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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. 


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. 

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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

Secretary [2017-2019]

Patty Estopinal - VP, Robert W. Baird and Co.

Treasurer [2018-2020]

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

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

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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.