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 – 2018 Board of Directors (As Elected at February 27, 2016 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 (2016-2018)
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 (2015-2017)
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.
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.
Veronica is the Director of IT Program at FPL / NextEra Energy. She is an honors graduate of FAU with a BBA degree, and a certified Project Management Professional, with the Project Management Institute. She has been a Special Olympics Tennis Coach, a Sunday School teacher and participated in the Big Brother / Big Sister program in New Jersey. As a youngster, she was a Brownie and a Junior Girl Scout. She lives in Jupiter and enjoys tennis and yoga.
Karin is VP of Integrated Media for Cancer Treatment Centers of America. She holds a BS in Psychology from Benedictine University and an advanced degree in healthcare from Boston University. She previously held marketing and advertising positions in Chicago, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Paris. She lives in Boca and enjoys travel, reading yoga and environmental advocacy. Her involvement in Girl Scouts spans 3 generations (her mother, her, and her daughter).
Nicole ‘Nikki’ Fried
Nikki is a partner at Colodny Fass’ lobbying and governmental consulting and insurance regulatory law division. She is experienced in complex commercial litigation. Nikki is a graduate of Florida Levin College of Law and also holds an MA in political campaigning and BA in Political Science from the University of Florida. She has several articles published on the impact of government on law. Her community involvement includes being a board member of Broward Days; a lobbyist for the nonprofit Florida’s Children First, participating in the greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and was a former University of Florida Board of Trustees Member. Nikki lives in Fort Lauderdale.
Jeannie is the head of Human Resources at Piper Aircraft in Vero Beach. She holds a BA in communications from Baylor University and an MS in HR Management from Chapman University. She is a certified HR professional. Previous employment includes HR positions at Raytheon in South Korea and the Department of Morale, Welfare & Recreation in Harrogate, England. She has been a GS leader and co-leader in Lakeland, FL. Previous association / volunteer activity includes Leadership, Indian River County; HR Fl State Council Board Member; Fl Energy Workforce Consortium and Polk County Workforce Development Board. She lives in Vero and enjoys creative writing and cooking.
Dr. Ofelia Utset
Ofelia is a Director of Biomarker Development at Opko Health in Jupiter, with focus on biotechnology and bio-diagnostics programs. Previous clinical and academic positions include Assistant Professorships at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center and private practice as a pulmonary critical care physician in Texas. She holds a BS from the University of Miami and an MD degree from the University of California. She had internal medicine internships at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She is a member of the American Medical Association and the Florida Medical Association. Her community involvement includes being an executive board member with Families First of PBC; task force member of the Business Development Board: Life Sciences and Healthcare Industry Cluster, and a member of the PBSC STEAM Leadership Partners Committee and past member of the EWPB. She was a troop leader, service unit manager and adult trainer with Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. Dr. Utset was a recipient of the GSSEF Emerald Award in 2015 and received the outstanding volunteer award in 2012. She lives in Jupiter.
GIRL BOARD ADVISORY MEMBERS, 2016-2017
Madeline is an 8th grade student at Pembroke Pines Charter and has been a Girl Scout for 5 years. She is part of the Junior Honor Society at her school and has participated in community projects. She and her troop are currently working on their Silver Award. She has participated in Cookie U and her troop is part of the World Scout Organization. She has expressed interest in sharing ideas to improve the recruiting process for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.
Jamie is in the 10th grade at Jupiter High School. She has earned both the Silver Award and the Bronze Award and the Service to Girl Scouting award from volunteering at the horse barn at Camp Wildwood, GS of West Central Florida. In the past she was helped with Cookie U, CampTastic and Camp Creepy. She has attended residential summer camps at Camp Nocatee, Camp Wildwood in west central Florida and a destination camp in Atlanta, GA. She has been active in girl scouting since she was in kindergarten.
Jaleesa is a pre-law magnet student at Ft. Lauderdale High School. She has earned both the Bronze and Silver award and is working on ideas for her Gold project. She served as a girl board advisory member for the 2015-2016 term. She has been active in girl scouting for the past 10 years.
Jaleesa has earned the Leadership award when she planned and executed Camporee for 200 participants; this is her third year planning and organizing Camporee. She has earned the Gold Presidential Service Award in 2013 and 2014, the Program Aide Award when she helped teach younger girls at Council’s Spooky Science event, and the Counselor in training award when she volunteered for GSSEF Summer camps. She has participated in many service projects, council activities, and is very active in the Royal Palm service unit volunteering for many events and mentoring younger girl scouts earning the community service bars and service to Girl Scouting bars.
She enjoys bowling and belongs to the marching, symphonic, and concert band at her school.