Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., welcomes seven new members to its board of directors: Leah Bennett, Jo Blackburn, Kirsten Davenport, Jane Gasdaska, Calvin Gorriaran, Sara Ortiz and Anne Speed. GSSJC also announces Delores J. Hinkle, a retired Marathon Oil director of corporate reserves, as its new president and chair of its board of directors. The new president and board members began serving their term June 1.
Leah Bennett was appointed chief operating officer of Westwood Trust in March 2017. Prior to joining Westwood in 2016, She was co-chief investment officer at South Texas Money Management where she shared responsibility for overseeing the investing strategies of the firm. She currently serves on the Wright Fund Oversight Board at Rice University and on the Advisory Council of Executives at Bill Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University.
Jo Blackburn works as a release manager for Altus Analytics. She was a member of Girl Scouts for three years as a girl and has been a Girl Scout volunteer for more than 15 years. She is passionate about enabling the delivery of Girl Scouts programs to all girls. The Houston Texans named her Community Quarterback in 2015 for her work with Girl Scouts. Her husband, Steve, and both of her daughters are still involved in Girl Scouting.
Kirsten Davenport is a partner/owner of Davenport Law Firm, P.C., a civil litigation law firms based in Houston which she operates with her husband, Scott. She grew up in San Jacinto Council and is currently a troop leader and cookie manager for Troop 9760. She is also a great resource for the Girl Experience department and helps oversee older girl programing for the Council and hopes to use her Girl Scouting experience to support GSSJC’s mission to cultivate values, social conscience and self-esteem in young girls. Kirsten and her husband have 16-year-old twins, Reagan and Zachary.
Jane Gasdaska is the change management lead for Phillips 66’s business transformation. During her 20 plus year career in the oil industry, she has held various positions in supply and trading, fuels marketing, business development and downstream strategy. She is highly involved with Girl Scouts, serving as a Community leadership team member, troop leader and product sales manager for her daughter’s troop. She and her husband, Scoop, have three children: Cooper, 15, Analiese, 12, and Julian,9.
Calvin Gorriaran is currently a cloud solution architect for Microsoft where he executes architectural design sessions and PoC projects to move customers forward with the Azure platform. He has 18 years of experience designing and securing infrastructure. He currently serves on GSSJC’s IT Committee and played a significant role in the development of the technology strategy approved by the GSSJC board of directors in January 2017. His daughter Maya, is a Girl Scout Brownie in Troop 151086.
Delores J. Hinkle was a Girl Scout as a girl, served as a troop leader for five years and troop camper for 10 years in South Texas Council. In 2009, Hinkle became a member of the Council’s board of directors. Since then, she has held numerous positions, including vice chair of GSSJC’s board of directors, a member of its Executive and Finance Committees, Council secretary, chair of the Properties Committee, chair of the Camp Myra S. Pryor Master Plan Task Force and as a member of the Board Development Committee. She has also been recognized by the organization with the Appreciation Pin and its Board Award.
“It is a great time to be a Girl Scout,” Hinkle said. “Girl Scouts gives girls the opportunity to maximize their potential in a safe all-girl, girl-led environment where they can be themselves.”
Sara Ortiz is a senior human resources manager for H-E-B, and she has worked for the company since 2004. Prior to joining H-E-B, she worked as the district HR manager for Conn’s and Montgomery Ward. She was a Girl Scout as a girl and continues to volunteer with the organization by working with her daughter’s troop as the cookie manager. She and her husband, Philip, have one daughter named Cierra, 14.
Anne Speed is a vice president with Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., where she partners with HR and business leaders to provide customized, results-driven career transition services and executive business coaching. Over her 30-year career in Houston, she has worked in different industries including energy, financial services, technology and academic medicine. She has served on the GSSJC Human Resources Committee since 2016 and was on the host committee for the 2018 Success to Significance luncheon. Anne is married and has two adult children.