Board of Directors
The Board consists of 17-21 volunteers who serve three year terms (officers and girls serve two-year terms) and are elected at the Annual Meeting the Representative Assembly. The Board of Directors develops, manages, and maintains Girl Scouting within the terms of the Girl Scout charter from GSUSA.
Did you know that GSHCC’s Board of Directors has two girl board members? These amazing girls are an important voice on the board, working to create the future direction of Girl Scout programming at GSHCC.
Chair of the Board [2017-2019]
Juanita Garcia – Community Volunteer; Retired - Executive Director, Aerojet Foundation
Vice Chair [2017-2019]
Jenni Murphy, Ed. D. - Dean, CSUS College of Continuing Education
Past Chair [2017-2019]
Catherine Cardoza Conner – CEO, The Cardoza Foundation
Patty Estopinal - VP, Robert W. Baird and Co.
Beth Leonard Schatz – Senior Vice President, Bank of America
Deveshi Buch [2018-2020] Girl Scout and Student, Vista del Lago High School
Flojaune Cofer, Ph.D. [2017-2020] - Research and State Policy Manager, Public Health Advocates
Macie Dutra [2017-2019] – Girl Scout and Student, Bella Vista High School
Karen L. Diepenbrock [2015-2018] - Attorney, Diepenbrock Elkin
Robert Ferriman [2018-2021] - VP, Robert W. Baird and Co.
Linda Hischier [2017-2020] – Relationship Manager, Bank of the West
Robin Kren [2017-2020] – Retired Teacher, Sacramento Country Day School
Alana Mathews, Esq. [2016-2019] - Public Advisor, CA Energy Commission
LeShelle May [2018-2021] - Senior Software Technical Lead, CNN, Turner Broadcasting, Inc.
Jerry Newlin [2016-2019]- Team Manager, State Farm Insurance
Lauren Oto [2017-2018] - Director of Marketing, Communications and Community Engagement, Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce
Kate Reid [2017-2018] – Director of Event Initiatives, Global Marketing & Communications, Intel Corporation
Jaana Remes, Ph.D. [2015-2018] - Economist & Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick [2017-2020] – Director of Education, Crocker Art Museum
Elena Soto-Chapa [2017-2020] - ELD/LTEL Outreach Teacher, San Juan Unified School District
Melissa K. Williams [2016-2019] - Public Affairs Manager, Modesto Irrigation District
Ex-Officio Without Vote
Chief Executive Officer
Linda E. Farley, Ed. D.
Girl Scouts Heart of Central California
Nominations and Election Process
The election of the Council’s Board of Directors and National Council Delegates is one of the most important tasks of a Representative at the Annual Meeting. The Board Development Committee, an advisory committee of the Board of Directors, works all year to carefully select the right candidate(s) with the best qualifications to fill positions on the Board of Directors. Only an individual who meets the specific needs and qualifications for a position will be presented as a candidate. Once the best candidates are identified, a single slate (one candidate for each vacant position) of nominees is submitted to the Representatives for consideration.
Nominations are not be accepted from the floor during an Annual Meeting. Representatives may submit names of potential candidates throughout the year in accordance with nomination policies and procedures adopted by the Board Development Committee.