Board of Director Officers
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 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:
- manages its affairs according to state and federal law,
- complies with Girl Scouts of the USA charter requirements, and
- secures and allocates the resources needed to deliver the Girl Scout program throughout our jurisdiction.
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. Read more...
1st Vice Chair, Kelly Faglie
Honorary Cookie Entrepreneur Officer (CEO). Kelly is a graduate of Knippa High School and earned an Associate's degree at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde. Prior to owning her own company, Kelly was host of "The Morning Show with Kelly". Through her work at the radio station, she became involved in the community and has served as president for the Uvalde area Chamber of Commerce. Kelly has been active with Relay for Life, Humane Society of Uvalde, Uvalde Area Development Foundation, Uvalde 1st, Rotary Club, Texas Agri-Women, City of Uvalde planning and zoning committee and the City Strategic Planning Board (a mayor-appointed position). In 2013, she was named Uvalde's Volunteer of the Year. Kelly has two children. Her daughter is married, lives in San Antonio and is an oncology nurse. Her son studies graphic art design at Texas State University. She was elected to serve as member at large for 2014-2016. Read more...
|2nd Vice Chair, Mary Henrich
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. Mary has served as 1st vice chair of fund development from 2011-2012 and is now filling an unexpired term from 2013-2015 as 2nd vice chair. Read more...
Secretary, William T. "Bill" Avila
Bill Avila has been a member of the board since 2007 and has served on the Board Development Committee (2009-2010), Executive Committee (2008-2009 and 2011-2012), Finance Committee (2007-2009) and Investment Committee (2011-2012) for GSSWT. He was a member of the Nominating Committee from 2005-2007. Bill is a Partner in the San Antonio office of the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP.Read more...
Interim Chief Executive Officer, Jody Shaw Hernandez
Chief Development & Communications Officer, Stephanie A. Finleon
Interim Chief Operating Officer, Lisa Garcia
Ex Officio Girl Board Members
Girl Board Chair, Irini Tsounakas
Hayley Drozdick (Blue GO Team)
Sophia Solomon (Orange GO Team)
Alyssa Pena (Pink GO Team)
Joanne Rios (Pink GO Team)
Dayna Greene (Purple GO Team)
Rebekah Seal (Purple GO Team)
Amanda Gutierrez (Yellow GO Team)
Ashley Wright (Yellow GO Team)
Girls Have a Voice on the Board of Directors
In 2003, a proposal was approved to have one teen Girl Scout from each association on the board, rather than just one Senior Girl Scout. This provided a stronger voice for girls to be heard by the board. As ex officio (non-voting) members, the girls attend four board meetings -- held on Saturdays -- providing valuable input on many issues. In 2004, the first six girls were voted on to the board of directors. As we celebrate five years of having girls on the board we wish to thank the girls for their service on the board in 2011-2012:
- Sunrise Association, Lauren B., first-ever Girl Board Chair
- Bluebonnet Association, Danielle G.
- Flight of the Mariposa Association, Alexia P.
- Key to the Hills Association, Madison
- Missions Trail Association, Sara K.
- Star Gazers Association, Augusta F.
- Wild, Wild Northwest Association, Hope P.
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 meeting:
- a single slate of nominees for officers of the council;
- a single slate of nominees for directors; and
- a single slate of nominees for members of the nominating committee.
Every three years, the board development committee also presents a single slate of national delegates and national alternate delegates.
GSSWT accepts potential board member and nominating committee member referrals year-round for a single slate presented at our annual meeting. We place a high priority on recruiting women and men from diverse geographic and racial/ethnic communities.