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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.


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 
  • 1st Vice Chair:  Lori Patton, VP Operations, Roadshow BMW/ Mini, Memphis, TN 
  • 2nd Vice Chair: Dr. Pamela Evans, Obstetrician, Henry County Medical Center, Hollow Rock, TN
  • Secretary: Sharon Younger, President, Younger & Associates, Memphis, TN 
  • Treasurer/Finance Chair: Nancy Cochran, Consultant, Burleigh Consulting Group
  • Board Development Committee Chair: Rosemarie Fair, Owner, One Source Commercial, Inc., Memphis, TN 
  • Abi Rayburn, Community Volunteer, Oxford, MS
  • Cynthia Allen, System Community Involvement Manager, Baptist Health Care Corporation, Memphis, TN
  • Dr. Divya Choudhary, Associate Professor of Engineering and Director of Graduate Engineering, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN
  • Gina Sweat, Director of Fire Services, City of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Jil Greene, Director of Human Resources Customer Satisfaction, AutoZone, Memphis, TN
  • Lara Bowman, Executive Director, The Enterprise of Mississippi, Starkville, MS
  • Laurie M. Thornton, Attorney, First National Finance, Memphis, TN
  • Dr. Loretta Rudd, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Madeleine Taylor, Retired Executive Director for NAACP Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Dr. Stuart Polly, MD, University of Tennessee Medical Group, Memphis, TN
  • Tracey Zewig-Ford, Fine Arts Director, Hutchinson School, Memphis, TN
  • Melanie Schild, CEO, Girl Scouts Heart of the South
Community Action Cabinet Chairs
  • Greater Memphis Area Community Action Cabinet Chair: Casey Condra, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Orion Federal Credit Union, Memphis, TN 
  • Northeast Mississippi Community Action Cabinet Chair: Cathy Fitzpatrick, Director of Trust Sales, Renasant Bank, Tupelo, MS 
  • West Tennessee Community Action Cabinet Chair: Leonie Hefley, Vice President & Loan Officer, Commercial Bank and Trust, Jackson, TN 
  • Northwest Mississippi Community Action Cabinet Chair: Position vacant 
Board Development Committee Members:
  • Chair: Rosemarie Fair, Owner, One Source Commercial, Inc., Memphis, TN
  • Tracey Zewig-Ford, Fine Arts Director, Hutchinson School, Memphis, TN
  • Latoria Taylor, VP Leadership Memphis, Memphis, TN 
  • Sharon Younger, President, Younger Associates, Jackson, TN 
  • 2 positions open 

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