or visit


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