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National Council Delegates

National Council Delegates

In July 2023, Girl Scouts from across our country and around the world will gather for the 56th time to conduct the important business of our Movement, using our democratic process to do so. We can’t wait to gather again safely in person for our 56th National Council Session, which will take place in Orlando, Florida (exact dates to be announced as time gets closer).

Girls and adults can apply to represent our council at the National Council Session. Delegates will work together to chart the course for our Movement’s next three years. They’ll practice governance in a democratic and engaging way while immersing themselves in a 21st-century leadership development experience designed by girls, for girls, and with girls at the center.

Before completing the 2023 National Delegate Application , please review the National Council Delegate position description. Once you have reviewed the position description, you may apply to be a GSWCF National Delegate

We are requesting a short video 3 minutes or less on one or more of the following topics:

  1. In the lead up to the National Council Session, how do you feel you can engage with all segments of our council membership to get a feel for their thoughts on the agenda items for the meeting?
  2. Following the National Council Session, what do you feel is an effective way to engage with all segments of our council membership during your three-year tenure as a National Council Delegate?
  3. Describe how you can demonstrate flexibility and adapt to changing situations―especially when new information is brought forward.
  4. Give an example of how you have brought people together to support a plan once a decision has been made.

HD is not necessary and will take longer to upload.  Video record settings can be changed on an iOS device in settings, Camera and on an Android in Camera Settings.

The deadline for applications is December 31, 2021.  You will be contacted in mid-February if your application has been selected.  Thank you for your interest.

 

 Meet our National Council Delegates!

Maryam Abu Khaled

Maryam Abu Khaled has been an active Girl Scout for almost 9 years! She is a member of the Girl Advisory Board and has participated in many council events and troop activities. Other than learning new skills and having amazing experiences while Girl Scouting, she loves serving her community. Maryam has earned her Girl Scout Bronze Award and is finishing her Silver Award.  She is part of the Cambridge Program and has been a part of the Varsity Basketball Team and on the Track Team. Her hobbies consist of crafting (such as knitting, crocheting, and sewing), but she also enjoys reading a book or two. If she’s not in the craft room, you can probably find her helping her community—whether it's for a clothing drive, school supply drive, food drive or road cleanup, Maryam is sure to be there.

Annabelle Anderson

Annabelle Anderson is an Ambassador in Crystal Waters Service Unit. She is earning her Girl Scout Gold Award by teaching business leaders American Sign Language (ASL) so they can communicate with deaf employees and clients. As a Girl Scout, Annabelle participated in Press Pass, the media-training program with the Tampa Bay Sport Commission for the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four. She is a MediaGirl, on the CEO Girl Advisory Board, and on Crystal Waters' Scout Advisory Board. She enjoys leading journeys for younger Girl Scouts, volunteering and participating in Girl Scout events and service projects, and attending Camp CEO. Annabelle is looking forward to volunteering at Girl Scout camps this summer and be on the GSWCF Board.  

Shannon Boyer

Shannon Boyer is a Florida native who joined Girl Scouts in 1996 as a Daisy. In 2018, she graduated from Saint Leo University with her MBA with a specialization in Marketing and in Healthcare. She is also an alumni of the University of Central Florida (she obtained a BA in Hospitality/Event Management). She now works for UFHealth Shands as a Business Manager for the Cardiopulmonary Department. Shannon is currently the leader of her daughter's Senior/Ambassador troop. She is passionate about creating ways to engage the older level of Girl Scouts and helping shape the future of the Girl Scout Mission.

Nerissa Casanova

Nerissa Casanova is the Service Unit Manager for the Rainbow Community and has fulfilled several roles within the community over the last 10 years as a delegate, recruiter, event coordinator, adult awards, family partnership, and temporary accounting coordinator. Nerissa is serving her fourth term on the CEO Volunteer Roundtable, an amazing team of volunteers that share ideas, feedback and develop action plans to enrich the lives of adults and girls in our council. Nerissa's most valued volunteer position is being Troop Leader to her daughter's graduating ambassador troop for the last nine years.   

Alexandria “Lexi” Davies

Alexandria “Lexi” Davies has been an active member in Girl Scouts since Kindergarten. She has earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Awards and is currently working on her Gold Award. She is also serving as Chair for Area D.

 Lexi is a senior at Dixie M. Hollins High School and plans to graduate with her Cambridge diploma. Aside from school and Girl Scouts, Lexi plays on the Varsity tackle football team for her school, Varsity soccer team, throws for the Varsity track and field team, and she is a competitive soccer goalkeeper for Celtic F.C. in Seminole, Florida. Lexi is also an active member in the National Honor Society for her school.

Lexi would like to thank her mom, Tiffany Davies, for not only being a great role model to look up to but also, for continuing to motivate her throughout her life. Without her mom, Lexi believes that she would most definitely not be the same, successful, person she is today. Thank you mom!

Bayley Edwards

Bayley Edwards is a senior at Crystal River High School in the Academy of Heath Careers and is dual-enrolled at College of Central Florida. She has been a Girl Scout for 13 years, beginning with Daisies and is in her last year as an Ambassador. Bayley has served in several different Girl Scout roles—as a MediaGirl since its inception in 2013, on the CEO Girl Advisory Board, as a delegate for Circle O' Springs, and on the GSWCF Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 term. She has implemented her Girl Scout Gold Award project and will receive her award this summer.  Bayley participates in academic team, swim team, soccer, and flag football at CRHS, and is a member of several clubs, including National Honor Society, Student Government and Interact.  She plans to continue her academics in college next year, however, has not made a final decision as to where as of yet. Bayley is excited to represent GSWCF as a delegate at her first national meeting.

Christa Epley Broderick

Christa Epley Broderick has been with Girl Scouts for 13 years, since her first daughter joined as a Daisy. She is a leader for her daughters' troop, who are now Ambassadors. She is the Family Partnership Champion and has been a delegate for six years for her service unit of Tierra del Sol in Lutz, Florida. Christa has lived in five different states and also in South Africa for several years prior to landing in Florida for much of her adult life. She is employed as an Interior Designer for an Architectural firm, The Lunz Group, in Lakeland and provides project management for commercial projects all throughout central Florida.

Ashlyn Gagnard

Ashlyn Gagnard is a rising Junior in the Preparatory Academy. As part of a military family, she has been a member of Girl Scout Councils across the United States throughout her 11 years of Girl Scout experience. Outside of Girl Scouts, she is an optional level 8 gymnast competing for USAG.  Many of her favorite Girl Scout memories involve white water rafting, zip-lining, Camp CEO STEM, and participating on her Service Unit Board. Girl Scouts has given her countless opportunities to make a difference and she hopes as a national delegate she will be able to give back to the same organization that has given so much to her.

Gabriella Gillen

Gabriella Gillen is in her junior year of High School at Liahona Preparatory Academy.  She is a first year Girl Scout Ambassador and has been a member for ten years. She has served on the CEO Girl Advisory Board for three years and is in her second year on the MediaGirlz team. Gabriella works at Chick-Fil-A as a cashier and as a CT-certified trainer.

With Gabriella’s Girl Scout Silver Award Project, she has received many prestigious awards such as the NHL Community Hero of Tomorrow, Bay News 9 Everyday Hero, ABC Action News Game Changer, and The President’s Volunteer Service Award. Recently, Gabriella was recognized by the Congress of Future Medical Leaders for her passion for medicine. Currently, she is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. She is creating an annual event for teens in foster care called "Define Yourself" and hopes to have that completed in sometime early 2021. During her free time, she enjoys playing the piano and volunteering at A Kid’s Place and St. Joseph Women’s Hospital. Gabriella is super excited to serve a full term as a National Council Delegate for Girl Scouts of West Central Florida.

Mary Pat King

Mary Pat King, CAE

CEO, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida
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Mary Pat King became CEO of Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF) in April 2020. GSWCF serves more than 16,000 girls and 8,000+ adult volunteers spanning eight counties: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Citrus, Sumter, and Marion.

Prior to Girl Scouts, Mary Pat spent her career working for national organizations focused on issues most impacting youth, families, and schools. She led the design and launch of numerous new programs for National PTA, including: School of Excellence, STEM + Families, Smart Talk, Connect for Respect, Take Your Family to School Week, and Family Reading Experience. For the American Diabetes Association, Mary Pat led ADA’s youth, family, and community outreach programs nationwide, including ADA’s Diabetes Camps, as well as two national fundraising events: Father of the Year Awards Dinners and School Walk for Diabetes. At Safe Kids Worldwide, Mary Pat managed the first few years of the Safe Kids Walk This Way program, partnering with FedEx to scale up a three-school pilot of International Walk to School Day to 300+ participating schools worldwide. She also worked for two Washington, DC-based public relations firms where she managed client portfolios focused on mental health and education issues. Mary Pat began her career as a features writer and news clerk at The Watertown (NY) Daily Times.

During the past 20+ years, Mary Pat has helped to raise more than $10 million in corporate and foundation grants; trained hundreds of staff and volunteers worldwide; and served as a strategic advisor to numerous nonprofits and federal agencies, including: Pinellas Education Foundation’s National Advisory Board for Future Plans, Action for Healthy Kids’ Every Kid Healthy Campaign, National School Board Association, National Diabetes Education Program, SAMHSA’s Talk. They Hear You. Campaign, and the Ad Council's StopBullying.Gov initiative. Currently, Mary Pat volunteers on WETA’s (PBS) Well Beings Advisory Board, Jed Foundation’s High School Program Board, and National PTA’s Leadership Subcommittee. She is a member of the Florida Society of Association Executives and Girl Scout Staff Association.  

Recently, Mary Pat became a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Trainer. She has a Master of Science degree in public relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse (NY) University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY. Mary Pat and her husband, Eric, live in Palm Harbor, FL with their two children, Mason and Jenna Bea. She is a parent volunteer for PTA and her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop.

Gwin Londrigan

Gwin Londrigan is the Manager of Customer Care and Social Media Analysis with Publix Super Markets, Inc. She has been involved with Girl Scouts of West Central Florida for more than a decade as a troop leader, Council committee member on Dessert First and Women of Distinction, Board Development Committee, and Board Member. She is currently the Treasurer for the Board and was the Chair of the Board Development Committee. In addition to Girl Scouts, Gwin has served on several non-profit boards and served as a delegate with some of those organizations.

Olivia Ondash

Olivia Ondash is a freshman at Dunedin High School. She is currently a senior in Girl Scouts and has been a girl scout since the age of 4. She is a member of the GSWCF CEO Girl Advisory Board and Dunedin’s youth advisory board. She is currently working towards her Girl Scout Gold Award and plans to be finished by her junior year. She loves playing volleyball, tennis, going to the beach, volunteering, and making the world a better place.

Laura Webb

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. 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 is currently President of the Board of Directors. She previously chaired the Board Development Committee and Fund Development Committee and served on the Dessert First committee.

Laura is a Past President of the Tampa Bay chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and a Board Member of Leadership Tampa Bay. Her community involvement also includes the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the Tampa Bay Seminole Club.  She also recently obtained her pilot’s license.

Ayla Yebba

Ayla Yebba is a Senior Girl Scout and Freshman at Durant High School.  She lives in Valrico with her mom, dad and sisters. At school, Ayla was elected as the Vice President of the Freshmen Council. Her Girl Scout journey began as a Daisy at the age of five, and she has remained active in her troop for more than 10 years. While in Girl Scouts, she has received both her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards and is planning to pursue her Girl Scout Gold Award. Ayla also represents Girl Scouts of West Central Florida as a MediaGirlz ambassador. Her long-term goals include earning a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and pursuing a career at a major TV news network like Fox News or NBC.

 

 Meet our Alternate Delegates!

Jennifer Dixon

Jennifer Dixon is a troop leader of her daughter’s Brownie troop (who are bridging to Juniors this year!) in Wesley Chapel and was a Girl Scout herself in New York City for 15 years. Jen moved to Florida in 2018 for work, where she is currently a Vice President of Technology at Nielsen. She has a Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from Boston University. Jen has a passion for being a role model to young women, especially showcasing how awesome careers in tech can be and supporting young women in any way she can! She is excited to serve as an alternate delegate and have an opportunity to meet Girl Scouts from around the world while helping to shape the future of the organization.

Katelyn Gohman

Katelyn Gohman is currently a senior at Northeast High School Academy of Culinary Arts in St. Petersburg. She has been a member of Girl Scouts since 2008, during this time, she has earned her CIT and WIT pins, her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Awards, and was a member of the first MediaGirlz group for GSWCF. Katie is currently a Juliette Ambassador from Hoxie working on her Girl Scout Gold Award Project and is a part of the Early College Program at SPC Seminole, where she is studying Criminology.  

Jennifer Lawrence-Jones

Jennifer Lawrence-Jones was a Girl Scout growing up and earned her  Girl Scout Gold Award.  She now leads 40 girls across two multi-level troops and is the Service Unit Manager in Land O Lakes. She is a delegate for her service unit and helps with service unit recruitment, finances, events, and guiding new troop leaders. At the council level, she is an adult trainer for ceramics/kiln and a girl trainer for program aide and high-level awards. 

Professionally she is a Chemical Engineer and works at Tampa Bay Water as the Maintenance Planning and Reliability Manager. She just celebrated her 22nd anniversary with her wonderful husband. They have a daughter, two sons, and two granddaughters as well as 13 ducks, two cats, a bearded dragon, a leopard gecko, and a huge tank full of fish. She is an avid Pokémon Go and Harry Potter Wizards Unite player and loves to spend her lunch breaks and free time in parks or at the beach catching them all! She is honored to have been chosen as a National Alternate Delegate and hopes to use her influence to make positive changes in the Global Girl Scouting Community.

Amber Van Denzen Suarez

Amber Van Denzen Suarez is a Florida Native who has lived all around the state but now resides in Mulberry, Florida in Polk County with her two children, husband, and pets.  She joined Girl Scouts as a Junior in 1998 with the Gulf Coast Council in Florida and is now a lifetime member.  She earned her Girl Scout Silver Award and Gold Award later in 2006. She has been lucky to go both to the Juliette Lowe Birthplace in Savannah, the WAGGS Girls World Forum in Chicago in 2012, Edith Macy Conference Center, and the Girl Scout headquarters in New York.  She graduated from the University of Florida In 2010, with a degree in Animal Sciences-Equine Management.

For two years, she served on the Gold Award Committee for GSWCF and then for two more years as a staff person for Events and High Awards. Amber is the Owner and Founder of Atta Boy! Animal Care- Pet Sitting + Dog Walking, and when not busy in that, volunteers with Kiwanis, takes weekend trips around the state, participates in a book club, and gardens. Currently she serves as the Area J Delegate Chair, but previously has volunteered as Encampment Director, Bridging & Events Chair, and Summer Camp Counselor. She looks forward to being an Alternate Delegate to make Girl Scouts sustainable for the future.