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GSSJC Welcomes New Members to the Board And Nominating Committee

Four community leaders were recently elected to the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) board of directors. Dr. Mary McIntire with Rice University will serve as president and chair of the board, Kathy Tamer with United Space Alliance will serve as second vice chair, Mary Jo Poindexter with Engineered Construction Specialists, Inc. will serve as secretary and Winell Herron with H-E-B will serve as a member at large. Marilyn DeMontrond, Dr. Dorothy Wong and Mary Ryder will each serve a three-year term on the nominating committee.

Dr. McIntire is the dean of the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University. She was named founding dean of the school in 1986 and was the university’s first female academic dean. She has been a tenured GSSJC board member since 2000 and previously served as second vice chair. She is an active Girl Scout volunteer, and former president of The Emerald Circle, a society that funds scholarships for Gold Award recipients and provides uniform assistance.

Tamer, vice president and chief information officer of United Space Alliance, has served on the board for the past 10 years. Her involvement in Girl Scouting began as a young girl and continued through college and into her adult life. Tamer’s roles with the Girl Scouts include: troop leader, Cadette/Senior Girl Scout consultant, committee chairperson, and sailing director. She is also the recipient of several Girl Scout awards such as the Honor Pin, Walnut Plaque, Thanks Badge, Continuing Service, Thanks Badge II, and the 45-year Service Pin.

Poindexter, owner and president of Engineered Construction Specialists, Inc., has been involved with the Girl Scouts since the early 1980s when her daughter was a Brownie Girl Scout. She has served on the board for four years and is chair of the Properties committee. She is also involved in other community organizations such as the Woman Contractors Association and National Society of Professional Engineers.

Herron, group vice president of public affairs and diversity with H-E-B, earned her MBA at University of Texas, and is involved with many community organizations. She serves on the board of directors for several organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Houston Area Urban League. Herron has experienced the benefit of Girl Scouts first hand because she was a girl member.

DeMontrond is a former president of the Houston Taipei Society, co-chair of the 2006 Houston Children’s Charity and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Houston. She is also involved with the Friends of Girl Scouting. This year Marilyn and her husband sponsored the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council’s SPURS Parade Team at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Parade.

Dr. Wong is a psychologist in private practice. She was introduced to Girl Scouting at an early age as a Brownie Girl Scout in the U.S. and later as a Girl Guide in Hong Kong. She remembers vividly being a part of a very moving flag ceremony in her Girl Scout uniform when President Kennedy was shot. Wong is interested in working with Girl Scouts in public relations, evaluation and planning.

Ryder is a senior vice president-strategic planning at Amegy Bank. She was a Girl Scout as a girl in New Mexico and became involved as an adult last year when she assisted with the GSSJC Capital Campaign. This involvement has encouraged her to become more active within the Council. Mary hopes to assist the Council with her enthusiasm, planning and networking skills in the areas of fund development, project management and strategic planning.

“The leadership and enthusiasm of these members will be a tremendous asset to our Council,” says Mary Vitek. “I look forward to working with them to provide the best possible experience to our girl and adult members.”

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving over 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

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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