The Girl Scouts Honor TGen's Guerra

Guerra recipient of the 'World of the Future' award

Phoenix, AZ, October 20, 2006--Ms. MaryAnn Guerra, Chief Operating Officer of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), is being honored by the Girl Scouts - Arizona Cactus-Pine Council as a 2006 Woman of Distinction.

The Girl Scouts - Arizona Cactus-Pine Council annually recognizes Arizona women who are role models for girls by living by the Girl Scout Promise and Girl Scout Law. Awards in six categories reflect facets of their lives that positively impact girls of today and tomorrow. Chosen for their exceptional community service and leadership, these women and girls are pinnacles in their professions and in their communities as they represent the highest ideals in Girl Scouting.

Ms. Guerra will receive the World of the Future Award, given to women who are committed to the advancement of the rapidly changing worlds of business, math, science and technology.

"I truly believe that Girl Scouting, especially in today's world, provides extraordinary opportunities for young women," said Ms. Guerra. "Being a Girl Scout allowed me to try new activities and learn things I wouldn't have thought of and to earn recognition for my achievements. Girl Scouting allows you to excel in areas of strength both as an individual and as a team player. These values are fundamental building blocks that allow young women to leverage their talents and achieve their goals."

Ms. Guerra was nominated for the award because of her many contributions to the Arizona community through her work at TGen.

"MaryAnn demonstrates daily what it means to be a Girl Scout," said Denise D. Resnik, president of Denise Resnik & Associates and co-founder/board chairman of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, who nominated Ms. Guerra for the award. "She is a visionary leader and boldly spearheads the most ambitious endeavors as well as rolls up her sleeves to be an active team member, a supportive mentor and a trusted friend. She approaches her work with great tenacity, urgency and dedication, and is pivotal in advancing scientific discoveries and medicine that will some day impact us all."

Ms. Guerra will accept the award at a ceremony on December 9th at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. Visit www.girlscoutsaz.org for event details. Tickets are $60 each.

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About TGen
The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is focused on developing earlier diagnostics and smarter treatments. Translational genomics research is a relatively new field employing innovative advances arising from the Human Genome Project and applying them to the development of diagnostics, prognostics and therapies for cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes and other complex diseases. TGen's research is based on personalized medicine and the institute plans to accomplish its goals through robust and disease-focused research.

About Arizona Cactus-Pine Council
Arizona Cactus-Pine Council offers more than traditional Girl Scouting - it shapes the future of Arizona with innovative and locally-focused programs. Outreach programs - for female offenders and their daughters through Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, Baby Camp for teen moms and their babies, We Believe in Girls for girls in economically-challenged or high-risk neighborhoods and homeless shelters, and First Saturdays for at-risk girls living in economically depressed neighborhoods, and our newest program STUDIO 2B, A Girl Scout program girls can relate to; a program For girls - By girls. Are just a sampling of how we provide programs to girls in Arizona, far beyond the traditional cookies and camping of yesteryear. Our goal is to bring Girl Scout programs to Every Girl, Everywhere.

About Girl Scouts
The purpose of Girl Scouting is to inspire girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism, and service that they may become happy and resourceful citizens. Girl Scouts is the preeminent organization for girls with more than 3.8 million girl and adult members.

Media Contacts:
Amy Erickson, TGen
(602) 343-8522

Rachel Seward, Girl Scouts
(602) 253-6359 x1209


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