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Governance & Finance

Board of Directors

Board Chair
April Harrell-Devine

April Harrell-Devine
Board Chair

April approaches her life with an enthusiasm that has helped her achieve success in both her career at Florida Blue and life outside of work. As a veteran in the field of human resources, April has taken on many roles that have provided her with a unique perspective that allows her to see the larger picture of both the HR department and enterprise.

For more than 29 years, April has held several progressively larger and more complex roles in human resources. April attained a BFA from Valdosta State University and shortly thereafter began her career at Florida Blue as a corporate recruiter. Following her role as a recruiter, April  led very successful, high performing teams to include employee relations, HR audit   compliance, organization development, employee care contact center, diversity and inclusion and strategic HR business partners. April now serves as the senior director of human resources for enterprise enabling areas. In her current role, April supports several senior level executives and their teams and has enabled these business units to not only meet their objectives, but surpass desired business results.  

In addition to her primary duties, April has held a number of leadership roles for a variety of executive committees within the company, including the Program and Policy Review Committee, HR/Corporate Communications Diversity Business Council, GuideWell Communities and Business Recovery Committee. Outside of Florida Blue, April has worked with several nonprofit organizations and held board positions with the American Red Cross, the Ronald McDonald House, The Bolles School, Okoa Refuge, Truth Republic, The Adoption Authority and the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council.  

April steadfastly believes in maintaining a work-life balance and striking that is not an easy feat. In addition to her leadership responsibilities at Florida Blue and outside of it, April resides in South Jacksonville Beach with her husband, Robert. April and Robert have six children, one granddaughter, Myles, born in February 2018 and one grandson, Mack, born in June 2019. 

Interim CEO
mary charles

Mary Charles
Interim Chief Executive Officer


Mary Charles is a longtime certified Girl Scout interim CEO with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). This is her ninth such post around the country, most recently at Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore in Grand Rapids, Mich. Prior to serving with GSUSA, Charles led three councils in Wisconsin as CEO for 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Mary Charles has a tremendous record of success through visionary, intentional planning, a solid commitment to superior customer service, and consistent, high-quality programs for girls that drive membership success. The belief that every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout should be given that opportunity is her driving force. She is a recognized leader in the community with affiliations and honors including past Chair of the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Alliance, Kiwanis Club of Racine, Rotary Club of Waukesha, and the prestigious Woman of Distinction Award in Waukesha County. 

Members

Board of Directors

April Harrell-Devine
Chair

Lauren Todd
Vice Chair

Willetta Richie
Board Development Chair

Alex Hill
Secretary

Seth Waller
Treasurer

Anne King
Constituency Liaison

Abena Anyane
Fund Development Committee Chair

 

Susan Butler-Kennedy

Latasha Garrison

Karen Harding

Von Johnson                                                                                        

Jeanna Mastrodicasa                                                                                         

Emily Anne Schmitt                                                                                             

Grace Staten

 

 

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Delegates

Delegates and alternate delegates serve as the primary communication link between area Girl Scout members, community networks and Gateway Council's Board of Directors. They also gather opinions about governance matters; elect board members, Board Development Committee members and national council delegates; and approve changes to the council’s bylaws.

Council Election Process

Annual Meeting

Each spring – usually in April – Girl Scouts of Gateway Council holds its Annual Meeting. At the meeting, delegates and council members are invited to listen to a “state-of-the-council” address by our board president and CEO, as well as vote on incoming board members, participate in feedback forums, and more.

Quarterly Meeting

Delegates will convene virtually in March, June, September and December to vote on matters affecting GSGC throughout the membership year.

National Delegates

National Delegates serve for three years and attend the National Council Session, a meeting of Girl Scouts nationwide, which happens every three years. They attend the session, elect the National Board of Directors and Board Development Committee, approve changes to the Constitution or Bylaws of GSUSA,  and vote on various proposals as representatives of Girl Scouting. They also generally participate in discussions in the run-up to the National Council Session in order to better represent the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council. National Delegates for the 2023 National Council Session were elected during the 2022 Annual Meeting and will serve until their successors are elected in 2025.



Financial Documents

2020-21 IRS Form 990                                                                                        2019-20 IRS Form 990                                                                                        2018-19 IRS Form 990                                                                                          2017-18 IRS Form 990                                                                                      2016-17 IRS Form 990