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Governance

Board of Directors

As a volunteer organization, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland has a volunteer board of directors composed of adult women and men who serve our membership. The combined expertise of these community members provides the leadership to set the direction of the council and establish the policies and bylaws that guide us.

The board development committee is seeking a diverse, highly qualified pool of candidates for a limited number of board and/or board development committee positions. If someone you know has the qualifications, experience, and interest in helping to guide an organization with the goal of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place, please submit a nomination form

The Girl Scout Movement is seeking talented and visionary leaders to serve on the Girl Scouts of Missouri Heartland Board to advance our strategic plan and goals for now-and into the future. If you:

  • Can fulfill our board's fiduciary and legal oversight responsibilities;
  • Have a demonstrated passion for the Girl Scout program;
  • Have time to serve on our board;
  • Are able to meet the board giving requirement; and
  • Are interested in leading GSMH into the future;

Then, we need you! The Board of Directors welcomes your application to serve on the board. If you possess skills that you believe would make you a qualified candidate, please complete a board application

Current Board of Directors

Lindsey Godfrey, Board Chair
Susan Vaughn, 1st Vice Chair
Gregg Bexten, 2nd Vice Chair
Rebecca LaChance, Secretary
Marla Moody, Treasurer

Charlotte Angotti, Member at Large
Emily Biagioni-Paulette, Member at Large
Kristen Bright, Member at Large
Fawna Coons, Member at Large
Mary Daly, Member at Large
Christina Essner, Member at Large
Rachel Fuhrman, Member at Large
JoAnn Graffam, Member at Large
Sarah Justice, Member at Large
Barbara Kuebler, Member at Large
Cathi Manning, Member at Large
Blythe Richardson-Smith, Member at Large
Machelle Smith, Member at Large
Savannah Stepp, Member at Large
Katie Vance, Member at Large
Gary Wood, Member at Large
Cecilia Young, Member at Large

Current Board Development Committee

Laura Klipfel
Jane Paul
Valerie Richardson
Natalee Thornton


Delegates

There are two different types of Girl Scout Delegates: council delegates and national delegates. Council Delegates have the right to vote at the GSMH Annual Business Meeting on items such as electing officers, considering amendments to council bylaws, and key issues affecting the council and Girl Scouts of the USA, and other business appropriate to come before the corporation. National Delegates attend the GSUSA national session which is held every three years to vote on proposals and constitutional changes, be the voice for GSMH membership, help set the strategic direction, and help establish requirements for credentials. If you have any questions, email Executive Assistant Missy Cravens or call 877-312-4764.

Membership Year Delegate Timeline

First of October: Release constituency delegate numbers and send out delegate selection form.

First week of October: Start delegate selection process at the service unit level. Delegates may be selected by service team or by service unit vote.

Mid-December: Deadline for turning in delegate elect information. All council delegate information must be delivered to the board secretary no later than 45 days prior to annual meeting.

December-February: Online Delegate Training. All delegates must have completed delegate training by March 1.

Mid-February: Delegate Annual Meeting Packets mailed to delegates elect.

February-March: Delegates relay governance information to constituency and get feedback from constituency.

March: Annual Meeting–Standing delegates terms end, delegates-elect term begins.

Delegate Resources

Our board of directors appreciates your feedback, email questions, concerns, or comments.

Current GSMH National Delegates

Kay Gates, Volunteer
Lindsey Godfrey, Board Chair
Kiane Killion, Volunteer
Rebecca LaChance, Board Member
Hailey Logan, Girl Scout
Erin Mitchell, Volunteer
Taryn Plosser, Girl Scout
Michele Sisson-White, Volunteer
Melody Hutchison, Outdoor Program Specialist (Alternate)
Anne Soots, CEO (Alternate)

Annual Meeting Notice

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s Annual Business Meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 21 has been postponed due to COVID-19. We are exploring alternative dates to best suit our membership and business needs. We will keep you updated as decisions are made.


Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is committed to investing in girls as they develop courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place. GSMH has consistently allocated 85% or more of our resources to fund Girl Scout programming. To better inform our members and the public about our financial position, we are providing our most recent financial audit and Form 990 Tax Return.