Jessica Erfling has been selected as the new Chief Operating Officer for Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. She will assume her new role on February 4.
“Her skills and experiences align with Girl Scouts’ mission and we are thrilled to have Jessica join our team,” said Bonnie Barcyzkowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. Erfling replaces Barczykowski, who became CEO on August 1, 2013.
“I am excited about working for an organization that has such an established and respected history, and an energetic vision for the future, which is apparent in the strategic plan,” Erfling said. “I have been very fond of the team members I have met thus far and I am really looking forward to meeting the other individuals who are helping put this meaningful mission into action.”
Erfling’s most recent position was Vice President of Operations with Sunnyhill, Inc., located in St. Louis, Mo. There, she oversaw program development, growth and methods for measuring effectiveness. Prior to her role as vice president, she served as Director of Supported Living. In that capacity, she directed the development and implementation of support services programs by adhering to state and local accreditation standards and sought funding for the programs. Other positions she held at Sunnyhill included Quality Assurance Specialist and Program Coordinator.
Leadership is an important subject to Erfling as she begins her new position.
“Leadership opportunities should be equally available for those willing to work for them, girls included,” she said. “Girls should believe in themselves and know that anything is possible. I am so fortunate to have a family who believes in me and always told me that you can be anything you want to be, if you work for it. I am proud to be working for an organization that provides this type of foundation for our leaders of tomorrow.”
She has volunteer experience with Sunnyhill as well as the Cancer Support community.
She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a master’s degree in social work from Saint Louis University. She is a certified trainer for Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and has received professional training from the Missouri Department of Mental Health and the Columbus Organization. She is a member of the St. Louis Coalition of Service Providers, where she serves as a Legislative Committee Chair and a Junior Board member of the Cancer Support community.
Another area that excites Erfling is the Girl Scouts’ expanding presence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
“The STEM areas will foster many of the innovations and careers of the future, and girls need exposure to these arenas at a young age,” she said. “I am impressed with the Girl Scouts commitment to these areas and feel that the STEM programs offer great opportunities for our girls. I am looking forward to all of the success stories that will result from this initiative.”
She was born and raised in Decatur, Ill., and an active Girl Scout while in elementary school. She later moved to Carbondale for her undergraduate work then relocated to St. Louis to pursue her master’s degree. She met her husband, Jason, while in St. Louis and they have been married for five years. They reside in the Benton Park neighborhood of St. Louis City with their toddler son, Jackson.
In her spare time, Erfling enjoys playing golf, visiting with friends and family and being a spectator at sporting events. She is a dedicated Chicago Bears fan and loves the St. Louis Cardinals.