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Board of Directors


Veronica Della Porta
Board Chair


Veronica Della Porta serves as chair of the Board of Directors. Veronica received her BA in education at Jacksonville University and her masters at the University of Kentucky. She is a lifetime member of Girls Scouts and has two daughters, both of whom are lifetime members of Girl Scouts. Veronica was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2006. She is past chair of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents. Veronica currently serves as national director on the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America Board of Directors, and serves as chair of National InsurPAC. Veronica is the president and owner of the Della Porta Group, Inc.



Mary Anne Jacobs
Chief Executive Officer


Prior to joining the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council as CEO, Mary Anne Jacobs served as the senior director of government relations for Time Warner Cable. During her career in the telecommunications industry, Jacobs was nationally recognized with numerous awards including the industry’s prestigious Beacon Award for Excellence, the National Vision Award, and the Women’s Press Association Award. She was also recognized by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America with the National Medallion Award.


An advocate for children’s issues, Mary Anne was appointed to the South Carolina Governor’s Advisory Council of the Children’s Trust of South Carolina. She held board seats with Parents Against Child Abuse and Parents Anonymous, and was a spokesperson for a children’s campaign with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Jacobs was also a member of the board for Youth Corps, and South Carolina Area Council Boys and Girls Clubs; and board chair of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands. In addition, she served as president of the Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics and as an executive member of the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the distinguished Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Initiative at Furman University.


Once transitioning to the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Mary Anne accepted a leadership role with the First Coast Girls Initiative. She is a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees and is a member of the Leadership Jacksonville class of 2015. Jacobs held a position on the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. She resides in Jacksonville with her husband, Jeff.


Board of Directors

Veronica Della Porta

Cecil F. Gibson III
First Vice Chair

Shari Shuman

Mary Anne Jacobs
Chief Executive Officer

Aja Altenhof*
Olesea Azevedo
Melina Buncome
Patrice Jones
Heather Joyce
Linda Lindenmoyer
John Thomas Norman
Carrie Parker-Warren
Ed Rastrelli
Kelly Smith
Layne Smith
Laura Thompson
Jennifer Whetstone*
Tina Wirth

*Indicates Girl Scout member