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Our Leadership

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.

bubble2_32    A Message from our Board Chair     (Published July 29, 2020)

Our Girl Scout community is living in unprecedented times. Several factors in our valley, state, country, and world are causing anxiety and uncertainty.

Please know that the Board and Executive staff of Girl Scouts of Central California South are staying true to the organization’s mission of making Girl Scouts available to ALL girls in our five-county footprint. The Board and Council have redirected funds that normally were allocated for our school’s Girl Scout Connect Program.

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Board Chair
Alana Gabrielson – CPA
Bean, Hunt, Harris & Company

Due to schools being closed, those funds are now being dispersed to serve more girls throughout the Central Valley. All girls will now be able to participate in Girl Scout programming virtually and sign up as a Girl Scout with no cost to them. This allows ALL girls to participate in Girl Scouts, despite their economic status.

The Board of Girls Scouts of Central California South is also working with Council to pivot fundraising efforts. Over the past few months, the Women Inspiring Girls (WIGs) events planned for Kings, Tulare, and Madera Counties have been canceled. While this hurts our fundraising efforts, it also pains us to not be able to celebrate the remarkable women in those communities. Please know that we will return to fundraising events when it’s safe, and we will continue to gather in celebration to honor the incredible women and girls in our communities.The lost revenue from our fundraising events will have a significant impact on our ability to further help our girls during this challenging time. We ask you to please keep Girls Scouts of Central California South in mind when planning any charitable giving. Your support will help our girls in learning and developing skills that will allow them to be future leaders in our community. I do not doubt that if our Girls Scouts were in charge, our world would be a better place.

file03_32   Board of Directors

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1st Vice President
Gayle Yraceburu
Philanthropist

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2nd Vice President
R. Michael Alexander
Retired: United Way, Fresno

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Treasurer
Michael Ossanna
United Security Bank

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Secretary
Carolyn Pierce
Movement Mortgage

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Dr. Komal Desai
Kern County Mental Health Outpatient Services

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David Gilmore, Esq. - Attorney
Gilmore Magness Janisse A Professional Corporation

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Robert Frausto
Kerman Unified

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Raquel Vega
KGET

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Fabiola Ramirez
KSEE24 News

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Heather Walker Janz
Janz Family Therapy, Incorporated

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Madelyn Janssen
KGET 17 News

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Virna Santos, Attorney
Santos Law Group

money2_32    Finance Committee

Madelyn Janssen
Vallorie Borchardt
Bonnie Kiser
Gayle Yraceburu
Alana Gabrielson
Keith Pretzer

user3_32    Board Development Committee

Michael Ossanna
Alana Gabrielson
Keith Pretzer
Carolyn Pierce

    2020 - 2021 Meeting Calendars

Board of Directors Meetings Calendar
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2020 (Budget Meeting 2020/2021 Budgets) Fresno Council Office Attendance Required: 9:30AM – 2:00PM
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 Either Council Office: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 Either Council Office: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Finance Committee Meetings Calendar
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 Fresno Council Office: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 Fresno Council Office: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 Fresno Council Office: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 Fresno Council Office: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 Fresno Council Office: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 Fresno Council Office: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 Fresno Council Office: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Wednesday, Mar. 24, 2021 Fresno Council Office: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Board Development Committee Meetings Calendar
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 Either Council Office: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2020 Either Council Office: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 Either Council Office: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2021 Either Council Office: 12:00PM – 1:00PM