Board of Directors


Nona Jones 
Board Chair

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.

Nona 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.



Mary Anne Jacobs
Chief Executive Officer


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. 


Veronica Della Porta
First Vice Chair 

Veronica is acting First Vice 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 Members of Girls Scouts and has two daughters both of whom are Lifetime Members of Girl Scouts.  Formerly an active volunteer and awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2006, Veronica also volunteers her time with the Ponte Vedra Lacrosse Club and is Chairman of the Florida Associate of Insurance Agents.  Veronica is the President and Owner of the Della Porta Group, Inc.

Janister D. Herring

Janister is acting Secretary of the Board of Directors.  She received her Masters in Computer Information and Resource Management and in Human Resource Development at Webster University.  Janister served as Vice President on the Board of Directors of Suncoast Council in Tampa.


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

Nona C. Jones

Veronica Della Porta
First Vice Chair

Janister Herring

Jennifer A. Hanigan

Mary Anne Jacobs
Chief Executive Officer

John Andrews
Chief of Staff

Antonia Porterfield

Carrie Parker-Warren

Cecil F. Gibson III

Chantel Campbell-Goutcher

Charzatta Hoskins James

Davis Rader

DeeJay Hellrung

Diane Crawford Evans

Edmund Rastelli

Heather Joyce

Jane Upton

Jessica Ligator

John Herbkersman

John Thomas Norman

Juliana Mosley

Layne Smith

Linda Lindenmoyer

Melina Buncome

Patrice Jones

Patricia Neuendorf

Rashard Howard

Sarah Hande

Shari Shuman

Tayloe McDonald

Tricia Burley

Shannon Cochran
Senior Girl Scout

Tatum Shannon
Senior Girl Scout