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Leadership

Executive Team

Chief Executive Officer
Angela Salinas
Major General, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret) 

“What a great adventure…to develop young women who are tomorrow’s leaders and the foundation of our nation.”  

General Salinas' Biography

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT) named Major General Angela Salinas, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret) as chief executive officer on July 1, 2015.   

Salinas served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 39 years. She was the first Latina selected and promoted to the general officer ranks in the U.S. Marine Corps. At the time of her retirement in September 2013, she was the senior ranking woman and Hispanic in the Corps.

A Girl Scout alumna, Salinas is a role model to girls and women seeking to break through the glass ceiling. She was the first woman to command the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region, the first woman assigned as an Assistant Chief of Staff for plans and policy of a major combatant organization and the first woman assigned as a ground major’s combat service support monitor. Her personal decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal; the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit with gold star; the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars; the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; the Army Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars.

Salinas’ accolades extend past her military experience. She is a 2016 San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame inductee, a 2016 Hispanic Women in Leadership Hall of Fame, 2016 TAMACC Woman of Distinction, and a 2016 Hope Hispanic Heritage Recipient.  She was named as an inaugural Top Latino Leader by the National Diversity Council and was awarded the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award; the Hispanic Heritage of Texas Estrellas de Texas; Lifetime Achievement awards from Latina Style Magazine and North Star; the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Leadership Award; Women’s International Center’s Living Legacy Award; as well as being named one of 15 Phenomenal Women by Latina Magazine and one of six Power Latinas in 2015 by Vivala.com.

Salinas serves on the board of directors for the Young Marines, The First Tee of Greater San Antonio and Prospera Housing Community Services. A native of Alice, Texas, she holds a Master of Arts from the Naval War College and a bachelor’s degree from the Dominican College of San Rafael, California. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Dominican University in 2015 and named a Distinguished Alumni in 2016.

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Chief Operating Officer
Jody Shaw Hernandez

Jody's Biography

As Chief Operating Officer, Jody Shaw Hernandez works closely with the Chief Executive Officer as a member of the council's executive team and leads the strategic direction of the membership, program, outdoor education, product sales, properties, outcomes and volunteer services departments and provides direction for the design, development and delivery of council program and membership efforts. Hernandez is also the head for the council strategic learning team.

A professional Girl Scout and volunteer for many years, Hernandez comes to San Antonio from Evansville, Indiana, where she was Director of Membership Services at Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana for five years. Within that time Hernandez oversaw the Girl Scouts of Raintree Council’s Strategic Learning Process where she recruited 25 prominent community members along with council staff to participate in assessing the overall delivery system in the Raintree Council and formulated framework for building strategy and tactical implementations for moving forward. Prior to her work in Indiana, Hernandez was employed as Director of Fund Development at the Girl Scout Council of Greater St. Louis.

"As a dedicated advocate for all girls and young women, it is a privilege to say that I have the opportunity to work for an organization that is the preeminent leadership development program for girls. I have great passion for the Girl Scout movement because it allows girls to have experiences they might not otherwise be able to have." Says Hernandez

Hernandez also has work experience in the field of higher education, having served as Adjunct Professor, Youthful Offender Counselor, and Vice President for Campus Life at Oakland City University where she also served as dean of students and served on the president’s board. While on the president’s board Hernandez helped increase student retention by four percent.  Hernandez professional background also includes several years in the U.S. Army Reserves, for which she served as a 91 Bravo attached to a M.A.S.H. unit in St. Louis, MO, as well as to a Blackhawk Unit at Scott Air Force Base.

Hernandez holds a bachelor's degree in Social Work, as well as a Master of Public Administration and Policy Analysis from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
 
Hernandez is joined in San Antonio with her husband John and thee children, Lily, Zachary and Emily, who is a Girl Scout. 

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Chief Development and
Communications Officer
Stephanie A. Finleon Cortez

Stephanie's Biography

Stephanie Finleon Cortez was named Chief Development and Communications Officer (CDCO) for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas on January 18, 2013, after serving as Chief Communications Officer for the council since January 2010. A Girl Scout for 31 years, Finleon was among the first Daisies to join the organization in 1984.

Finleon Cortez began her career in 2002 as a Membership Manager with Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council in Houston.  Two years later, Finleon Cortez returned to her hometown of San Antonio and began her work in communications. As CDCO, she leads the council's fund development and communications department, to include oversight of individual and major giving, corporate contributions, foundation contributions, government grants and special events. She is also responsible for internal and external communications, to include public relations and advocacy, media relations, marketing, advertising, social media, crisis communications and brand management.

Finleon Cortez uses her personal experience as a “grown-up” Girl Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award recipient to communicate the relevance of an organization that has impacted more than 59 million women nation-wide.

Finleon Cortez devotes her personal time to family and friends, volunteering as treasurer for the San Antonio Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for which she also served as president-elect, president and immediate past president from 2013-2015. She is a proud Red Raider and Roadrunner, with a degree from the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University, as well as a Master in Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She resides in La Vernia, TX with her husband Daniel and son Joey.   

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Chief Financial Officer
Blythe Simonson 

 

Blythe's Biography

Blythe Simonson was named Chief Financial Officer for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas after an extensive search on June 3, 2013.

A certified public accountant with 17 years’ experience in auditing and non-profit fund accounting, Simonson is responsible for the financial and operational management of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, including development of the annual and long-term budget, financial forecasts, organizational development and design, human resources, legal and risk management, as well as analysis and commentary on the financial impact of operational and strategic initiatives of the organization.

Prior to joining Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, Simonson served as controller for The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and Temple Beth-El.

Originally from Clovis, New Mexico, Simonson holds a Master of Science in Accounting and a B.S. in Business Administration from Trinity University. She serves on the finance committee at St. Paul’s Episcopal Montessori School and is an accomplished musician. She and her husband, David, reside near Medina Lake with their children and family pet, Molly.

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Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas Board of Directors

A volunteer board of directors sets strategic direction for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. Board members represent the broad diversity of our council membership and the communities we serve. Members are recommended by a volunteer nominating committee and approved by the council delegates at the annual council meeting. A formal democratic process facilitates communication between the board of directors and the council's membership.

The volunteer board of directors is elected by GSSWT's membership to ensure that the council:

  1. Manages its affairs according to state and federal law,
  2. Complies with Girl Scouts of the USA charter requirements, and
  3. Secures and allocates the resources needed to deliver the Girl Scout program throughout our jurisdiction.

 

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    Board Chair
    Jeannie Frazier

    Certified Public Accountant
    and Chief Financial Officer (Ret.)

  • Jeannie's Biography

    Jeannie Frazier is affiliated with Aventine Hill CFOs, providing temporary CFO services to a variety of clients. Prior to Aventine Hill she was the vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer at Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio. Before joining Texas Biomed late in 2006, she worked in nonprofit healthcare finance for 24 years, primarily for urban teaching facilities. Jeannie has served as the treasurer (2010-2014) and served as chair of the council's finance committee. She also was a member of the bylaws task group and fund development and investment committees for GSSWT. She is active in the San Antonio AFS high school foreign exchange student program. In November 2009, Jeannie received the Health Care Nonprofit 2009 CFO Award from the San Antonio Business Journal. Jeannie earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences and a Master of Science in Engineering Economics, both from Stanford University.

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    1st Vice Chair
    Dr. Gretcha Flinn

    H.E.B., Director, Leadership Development & Performance Solutions

  • Gretcha's Biography

    GRETCHA FLINN, Ph.D., is currently the Director of Organizational Talent and Strategic Initiatives at the H-E-B Corporation.  She has been an internal consultant with USAA (2001 – 2003), Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals (1997 – 2001), and Amoco / British Petroleum as a Director of Instructional Design Consulting and Manager of Houston, Atlanta, and Clear Lake Learning Centers.  She has also worked as an external consultant to Fortune 500 companies (Shell, Exxon and American Express, etc.) and governmental agencies (U.S. State Dept., NASA, the United Nations, World Bank, etc.).  Gretcha earned a Bachelor of Science in Specialty Field: Renewable National Resources / Environmental – Biological Assessments, a Master of Arts in Specialty Field: International Training and Development Support Field: Human Resource Development and her Ph. D. in Specialty Field: International Training and Development Support Field: Human Resource Development, all three from Texas A&M University.

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    2nd Vice Chair

    Mary Henrich

    Attorney at Law

  • Mary's Biography

    Mary Henrich has eighteen years of solo private law practice providing legal counsel primarily in the area of family and juvenile law. She was an associate with Eggers and Greene, a small law firm concentrating primarily in complex corporate and tax matters as well as an investigative attorney for the Supreme Court of Colorado responsible for supervising ethics cases filed against attorneys in the State of Colorado. She is co-chair and founder of Women's Health Council, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of women in San Antonio. She volunteered for five years for President and Mrs. Bush in the First Lady's Correspondence Office, Social Office and White House Tour Office. Mary was also the president for the Junior League of Dallas, a nonprofit volunteer service organization, which returns more than $1 million dollars a year to the community. In addition, she was a fundraising executive for a nonprofit organization where she chaired the Ursuline Academy Ball, which raised $90,000 for scholarships and Art Reach which raised $60,000 for nonprofit art organizations. 

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    Secretary
    Jelynne LeBlanc Burley

    Center for Health Services, Chief Executive Officer

  • Jelynne's Biography

    Jelynne LeBlanc Burley is the President of JLB Group, a consulting firm which specializes in leadership training and talent development, project management, economic development and community advocacy. She is a retired executive from CPS Energy having served the San Antonio community for 34 years. Jelynne has supported numerous organizations through the years as an officer or member of the Board of Directors. This includes the National Forum for Black Public Administrators’, NuStar GP Holdings Inc., and San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE) where she was also Chair. In 2015, she received the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Executive Award for Large Business and was selected one of Texas’ Most Powerful and Influential Women by the Texas Diversity Council. Jelynne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Southern University and a Master of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Trinity University and is a Certified Construction Executive from Texas A&M University.

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    Treasurer
    Annie Uribe Turner

    Wells Fargo, Area Business Banking Manager

  • Annie's Biography

    ANNIE URIBE-TURNER is the Area Manager of Wells Fargo Bank in San Antonio.  She has worked for Wells Fargo for 36 years and currently manages a diverse team of bankers in San Antonio and the Hill Country.  She oversees a significant portfolio of business loans and deposits.  Over the course of her career, she has been focused on helping businesses meet their financial goals and has participated in many small business workshops with a focus on helping businesses grow in San Antonio.  Currently Annie serves on the Incarnate Word Development Board, the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame Board, the Advisory Council of the Boys & Girls Club of the Texas Hill Country and is actively involved as a Corporate Partner with the San Antonio Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).  Previous community service includes past Chair of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Board, the Board of Lead San Antonio, the Executive Committee of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber, the Executive Committee of the So. Texas Business Fund n/k/a Lift Fund, and the Board of Business Careers High School’s Academy of Finance.  Annie is the Executive Sponsor of the Wells Fargo San Antonio Women’s Team Member Network and is a member of the National Business Banking Diversity Council for Wells Fargo.  She is an alumnus of the Leadership Texas Class of 2000, was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015, is recognized as one of the “Who’s Who of San Antonio Women”, and has been featured in SA Women magazine as one of San Antonio’s notable “Women in Banking”.  Annie has a BA in Journalism from Baylor University.  She has been married to her husband Randy for 29 years and they have one daughter, Taryn who is a student at the University of Texas in Austin.  Annie joined Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large from 2016-2017, and is now serving her first term (2017-2019) as a Treasurer.  In addition, Annie is a member of the council’s Finance and Investment committees.

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    Catalina Rocha, Girl Board Chair

    A junior at Robert E. Lee STEM High School, Catalina is a Senior Girl Scout in Troop 660 and has been a Girl Scout for eleven years. She is a part of the Jackson/Nimitz Service Unit.  Catalina has completed her Silver Award, is a part of the GSSWT PR Team and a certified Program Aide.  She has interned at the Texas Diaper Bank for over a year, is a member of her school’s Young Democrat’s Club and Model United Nation’s Club where she holds the position of Secretary of General Outreach.  

Members-at-Large

  • Mary Rose Brown

    Deena Clausen

    Carino Cortez

    Angelica Docog 

    Kelly Faglie

    Ramon Flores

    Monica Gonzalez

    Roger A. Graham

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    Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin 

    Terri Ketterer

    Jessica Mobley 

    Dr. Sarah Nelson-Baray

    Maritza Rodriguez

    Sandy Schlortt 

    Teri Wenglein

     

Ex-Officio Girl Board Members

Catalina Rocha, Girl Board Chair

Kaitlin Gutierrez

Sydney Hileman

Kayla Isbell

Calista Medina

Katie Omeis

Board Development Committee

Board development committee members are elected by GSSWT's membership to recommend candidates for the board of directors and the board development committee. The board development committee presents the following for delegate vote at every annual council meeting:

    1. a single slate of nominees for officers of the council;
    2. a single slate of nominees for directors; and
    3. a single slate of nominees for members of the nominating committee.

Every three years, the board development committee also presents a single slate of regional delegates and regional delegate alternates.

GSSWT accepts potential board member and nominating committee member referrals year-round for a single slate presented at our annual council meeting. We place a high priority on recruiting women and men from diverse geographic and racial/ethnic communities. 

  • Chair
    Angelica Decog
    Institute of Texan Cultures

    Board Member
    Dr. Sarah Nelson-Baray
    Chief Executive Officer

    Board Member
    Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin
    University of Incarnate Word

    Board Member
    Terri Ketterer
    The Capital Group Companies

  • Board Member
    Sandy Schlortt
    Accenture

    Community Member
    Tom Karger
    Valero

    Ex Officio
    Angelina Salinas
    CEO, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas