The Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. is composed of community members with a variety of skills and perspectives. Members represent a range of ages and reflect the racial, ethnic, religious, and other diverse demographics present within the council's geographic area. These individuals do not act as advocates for a particular constituency group, but are responsible for making decisions that will best serve the needs of the total council.
President - Richard Cyphers
Vice President - Juliana Meek
Treasurer - Karen Huebner
Secretary - Ashley Harris
Chief Executive Officer - Mary Anne Servian
Members at Large
Bonny Eads Dery
Christina "Tina" Ottman
Girl Scout Seniors or Ambassadors, 14 years of age or older by October 1, 2022, are eligible for a leadership opportunity while serving as a girl representative on the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. Board of Directors. You will gain valuable leadership and governance experience for future applications and career opportunities, strengthen communication skills, and meet and network with business professionals.
Girl representatives provide a voice on behalf of all the Gulfcoast girl members! In accordance with council Bylaws, girl representatives are appointed by the Board of Directors and shall serve without the right to vote or make motions. Regardless of their voting status, girl representatives are able to participate in board functions and deliberations and their performance expectations are held to the same standards as their adult board member peers (with the exception of financial giving). Girl representatives are highly engaged and attend as many board and governance meetings as possible. In accordance with council Bylaws, a girl representative serving on the Board of Directors is a voting member of the Gulfcoast council, such as at the Annual Meeting. Girl representatives are invited to take an active leadership role in other council-related events during the year to best advocate for Girl Scouts and serve as role models for all. Appointed girl representatives will serve a one-year term from September 14, 2022 – July 2023.
You must commit to regularly attend board meetings held via Zoom, the Annual Meeting, board trainings, and other scheduled governance meetings; and are encouraged to attend a variety of events throughout the year. The Board of Directors has approved the following dates during this one-year term: board meetings from 4-6pm on September 14, November 9, and January 18, 2023; Annual Meeting of the Council from 7-8pm on January 19, 2023; and board meetings from 4-6pm on February 22, May 3, and July 26, 2023. This is a prestigious and competitive selection process, so please carefully consider the requirements and responsibilities to be sure this position and commitment is right for you. Completed applications will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted.
Guests and members of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. are cordially invited to join the Voting Members of the Council at this year's virtual Annual Meeting of the Council. The Annual Meeting agenda includes the Gulfcoast Stewardship Report, Treasurer’s Report, and a single slate of nominees for the Board of Directors presented for election by the voting members. Register today to attend the virtual meeting and receive a summary of the 2021-2022 Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Florida year as well as updates and strategies for 2022-2023. A confirmation email and meeting link will be sent following registration.
Girl Scouts from across our country and around the world will gather for the 56th National Council Session in Orlando from July 18-20, 2023. National Council Delegates who have been elected by Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida and the 109 other councils in the U.S.A. will work together in a democratic and engaging governance practice, always with the girls we serve as the focus of these meetings, that will lay the foundation for an even brighter future for Girl Scouts. Delegates gather input and vote on proposals that impact Girl Scouting across the Movement, including the election of the National Board of Directors and Board Development Committee. Juliette Gordon Low said it best: “The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers.” Girl Scouts convened its first National Council Session (NCS) in 1915, engaging women in a democratic process five years before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote.
“Phenom by Girl Scouts,” an event just for girls, will follow the 56th National Council Session – kicking off on Thursday, July 20 through Saturday, July 22. We know you are eager to learn more details and we expect to share additional information in the coming months. Save the dates now!