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 Board of Directors

 

 Board Leadership

 
  • Don Gregory, Board Chair

    Mr. Gregory retired from Reader’s Digest, where he worked for 31 years, as senior vice president and national sales manager of the QSP division. Sixteen of those years he worked with Girl Scout councils and was instrumental in attaining a major gift to the refurbishment of the Juliette Gordon Low birthplace. He is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts. Mr. Gregory is a member of the board of trustees of Springfield College and the board of directors of First City Club, Savannah, a member of The Landings Club of Savannah and the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts and has done graduate work in special education at the University of Virginia. Mr. Gregory resides in Savannah and is presently a consultant for Mrs. Fields.
  • Patricia Lyons, 1st Vice Chair

    Ms. Lyons is president of Senior Citizens, Inc., a nonprofit agency that serves over 20,000 seniors in seven counties of southeast Georgia. She has served as the Governor’s appointee to a blue-ribbon task force on prescription assistance and as a board member of the Georgia Council on Aging and of the Georgia Gerontology Society. She has received the First Class Award in Girl Scouting and has also been recognized by the Georgia General Assembly for Distinguished Service to the State of Georgia. Ms. Lyons has served as president of the Junior League of Savannah and on the Girl Scout Council of Savannah. She presently serves on the boards of St. Mary’s Home for Children, BB&T Bank, and the First City Club. Ms. Lyons received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee. She resides in Savannah.
  • Helen Mills, 2nd Vice Chair

    Dr. Mills recently served two terms as chair of the University of Georgia Retirees Association and served on the Athens Regional Medical Center board of trustees for 9 years. She recently served as secretary of the Athens Young Women’s Christian Organization and serves as member of the board of Northeast Georgia Boy Scout Council. Dr. Mills has also served as secretary of the board of the OneAthens Community Foundation. Her recent honors include the Northeast Georgia Girl Scout Council Woman of Distinction Award and the University of Georgia Alumni Association Faculty Service Award. Dr. Mills received her Bachelor of Science, Masters of Public Administration, and Doctor of Education degrees from the University of Georgia. She resides in Athens.
  • Pam White-Colbert, Secretary

    Pam is a native and lifelong resident of Macon, Georgia. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and her law degree from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law. Pam has been a practicing attorney for over 25 years and began her legal career at Georgia Legal Services as a staff attorney. Pam has been an Assistant District Attorney for the Macon Judicial Circuit for 24 years. She currently serves as a Trustee for the United Way of Macon, a Trustee for the Medcen Foundation, an advocate for Macon Bibb Citizen Advocacy, a member of Career Women’s Network and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She has also served as president of the Girl Scouts Board of Middle Georgia, the Hay House Board of Directors, and the Macon Bar Association. Pam is an active member of the Macon Bar, the State Bar of Georgia, the Editorial Board of the State Bar Journal, and the William A. Bootle American Inn of Court. She is married to the Rev. Marvin Colbert who is Pastor of Bethel AME Church in Macon, Georgia. They have two children, Shannon and Marshall, and reside in Macon.
  • Meridith Jarrell, Treasurer

    Meridith Jarrel is a lifelong Girl Scout. Coming from a family of educators, Ms. Jarrel has a love for public education and fulfills this by being a reader to public school elementary students. A Georgia native, she received her Bachelor's degree in Industrial Management in 1976 from the Georgia Institute of Technology, graduating with honors in three years. Ms. Jarrel began a career in banking in 1978 with C&S in Atlanta. She then assumed the position of President and Chief Operating Officer in 1995 for AT&T's Universal Bank, N.A. in Columbus, Georgia. Ms. Jarrel is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club, served as program chair in 2002-2003 and 2005-2006, and was the United Way Campaign Chair in 2001. She has served on a number of boards, often as an officer, including the Greater Columbus Chamber, the United Way, Concharty Council Girl Scouts, Uptown Columbus, Inc., Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation, Muscogee County Library Board, Columbus Housing Initiative, and Christmas in April. Ms. Jarrel has also served on numerous committees including the Georgia Bankers’ Association’s Public Affairs Committee, the Community Development Corporation’s Loan Committee, and the Literacy Alliance. She was a Woman of Achievement in March of 2000. In her spare time, her hobbies are shopping, cooking, shopping, sewing, shopping, decorating, and shopping. Ms. Jarrel is married and is the mom of three domestic shorthair cats and she and her husband presently make their home in Columbus.
 

 Members-At-Large

 
  • Myra Blackmon, Board Development Chair

    Ms. Blackmon was the founder of M. Blackmon Public Relations, handling strategic planning and new product rollouts in addition to national, regional and local media relations, advertising, and public participation efforts. She has served as executive, public relations and program staff of several Girl Scout councils and was president of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Georgia, 1999-2003. She currently chairs the Holly Hills Neighborhood Association and co-chairs the communications sub-committee. Ms. Blackmon served as founding board chair of CampuSource, now part of the Episcopal Church Foundation, was a member of the Commission on Communication for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and of Family Counseling Service in Athens. She was also an inaugural member of the advisory board for the Georgia Women’s Entrepreneurs Network and the University of Georgia’s Alumni Magazine. Ms. Blackmon received her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism at the University of Georgia and earned a Masters of Education in instructional technology from the University of Georgia in 2008. She resides in Athens.
  • Jacki Lowe

    Jacki Lowe was a Girl Scout for 10 years as a girl. She served on the Birmingham Girl Scout Board for a short period before transferring to Atlanta. Born in Dadeville, Alabama, Ms. Lowe graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Business Administration, later earning her Masters of Business Administration from Samford University. Jacki began her career at Georgia Power in 1974 serving in a variety of roles, recently as VP of Supply Chain Management for Southern Company. In the community, Ms. Lowe serves on the boards of Columbus Technical College Foundation, Columbus Regional Medical Foundation, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers, Inc., and Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation. In addition, she serves on the executive committee of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce and is the 2013 Chair. Ms. Lowe also serves on the Transportation Committee as Chair, the Governmental Affairs Committee and chaired the Intercity Leadership Conference and The Diversity Conference in 2011.Ms. Lowe is part of the Valley Partnership Joint Development Authority. She resides in Columbus.
  • Rebecca Lee

    Ms. Lee is vice president, Economic Development and Community Relations for Central Georgia Technical College. She serves on the board of the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, the executive board of the Central Georgia Chapter, American Red Cross, and is a member of the Georgia Adult Education Association, Real Estate Educators Association and the Macon/Bibb County Workforce Investment Board. She has volunteered on the HR committee of the Central Georgia Girl Scouts and her granddaughter is a third generation Girl Scout. Ms. Lee received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville and is a Certified Economic Developer Trainer (CEDT), granted by the Technical College System of Georgia. She resides in Macon.
  • Meredith Stiff

    Meredith Bishop Stiff serves as the Executive Director of the Goodwill Works Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that exists to raise awareness, funds, and in-kind support primarily for Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the Central Savannah River Area. Ranking first in her class at Stratford Academy, Mrs. Stiff was accepted into Emory University's Early Admissions Honors program where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University's Business School. She has invested 13 years of service at Goodwill Industries of Middle GA and the CSRA and in support of other Goodwill Industries around the country. She has chaired the Georgia Goodwill Association of Marketing professionals and has served as a Communication and Business Development trainer for Goodwill Industries International where she served on the Marketing and Communications Advisory Council for three years. Mrs. Stiff serves on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Augusta Rotary Club, Junior League of Augusta, Episcopal Day School Parent Association, Workforce Investment Board, Hull Foundation, and the Lydia Project Inc. Mrs. Stiff and her husband have five children and currently reside in Augusta.
  • Patti Laurens

    Ms. Laurens is a grown up Girl Scout. She was an active scout when growing up in Macon and achieved her Gold Award in 1996.  Patti received her MBA in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University and her BBA in Marketing from Mercer University.  Currently, she is the Market Communications Manager at Pinova, Inc in Brunswick, Georgia. Patti was voted Brunswick Junior Women’s Club Young Woman of the Year 2009-2010 and Ambassador of the Year for the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce in 2010. She also served as a commissioner on the Island Planning Commission. She is a great support to the community by serving as a volunteer for a number of worthy organizations.   Patti resides on Saint Simons Island.
  • Dr. Gwen Wood

    Dr. Gwen Y. Wood is a native of Savannah, Georgia. She is a retired faculty member of the political science department of Augusta State University, where she initiated and directed the Master of Public Administration degree program. She continues to teach on a part-time basis. Dr. Wood earned three degrees from the University of Georgia, including baccalaureate and master’s degrees in journalism and a doctorate in public administration. She was an administrator with the University Of Georgia School Of Law for seventeen years. Dr. Wood is author of the book, A Unique and Fortuitous Combination, as well as articles on land use regulation. She was the Law and Government section editor for The New Georgia Encyclopedia when it was first compiled in 2000. Dr. Wood served as president of the Georgia Political Science Association in 2002-2003. In 2010 she wrote the chapters on Georgia law and government for the textbook used in the 8th grade Georgia studies course in public schools throughout Georgia. She was program vice-chair for the state board of the League of Women Voters of Georgia, and she continues her lifelong work with Girl Scouts of the USA. While living in Athens, she served on the Clarke County Board of Zoning Appeals. She was a founding member and chair of the Greenspace Advisory Board of Columbia County, Georgia. She and her husband Barry are active members of Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church in Augusta and have one daughter.
  • Tom Feldman

    Tom is currently a partner and program division leader at Palmer & Cay, an insurance and risk management firm that he “re-joined” in 2011. Tom started his insurance career with St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Company and held various underwriting, marketing, and management positions in Orlando, Little Rock, Oklahoma City and Atlanta prior to settling in Savannah in 1999 with the original Palmer & Cay. Tom is devoted to the Girl Scout Movement. He is a Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts and served as a board member for the Girl Scout Council of Savannah, including four years as Board chair. He has been awarded the Honor Pin, Appreciation Pin, and Thanks Badge during his time with the Girl Scout Council of Savannah. His volunteerism has also included Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, church-related activities, and youth sports coach. A 1986 graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, Tom continued his studies by earning the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 1991.
  • Dr. Sally Whatley

    Dr. Sally Whatley retired in 2010 after almost 33 years as an educator.  Currently, Sally serves as a Board member for Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, a Sunday school teacher, and Upward Sports League Director. Whatley has served on the Albany Area Arts Council, Albany Chamber of Commerce Board, Albany-Dougherty Community Partnership Board and Advisory Board, American Heart Association Board, Boys and Girls Club of Albany Board, Dougherty County Health Board, Flint River Girl Scout Council Board, Randolph County Chamber of Commerce Partners in Education Program, United Way of Southwest Georgia Board/Campaign Cabinet chair and countless others. She is also developing a Partners in Education Program in Randolph County to support educators and children.  Dr. Whatley is married and has a son.
  • Judy Compton

    Judith (Judy) Compton has been a dedicated Girl Scout volunteer living by the Girl Scout mission wholeheartedly. Judy has served many Girl Scout positions from fund development director, council trainer, service unit director to board member and board chair. She was awarded the Lois Lane Award (outstanding woman in the community) presented by The Metropolis Planet and received the Community Service Award from the Metropolis Rotary Club. Since her move to Tybee Island, she has continued her Girl Scouts volunteerism, serving on the GSHG Board Cultivation and Fund Development committees, as Chair of the Savannah area Legacy Circle, and as volunteer chair of the Savannah area Women of Distinction events. Judy also serves as the co-leader of Troop 2012. Ms. Compton is also the proud recipients of the Thanks Badge (1995) and the Thanks Badge 2 (2013). Judy lives on Tybee Island, Georgia.
  • Robert Cooper

    Robert K. Cooper is senior development officer and assistant to the dean for external relations in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Cooper was previously executive director of the National FFA Foundation headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., where he served as the chief executive of the foundation. Before joining the National FFA Foundation, Cooper was director of development for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Prior to his work in Georgia, Cooper was director of development at the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He also was executive director of the Maryland 4-H Foundation in College Park, Md., and director of development for the National 4-H Council in Chevy Chase, Md. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. His wife Linda is a teacher with Oconee County Schools in Watkinsville, Ga.
  • Denise Marshall

    Denise Marshall is a Superior Court Judge in Dougherty County. She received her undergraduate degree from Spellman College and her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia. Ms. Marshall was appointed by then Governor Sonny Perdue to serve on the Georgia Commission For Family Violence and subsequently re-appointed by Governor Nathan Deal. She serves as Co-Chair of the State-Wide Task force Committee; Spelman Alumni Club; Leadership Albany Alumni (Graduate of 1988-89 Class); Rotary Club of Albany, Inc; Mt. Zion Baptist Church; and Board of Trustees Girls Inc. In September 2013, she had the honor of sitting by designation on the Supreme Court of Georgia for the purpose of an assigned case. The Honorable Judge Marshal resides in Albany, Georgia.
 

 Board Development Committee

 
  • Cynthia (Cyndey) Costello Busbee

    Cyndey Busbee is the Assistant Vice President for Corporate Communications and Business Development at Central Georgia Health System.  She is a Past president of the Macon Downtown Rotary Club and GA Women of Achievement. She currently serves on the board of the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, Grand Opera House and Boy Scouts Central Georgia Council.  Additionally, she serves at the chairman of the Wesleyan College Board of Visitors and is the Macon’s Cherry Blossom Festival chair for 2012. A graduate of Leadership Georgia Class of 2010, in 2006, Cyndey was noted in Macon Magazine with the 5 under 40 recognition.  Cyndey Costello Busbee resides in Macon.
  • Tommy Coleman

    Mr. Coleman is a partner with the law firm of Perry & Walters, in Albany. Mr. Coleman received his A. B. (magna cum laude) and M. A. From the University of Georgia in 1970 and 1972 respectively. While at the University he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation from law school he was admitted to the bar. His areas of practice are education, government and election law. He is a former Mayor of Albany and was Chairman of the Governor’s Local Governance Commission. He is a graduate of Leadership Georgia. Mr. Coleman is a strong advocate for children and education.
  • Shirley von Beck

    Ms. Von Beck is the program manager, Health & Occupational Programs at Aiken Technical College, Workforce & Business Development Division. She is currently an executive committee member of the United Way of Aiken County, chair of the Success by Six program, and board secretary for the Aiken County First Steps Partnership Board. Ms. Von Beck is a life-long Girl Scout and has held a GSUSA national position as Practicum Design Advisory. She has served as an instructor of trainers for Girl Scouts, Central Savannah River Council, and served on the executive committee and policy committee of that board. For 4 years, Ms. Von Beck was on staff as Adult Development Manager. She has received the Outstanding Volunteer award and the Thanks Badge. Ms. Von Beck has a Bachelor of Science in education from Shippensburg University and a Master in Education degree from the University of South Carolina. She resides in Aiken, South Carolina.
  • Sonya Francis

    Ms. Francis holds the position of Compliance Coach and Monitor for Goodwill Industries International in Rockville, Maryland but has the benefit of being able to work from home in Georgia. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Professionals, Augusta Richmond County Continuum of Care for the Homeless and has also served as a Girl Scout troop leader. A graduate of Augusta State University, she majored in business management. Ms. Francis currently resides in Augusta.
  • Myra Blackmon, Board Development Chair

    Ms. Blackmon was the founder of M. Blackmon Public Relations, handling strategic planning and new product rollouts in addition to national, regional and local media relations, advertising, and public participation efforts. She has served as executive, public relations and program staff of several Girl Scout councils and was president of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Georgia, 1999-2003. She currently chairs the Holly Hills Neighborhood Association and co-chairs the communications sub-committee. Ms. Blackmon served as founding board chair of CampuSource, now part of the Episcopal Church Foundation, was a member of the Commission on Communication for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and of Family Counseling Service in Athens. She was also an inaugural member of the advisory board for the Georgia Women’s Entrepreneurs Network and the University of Georgia’s Alumni Magazine. Ms. Blackmon received her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism at the University of Georgia and earned a Masters of Education in instructional technology from the University of Georgia in 2008. She resides in Athens.