Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida’s Board of Directors consists of community volunteers who have been elected by the Council’s Delegate Body. The board establishes policies to ensure the integrity of the organization. The Board Development Committee is elected by the Delegate Body to prepare and present a single slate of nominees to be considered for election to the Board of Directors, Board Development Committee and every three years, as National Council Delegates and Alternates. The Delegate Body consists of adult volunteers and members 14 – 17 years old elected in their service units who serve as voting members at the Council’s Annual Meeting. The Delegate Body also elects the Board of Directors and Board Development Committee, in addition to approving Council By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation.
2015 – 2017 Board of Directors (As Elected at 04/11/2015 Annual Meeting)
Ms. Brown-Burton, a resident of Coral Springs, is the owner of her own law firm, Law Office of Lorna E. Brown-Burton, P.A. and has been practicing Worker’s Compensation defense on behalf of Employer/Carrier/Serving Agents and Consumer Bankruptcy Law on behalf of the individual consumer. Ms. Brown-Burton earned her Degree of Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University for the Study of Law. She was admitted to the Bar in 1987 and was admitted to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida in 1990. Ms. Brown-Burton was an active member of the Legal Aid Board of Directors and held several officer positions which included President/Chair.
Ms Brown-Burton is also a member of the workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar, the Labor and Employment Section of the Florida Bar and the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar. Ms Brown-Burton is currently serving as the 17th Circuit Representative for Broward County on the Florida Bar Board of Governors which is the governing body for attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of Florida and previously served two 3-year terms on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee “17E” where she also served as Chair of that committee.
In her continuing community involvement, Ms. Brown-Burton is currently affiliated with Broward Lawyers Care; Leadership Broward; Broward Women’s Alliance; and Broward Alliance. She currently serves as Chair on the GSSEF Board of Directors. Ms. Brown-Burton has been recognized for her achievements in “Who’s Who in Black South Florida”, The Inaugural Edition, 2007, as one of South Florida’s Most Influential, “Who is Who in Black South Florida”, The Second Edition, 2009, as South Florida’s Counselors and by ICABA (Identify Connect Activate the Black Accomplished), Profile Directory of South Florida’s 100 Most Accomplished Blacks in Healthcare and Law, The Inaugural Edition, 2009 and was also featured in The Broward Alliance 2009 Economic Sourcebook.
Vice Chair (2015-2017)
Tami is the Administrator at EBC Ministries in Lake Worth and currently serves on 2 non-profit boards — Body Network in Port St. Lucie and Community Care in Royal Palm Beach. She is a former Girl Scout and a former Girl Scout volunteer. She has a Masters degree in Religious Education. She is married to David Donnally for 32 years, and they have one daughter, and 2 grandchildren. Tami has one book published and is working on a second. She enjoys reading, politics, entertaining, and spending time with her grandchildren.
MaryAnn, a native of Massachusetts is the owner and CEO of West Palm Pools, Inc. and a State of FL licensed Certified Swimming Pool Contractor. She is a member of the Chamber of the Palm Beaches and a 2011 Graduate of Leadership WPB. Joining the Florida State Chamber Foundation she became a committee member of their Six Pillar’s Program: Quality of Life & Quality Places. This program relates to the environment and specifically clean water. The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Six Pillars is comprised of more than 400 top business leaders and issue experts from around the state. They are the guiding force in the development of the first-ever, statewide, 20-year strategic plan toward a future economy that includes high-paying jobs, global competitiveness and vibrant communities.
MaryAnn has been a Brownie and a Girl Scout. She earned the nickname “Wheels,” as a leader with her Texas troop, as a result of procuring a 1500 gallon Water Buffalo from Goodfellow Air Force Base to bring water to their GS Jamboree. She was also instrumental in retrieving Jamboree entertainers Shari Lewis and “Lambchop’s” lost luggage from the airport terminal.
MaryAnn has lived and worked in most of the free world, including Japan, the Philippines and Viet Nam. MaryAnn lives in Jupiter with her husband Kenneth. She has 4 children and four grandchildren.
MaryAnn Stetson is CHAIR of the Board Development Committee.
Charles “Chuck” Shaffer has held the position of Executive Vice President, Retail Banking Executive at Seacoast National Bank since October 2013. He leads the Community Banking division, focused on helping consumers and small businesses meet their financial needs, particularly as technology and more choices proliferate. As a key driver in the Company’s recent efforts to move the Bank into the future, Mr. Shaffer has played an important role in influencing Seacoast’s mobile and non-branch distribution strategies, as well as designing and working across the organization to implement earnings improvement plans. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Controller of the Bank from 2005 to 2013. He joined the Bank in 1998 serving in various Accounting and Finance positions. His previous experience included all facets of accounting and finance including internal risk adjusted financial reporting, SEC reporting, regulatory reporting and strategic planning. Chuck holds a Bachelors of Science in Finance from Florida State University, a Bachelors of Arts in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University and a Master’s of Business Administration with a finance specialization from the University of Central Florida. He is also a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Florida.
Members at Large (2014-2016)
Ms. Proffitt is the President of Proffitt Management Solutions in West Palm Beach. She has served as the Finance Chair for Habitat for Humanity, and has served on the boards of Leadership PBC, Legacy Bank and the Delray Chamber of Commerce. She has an MBA in Finance / Operations and a degree in Education / Music from FSU.Prior to founding Proffitt Management Solutions, she served as a senior management executive for more than 20 years with FedEx Corporation. She is a lifetime member of Girl Scouting and currently serves on the 100th anniversary committee. Her interests include biking and kayaking.
Linda is president of Linda Strutt Consulting, Inc., a planning, zoning and development consulting firm located in Deerfield Beach. She has 35 years of professional planning experience, including former Director of Planning for Williams, Hatfield & Stoner; a planner with a Boca Raton consulting firm; and worked with Dr. John DeGrove as a research assistant at the FAU-FIU Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems. Linda has served on the Coconut Creek Planning and Zoning Board; appeared as a guest panelist and / or guest speaker on growth management and has participated in several visioning programs.
Linda is a graduate of and former secretary of, Leadership Broward VII and a Leadership Broward Foundation member. She has completed the Georgia Institute of Technology continuing education courses in Airport Noise and Land Use Planning.
Linda is a current board member and former President of the Broward Section of the American Planning Association; a former Board Chair of the Mental Health Association of Broward County and was formerly Treasurer, and Board member of the Palm Beach County Planning Congress. She completed the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) Program at Florida Atlantic University and has a BA from The American University. Her professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association.
Members at Large (2015-2016)
Jennifer Lee is President of Red Thread Studio, an online stitch craft shop specializing in quilting, hand embroidery and cross stitch kits and patterns with a modern spin.
Jennifer has 16 years of experience in the Financial Services industry. Prior to Red Thread Studio, Jennifer worked for American Express with progressive responsibilities for consumer insights, revenue optimization and strategy development in the merchant services business.
Jennifer graduated from the George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in International Business and a minor in Spanish where she played Division 1 Volleyball. She earned her M.I.M. (Masters of International Management) from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona/Archamps, France.
Jennifer resides in Palm City with her husband Jeff and two children, Adam and Grace.
Lisa Wulf is Chief Financial Officer with Right Management’s Florida/Caribbean Region. Lisa develops financial strategy for the Florida/Caribbean six office region to achieve the company’s vision, capital requirements and profitability goals and seamless interaction within Right Management’s global network. She provides effective reporting, analysis and forecasting in her advisory capacity to the CEO and President. Prior to this role, Lisa served as the Controller of the Florida/Caribbean region. With over 16 years of experience in finance and operations, she is responsible for ensuring financial strength and operating efficiency while managing all aspects of the accounting operations and team. Lisa has been a significant partner in creating behaviors that increase profitability and productivity concurrently with producing and analyzing financial results with respect to sales, cost, profit, trends and budgets. Lisa’s experience has been influential in managing business finances in correlation with the company’s vision and strategies.
Lisa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Riverside. She received her Master’s Degree from Florida Atlantic University in Urban and Regional Planning. In addition to her education, Lisa was President of the FAU’s Florida Atlantic Planning Society (FAPS) where she spearheaded local waterway cleanups. In addition to her association involvement, Lisa is committed to the community through groups such as the United Way, Salvation Army, City of Hope, and Early Alert Canines foundation for Diabetics.
Members at Large (2015-2017)
Neil is a Business Line Manager and District Manager with the Shaw Group. He is a native of Scotland and Canada but has spent most of his life in study and work traveling through Europe, Africa, Madagascar, the United States and Canada. Neil graduated as a Geologist from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and has applied his knowledge to the oil industry and environmental industry spending the last 20 years in Florida providing environmental services for groundwater resource protection and infrastructure improvements.
Neil enjoys rugby, outdoor pursuits and fishing and is an avid history reader on the development of Florida and enjoys tackling issues facing Florida growth. Neil’s main focus is STEM education for Florida youth and working with the transition from an agricultural/tourism to technology based economy. Neil and his wife Alison have 2 sons, one in University of Central Florida and one at home.
Neil Campbell is CHAIR of the Audit Committee.
Marina serves as Vice President, Global Human Resources at Shoes For Crews, LLC. Ms. DeMaio joined SFC in July 2013 as a human resources consultant and assumed her current role in November 2013. Prior to joining SFC, she was President of her consulting practice for ten years, Performance Management, guiding executive teams on all human resource matters and developed and implemented strategic and operational programs and processes to improve organizations human capital with a direct impact to sales and service organizations focused on increasing profitability.
She graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science in Business. In addition, she has written articles for Staffing Digest, spoken at many conferences, and served on acquisition teams. Marina resides in Weston, Florida with her husband David. She has two children both who have careers in film and theatre.
Michael is the VP of Information at NextEra Energy in Juno Beach. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business, with a concentration in Computer Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1997. He has over 20 years of IT experience in Systems Development, Implementation and Support. He is an Advisory Member on the Technical Advisory Committee in Palm Beach County Schools since 2012.
Franny, a native of Philadelphia, PA, has lived in Florida for over 33 years. She is the Owner of Gourmet Galaxy, a full service catering company that caters to the finest clientele. Gourmet Galaxy will celebrate its 25th year in business this year. She has been in the hospitality and catering business most of her adult life. Franny was a member of the host committee of the GSSEF Forever Green 100th Event.
Franny LaRue is also a member of the Board Development Committee and the Fund Development Committee.
Emma J. Wynn Sampson
Emma Sampson, retiree of the City of Oakland Park, gained experience in local government operations through service in the City Manager’s Office, Fire Department, Human Resources, Community Development and Municipal Service Departments. Emma has a Bachelors Degree in Business from Nova Southeastern University and a Masters from the University Phoenix in Organizational Management. She moved to south Florida from Rochester, New York over twenty years ago and now resides in Deerfield Beach. Emma has two sons and one daughter.
Kelly is Vice President, Legal Counsel at Jupiter Medical Center. Her role on the Executive Leadership Team at Jupiter Medical Center is to develop legal strategies to advance Jupiter Medical Center’s interests while addressing all legal issues that arise in the Medical Center’s business operations. She is responsible for the oversight of all legal matters related to the operation of the Medical Center and its affiliated companies. She advises and counsels Medical Center team members regarding a broad array of legal issues.
Kelly was among the first Board Certified Health Lawyers in Florida and she holds the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards as rated by her peers.
Kelly’s career has focused on the healthcare industry where she has represented a wide range of healthcare organizations including health systems, physicians, a large pharmacy benefit manager and the largest managed care provider in Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management from New College, University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and a Juris Doctorate from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Kelly has more than 26 years of legal experience in the healthcare industry. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Florida Academy of Healthcare Attorneys, and the Florida Bar Health Law Section.
Dr. Jean A. Wihbey
Dr. Wihbey believes in and enjoys community service and is actively involved in the PGA Corridor Association Board of Directors as Vice President, the North Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, serving as a Trustee, on the Board of Director’s Executive Committee and on the Women in Business Steering Council. She also serves on the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida Board of Directors, the Boy Scouts of America Advisory Board, the Max Fisher Boys and Girls Club of Riviera Beach Board Member and Secretary, the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Governing Board and the Florida Association of Colleges.
Dr. Wihbey was recently honored as the University of Connecticut’s Outstanding Higher Education Professional, a Florida Weekly Power Woman, and the New England College Board’s Exemplary Leader. Dr. Wihbey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University and a Master of Science in Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University. She is a national certified counselor and has a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in Educational Psychology.
GIRL BOARD ADVISORY MEMBERS, 2015-2016
Sara is a student at Olympic Heights HS and a Delegate from the Luna Service Unit. She has earned both the Silver Award and the Bronze Award and is in the process of setting up her GOLD project. She served as a Delegate at the 2014 National Council Session.
She has been active in Girl Scouting for the past 11 years, including earning a Leadership Award when her troop hosted a Brownie-Daisy troop for a year; a Presidential Service Award in 2012 and 2013; attending GS Legislative Days in Tallahassee in 2013; hosting a booth at the Girl Scout Day at the Zoo; working multiple years at Camp Creepy and Cookie U; helping plan and organize the Council Mom-n-Me Day at Camp Telogia; participating
and serving at Mall Madness; participating in service activities including taking gifts and singing at Nursing Homes; and is a Red Cross certified babysitter and first aider.
She also represented Girl Scouts in a meeting with Congressman Ted Deutsch, on the nationally syndicated Mr. Food television show and was interviewed on local radio in 2012 and 2013.
Jalessa is a student at Indian Ridge Middle School. She has been a Girl Scout since she was 5 years old. She has attended Camp Creepy, Mall Madness and Movie Mania. She has participated in a booth at CampTastic teaching younger girls to make crafts. She also was a seat usher at a movie event at Weston 8 Cinema.
She has earned her Bronze Award and is working with Plantation General Hospital on her Silver Award. She also has earned Journey Award badges; Cadette Program Aide, Cadette Community Service bar, Cadette service to Girl Scouting and Cadette Leadership in Action award; the President’s Gold award and the GSSEF Family award.
She also is part of an older girl group in her service unit, called CSAs (Cadette Senior Ambassador).