Local ‘Women of Distinction’ honored by Girl Scouts




STEPHENVILLE (January 29, 2016) – Five female community leaders received Women of Distinction Pins from the Girl Scouts of Central Texas Thursday night.

Honorees were recognized for their outstanding achievements and for helping pave the way for girls of today to become tomorrow’s leaders. Each one was nominated by friends, family, employers or community members.

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The first nominee is Julie Crouch, who has been the director of the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council for six years. Crouch was raised in Stephenville and was very active at Stephenville High School. She also earned First Class, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. It is now primarily known as the Gold Award.

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Sena Leese is the second honoree. Leese is a retired kindergarten teacher and a part of the Tarleton Alumni Association.  She is very active in her church, and she was also a Girl Scout Troop Leader.

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The third female to be recognized is Lisa Pack, owner of Texas Twister’s Tumbling in Stephenville. She has led numerous female athletes to compete at the world championships in tumbling. Pack was also a former Girl Scout.

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Tarleton professor and Department Head Dr. Joanna Shaw was also nominated. Shaw is very active in her church as well as Chamberlain Elementary, the school her twin daughters now attend.

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The final honoree is Alisa Terrell Starbird, an attorney in the Stephenville area who was also a Girl Scout. She attended the University of Texas’ Law School, and is the past president of the Optimist Club.

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Boucher, Morgan & Young was also honored as this year’s’ “Distinguished Workplace for Women.” This business was recognized for its continued support and encouragement of women’s leadership and professional success.

On Wednesday, April 20, there will be a banquet at the Tarleton Ballroom to honor the nominees and their achievements.


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