The nine-person selection committee interviewed hundreds of qualified candidates over six months from across the country. “Pérez has been a leader of the exceptional success this council has experienced in recent years,” says Jackie L. Gorman, board chair for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, “and I am confident she has the vision and skills to continue leading this organization through its unprecedented transformation.”
Prior to being named chief executive officer for GSSWT, Pérez served in the interim position following the departure of-CEO Anna Maria Chávez.
Pérez will serve as only the 12th CEO in the regional council’s 88-year history with more than 20 years of leadership roles within the Girl Scout organization.
A former small business owner in her hometown of Mathis, Pérez holds a master of arts degree in educational leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a B.S. in education from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, a certification in non-profit management from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio, and two associates degrees earned from Coastal Bend College in 1985 and 1986, respectively: mid-management and retail/fashion merchandising. An advocate for cancer awareness and research,
Pérez is the daughter of Rosendo and the late Josie González, and the goddaughter of Beeville residents Reymundo and Isabel “Micky” Gaitan. She has two sons, Aaron (age 14) and Marcos (age 11). She got her start in the organization as a Girl Scout Brownie in Mathis.
On being named the region’s new CEO, Pérez says, “I am so proud to be selected. This organization has afforded me the opportunity to grow as an educator, professional, mentor, mother, advocate and leader. I look forward to leading the best team of volunteers and staff in the country to reach more girls than ever before and further the mission of Girl Scouts to build girls of courage, confidence and character.”