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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

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.


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. 


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.   


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.


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.
  • Board Chair
    Dr. Gretcha Flinn

    Director of Enterprise Organizational Development, Whataburger Headquarters

  • Gretcha's Biography

    GRETCHA FLINN, Ph.D., is currently the Director of Enterprise Organizational Development at Whataburger Headquarters and was previously 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.

  • 1st Vice Chair
    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.

  • 2nd Vice Chair
    Carrie Gray

    Burnam | Gray, Co-Founder/Principal

  • Carrie's Biography

    Carrie Gray brings 27 years of progressive experience in the areas of resource development, strategy, budgeting, organizational development, community partnerships, communications and creating highly effective teams. Carrie has led teams ranging from two people to a 28-person division focused on resource development, donor services, marketing & communications, advocacy and volunteer services. She has implemented a $25 million multi-faceted campaign for an organization with an annual operating budget of $35 million and has created communications plans that are inclusive of the varying roles needed to carry out such a plan. Prior to co-founding Burnam | Gray, Carrie was the Vice President of Development and Donor Services at the San Antonio Area Foundation where she was responsible for leading a team of 10 professionals focused on the engagement of donors, fund development and communications. She created the initial communications plan for the planned gift of John L. Santikos and instituted a myriad of communication strategies for conveying the Santikos message to a variety of constituent groups working through the initial transition. Carrie has her B.S. in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. She is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega National Fraternity as a Women & Wisdom Member, she serves on the the Academy of Creative Education Advisory Board and the Bush Middle School PTA and is a Lifetime and Gold Award Girl Scout. 

  • Secretary
    Jessica Mobley

    USAA, Vice President of Bank Risk and Control Management

  • Jessica's Biography

    Jessica Mobley has over 20 years of financial and corporate tax experience and 15 plus years operational experience. She began her career with Ernst & Young in 1987 where she performed financial and tax planning for a diverse clientele including financial institutions, investment companies and real estate developers. Since joining USAA in 1994 she has held several leadership positions in Corporate Finance, CAPCO, Investment Management Co, FASG and Audit Services, and she is currently serving as Vice President, Bank Business Controls. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from St. Mary’s University where she graduated with honors. She is a certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI). 

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    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.


  • Cariño Cortez

    Monica Moore-Gonzalez

    Roger A. Graham

    Teri Grubb

    Gwendolyn Wilber Jaramillo

    Lee Anne Keim

    Terri Ketterer

    Wendy Kowalik

  • Lori Johnson Leal

    Dr. Sarah Baray

    Brian Oley

    Erika Prosper

    Lea Ream

    Maritza Rodriguez

    Jay Uribe

    Dr. Sandi Wolff


Ex Officio Girl Board Members

  • Kayla Isbell, Girl Board Chair

    Monica Cruz

    Julianna Gutierrez

    Krishi Kothari

    Caroline Medina

    Claire Mueller

    Symantha Noel

  • Emily Regner

    Isabel Salinas

    Smruthi Shashidhar

    Alisha Siddiqui

    Grace Simonson

    Cassandra Van Alstyne



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. 

  • Board Member
    Lea Ream
    Davidson Troilo Ream & Garza

    Board Member
    Dr. Sarah Baray
    Chief Executive Officer

    Board Member
    Roger A. Graham  
    UBS Financial Services

    Board Member
    Lori Johnson Leal
    CPS Energy

    Committee Chair
    Gwendolyn Wilber Jaramillo
    Foley Hoag, LLP

  • Community Member
    Sam Caballero
    CCC Group

    Community Member
    Katrina Hamrick
    Attorney at Law

    Community Member
    Jan King
    King & Sommer, PLLC

    Community Member 
    Michelle Martinez
    M. Martinez Communications

    Ex Officio
    Angela Salinas
    CEO, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas