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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 by the Representative Assembly. The Board of Directors develops, manages, and maintains Girl Scouting within the terms of the Girl Scouts charter from GSUSA. 

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Apply Now To Become a Girl Board Member

Girl Board Members must be at least 14 years old at the time elected (first Saturday of February next year).

Serving on the Council 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 Council and the girls, 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.

Board Members are responsible for managing the affairs of the council in compliance with GSUSA charter requirements. In addition to conducting business, Board Members serve on committees, help with fund raising, attend girl events and work in their communities to advance the Girl Scout movement.

Board Member candidates are evaluated using their application submitted, interviewed by the current Girl Board Members, and then selected by the Board Development Committee. One girl is selected each year for a two year term. Once the slate of candidates is approved by the Board of Directors, the slate is brought before the Representative Assembly at GSHCC's Annual Meeting for a final vote.

Any questions should be directed to


arrow iconChair of the Board [2021-2023]
        Jenni Murphy, Ed.D. 
        - Dean, CSUS College of Continuing Education

arrow iconVice Chair [2021-2023]
        Kimberly Bedford
        - Vice President - Human Resources, Design Engineering
                Group, Intel Corporation

arrow iconPast Chair [2022-2024]
        Robin Kren 
        - Community Volunteer: Retired Teacher, Sacramento Country
                 Day School

arrow iconSecretary [2022-2024]
        Kate Reid 
        - Director of Event Initiatives, Global Marketing &
                  Communications, Intel Corporation

arrow iconTreasurer [2022-2024]
        Patty Estopinal
        - Director, Robert W. Baird and Co.


arrow icon Arwyn Austin [2021-2023]
        –  Girl Scout and student, McClatchy Senior High School

arrow icon Bernadette Austin [2022-2025]
        – Executive Director, UC Davis Center for Regional Change

arrow icon Angelica Balderas [2022-2025]
        – Senior Vice President, Entravision Communications

arrow icon Lisa Cardoza [2021-2023]
        – Vice President for University Advancement, CSUS

arrow icon Catherine Cardoza Conner [2022-2025]
        – Owner, Conner Investments

arrow icon Fran Halbakken [2022-2025]
        – Retired Assistant City Manager, City of Sacramento

arrow icon LeShelle May [2021-2024]
        – Senior Software Technical Lead, CNN, Turner Broadcasting Inc.

arrow icon Lisa Mazza [2022-2025]
        – Certified Public Accountant, LK Mazza CPA

arrow icon Lynne Meredith [2022-2025]
        – Commissioner, Superior Court of California County of Stanislaus

arrow icon Janet Nunez-Pineda [2022-2025]
        – Manager, Stanislaus Co. Behavioral Health & Recovery Services

arrow iconEmma Pham-Tran [2022-2024]
        – Girl Scout and student, Mira Loma High School

arrow iconAlejandra Quezada [2022-2025]
        – Telemundo  

arrow icon Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick [2020-2023]
        – Director of Education, Crocker Art Museum

arrow iconMargo Souza [2022-2025]
        – Leadership Center, UC Merced 


Ex-Officio Without Vote

arrow icon 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 accepted from the floor during 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.

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