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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


Laureen Delance, Chair

Wendy Deer, Esq., 1st Vice Chair

Naima Ricks, PhD, 2nd Vice Chair

Mary Beth Dunn, Secretary

Emil Menzies, Treasurer


Ademusoyo Awosika-Olumo

Chrissy Buteas

Linda Carter

Aisha Lawrey

Serena Lee

Maureen McNamara

Charles Mierswa

Khadija Niang

Asia J. Norton

Alana Vega

Jessica Viotto

Estelle Vaughns-Williams, MD

Meet Our Staff Leadership

Natasha Hemmings, Chief Executive Officer

Michael Forrestall, Chief Operating Officer

Vicki Paulson, Vice President of Fund Development & Advocacy

Jamie Kay Discher, Director of Membership

Christiane Gratzel, Director of Human Resources

Tiffany Lewars, Director, Office of the CEO

Mechelle Norton, Director Product Programs (Interim)

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 (Director, Office of the CEO) at to be connected with the Board Development Committee.

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