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Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey is a member-driven organization with girls, parents, and volunteers actively engaged in creating strategic direction influencing governance and operations. 


Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by delegates representing our membership. The Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Board reflects our strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, and includes some of the most talented and influential members of the Heart of New Jersey region. They provide insight on financial and policy-related issues, and help make our mission come to life every day.


Meet Our Board of Directors


Dianna Beck-Clemens, Board Chair
Laureen Delance, First Vice Chair
Wendy Deer, Second Vice Chair
Mary Beth Dunn, Secretary
Emil Menzies, Treasurer
Natasha Hemmings, CEO, ex officio
Michael Forrestall, COO, ex officio


Leslie A. Anderson
Ademusoyo Awosika-Olumo
Chrissy Buteas
Linda Carter
Serena Lee
Maureen McNamara
Charles Mierswa
Asia J. Norton
Naima Ricks
Alana Vega
Jessica Viotto
Estelle Vaughns Williams
Mahlet Woldemariam


Service Unit Delegations

GSHNJ Service Unit Delegates are the conduit between the members of our service units and our Board of Directors. Delegates have a responsibility to be knowledgeable about the community they represent, actively engage with their constituents, and liaise with GSHNJ staff and Board of Directors to influence the strategic direction of our council.

Service Unit Delegates report to Service Unit Managers, and are voting members of the council. They serve a term of two years, and may serve for no more than three consecutive terms. Service units hold elections or select their Delegates in the fall, so they may begin their terms in January. Each service unit is entitled to two Delegates, at least one of whom must be 18 years or older.

Service Unit Delegates with expiring terms should expect notification from council staff in the early fall to renew their Delegate Agreement, if eligible, or work with their Service Unit Manager to begin recruiting a new delegation.


Annual Meeting

GSHNJ’s Bylaws require an annual meeting of the Corporation Membership, which is comprised of our Board of Directors, Board Development Committee, Service Unit Delegates, and National Council Delegates. Any member of Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey who is 14 years or older may attend as guests.

The Thirteenth Annual meeting consisted of two virtual segments: on Wed, April 21, 2021 at 7:30pm-8:30pm, we heard Natasha Hemmings reflect on the challenges, successes, and innovations of GSHNJ in 2020 through her CEO Report. Following the report, voting members tested our new voting software to be prepared for proceedings on April 28. Here is a recording of the session. Contact to request a copy of the slide deck.

The formal business of the Annual Meeting occured on Wed, April 28, 2021 at 7:00pm-9:00pm via Zoom Webcast. Contact to request a recording or copy of the slide deck.