Jane Christyson has more than 35 years of nonprofit administration and management experience with a concentration in special events and corporate sponsorships. She is currently Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts of North East Ohio which serves almost 30,000 girl members and 14,000 adult volunteers in 18 counties. She also serves on the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) National Strategic Partnership and Membership Category Committees.
With a budget of $11,000,000, the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio is focused on building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place through unique programs and opportunities. Three Council run camps serve as the anchors for outdoor adventures and leadership learning.
Jane also served as Director of Marketing and Golf Clubhouse Services for Cleveland Metroparks where she oversaw the marketing, visual communications, visitor services, research and program evaluation, and golf clubhouse divisions. Her department had a $6 million operating budget, and won numerous local and national awards for writing, design, video production, marketing materials, events, programs and campaigns.
Jane began her career at United Way Services of Cleveland and served in several capacities managing company fund-raising campaigns. She then became executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation a nonprofit health agency with a budget of $2 million.
Jane possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Cleveland State University. She graduated cum laude. She has served in the community as a board member and officer of Cleveland Press Club, Ohio & Erie Canal Marketing Consortium, Ohio Museums Council, Cleveland Waterfront Coalition, United Way Council of Agency Executives, and ALCOA Community Relations Board. She is currently a member of the Education Committee for The Beck Center for the Arts and The Musical Theater Project. She also assists in costume design and construction with several local theater groups.
She has served as a guest speaker at many local, national and international seminars and conferences, including: The GSUSA National Board and CEO conference, the Annual Conference of the National Parks and Recreation Association, the National Association of Interpretation Conference and Best Practices in Parks and Recreation Conference in Melbourne, Australia. She was also a marketing consultant with the Parque Natural Metropolitano, near Panama City, Panama and worked onsite with their board and staff.
Jane is a resident of Strongsville, Ohio, where she lives with her husband Bob Mahoney and daughter Bridget, a former Girl Scout and college student at Ohio Northern University. Jane was a Girl Scout for 10 years, a Girl Scout Leader for 8 years and earned the First Class Award (now known as the Gold Award) the highest award in Girl Scouting.