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Lynbrook Resident Elected to GSNC Board


Lynbrook, NY May 27, 2012 – Barbara A. Murphy Schwaner, a resident of Lynbrook, has furthered her dedication and commitment to supporting, empowering and mentoring future generations of women that she has shown year after year. Barbara A. Murphy Schwaner has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Inc. as a Member-at-Large on May 21, 2012, at the 47th Annual Meeting held at The DeMatteis Center. Ms. Schwaner joins other Board Members in their mission to provide leadership, innovation and constant support to the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Council.

“Barbara will be a great addition 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 she has done in the past. With Barbara now serving on our Board, we are confident that she will 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.”

Barbara Murphy Schwaner is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Certified Diplomate. Ms. Schwaner graduated from the Adelphi University School of Social Work and the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy program of the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and has a private practice in Mineola. 

Ms. Schwaner volunteers as an Ambassador and Senior Girl Scout Troop Leader and Trainer of Relational Aggression for Girl Scouts of Nassau County. Her articles on Relational Aggression have been published in social work newsletters locally and nationally. As a parent of a teenager, Ms. Schwaner was part of the group that wrote “Mothers and Others: Courage and Confidence in the Face of Social Bullying,” one of the many anti-bullying programs offered by the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. Ms. Schwaner previously served a two-year term as a member of the Council Nominating Committee. Her daughter earned her Gold Award this year. 

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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