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Governance & Finance

Governance structures are part of every Girl Scout Council and are defined in the council bylaws. 

Gateway Council's governing body is its board of directors.  Under the leadership of the Chair, the board maintains the integrity and the purpose of Girl Scouting within our council’s jurisdiction. 

The board's responsibilities include: influence policy regarding the council goals, issues affecting girls, and issues affecting the business of the organization, as well as strategic planning, financial oversight, and fund development.

Board of Directors

Board Chair
Ed Rastrelli

Ed Rastrelli
Board Chair

Ed joined Johnson & Johnson Vision Care in May 1986 as an Associate Polymer Scientist to help develop the original ACUVUE product and process in addition to starting work on expanding the product offering by working on new optical designs and new materials. Over the next 11 years, he progressed through various levels of responsibility and management in the R&D organization all the while focusing on new product development.

In 1997, Ed moved into the Marketing arena at Vistakon as the product director of New Products for the purpose of launching the newly approved Acuvue Bifocal globally. He then managed the product in the US region as the Product Director, Acuvue Bifocal for a year before transitioning back to the Product Director of New Products and Technology for the US region. In this role, he focused on introducing new products, such as Acuvue 2 Colours, and new technology, such as the first comprehensive consumer and professional web page and digital media program for the Acuvue brand.

Ed transitioned into a business development role in 2003 for JJVCI. Ed worked on helping JJVCI develop a strategy for moving from vision correction to vision care by helping identify technologies and segments beyond contact lenses that made strategic sense for the franchise to meet its growth objectives and redefined corporate vision. He worked on projects for ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, ophthalmic drug delivery, and contact lens care while also supporting the base contact lens business with projects in new optical designs and lens materials.

Ed received his bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Florida in 1986, and his MBA from the University of North Florida in 1990.

Ed lives in Atlantic Beach, just outside of Jacksonville, with his wife Brenna, their 13-year-old daughter Bella, and their yellow Lab Cello. Ed is a golfer and classic car enthusiast who generally loves to do anything outdoors.


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

Ed Rastrelli

Cecil F. Gibson III
Past Chair

April Harrell-Devine
Board Development Chair

Salmaan Wahidi

Mary Anne Jacobs
Chief Executive Officer

Stacey Foster
Fund Development Chair

Abena Anyane-Yeboah
Crystal Charles
Kacy Ealy
Latasha Garrison
Alexandria Hill
Nicki Howard
Desiree Janisse
Ann King
Lisa Acheson Luther
Quilla Miralia
David Pisano
Wiletta Richie
Tania Schmidt-Alpers
Emily Anne Schmitt
Lauren Todd
Christy Dickinson Waldenmaier

Anne Case
Girl Member

Alyssa Osborne
Girl Member


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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 Delegate Volunteer Position Description

Delegates/alternate delegates are the communication link between Girl Scouts of Gateway Council’s girl members, its volunteers, and the Board of Directors.
Elected delegate “voting” responsibilities with respect to the election of Board Members-at-large, Elected Officers, Board Development Committee Members, and National Council Delegates. Delegates also approve revisions to the Council Bylaws.
Delegates may be asked to provide input to the board on issues of policy and direction and to communicate board decisions with the Communities they represent.

Accountability & Term of Office
Delegates are elected by their Communities or, if a delegate at-large, appointed by the Board Chair. Any registered Senior, Ambassador or adult Girl Scout member residing within the boundaries of Gateway Council may be elected/appointed as a Council Delegate/Alternative Delegate.
The delegate term is for 1 year beginning in October and running to Sept. 30 of the current membership year. Delegates may be elected/appointed for up to 2 terms before a replacement must be selected/appointed.

Position Responsibilities


  • Attend Delegate Meetings.
  • Vote in elections for Board Members-at-Large, Elected Officers, Board Development Committee Members, and National Council Delegates.
  • Vote on bylaw amendments that may be presented.
  • Complete position training.

Communication and Leadership:

  • Facilitate the constructive exchange of ideas and viewpoints in the Delegate Meetings.
  • Participate in delegate forums, and provide information in a timely manner to the Board of Directors. Attend community meetings and articulate the views of volunteers, while respecting the Girl Scout democratic process.
  • Report information back to the Community constructively and positively.
  • Follow all GSUSA and Gateway Council’s policies, standards, and procedures.
  • Adult Delegates also hold the responsibility to mentor girl delegates, ensuring that they understand and have an opportunity to appropriately carry out their role.

Delegate Qualifications

  • Currently registered as a Senior, Ambassador or adult of Girl Scouts of Gateway Council.
  • Elected by the Community or appointed by the Board of Directors.
  • Willing to position council within jurisdiction for branding, funding, and partnership opportunities.
  • Understand the federated partnership and supports network alignment: One Council – One Voice in partnership with GSUSA.
  • Commitment to speak and act in a manner consistent with the Girl Scout mission, Promise, and Law.
  • Possess mature judgment, flexibility, and enthusiasm.
  • Practice welcoming and inclusive behavior toward people of all ages, races, religions, cultures, abilities, gender, educational, and economic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • Employees or former employees (part-time or full-time) are ineligible.

Delegate Benefits

  • Help girls become confident leaders who discover, connect, and take action in their community.
  • Gain knowledge about governance and policy-making processes.
  • Opportunity to sharpen facilitation and communication skills.
  • Opportunity to influence decisions which benefit all girls in Gateway Council’s jurisdiction and shape the future of Girl Scouts of Gateway Council.

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.

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 discussion in the run-up to the National Council Session in order to better represent the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council.