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GSMISTS Governance & Finance

Governance structures are part of every Girl Scout Council and are defined in the council bylaws. 

Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore's governing body is its board of directors.  Under the leadership of the Chair, the board maintains the integrity and the purpose of Girl Scouting within our council’s jurisdiction. 

The board's responsibilities include: influence policy regarding the council goals, issues affecting girls, and issues affecting the business of the organization, as well as strategic planning, financial oversight, and fund development.

Board of Directors

Board Chair

Deborah Hughes

Board Chair


Mary Charles

Interim CEO


2020-21 Officers

  • Deborah Hughes, Board Chair
  • Karen Feahr, 1st Vice Chair
  • Theresa Van Veelen, 2nd Vice Chair
  • Amanda Miscisin, Board Treasurer
  • Judy Dennis, Board Secretary

2020-21 Members at Large

  • Sharron Pitts
  • Holly Little
  • Jessie Jones
  • Amy Pierce-Danders
  • Guillermo Cisneros
  • Theresa Petko
  • La'Leatha Spiller
  • Shelley Irwin
  • Dr. Pamela Smith, Ed.D.
  • Doug Wilterdink
  • Regina Gilmore
  • Cathy Cooper


  • Mary Charles, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Interested in joining Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore's Board of Directors? Learn more about what being a board member entails in our Board Position Description.

Email to start the application process today!


Voting Members of the Corporation (Council) are convened at the council's Annual Meeting and special meetings of the corporation to elect the board of directors and board development committee, and National Council delegates/alternates as appropriate, in addition to approving council bylaws. Voting members of the corporation include the board of directors, the board development committee, and the delegate body.

The Delegate Body consists of members age 14 and above and adult volunteers elected in their Service Units. 

Delegate Manual
Delegate Position Description
2020 Delegate Training Webinar

2020-2023 National Council Delegates and Alternates

2020 - 2023 National Council Delegates and Alternates

  • Deborah Hughes – National Council Delegate, Board Chair
  • Mary Charles – National Council Delegate, Interim CEO
  • Mandi Garvey – National Council Delegate
  • Bethany Thies – National Council Delegate
  • Rebecca Reynolds – National Council Delegate
  • Mackenzie St. John – National Council Delegate
  • Holly Little – National Council Alternate, Board Member
  • Jennifer St. John – National Council Alternate
  • Faith Aversano – National Council Alternate

The 55th National Council Session - 2020 

At the 55th National Council Session in October, six proposals will be considered. GSMISTS will be hosting virtual feedback sessions with all GSMISTS delegates. These sessions will provide council delegates and alternates with the opportunity to share their comments and opinions on the National Council (NC) proposals with our NC delegates. To learn more, please check out the National Council Proposals.


Financial Documents

Annual Reports