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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


Vivian TerMaat

Chief Executive Officer


2022-23 Officers

Deborah Hughes, Board Chair

Theresa Petko, 1st Vice Chair

Emma Baranowski, 2nd Vice Chair

Amanda Miscisin, Board Treasurer

La'Leatha Spillers, Board Secretary


2022-23 Members at Large

Judy Dennis

Amy Pierce-Danders

Shelley Irwin

Ana Ramirez-Saenz

Mary Nader

Megan Smith Jovanovic

Kevin Yeomans

Cathy Cooper

AJ Emery

Angela Garrey

Dana Hebreard

Kara Wipperfeld

Marcel van der Elst

Stephanie Briggs

Kyla Barranco



Vivian TerMaat, 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
2023 Delegate Training Webinar - Recording
2023 Delegate Training Webinar - Slideshow

2023-2026 National Council Delegates and Alternates

2023 - 2026 National Council Delegates and Alternates

·        Theresa Petko – National Council Delegate, Board Chair

·        Vivian TerMaat – National Council Delegate, CEO

·        Faith Aversano – National Council Delegate

·        Mackenzie St. John – National Council Delegate

·        Jennifer St. John – National Council Delegate

·        Kinsey Hintz – National Council Alternate

·        Amanda Garvey – National Council Alternate

·        Tina Banning – National Council Alternate

The 55th National Council Session - 2020 

At the 55th National Council Session in October 2020, six proposals were considered, and voted on. GSMISTS hosted virtual feedback sessions with all GSMISTS delegates so that they could share their comments and opinions on the National Council (NC) proposals with our NC delegates. To learn more, please check out the 2020 GSUSA NCS Recap.


Financial Documents

Annual Reports