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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
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. 

CEO
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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.

Members

Board of Directors

April Harrell-Devine
Chair

Christy Dickinson Waldenmaier
Vice Chair/Fund Development Chair

Ann King
Board Development Chair

Nicki Howard
Secretary

Lauren Todd
Treasurer

Tania Schmidt-Alpers
Constituency Liaison

Mary Anne Jacobs
Chief Executive Officer

Abena Anyane-Yeboah

Susan Butler-Kennedy

Crystal Charles

Latasha Garrison

Karen Harding                                                                                                            

Von Johnson

Lisa Acheson Luther                                                                                             

Jeanna Mastrodicasa                                                                                         

Kimberly Miller

Kelly Pourciau 

Willetta Richie

Tania Schmidt-Alpers

Emily Anne Schmitt                                                                                             

Grace Staten

Seth Waller

 

 

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

Application deadline is September 30, 2021.