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GSSJC Elects New Board Members

Four community leaders were recently elected to the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) board of directors. Robert Mills with the United Parcel Service, Teresa Wong with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Sherea McKenzie with the County Commission on Children will each serve a two year term. Stacey Swift with Neiman Marcus will serve a one year term as the new chair of the nominating committee.

McKenzie is executive director of the Joint City/County Commission on Children. Prior to accepting this appointment she practiced law in the area of probate and estate planning. McKenzie was a Girl Scout as a girl and her daughter is a current Girl Scout. She currently serves on the boards of the Downtown Management District, the American Leadership Forum, the Harris County Department of Education Foundation, the Greater Houston Collaborative for Children, and the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Mills has been an employee of UPS for over 31 years and currently is the Community Relations and Congressional Awareness liaison to Congresswoman Shelia Jackson-Lee. He joined Scouting as a Cub Scout and continued to become an Explorer Scout. He is also chairman of the board for Frontiers International Foundation, a member of the advisory board of the Houston area UNCF, a communications committee member for the Fifth Ward Enrichment Program, and a capital campaign committee member for GSSJC.

Swift is a public relations manager at Neiman Marcus. She serves on the GSSJC Fund Development committee and is also chair of the Council’s nominating committee. She also worked with the Program Department to organize the Leadership Institute “Learning to Lead: In Style” for teen Girl Scouts. Other volunteer activities include a position on the advisory board for University of Houston’s Consumer Sciences and a past position on the advisory board for the Silver Grace Hope Foundation. Swift’s son and daughter were both in scouting as children.

Wong is manager of public affairs at Anadarko Petroleum. She was involved in Girl Scouting for eight years as a girl and also served as a troop leader as an adult. She is the president of the Jersey Village Drama Booster Club, vice president of the Jersey Village Band/Orchestra Booster, member of the St. Maximilian Kolbe Building Committee, and member of the Woodlands Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors. She has also served on the board of directors for the YMCA camping services and Houston World Affairs Council.

“The Council is fortunate to have the guidance and commitment of these community leaders,” says Mary Vitek, CEO of GSSJC. “We look forward to their input on how to best meet the needs of the girls we all serve.”

Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Houston-based Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council serves more than 58,000 girl members and 14,000 adults in 21 southeast Texas counties. For more information, call 713-292-0300 or visit us online at www.gssjc.org. Today, as when founded in 1912, Girl Scouts cultivates values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls. In Girl Scouting - and its special girl-only environment - girls discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together.

GSSJC Pluralism Statement
Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.

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