Local students graduate from Texas Woman’s University

Texas Woman’s University held spring commencement exercises May 10-11 in Pioneer Hall on the university’s Denton campus and May 12 in Houston.

Approximately 1,764 degrees were awarded during the six ceremonies.

Local graduates included:

Rashonda Cannie of Killeen with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice.

Miiya Holmes of Copperas Cove with a master’s in library science.

Ashley Alford of Temple with a doctorate in physical therapy.

Heidi Lewis of Temple with a Master of Arts in music.

Cynthia MacDonald of Temple with a master’s in library science.

Teen to compete in state pageant

Jennifer Kolessar was selected to compete at the state level in the Miss National American Miss Texas Jr. Teen Division on July 28-29.

She is the daughter of Col. John Kolessar, who is stationed at Fort Hood, and Nancy Kolessar, owner of the Fine Arts Academy-Academy of Arts in Killeen.

Girl Scouts of Central Texas names new CEO

After an exhaustive nationwide search, the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of Central Texas selected Lynelle McKay as their new chief executive officer.

“Lynelle will be an excellent leader and advocate for GSCTX,” said Board Chair Kirsten Billhardt in a statement, “and an exemplary role model for our girls. Lynelle has the experience, ability, passion and drive to effectively lead our organization throughout our 46-county footprint so that we become once again a high performing, nationally recognized Girl Scout council. She is the person that our council needs at this time and what our girls most certainly deserve.”

McKay brings to the position top-level professional experience, superior leadership skills and a passionate commitment to the Girl Scout mission.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to serve the Girl Scouts across Central Texas,” McKay said. “From Bryan College Station to San Angelo, Austin to Stephenville, our vision is to provide the best outcomes-based girls leadership program in the country. We are here to inspire, challenge and empower this generation of girls.”

McKay’s corporate career spanned more than 20 years at Freescale Semiconductor, culminating in her position as senior vice president and general manager of the $1 billion networking and multimedia business. McKay retired in 2008 and since then has devoted much of her time to serving the community through local nonprofit organizations. She is a board member of the Ann Richards School Foundation and SAHELI, Asian Family Support Services of Austin, and volunteered for multiple organizations, including the Military Child Education Coalition and the Zoo in You, an emotional leadership development program for children. McKay served on the board of Girl Scouts of Central Texas from 2008 to 2010, participating on the STEM Advisory Committee, Finance Committee, Development Committee and Strategic Learning Team.

— Herald staff reports

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