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Our Leadership

When Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts in 1912, she understood that dedicated and dynamic leaders were vital to helping girls develop their full potential. With the support, vision, and commitment of these role models, girls have the opportunity to become leaders in their communities and the world.

The Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Central California South consists of a diverse group of volunteers who are community leaders and professionals. They ensure that the Girl Scout mission is carried out in Fresno, Kern, Madera, Kings and Tulare counties. Board members are selected for their commitment to improving the lives of girls as well as their leadership, volunteer and nonprofit experience, ability to make financial contributions to Girl Scouts, professional and educational background, and knowledge of the community. They are chosen by the Board Development Committee and elected by the voting members of the Council.

The role of the Board of Directors is one of governance. Their responsibilities include strategic planning, fund development, appointment of the Executive Director, financial oversight, and interaction with the community. 

bubble2_32    A Message from our Board Chair     (Published September 27, 2021)

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 Board Chair                                   Dr. Gayle Yraceburu   Educator/Philanthropist

Our Girl Scouts of Central California South provides the opportunity for girls in the Central Valley to connect and grow. When young people are involved in an activity with a purpose, they have the chance to grow in that experience, which is what Girl Scouts provides. GSCCS puts girls first and values the contributions of the volunteers toward fulfilling the mission of building girls with courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

GSUSA has many resources to support councils like ours as we work together for girls, volunteers, and parents. One of the most reassuring resources is the Girl Scouts Research Institute, which provides data to drive the insights and information used across the Movement. From the board perspective, this means the data-driven Movement shows intentionality in delivering the most effective evidence-based programming. I believe we can all agree that having research guide the best experience for the girls is critical.

I am honored to serve our Girl Scouts, volunteers, staff, and board as your Board Chair. The Board of Directors is committed to the governance and support required to see our Girl Scouts succeed.

file03_32   Board of Directors

Virna Santos 2021

1st Vice President
Virna Santos
Santos Law Group

2nd Vice President
Joanne Bazarian
Realtor

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Treasurer
Michael Ossanna
United Security Bank

Secretary
Heather Janz Walker
Janz Family Therapy, Inc

Fabiola Ramirez
CIty of Fresno

Heather Brown

Heather Brown
Central Valley Community Foundation 

Kimberly Slavan
Sinclair Systems International 

Kimberly Tapscott-Munson
KTM Consultant Services

Michael Alexander
Retired: United Way, Fresno

Nora Creech
Philanthropist

Robert Frausto
Kerman Unified

Steve Barnes
Barnes Wealth Management

 

user3_32    Board Development Committee

Heather Walker Janz - Chair
Fabiola Ramirez
Virna Santos
Gayle Yraceburu
Russel Statham - Council Liason

money2_32    Finance Committee

Michael Ossanna - Chair
Steven Barnes
Neil Schwartz
Andrea Woroch
Kimberly Slavan
Alana Gabrielson - Council Liason

money2_32    Audit Committee

Michasel Ossanna - Chair
Steven Barnes
Keith Kompsi
Neil Schwartz
Sarah Vagts
Andrea Woroch
Alana Gabrielson - Council Liason

user3_32   Property Committee

Robert Frausto - Chair
Joanne Bazarian                                                                                        Heather Brown
Komal Desai
Edward Gonzalez
Paula Hanlon - Council Liason  

money2_32    Scholarship Committee

Cathy Ferguson - Chair
Jason Dean
Komal Desai
Keith Pretzer
Andrea Woroch 
Paula Hanlon - Council Liason  

money2_32    Fundraising Committee

Michael Alexander - Chair
Joanne Bazarian
Monisha Edwards
Fabiola Ramirez
Kimberly Slavan 
Kimberly Tapscott 
Gayle Yraceburu
Ashley Vorhees - Council Liason                                                                                     

    2021 - 2022 Meeting Calendars

Board of Directors Meetings Calendar
Saturday, September 25, 2021 (Budget Meeting 2021/2022 Budgets) Zoom 
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 Zoom
Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 Zoom
Board Development Committee Meetings Calendar
Tuesday, October 19, 2021                       Zoom                        
Tuesday, February 15, 2022                       Zoom 
Tuesday, May 17, 2022                       Zoom 
Tuesday, July 19, 2022                       Zoom 
Finance Committee Meetings Calendar
Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021 Zoom 
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 Zoom 
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 Zoom 
Monday, Nov. 22 2021 Zoom 
December Dark
Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022 Zoom 
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 Zoom 
Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2022                              Zoom                              
Fundraising Committee Meetings Calendar
Wednesday, Ocotber 13, 2021                        Zoom                         
Wednesday, November 10, 2021   Zoom 
Wednesday, January 12, 2022  Zoom 
Wednesday, February 16, 2022  Zoom 
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 Zoom
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 Zoom
Property Committee Meetings Calendar
Thrusday, October 14, 2021                          Zoom                            
Wednesday, February 9, 2022                          Zoom  
Thursday, May 12, 2022                          Zoom   
Thursday, July 14, 2022                          Zoom