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Vision & Leadership

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MISSION: Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

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PROMISE: Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey promises to give girls access to life-changing experiences that inspire them to do something big.

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LEADERSHIP: GSHNJ is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by delegates representing our membership. The GSHNJ Board reflects our strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and includes some of the most talented and influential change makers in 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, BDC Chair

Wendy Deer*, Second Vice Chair

Mary Beth Dunn, Secretary

Emil Menzies, Treasurer


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


*Board Development Committee (BDC) member

Meet Our Staff Leadership

Natasha Hemmings, Chief Executive Officer

Michael Forrestall, Chief Operating Officer

Jamie Kay Discher, Director of Membership

Christiane Gratzel, Director of Human Resources

Mechelle Norton, Director Product Programs (Interim)

Mara Tolas, Director of Development

Roxie Zeek, Director of Girl Experience

GSHNJ’s Board Development Committee is always looking for new talent to bring to our Board of Directors, subcommittees, and task groups. Any individuals who would like to learn more about open positions or be considered for appointment should email Tiffany Lewars, Board Liaison, at to be connected with the Board Development Committee.

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