Girl Scouts of gateway council


Board of Directors

Board Chair      
Nona Jones                           

Nona is currently serving as Chair of the Board of Directors. She received both a B.S. in Communications and an MBA from the University of Florida. Nona is the Community and Government Relations Director for Gainesville Regional Utilities. She serves on the United Way of North Central Florida Board of Directors, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and is President of the Alachua County Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors. She also serves on the statewide Board of Trustees for PACE Center for Girls, Inc. and is a member of the AvMed Health Plans Community Advisory Board. Nona is a member of the Rotary Club of Gainesville, Gainesville Women's Forum, Women's Giving Circle, and Gainesville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. 

Chief Executive Officer
Mary Anne Jacobs

Mary Anne Jacobs was named Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council in the spring of 2013.  Prior to transitioning to the Girl Scouts, she served as Senior Director of Government Relations for Time Warner Cable’s Southeast operations.  During her twenty-two year career in the telecommunications industry, Mary Anne held several positions including Vice President and General Manager of operation centers in South Carolina and Senior Director of Public Relations for the Carolinas. An advocate for children’s issues, Jacobs was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council of the Children’s Trust of South Carolina, she held board seats with Parents Against Child Abuse, Parents Anonymous and volunteered as a spokesperson for South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control.  Jacobs served as a member of the Board of Directors for Youth Corps, South Carolina Area Council Boys and Girls Clubs, and Board Chair of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands.  She was recognized by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America with the prestigious National Medallion Award. In addition, she served as President of the Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics, an organization with a mission to encourage and train women to run for public office. She was a member of the Board of Directors serving the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, where Jacobs chaired the Communications Committee. Mary Anne earned her undergraduate degree from West Virginia University and a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University.  

Vice Chair  
Baraz Samiian, Ed.D.                                     

Baraz is acting Vice Chair of the Board of Directors after serving as the board Secretary. She also serves on the Governance Committee and chaired the Bylaws Review Committee. Baraz recently retired from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, after 10 years of service as Diversity/Cultural Competency Development Senior Consultant, to return to academic teaching and research and her corporate consulting business. Baraz graduated from Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland with an M. A. degree and completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of North Florida. She was a volunteer for many years in Angeles Girl Scout Council serving as a troop leader for Girl Scout Brownie, Junior and Cadette troops; chair of summer/day camp programs and also served as association and district chair. She was also awarded the Thanks Badge while in the Angeles Council. Baraz has been a volunteer with the University of North Florida’s College of Health Curriculum Advisory Board, the Women’s Center of Jacksonville, the National Association for Multicultural Education Board, and the Jacksonville Mayor’s Community Trustees & Stakeholders Program. Baraz serves on the Editorial Board of "Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Management" and is an alumna of Leadership Jacksonville. 

Barbara Coleman                              

Barbara is serving her second term as Secretary of the Board of Directors. Barbara received a B.A. from the University of West Florida and an M.A. from Central Michigan University. She is the owner of a State Farm Insurance agency in Orange Park. Barbara is past president of the Quigley House Board of Directors and currently serves on the Clay County Housing Finance Authority Board of Directors and the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. She volunteers with the American Cancer Society, Calvary United Methodist Church, and The Way Clinic Board of Directors. Barbara is also active in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Rotary and the Clay County Chamber of Commerce.

Jennifer Hanigan                                           

Jennifer is serving her second term as Treasurer of the Board of Directors. She is a Vice President and Project Manager at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Jennifer was cookie manager for her daughter’s Brownie and Junior troops for three years and is active at both of her children's schools. She serves on the Committee for the 100th Anniversary Celebration for Girl Scouting. She is currently active in the USTA Junior Team Tennis program and has served four seasons as a team captain. Jennifer is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Jacksonville and has served as an executive board member and treasurer.

Board of Directors

  • Florida Bridgewater-Alford

  • Melina Buncome

  • Katie Carpenter

  • Susan M. Clark

  • Elizabeth Cline

  • Veronica Della Porta

  • Diane Crawford Evans

  • Rep. Reggie Fullwood

  • Cecil Gibson

  • Jim Gilmore

  • DeeJay Hellrung

  • John Herbkersman

  • Janister Herring

  • Jessica Ligator

  • Tayloe McDonald

  • Joanne M. A. Robertson

  • Susan L. Rodgers

  • Kerrie Slattery

  • Diana Sorfleet

  • Bonnie Upright

  • Jane Upton

  • Ondine Wells

  • LaTanya Wynn Hall

  • Alexis Brown
    Senior Girl Scout
  • Sarah Evans
    Senior Girl Scout