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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 21 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:  Mary Kay Wegner, President, ServiceMaster Franchise Services Group, Memphis, TN (2017-2019)
  • 1st Vice Chair:  Lori Patton, VP Operations, Roadshow BMW/ Mini, Memphis, TN (2017-2019)
  • 2nd Vice Chair: Dr. Pamela Evans, Obstetrician, Henry County Medical Center, Hollow Rock, TN (2017-2019)
  • Secretary: Claire Barnett, Senior Project Manager, EnSafe, Inc, Memphis, TN (2016-2018)
  • Treasurer/Finance Chair: Nancy Cochran, Consultant, Burleigh Consulting Group, (2017-19)
  • Board Development Committee Chair: Rosemarie Fair, Owner, One Source Commercial, Inc., Memphis, TN (2017-19)
  • Ahsaki Baptist, Attorney, FedEx, Memphis, TN (2016-2018)
  • Sulee Blansett, Principal, Pillow Academy, Greenwood, MS (2016-2018)
  • Cathy Fitzpatrick, Director of Trust Sales, Renasant Bank, Tupelo, MS (2017-2019)
  • 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)
  • Sharon Younger, President, Younger Associates, Jackson, TN (2016-2018)
  • Leonie Hefley, Vice President & Loan Officer, Commercial Bank and Trust, Jackson, TN (2017-2019)
  • Dr. Loretta Rudd, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN (2017-2019)
  • Tracey Zewig-Ford, Fine Arts Director, Hutchinson School, Memphis, TN (2017-2019)
  • Lara Bowman, Executive Director, The Enterprise of Mississippi, Starkville, MS (2017-2019)
  • Lashell Vaughn, VP and CTO Memphis Light, Gas and Water, Memphis, TN (2017-2019)
  • Jobyna France, Communications Director, Delta Health Alliance, Greenville, MS (2017-2019)
  • Gina Sweat, Director of Fire Services, City of Memphis, Memphis, TN (2017-2019)
  • Melanie Schild, CEO, Girl Scouts Heart of the South
Community Action Cabinet Chairs
  • Greater Memphis Area Community Action Cabinet Chair: Lashell Vaughn, VP and CTO Memphis Light, Gas and Water, Memphis, TN (2017-2019)
  • Northeast Mississippi Community Action Cabinet Chair: Cathy Fitzpatrick, Director of Trust Sales, Renasant Bank, Tupelo, MS (2017-2019)
  • West Tennessee Community Action Cabinet Chair: Leonie Hefley, Vice President & Loan Officer, Commercial Bank and Trust, Jackson, TN (2017-2019)
  • Northwest Mississippi Community Action Cabinet Chair: Jobyna France, Communications Director, Delta Health Alliance, Greenville, MS (2017-2019)
Board Development Committee Members:
  • Chair: Rosemarie Fair, Owner, One Source Commercial, Inc., Memphis, TN (2017-2019)
  • Tracey Zewig-Ford, Fine Arts Director, Hutchinson School, Memphis, TN (2017-2019)
  • Latoria Taylor, VP Leadership Memphis, Memphis, TN (2017-2019)
  • Sharon Younger, President, Younger Associates, Jackson, TN (2017-2019)
  • David Vance, Owner, My Friends Place, Houston, MS (2016-2018)

Contact the Board Members or the Community Action Cabinet members at gshsbdc@girlscoutshs.org.