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Governance

Girl Scouts Heart of the South's governance structure is focused on leadership, accountability and transparency.

Girl Scouts Heart of the South is a member-driven organization with girls, parents, and volunteers actively engaged in creating strategic direction influencing governance and operations.

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Governance is provided by a 17 member Board of Directors and is comprised of a diverse group of volunteers who are representative of civic leaders, donors, corporations and sponsors, volunteers and other stakeholders.

These volunteers are responsible for setting policies, the organizational operating budget and for overseeing the direction of Girl Scouts Heart of the South. 

Board members possess a passion for Girl Scouts’ mission and vision, a commitment to invest time as an active member, an ability and desire to take a council-wide perspective and demonstrated commitment to our community.   

Board of Directors: 
  • Chair: Kathleen Webb, Board Chair, Attorney, Murphy, Dezonia & Webb, Memphis, TN (2015-2017)
  • 1st Vice Chair:  Dr. Pamela Evans, Obstetrician, Henry County Medical Center, Hollow Rock, TN (2015-2017)
  • 2nd Vice Chair: Lori Patton, VP Operations, Roadshow BMW/ Mini, Memphis, TN (2015-2017)
  • Secretary: Claire Barnett, Senior Project Manager, EnSafe, Inc, Memphis, TN (2016-2018)
  • Treasurer/Finance Chair: Nancy Cochran, Consultant, Burleigh Consulting Group, (2015-2017)
  • Board Development Committee Chair: Rosemarie Fair, Owner, One Source Commercial, Inc., Memphis, TN (2015-2017)
  • Property Chair: David Vance, Owner, My Friends Place, Houston, MS (2015-2017)
  • Ahsaki Baptist, Senior Associate, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, Memphis, TN (2016-2018)
  • Sulee Blansett, Principal, Pillow Academy, Greenwood, MS (2016-2018)
  • Cathy Fitzpatrick, Director of Trust Sales, Renasant Bank, Tupelo, MS (2016-2018)
  • Deborah Harris, Operations Assistant, Atmos Energy Corporation, Greenwood, MS (2016-2018)
  • Pat Moody, Community Volunteer, Memphis, TN (2015-2017)
  • Dr. Stuart Polly, MD, University of Tennessee Medical Group, Memphis, TN (2016-2018)
  • Abi Rayburn, Community Volunteer, Oxford, MS (2016-2018)
  • Laurie M. Thornton, Attorney, Glankler Brown, Memphis, TN (2016-2018)
  • Mary Kay Wegner, Senior Vice President, Service and Operations, Terminix, Memphis, TN (2015-2017)
  • Sharon Younger, President, Younger Associates, Jackson, TN (2016-2018)
  • Melanie Schild, CEO, Girl Scouts Heart of the South
Community Advisory Board Chairs
  • Greater Memphis Area CAB Chair: Pat Moody, Community Volunteer, Memphis, TN (2015-2017)
  • Northeast Mississippi CAB Chair: David Vance, Owner, My Friends Place, Houston, MS (2015-2017)
  • West Tennessee CAB Chair: Dr. Pamela Evans, Obstetrician, Jackson Regional Women’s Clinic, Jackson, TN (2015-2017)
  • Northwest Mississippi CAB Chair: Deborah Harris, Operations Assistant, Atmos Energy Corporation, Greenwood, MS (2016-2018)
Greater Memphis Area Community Advisory Board
  • Regional Chair: Pat Moody, Community Volunteer, Memphis, TN (2015-2017)
  • Claire Barnett, Senior Project Manager, EnSafe, Inc.,
  • Mable Barringer, Executive Director, National Kidney Foundation of W. TN
  • Nancy Cochran, Consultant. Burleigh Consulting Group
  • Rosemarie Fair, CCIM CPM, President, One Source Commercial, LLC
  • Debbie Zanot, Environmental Protection Specialist, NAVFAC Southeast, PWD Mid-South
  • Lori Patton, Vice President of Operations, Roadshow BMW & Mini
  • Patty Rainey, Broker / Realtor Crye Leike
  • Lashell Vaughn, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Memphis Light Gas and Water
  • Kathleen Webb, Attorney, Murphy, Dezonia & Webb
  • Melanie Schild, CEO, Girl Scouts Heart of the South
  • Kimberly Crafton, Chief Development & Governance Officer, GSHS
Northeast Mississippi Community Advisory Board
  • Regional Chair: David Vance, Owner, My Friends Place, Houston, MS (2013-2015)
  • Anita Ambrose, Registered Nurse, North MS Medical Center Home Health, Verona, MS
  • Elmarie Brooks, Coordinator, Starkville School District, Families First Resource Center, Starkville, MS
  • Tina Bugg, Vice President, Trustmark National Bank, Corinth, MS
  • Dr. Anne Cross, Retired Educator, Ripley, MS
  • Rosario Martinez, EnvEngineering, TMMMS
  • Loralei McGee, Education Resource Coordinator, North MS Medical Center,Tupelo, MS    
  • Debbie Wiley, Tupelo, MS
  • Melanie Schild, CEO, Girl Scouts Heart of the South
  • Jenny Jones, Chief Community Engagement Officer, GSHS
  • Myra Collins, Chief Girl Experience Officer, GSHS
Northwest Mississippi Community Advisory Board
  • Regional Chair: Deborah Harris, Operations Assistant, Atmos Energy, Greenwood, MS (2012-2014)
  • George Byrd, Outreach Forester, State of Mississippi
  • Nicole Folson, Water Valley, MS
  • Marilyn Hansell, Washington County Chancery Clerk, Washington County Government, Greenville, MS
  • Debra Tate, Payroll Administrator/Special Projects Accountant Greenwood Leflore Hospital, Greenwood, MS
  • Gwendalyn Woodson, Instructional Technology Consultant, T.E.A.M. Technology Training Center, Grenada, MS
  • Dr. Paulette Meikle Yaw,  Director, Delta State University Center for Community and Economic Development 
  • Melanie Schild, CEO, Girl Scouts Heart of the South
  • Kimberly Crafton, Chief Development & Governance Officer, GSHS
  • Annie Roby, Recruitment Specialist, Girl Scouts Heart of the South
West Tennessee Community Advisory Board
  • Regional Chair: Dr. Pamela Evans, Obstetrician, Jackson Regional Women’s Clinic, Jackson, TN (2012-2014)    
  • Tammy Boyd, Chief Administrative Officer, Aeneas Internet and Telephone, Jackson, TN 
  • Melissa Cox-Brown, Business Development Consultant TN Dept. of Economic and Community Development, Jackson, TN
  • Leonie Hefley, Vice President, Commercial Bank & Trust, Humboldt, TN    
  • Jacque Hillman, Senior Partner, The HillHelen Group LLC, Jackson, TN
  • Michelle Skelley-Ashford, President & Co-Owner, SA Swallowing Services, Nashville, TN
  • Wanda Kay Wiles, DDS, Affordable Dentures, Jackson, TN
  • Helen York, Community Volunteer, Jackson, TN
  • Sharon Younger, Ph.D., President, Younger and Associates, Jackson, TN
  • Melanie Schild, CEO, Girl Scouts Heart of the South
  • Jenny Jones, Chief Community Engagement Officer, GSHS
  • Shelia Deaton, Office & Shop Manager, GSHS, Jackson, TN
Board Development Committee Members:
  • Chair: Rosemarie Fair, Owner, One Source Commercial, Inc., Memphis, TN (2015-2017)
  • Grace Hutchinson, Community Volunteer, Memphis, TN  (2015-2017)
  • Abi Rayburn, Community Volunteer, Oxford, MS (2016-2018)

Contact the Board Members or the Community Advisory Members at gshsbdc@girlscoutshs.org.