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GSWCF Board of Directors


Executive Committee

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Laura Webb, President, 2021-2023
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Laura Webb is a native Floridian and grew up as a Girl Scout on the east coast.  She now lives in Tampa, where she is the owner and President of Webb Insurance Group with locations in South Tampa and Hudson.  She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Special Education from Florida State University and worked as a teacher in Pasco County.  Laura was previously First Vice President of the Board of Directors, chair of the Board Development Committee and Fund Development Committee and has served on the Dessert First committee.  Laura is a member of the Tampa chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and Leadership Tampa Bay - Class of 2016.  Her community involvement also includes the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the Tampa Bay Seminole Club.  She is proud to have recently obtained her pilot’s license for single engine airplanes.

Abby Mackness, First Vice President, 2021-2023
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Abby Mackness is CEO of Mackness and Poore Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in program management and business and proposal development. Abby moved to Florida from Washington D.C. where she was Senior Director for Federal Programs for MorphoTrust USA, a world leader in biometrics and identity management.  She also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC).  Abby currently serves on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF) as the Second Vice President.

Abby has a rich Girl Scouting background- in addition to serving on the GSWCF Board of Directors; Abby is currently serving as the Chair of the Fund Development Committee, has been a member of the Board Development Committee and has actively participated in strategic planning for our Council.  She has also been a former troop leader, a member of the Women’s Advisory Board, which mentors Girl Scouts going for the Gold, and a cookie mom.  Abby has 4 children (3 girls and 1 boy) – all former Scouts- and one adorable Girl Scout Cadette granddaughter- Genevieve!

Monica McLaughlin, Second Vice President, 2021-2023
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Monica McLaughlin is the lead of the media buying and operations team at Bluewater since 2015, brands such as SodaStream, Trivago, AAG, Zaxby’s, Credit Karma and Empire Today have benefited from millions of dollars in media savings because of Monica’s strategic planning and leadership.  The collaboration of left and right brain thinking give Monica the edge to not only negotiate with the toughest TV networks for over 15 years, but also positively shape the lives of over 300 girls and leaders in the Girl Scout Community.

As a lifetime member of Girl Scouts, Monica has served as a troop leader, service team member and encampment director.  She has coordinated many successful events that bring girls, leaders, and the community together.  These events include Leader-Daughter camp, camp clean up days, bridging events, badge in a day, journey in a day and cupcake wars. Monica also mentored her troop while they worked and earned their Bronze Award and have now started their Silver Award project.

Monica is very passionate about the local Girl Scout camps and development of outdoor skills. Her troop has been to each of GSWCFs camps and is currently working with her girls to develop their hiking, backpacking and primitive camping skills. Her love of camp lead to her becoming the encampment director for Whispering Pines where her experience with budgeting, planning and managing large teams created memorable weekends for over 200 girls, increasing participation year over year.  She not only directs encampments but also engages the girls while creating wizard wands, chocolate treats, building campfires or even leading a dance off. 

Monica embraces the Girl Scout mission and continues to inspire and empower not only girls but also leaders within the Whispering Pines Service Unit.  She is dedicated to encouraging girls and leaders to step outside their comfort zone, reach their goals and experience all that Girl Scouts has to offer.

Cami Gibertini, Third Vice President, 2021-2023
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Cami Gibertini has more than 30 years of retail banking experience in various senior leadership roles within a few institutions in the Tampa Bay market.

Currently, Cami is the Vice President, Business Center Manager II at Hancock Whitney Bank. She is responsible for the overseeing the sales and service activities of the Tampa Retail branches as well as generating and originating Business Banking lending opportunities to grow market share in the Tampa Bay market.

She was the founder of the “Women Entrepreneurs” later re-named “Women in Business” program at Valley Bank and managed the program in the 4 states as the a the National Director.

Cami holds prestigious banking certifications from the ABA’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania with a Wharton Business School Certificate of Achievement.  She also graduated from the FBA’s Florida School of Banking at the University of Florida, BAI’s Graduate School of Retail Banking at the University of Wisconsin- Madison and RMA’s Commercial Lending School at the University of Central Florida.  She recently completed a Rutgers Executive Leadership program with Valley’s “Leaders In Action”.

Cami is a proud member of the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida.  She also serves as on Advisory Council for the Centre for Women and is the past President and Treasurer of ECHO (Emergency Care Help Organization).  She served at the Chairwoman for the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce in 2016.  She was Brandon’s Honorary Mayor 2011-2012 and is a proud graduate of the Leadership Brandon (Class of 2000), Leadership Tampa (Class of 2004) and Leadership Tampa Bay (Class of 2015).  Cami also served on the Campo Family YMCA Board of Directors, was a member of the Brandon 86 Rotary Club and member of Brandon Kiwanis. 

Cami and her husband Scott live in Tampa and are the proud parents of two grown children: Haley and Ryan.  In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, is an avid fitness buff, loves to read historical fiction, enjoys fine dining, covets time with her girl-tribe and she and Scott love to travel. 

Kelly Flannery, Secretary, 2021-2023
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Kelly Flannery is the president and chief executive officer of the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce.  She works with business owners and community leaders each day to make South Tampa the best place to live, work and play. Kelly is a graduate of The Florida State University with a B.S. in Political Science.

A Tampa native, Kelly is actively involved in the community as a member of the Community Support Council for MacDill Air Force Base, is the Vice Chair of the Tampa Bay Air Fest, and currently serves as the Honorary Commander for the 6th Air Refueling Wing. Kelly serves on the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida and the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals.

Kelly is a Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts and has served on the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida Board of Directors since 2015. During her tenure, she has served as Secretary, and has been a part of the Board Development, Camp CEO and Strategic Planning Committees.

Kelly is a two-time honoree for Businesswoman of the Year (Under 40 and Economic Development), a two-time honoree for Business of Pride (Ally and Community Enhancement), the Tampa Bay Business & Professional Women Foundation’s “Woman of the Year,” and has been included in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Power 100, a guide of the Tampa Bay area’s most influential business leaders.

Kelly is a resident of South Tampa, with her husband Jim and son James, who enjoy travel, exploring the local community, and spending time with their rescue dog, Zoey.

Gwin Londrigan, Treasurer, 2021-2023
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Gwin Londrigan is a Lifetime Member, GSWCF National Delegate and current Board Treasurer.  She has served as Chair of the Finance and Board Development Committees, as well as a Member-At-Large.  Gwin is a Girl Scouts of West Central Florida Woman of Distinction.

Additionally, she was previously an operational volunteer with our Travel Pathway.  She is a member and past president of the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin, past president and a current board member of Random Acts of Flowers - Tampa Bay, a former board member of the Association of Junior Leagues International in New York, former board member and recruitment chair for Leadership Pinellas, and a former board member of the Dunedin Fine Art Center and the Clearwater Library Foundation.  In 2010, Publix Super Markets recognized Gwin for her philanthropy with the Mr. George Community Service Award. Gwin is currently the Manager of Customer Care and Social Media Analysis with Publix Super Markets, Inc.  Before this position, she spent 13 years supporting the Retail Operations Group as a Senior Business Consultant with Publix.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Multinational Business Operations from Florida State University, and her MBA from Louisiana State University, Shreveport.

 

Girl Board Members

Fatima A. K., Girl Board Member, 2022-2023

Fatima A. K. is a third year Cadette in the Sunset Scouts Service Unit and has been a Girl Scout for 9 years.  She is currently working on her Silver Award. Fatima attends Pasco Middle School and is in the Cambridge program.  She is the Vice President of FFA, a group leader in NJHS, and on the student council. She enjoys doing school sports such as shotput and basketball. Fatima serves on the CEO Girl Advisory Board, Media Girls, and is a Girl Delegate for Region F. She was the youngest student to be the NJHS (National Junior Honor Society) president for her school and was a team manager for the basketball team in 6th grade. Her favorite color is green. Fatima knows English, and is learning Spanish and Arabic too. Last year, she took a couple American Sign Language classes as well. She loves learning about new languages and cultures. Fatima enjoys volunteering at Feeding Tampa Bay and helping the younger troops. Her favorite activities in Girl Scouts are horseback riding, meeting new friends, and making memories. She cannot wait to be the next Girl Board of Director and National Delegate Member.

Lucille "Lucy" L., Girl Board Member, 2022-2023

Lucille (Lucy) L. has been a Girl Scout in the Hoxie community for 12 years and is currently an Ambassador. She has served as a service unit delegate for the last 2 years and enjoys volunteering at the service unit events. She enjoys planning and running the service unit encampments where she likes to teach the younger girls the importance of being part of Girl Scouts. She is currently a Junior attending Pinellas Park High School’s First Responder program.  Lucy is the President of the Drama Club at her high school and helps to organize the countywide competitions for theater. One of her passions is history and she is currently volunteering at the Holocaust museum to help teach others about this period in history.  


Members at Large

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Courtney Bilyeu, Member at Large, 2022-2024
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Courtney Bilyeu was born into a Navy family in Monterey, California. She attended high school at Copenhagen International School in Denmark, received a bachelor’s in Mass Communications from James Madison University, and is an alumna of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. She and her husband Allan, a retired Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel, have called Tampa home since 2012.

Courtney has decades of diverse work and volunteer experience. Her positive can-do attitude is contagious and motivates people when tasks can be overwhelming. She has worked as a Defense Contractor since graduating from college in 1999.

Courtney joined The Junior League of Tampa in 2013 and has held a variety of roles on Leadership Council, Management Council, and the Executive Board including Social Chair, Communications Manager, Fund Development Manager, and Secretary. This year, Courtney led the League's largest fundraiser with the help of the League's biggest committee. With over 50 women on the HGM Team, Courtney helped put on the annual event, which attracts 20,000 shoppers and brings in essential revenue for the League's community work.

Courtney is currently serving as the Tampa Co-Chair of the Green Beret Foundation. She has served on the MacDill Spouses’ Club Board for several years in addition to her leadership roles with The Junior League of Tampa.

Courtney and her husband Allan are members of The Sacred Heart congregation and enjoy traveling and volunteering.

Michelle Christie, Member at Large, 2022-2024
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Michelle Christie is originally from New Jersey. Michelle moved to Florida where she studied Health Sciences and Public Health at the University of South Florida and continues to serve and lead in the community by sharing the message of overall health. She has focused her efforts on health and education program development and coordination coupled with grant writing for local initiatives with her most recent grant securing $500,000. Her experience with fundraising includes work with federal, nonprofit and for profit entities such as Department of Health, Department of Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control, clinics/outpatient centers, financial institutions and more. She also reviews grants for local organizations like United Way Suncoast and Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute as an ambassador. Whether building community gardens or partnerships, Michelle continues to design, develop, and manage content for organizations across the state and increasing health awareness nationwide.

After nearly a decade of training leaders in the implementation of physical, nutrition and mental health programs, for youth and adults, Michelle has transitioned to the finance industry as a Relationship Manager with Regions Bank. Currently, she works with consumer and commercial bankers in West Florida from the panhandle to the Gold Coast to support clients and customers along their journey to financial wellness. In the last year, Michelle has served as a leader in her community as Vice Chair of Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay. This is a young professional development group with the Tampa Bay Chamber. She also serves on the advisory board for St. Petersburg College, Financial Literacy Chair for the board of Project Prosper, helping immigrants and refugees, as well as the board of USF Black Alumni Society for Marketing and Communications with her alma mater. She enjoys mentoring her six high school, college and graduate students and helping others set personal and professional goals. Her passion for sharing knowledge, talents and time and empowering and connecting leaders are just a few of the ways she supports her community.

Deirdre Dixon, Member at Large, 2021-2023
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Deirdre Dixon believes that leaders can always continue to develop. After 20 years as an Army officer with combat experience, she decided to apply her knowledge and practical leadership to teaching and designing leadership programs. Dr. Dixon is currently an Associate Professor of Management and Associate Director of the Center for Leadership at the University of Tampa. Deirdre earned her engineering degree from West Point, MBA from Duke University, and her management PhD from Case Western Reserve University.  Her area of research interest is in extremis leadership, when the leader’s life is in danger, looking at resiliency and military, police, and firefighters. She is a graduate of Leadership Tampa, Class of 2005, and serves on several non-profit boards such as the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida and the Tampa Theater. She also serves as a National Director on the West Point Association of Graduates Board.

Lynn Jackson Dorman, Member at Large, 2021-2023
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Lynn Jackson Dorman thrived as a Junior and Cadette Girl Scout in a small parent-led troop in Baltimore Maryland in the 1970s.  By 1988, she traded her Girl Scout uniform for a US Army uniform and spent the vast amount of her adult life as a military officer until her retirement in 2015.   In 1988, Lynn joined the US Army and served for 27 years retiring as a Colonel.

Professionally, Lynn has served as Executive Officer to the Director for Human Relations Policy for the US Army, Director of Personnel, Director of Diversity, and Director of Compliance.  In her last role as Assistant Chief of Staff for US Army Pacific Command, she led a mentoring and support initiative providing professional development and networking to all Department of Defense women serving in the Pacific Rim.  Lynn is a leader who spent her first career managing, directing and leading change in three distinct areas: diversity program management and leadership, human resource management with a focus in human relations program development, and compliance management fields such as operations, cyber security, and human resource management. 

Lynn’s second career is focused on giving back in a different way.  Currently, Lynn works as a Licensed Mental Health Therapist in Tampa working with those struggling with addiction, grief, marital problems, and issues of adjustment.  Today she works in a local practice focusing on mental health treatment for the city’s ex-offender population.  At the same time, she is working to build her own private practice in St. Pete.  Lynn has a Master of Counseling Psychology degree from Chaminade University of Honolulu, a Master of Education degree with a concentration in Higher Education Leadership and Supervision from Loyola University, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Notre Dame University of Maryland. 

Lynn has a profound interest in the mission of women’s service and charitable organizations.  She serves as a member of the vestry at St Andrews Episcopal Church leading the Helping Hands ministry.  She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.  She is a member of the Pierians Inc., a club of women arts enthusiasts, and serves as the President of the national organization’s foundation, which raises and donates money to underserved, minority children who demonstrate talent and interest in the arts.

She and her husband, Edward Dorman, live in South Tampa, FL

Michelene Everett, Member at Large, 2021-2023
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Michelene Everett, CMP DES is the Founder and Creative Director of Hyde Park Event Design, an event management company based in Tampa Bay.  Her events are designed to ensure that attendees will bring their experiences home with them through interaction and immersion.  As a Corporate Event Professional, Michelene has extensive meeting planning experience from large trade shows and conferences to executive committee meetings.  Her industry experience spans pharmaceutical, medical device, software technology, and non-profit sectors.  She is a graduate of the International School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  As an event expert, she currently serves on the Board of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), which is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide.  As the director of strategic alliance, she works with suppliers and event planners throughout Tampa Bay to help them achieve their business goals by sharing strengths and resources.  She also serves as the newest board member for Tampa Bay Business for Culture and the Arts (TBBCA).

Michelene has served and will continue to serve her community through action.  She has served as President of The Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association and is currently an active committee member for the St. Pete Arts Alliance Shine Mural Festival, HK Partnership, and Academy Prep (EOD) committees.

Michelene is a native New Yorker but is proud to call St. Petersburg her home where she resides with her husband, Dr. Farhan Malik.

Dr. Sue Ryan Goodman, Member at Large, 2022-2024
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Dr. Sue Ryan Goodman completed her DBA at University of South Florida in 2021, with her dissertation “Understanding Nonprofit Boards: An Exploratory Study of Governance Practices of Regional Nonprofits”.   She retired in 2013 after a 24-year career in the investment industry and has since worked with non-profits.  She has an MBA from Rutgers University and a BS in Accounting from Marquette University.  Goodman is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Public Accountant.  She is a Lifetime Girl Scout and has served on the Finance Committee of Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, since she moved to Florida in early 2018.  From 2012-2018, she was a board member of the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, where she also served on the Finance Committee for 10 years and was chair of the Audit Committee.  In 2008, she was a GSUSA National Council delegate and, in 2017, was awarded the Thanks Badge, the highest adult award in Girl Scouting.   She camped at the Rockwood Girl Scout National Center as a girl and at the Edith Macy Conference Center as an adult and visited Pax Lodge in London with her daughter in 2008.  Her daughter is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, and her husband and son are both Eagle Scouts.   

Tracy Holt, Member at Large, 2022-2024
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Tracy Holt is a Vice President Market Leader with Pilot, a part of LMCU, specializing in helping others achieve financial stability. Tracy is no stranger to the financial industry. She has spent the past 30+ years working in the banking system in both New York and Florida. She currently manages the operations and community relations for the West Chase Banking Center. Tracy has held various leadership positions throughout her career, including AVP of Operations and VP of a Banking Center. Tracy holds a BS in Business Management from Medaille College, located in Buffalo, NY. 

Tracy believes that we all have a gift and obligation to give our time and talents. She has worked with Meals on Wheels, Children's Museum Art Spot, and Metropolitan Ministries. She served on the Executive Board of the Greater Temple Terrace Chamber, where she chaired the City of Temple Terrace Parade. She also served as Treasurer for Gamma Theta Omega Foundation, an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Gamma Theta Omega Chapter and Leadership Tampa Bay Alumna. Tracy continues to volunteer her time working with USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy and Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, Camp CEO program.

Grace Maseda, Member at Large, 2022-2024
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Grace Maseda is Vice President of Marketing with Helios Education Foundation, oversees the development and implementation of branding and communication strategies that further the foundation’s mission of enriching the lives of individuals by creating opportunities for success in postsecondary education.

Prior to Helios Education Foundation, Ms. Maseda was employed by Hillsborough County Public Schools where she led various marketing initiatives including the implementation of Edsby, the district’s parent communication platform. Additionally, Ms. Maseda enjoyed a tenured career at the Tampa Bay Times were she held advertising, marketing, and community relations roles.

Ms. Maseda has held numerous leadership positions including chair of the board of trustees for SERVE, Volunteers in Education, chairperson of the City of Tampa Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Council, and chairperson of the board of directors for KidCity.  Ms. Maseda is currently a member of the leadership council of LEAP, Tampa Bay's College Access Network, and serves as co-chair of the network's communications committee.  She has recently completed her second term on the GSWCF Board of Directors.

Ms. Maseda holds the designation of APR, Accredited in Public Relations, from the Public Relations Society of America, is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and also completed graduate studies at the University of South Florida obtaining a Master’s of Science in Management.

Renee Murch, Member at Large, 2022-2024
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Renee Murch is a native Floridian and grew up as a Girl Scout in St. Petersburg.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida. After beginning her career in Gainesville with the Florida Department of Transportation for three years, she returned to the Tampa Bay area to be near family. She currently serves as the Florida Water Resources Operations Manager for INTERA Incorporated, where she focuses on the development and calibration of hydrologic, hydraulic, and statistical models, which ensure the sustainability of Florida’s water resources.

Renee and her husband live in Land O’ Lakes. She has served as a Girl Scout leader in Angel Echo service unit since 2008 and has twice served as an area delegate for GSWCF. She contributed her engineering expertise serving on Council’s Long Range Properties Task Force and later the Properties Committee.  She has a passion for working with youth, particularly helping them develop interests in STEM, whether it be through tutoring or by creating STEM activities or experiences for her Girl Scout troop. Renee is a member of the American Water Resources Association and St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Trinity.  

Stephen Ponzillo, Member at Large, 2021-2023
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Stephen Ponzillo is an Assistant Vice President & Community Relations Officer with Regions Financial Corporation.  Anchored by Regions’ mission to make life better, Stephen is privileged to build partnerships with nonprofit organizations across West, Central and South Florida – which allow the bank and its associates to focus their time, talents and financial resources toward causes that empower people through education, financial wellness and inclusive economic growth. 

Prior to joining Regions, Stephen served for 17 years as a leader within high-performing nonprofit organizations in Tampa Bay, as well as in Northern Indiana and Washington, D.C. This included two years of post-graduate service as an AmeriCorps member in both south St. Petersburg and the nation’s capital.   He holds a Bachelor of Arts, as well as a Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) from the University of Notre Dame. 

A passionate advocate committed to helping children and families overcome obstacles to success, Stephen is honored to champion the next generation of change-makers as a member of our board.  He lives in Hillsborough County with his amazing wife and their precocious daughter Caroline, a proud member of Daisy Troop 1843.   

Marion Rich, Member at Large, 2021-2023
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Marion Rich has been a resident of Pinellas County, Florida for 33 years.  She grew up in Massillon, Ohio and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communication Arts and Film Studies.

Marion was a Professor of Communications at St. Petersburg College for 10 years.  She began her community volunteer work in 1990 with the Junior League of Clearwater Dunedin.  Her training through the Junior League led her into the next 30 years of volunteer leadership in the Tampa Bay region.  Marion has served in leadership positions on several nonprofit boards including: 211 Tampa Bay Cares (14 years/past board chairman), Morton Plant Mease Heath Care Foundation (immediate past Board chair), the Junior League of Clearwater Dunedin (past president), Film Foundation of Tampa Bay (founder and past chair), the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, and Ruth Eckerd Performing Arts Center.

Outside of the Tampa Bay region, Marion currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Lincoln Center Film in New York City, and the national Board of Trustees of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation.

Marion was the leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout troop for 12 years.  The troop spent five years producing a documentary about famous women who were Girl Scouts across the country. Marion continued her involvement with GSWCF by serving on the Board Development Committee, chairing the council’s 100th Anniversary Celebration, chairing Women of Distinction for three years, and serving as Second Vice President on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Fund Development Committee. In 2002, the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida recognized Marion as a Woman of Distinction; the same year she received the Greater Clearwater Chamber of Commerce Ms. Clearwater Award. In 2017, she was inducted into the GSWCF Women of Distinction Hall of Fame, and in 2018, she was the Women of Distinction Presenting Sponsor.

Yvette Segura, Member at Large, 2022-2024
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Yvette Segura is a community leader with more than 37 years of experience in the Financial Services industry. Yvette is the immediate past Chairwoman for the Tampa Bay Chamber, serving as chair in 2021. She recently retired from USAA after 33 years of leadership and most recently as the Regional Vice President in Tampa. In that role, Yvette was the senior officer for USAA in Tampa, Florida serving as the representative to regional civic, industry and military organizations.

Yvette was recognized by Florida Trend’s Florida 500 - Florida’s Most Influential Business Leaders in 2020 and 2021 and The Tampa Bay Business Journal Power 100 in 2020 and 2021.

Yvette has served the community in a multitude of roles providing her leadership experience to several organizations including the Tampa Bay Economic Development Corporation, the Tampa Bay Partnership and the University of Tampa, Board of Trustees. She remains active in the community by serving on the University of South Florida, Muma College of Business Executive Advisory Council, Feeding Tampa Bay’s capital campaign committee and the Stageworks Theatre advisory council. She also proudly serves on the One Tampa Foundation executive board of directors, selected by the Mayor, of the City of Tampa.

In addition to these roles, Yvette is active with the military community. She served two terms as an Honorary Commander at MacDill AFB. During this time, she attended the prestigious Air War College and was identified to represent the Tampa Bay Community as a civic leader to the Air Mobility Command. Yvette is a member of the MacDill civic leader council. She is an active volunteer in the community sharing her time and experience with college students and young professionals in the community.

Yvette has worked in the insurance industry since 1984. Throughout that time, she held a variety of leadership positions to include the Vice President of Claims international and domestic operations. Yvette holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Business Administration. She has attained the CPCU and CCLA designations. She has attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s insurance risk management program.

Yvette and her husband, Randal Collette, enjoy boating around the Tampa Bay Area and traveling as often as possible.

Keith Smith, Member at Large, 2022-2024
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Keith Smith is a shareholder in Gray Robinson’s Lakeland office. Keith concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate law, estate planning, the representation of lenders and financial institutions and utilities law. Keith commenced the practice of law in Florida at Citigroup Inc., in Tampa, Florida, where he served as a Senior Attorney and Vice President. At Citigroup, Keith provided legal support for a variety of transactions in the areas of real estate, technology, e-commerce and shared services. After returning to private practice as a shareholder of a Central Florida law firm, Keith continued to practice in the areas of banking and finance, real estate and corporate law. Keith has since expanded his practice to include estate planning, business succession planning and wealth preservation planning for business owners and individuals. As a part of his corporate practice, Keith acts as outside general counsel to multiple businesses, including Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative Inc., one of the largest rural electric cooperative utilities in the nation.

Lavinia "Vinnie" Vaughn, Member at Large, 2021-2023
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Lavinia “Vinnie” Vaughn has been a Girl Scout volunteer for many years, serving Girl Scouts of Suncoast Council and Girl Scouts of West Central Florida as a troop leader, consultant, and cookie program organizer for the Smiling Sisters Community.  She has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2012 and is currently the First Vice President. Vinnie chaired the Long Range Program and Properties Task Force, who completed an assessment of all of our property assets and recommended a long-term plan for enhancement to meet current and future programming needs.  She serves on the council’s Properties Committee and has been invaluable to property transactions, providing legal and practical advice to council and the committee.

Vinnie lives in Tampa and works at Carlton Fields, P.A. as an attorney and shareholder specializing in commercial real estate, finance and business law.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Spanish from Montclair State University, a Master of Arts in French from the University of Richmond, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond.


Board Development Committee

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The Board Development Committee (BDC) is responsible for partnering with the board to build a high performing board that is as effective as it can be.  The committee recruits and slates nominees for council leadership and works closely with the board to ensure board orientation, ongoing education and assessment.

Courtney Bilyeu, Board Development Committee Member at Large, 2022-2025
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Courtney Bilyeu was born into a Navy family in Monterey, California. She attended high school at Copenhagen International School in Denmark, received a bachelor’s in Mass Communications from James Madison University, and is an alumna of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. She and her husband Allan, a retired Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel, have called Tampa home since 2012.

Courtney has decades of diverse work and volunteer experience. Her positive can-do attitude is contagious and motivates people when tasks can be overwhelming. She has worked as a Defense Contractor since graduating from college in 1999.

Courtney joined The Junior League of Tampa in 2013 and has held a variety of roles on Leadership Council, Management Council, and the Executive Board including Social Chair, Communications Manager, Fund Development Manager, and Secretary. This year, Courtney led the League's largest fundraiser with the help of the League's biggest committee. With over 50 women on the HGM Team, Courtney helped put on the annual event, which attracts 20,000 shoppers and brings in essential revenue for the League's community work.

Courtney is currently serving as the Tampa Co-Chair of the Green Beret Foundation. She has served on the MacDill Spouses’ Club Board for several years in addition to her leadership roles with The Junior League of Tampa.

Courtney and her husband Allan are members of The Sacred Heart congregation and enjoy traveling and volunteering.

Michelle Christie, Board Development Committee Member at Large, 2022-2025
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Michelle Christie is originally from New Jersey. Michelle moved to Florida where she studied Health Sciences and Public Health at the University of South Florida and continues to serve and lead in the community by sharing the message of overall health. She has focused her efforts on health and education program development and coordination coupled with grant writing for local initiatives with her most recent grant securing $500,000. Her experience with fundraising includes work with federal, nonprofit and for profit entities such as Department of Health, Department of Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control, clinics/outpatient centers, financial institutions and more. She also reviews grants for local organizations like United Way Suncoast and Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute as an ambassador. Whether building community gardens or partnerships, Michelle continues to design, develop, and manage content for organizations across the state and increasing health awareness nationwide.

After nearly a decade of training leaders in the implementation of physical, nutrition and mental health programs, for youth and adults, Michelle has transitioned to the finance industry as a Relationship Manager with Regions Bank. Currently, she works with consumer and commercial bankers in West Florida from the panhandle to the Gold Coast to support clients and customers along their journey to financial wellness. In the last year, Michelle has served as a leader in her community as Vice Chair of Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay. This is a young professional development group with the Tampa Bay Chamber. She also serves on the advisory board for St. Petersburg College, Financial Literacy Chair for the board of Project Prosper, helping immigrants and refugees, as well as the board of USF Black Alumni Society for Marketing and Communications with her alma mater. She enjoys mentoring her six high school, college and graduate students and helping others set personal and professional goals. Her passion for sharing knowledge, talents and time and empowering and connecting leaders are just a few of the ways she supports her community.

Lynn Jackson Dorman, Board Development Committee Member at Large, 2020-2023
Lynn Jackson Dorman

Lynn Jackson Dorman thrived as a Junior and Cadette Girl Scout in a small parent-led troop in Baltimore Maryland in the 1970s.  By 1988, she traded her Girl Scout uniform for a US Army uniform and spent the vast amount of her adult life as a military officer until her retirement in 2015.   In 1988, Lynn joined the US Army and served for 27 years retiring as a Colonel.

Professionally, Lynn has served as Executive Officer to the Director for Human Relations Policy for the US Army, Director of Personnel, Director of Diversity, and Director of Compliance.  In her last role as Assistant Chief of Staff for US Army Pacific Command, she led a mentoring and support initiative providing professional development and networking to all Department of Defense women serving in the Pacific Rim.  Lynn is a leader who spent her first career managing, directing and leading change in three distinct areas: diversity program management and leadership, human resource management with a focus in human relations program development, and compliance management fields such as operations, cyber security, and human resource management. 

Lynn’s second career is focused on giving back in a different way.  Currently, Lynn works as a Licensed Mental Health Therapist in Tampa working with those struggling with addiction, grief, marital problems, and issues of adjustment.  Today she works in a local practice focusing on mental health treatment for the city’s ex-offender population.  At the same time, she is working to build her own private practice in St. Pete.  Lynn has a Master of Counseling Psychology degree from Chaminade University of Honolulu, a Master of Education degree with a concentration in Higher Education Leadership and Supervision from Loyola University, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Notre Dame University of Maryland. 

Lynn has a profound interest in the mission of women’s service and charitable organizations.  She serves as a member of the vestry at St Andrews Episcopal Church leading the Helping Hands ministry.  She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.  She is a member of the Pierians Inc., a club of women arts enthusiasts, and serves as the President of the national organization’s foundation, which raises and donates money to underserved, minority children who demonstrate talent and interest in the arts.

She and her husband, Edward Dorman, live in South Tampa, FL

Lisa McGlynn, Board Development Committee Member at Large, 2022-2025
Lisa McGlynn

Lisa McGlynn is a Partner in the Tampa office of the employment and labor law firm Fisher and Phillips. She represents a variety of employers, including but not limited to healthcare entities, faith based groups, automobile dealerships, and retail and hospitality establishments, and in all areas of labor and employment law. She defends employers in state and federal court litigation and arbitration on a wide variety of employment-related claims, including claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Florida Civil Rights Act, and the Florida Private Whistleblower Act.

She has represented employers of all sizes before state and federal courts, in arbitration proceedings, and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHRA), the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH), and various local agencies. 

Lisa also regularly counsels employers and their managers on employee relations including preventing issues before they arise. This includes advice on employee background screening and selection, medical marijuana in the workplace concerns, drug and alcohol testing, wage and hour compliance, harassment investigations, and disciplinary strategies.  Lisa routinely drafts and revises employee handbooks, arbitration agreements, confidentiality agreements, and non-compete, non-solicitation, and severance agreements.  She also frequently conducts informative and entertaining management and employee training for clients to ensure they are both aware of their ever-changing legal requirements, and are as implementing best practices to avoid legal entanglements. Lisa has spoken at conventions and meetings nationwide on employment law issues, and developed a series of webinars on current popular topics. 

Lisa has two children (Jessica and Miles) and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, the Florida Gators, and being active in her community. Lisa is currently the proud troop leader for her daughter’s Brownie troop. She has been a longtime supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and has served in various volunteer leadership rolls. She is also a current member of the Board of Directors for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay whose mission is to ensure that no one faces a crisis alone. 

Chandra Miller, Board Development Committee Member at Large, 2020-2023
Chandra Miller

Chandra Miller is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law and a Shareholder at Thompson Miller.  Since joining the firm in 1998, Mrs. Miller has successfully litigated numerous cases at both the trial and appellate levels, concentrating her practice in the areas of first and third party insurance disputes as well as professional liability and general casualty litigation.  She is a member of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute and the St. Petersburg Bar Association.  She has repeatedly been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers magazine, first as a Rising Star, and then as a Super Lawyer.  In 2014, Mrs. Miller was recognized as one of Florida’s Legal Leaders in civil trial, as a winner of Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite and was a Lawyer of the Year award recipient in the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Mrs. Miller is also an invited member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and is the first female officer of the Tampa Bay Chapter.  She is currently slated to be president of that ABOTA chapter in 2020.

In 2015, Mrs. Miller achieved the honor of Board Certification in Civil Trial Law. Board Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.    

Chandra is a Girl Scout mom and troop helper to her daughter, currently a Cadette in her 9th year of Girl Scouting.  

Stephen Ponzillo, Board Development Committee Member at Large, 2020-2023
Stephen Ponzillo

Stephen Ponzillo is an Assistant Vice President & Community Relations Officer with Regions Financial Corporation.  Anchored by Regions’ mission to make life better, Stephen is privileged to build partnerships with nonprofit organizations across West, Central and South Florida – which allow the bank and its associates to focus their time, talents and financial resources toward causes that empower people through education, financial wellness and inclusive economic growth. 

Prior to joining Regions, Stephen served for 17 years as a leader within high-performing nonprofit organizations in Tampa Bay, as well as in Northern Indiana and Washington, D.C. This included two years of post-graduate service as an AmeriCorps member in both south St. Petersburg and the nation’s capital.   He holds a Bachelor of Arts, as well as a Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) from the University of Notre Dame. 

A passionate advocate committed to helping children and families overcome obstacles to success, Stephen is honored to champion the next generation of change-makers as a member of our board.  He lives in Hillsborough County with his amazing wife and their precocious daughter Caroline, a proud member of Daisy Troop 1843.   

LaKendria Robinson, Board Development Committee Member at Large, 2022-2025
LaKendria Robinson

LaKendria Robinson is the Founder + CEO of The Orenda Collective, a social impact strategy firm that works with corporations to create groundbreaking diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the communities they live, work, and play. The Orenda Collective’s mission is to shift the focus of antiquated ideals to more deliberate and progressive actions. By challenging their clients to view their community through a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive lens, The Orenda Collective delivers innovative solutions that live on in perpetuity. Although launched in March 2021, The Orenda Collective is creating dynamic social impact programs for The Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Visit Tampa Bay, and the Tampa Bay Partnership.

For more than a decade, LaKendria has worked and volunteered for organizations that support underserved communities who help its residents build sustainable lives. Prior to starting The Orenda Collective, LaKendria served as the Director, Business Connect & Community Outreach for the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Super Bowl Host Committee. In her role, she was responsible for identifying and connecting Tampa Bay diverse businesses to contracting opportunities related to Super Bowl LV, as well as co-managing the various social legacy initiatives of the Host Committee’s Forever 55 social impact programs.

LaKendria also served as the first Director of Minority Business Accelerator & Economic Inclusion for the Tampa Bay Chamber, where she spearheaded the Minority Business Accelerator to help minority-owned businesses grow and thrive in Tampa Bay.

She was named a 2020 Forty Under Forty recipient for the Business Observer. LaKendria was also named a 2019 Forty Under 40 recipient by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for her meaningful involvement in the advancement of the Tampa Bay community.

Ms. Robinson earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communications from The Florida State University (Go Noles!) and a master’s degree in Organizational Management & Leadership from Ashford University. She currently volunteers with several community groups that focus on providing access and opportunities to diverse owned businesses in Tampa Bay and entrepreneurial ecosystem building.

Ms. Robinson currently resides in Hillsborough County with her husband William, daughter, Skylar and son, Eli.

Jule Doran Salem, Board Development Committee Member at Large, 2022-2025
Jule Salem

Jule Doran Salem spent her formative years in Sarasota, FL before moving to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida where she received her Bachelors in Finance followed by a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Tampa. She currently serves as Managing Director of Salem Solutions, a nationally recognized workforce management firm that specializes in call center staffing.

While in Sarasota, she actively participated in Girl Scouts and 4-H. She enjoyed equestrian sports where she won numerous awards in hunt seat equitation and jumping.

After receiving her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Jule’s interest in pursuing a career in business continued to grow while serving as a finance and accounting leader for Coca-Cola, Hovnananian Enterprises, XPO Logistics and Vastec. In 2012, she set out to build Salem Solutions with a focus on her vision of humanizing call center staffing and delivering exceptional solutions to both the clients and candidates they serve.

Concurrent to her role at Salem, Jule serves as CFO for Enable America, a non-profit whose mission is to increase employment for Veterans and individuals with disabilities. She is also a Board Member of the City of Tampa Mayor’s Alliance for Persons with Disabilities, as well as a member of the University of Tampa, Board of Fellows, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Staffing Association, HR Tampa, Tampa Bay Chamber and Staffing Industry Analysts.

Jule lives in Tampa with her husband, Richard, and their two dogs, Riley and Lilly.

Laura Sokalski, Board Development Committee Member at Large, 2022-2025
Laura Sokalski

Laura Sokalski has lived in many parts of Tampa Bay and now resides in Eastern Hillsborough County.  She graduated from The University of Tampa’s John H. Sykes College of Business with a degree in Marketing and a passion for women’s leadership development.  While a student at UT, Laura was a leader in multiple student organizations including Alpha Gamma Delta, serving as President, Vice President Finance, and Vice President Campus Relations, and Scouting’s National Service Fraternity Alpha Phi Omega.

Laura began a management career at GEICO but pivoted when it was clear that she would become a full-time advocate for her special needs daughter.  She pursued many opportunities to provide first- hand examples to decision makers in many arenas, and even co-presented at the Family Café (one of the largest disability advocacy conferences in the country).  Eventually, the Commissioner of Education appointed her to the State Advisory Committee for the Education of Exceptional Students.  As a member of the committee, Laura represented Hillsborough County in protecting the rights of students with IEPs and Accommodations.  Recently, she partnered with local voters and legislators to support and pass a bill to update Florida’s NICA law for birth-related brain injured infants.  She considers this one of her greatest achievements.

Laura presently serves as the International Chair for the Member Retention Committee of Alpha Gamma Delta.  As an alumna member of her women’s fraternity, she continues to promote the vision of “Inspire the Woman, Impact the World”.  She volunteers locally as Vice President of the Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta.  Serving both locally and internationally, is something she is honored to do.  She credits the Girl Scouts with instilling the values of volunteerism from the time she was a Brownie.  She humbly serves as a Troop Leader for her daughter’s Daisy troop.  The loves of her life are her husband Matt, daughters Sabrina and Olivia, and Golden doodle, Coco.