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Board of Directors


The Board consists of 17-25 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. 


GSHCC Girl Board Member

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. 

Serving on the GSHCC Board of Directors offers high school girls an opportunity to learn leadership and real world skills needed to work in a business atmosphere. During a Girl Board Members’ two year term, she will learn about: the inner workings of Girl Scouts, how the Board influences and supports the girls and the Council, group dynamics, planning skills, and financial accountability. Board members are asked to attend each Board Meeting and participate in Representative Trainings, Fall Forums and the GSHCC Annual Meeting. Girl Board members may also be asked to join a Board Committee, speak on their experiences in Girl Scouting, or participate in other Board activities.

Download and review the Board of Directors Girl Overview. If you meet the requirements and are still interested, then proceed to fill out the online application

Questions? Email the Board of Directors at



Chair of the Board [2019-2021]

Jenni Murphy, Ed. D. - Dean, CSUS College of Continuing Education

Vice Chair [2019-2021]

Alana Mathews, Esq. - Public Advisor, CA Energy Commission

Past Chair [2019-2021]

Juanita Garcia – Community Volunteer; Retired Executive Director, Aerojet Foundation

Secretary [2019-2021]

Patty Estopinal – Vice President, Robert W. Baird and Co.

Treasurer [2018-2020]

Beth Leonard Schatz - Senior Vice President, Bank of America



Bernadette Austin [2019-2022] – Associate Director, UC Davis Center for Regional Change

Angelica Balderas [2019-2022] – Senior Vice President, Entravision Communications

Kimberly Bedford [2019-2022] – Global HR Director/Supply Chain Organization, Intel Corporation

Deveshi Buch [2018-2020] – Girl Scout and student, Vista del Lago High School 

George Claire [2019-2022] – Design Thinker & Product Manager, The Shop @ VSP Global

Catherine Cardoza Conner [2019-2022] – Owner, Conner Investments

Reese Ferriman [2019-2021] – Girl Scout and student, Oak Ridge High School

Robert Ferriman [2018-2021] – Vice President, Robert W. Baird and Co.

Linda Hischier [2017-2020] – Relationship Manager, Bank of the West

Robin Kren [2017-2020] – Community Volunteer: Retired Teacher, Sacramento Country Day School

LeShelle May [2018-2021] – Senior Software Technical Lead, CNN, Turner Broadcasting Inc.

Lynne Meredith [2019-2022] – Commissioner, Superior Court of California County of Stanislaus

Kate Reid [2018-2021] – Director of Event Initiatives, Global Marketing & Communications, Intel Corporation

Jaana Remes, Ph.D. [2018-2021] – 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


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.