Board of Directors


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:

  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.





Chair, Jackie L. Gorman
Jackie L. Gorman is the Executive Director for SAGE (San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside), a nonprofit that serves as the growth engine for San Antonio’s Eastside. Prior to joining SAGE, she was the owner of Ivy Consulting and a senior partner with Allen Austin Executive Search Consultants, where she was the non-profit, government and higher education practice leader. Read more...



Chair Elect, Jan King
Jan King formed the law firm of King & Sommer, LLP in 2008. Her practice focuses on corporate and business transactions representing mid-sized and small businesses, including non-profit organizations, health care providers and women-owned and minority-owned businesses. Read more...




1st Vice Chair, Development, Mary Henrich
Mary Henrich joined the board as a Member-at-Large in May of 2010 and was appointed in June of 2010 to 1st Vice Chair of Development to fill a one-year unexpired term. Mary has eighteen years of solo private practice of law providing legal counsel primarily in the area of family and juvenile law. Read more...



Treasurer, Jeannie Frazier
Jeannie Fraizer is the Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio, Texas. Her responsibilities include all accounting functions, treasury, payroll, finance IT, purchasing, human resources, and environmental health and safety. Prior to joining SFBR late in 2006, she worked in non-profit healthcare finance for 24 years, primarily for urban teaching facilities. Read more...



Secretary, William T. "Bill" Avila
Bill Avila is an attorney in the San Antonio office of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., a full service the international law firm which serves the needs of businesses, governments, non-profit organizations and individual clients around the world, and one of the largest law firms in the United States with more than 850 lawyers, over 75 integrated practice areas, and 17 offices world-wide, with international locations in Beijing, London, Munich, Hong Kong, Dubai and Riyadh. Bill has more than 30 years of experience in the practice of law in Texas. Read more...


Executive Team

Interim Chief Executive Officer, Jody Shaw Hernandez

Chief Development & Communications Officer, Stephanie A. Finleon

Chief Financial Officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Interim Chief Operating Officer, Lisa Garcia



Cece Cheever Jennifer Moriarty
Deena Clausen Courtney Peña
  Linda Ramón 
Trish DeBerry Jaren Shaw
Leah DeLaGarza Lisa Uribe, Ph.D.
Luis De La Garza Bob Waller
Debra Dunn Russell Warren
Kathleen Krueger Charles "Marty" Wender
Carla Mancha Charlotte Youngquist
Marisa Martinez Palmer  


Ex Officio Girl Board Members

Girl Board Chair, Danielle Gutierrez

Madison A. (Pink GO Team)

Rachel B. (Yellow GO Team)
Yanitza C. (Yellow GO Team)
Emily D. (Pink GO Team)
Emily O. (Orange GO Team)
Hannah R. (Orange 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:

  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 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.

Our Partners

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Girl Scout Mission

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

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Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try:
to serve God and my country,
to help people at all times,
and to live by the Girl Scout Law

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Our Locations

Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center
811 N. Coker Loop
San Antonio, Texas 78216
Tel: 210-349-2404


West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center
5622 Cesar Chavez Way
San Antonio, TX 78237
Tel: 210-319-5775