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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. 


GSUSA Blue Book of Basic Documents (Eng / Span)
GSHNJ Bylaws | GSHNJ 2018 Annual Report 
GSHNJ 990  |  GSHNJ Financials

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

Princess Palmer, First Vice Chair

Laureen Delance, Second Vice Chair

Patricia Steingall, Secretary

Lori Grier, Treasurer


Leslie Anderson

Diane M. Genco

Serena Lee

Mindy Lissner

Maureen McNamara

Emil Menzies

Charles Mierswa

Michelle Rochon

Estelle Vaughns Williams

Jocelyn Virgil-Phillips

Members Ex-Officio

Natasha Hemmings, Chief Executive Officer


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.

Elected/selected Delegates must meet basic eligibility requirements and submit a Service Unit Delegate Agreement no later than December 16, 2019.


Leadership Forums

Leadership Forums are hosted prior to Annual Meeting to facilitate an open dialogue with council leadership and service unit volunteers. They are the membership’s opportunity to talk with council leadership to share concerns from their community, understand council-wide strategic decisions, engage with other service units, and simply get to know the members of our Board of Directors and council executives.

Service Unit Delegates are expected to attend at least one Forum per year, but may attend as many as they like. Advance registration of attendance at a Leadership Forum is required so delegates have adequate time to review the agenda and prepare for discussions by reflecting with their communities.

Communities that would like to raise a point of discussion at a Leadership Forum should submit a Discussion Topic Form by the deadlines below. Delegates should review these guidelines prior to drafting their submission.

Discussion Topic
Submission Deadline
Leadership Forum
Registration Deadline
Leadership Forum  
December 17, 2019 January 3, 2020 Tuesday, January 14, 2020
January 6, 2020 January 13, 2020 Saturday, January 25, 2020
January 20, 2020 January 26, 2020 Friday, February 7, 2020 *CANCELED*
February 7, 2020 February 7, 2020 Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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 next Annual Meeting will take place on April 22, 2020 at The Marigold: 315 Churchill Ave, Somerset, NJ. Online registration will open no later than March 1, 2020.

At the Annual Meeting we elect new members to the Board of Directors and Board Development Committee, elect Council Delegates to represent our council at the GSUSA National Convention, consider and vote upon any proposed amendments to the Bylaws, and consider any other business appropriate to come before the Corporation including input and key issues affecting GSHNJ and our membership. New in 2020, the business portion of Annual Meeting will follow our Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, where we celebrate and honor the invaluable work of our volunteers with Adult Achievement Awards.

As members of the Corporation, Service Unit Delegates and National Council Delegates are expected to attend and actively participate in Annual Meeting as representatives of the interests of their communities. They must register their attendance in advance to ensure that quorum is met. Quorum is required to advance the agenda and perform the business of the meeting. Online registration will open no later than March 1, 2020, and Delegates will be notified by email.