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What is a National Delegate?
National Delegates serve for three years and attend the National Council Session, a meeting of Girl Scouts nation-wide which happens every three years. National Delegates are chosen by a vote of our Council Delegates at our Council's Annual Meeting and serve for three years.
What do they do?
National Delegates attend the National Council Session and vote on measures as representatives of our council. They also generally participate in discussion sessions in the run-up to the National Council Session in order to better represent the Girl Scouts of Northern California as a whole.
Current 2011 National Delegates also have a role in determining agenda topics for the 2014 National Council Session. Below are links to forms that delegates will find useful in preparing for the 2014 National Council Session:
- Calendar for Development of 2014 National Council Agenda
- Article VI, Proposals to the National Council
- Guidelines on Writing and Submitting Proposal for National Council Agenda
- National Council Agenda Proposal Form
2011 National Delegate Biographies
Tina Amber – Pleasanton
Clara Chin – San Jose
Meridith Davis – Martinez
Lorraine Fiamengo* – Santa Rosa
Kathy Johanson* – San Jose
Joanne Loritz – Napa
Michelle Luster – Redwood City
Cynthia Martin – Burney
Shawna Murphy* – Chico
Marina Park* - Oakland
Kristen Peckham – Salyer
Sandra Pete – Sebastopol
Ellen Richey – Berkeley
Deborah Sedberry – Orinda
Ann Sorenson – St. Helena
Shari Teresi* - Oakland
Marissa Vessels – Berkeley
Heather Vilhauer* - Oakland
*denotes staff member
Kelsey Daugherty – Vacaville
Leah Gee-Takahashi – San Francisco
Madeline Hartrich – San Jose
Tiffani Lau – San Jose
Aditi Pradhan – San Jose
Annastasia Wong – San Francisco
Taylor Zevanove – Pleasanton
Alternates – Adults
Carleen Butz – Hayward
Sandi Mulkey – Pittsburg
Quynh Pham – San Jose
Sherri Scarrott – Fairfield
Rebecca Simpson – Burlingame
Alternates – Girls
Jenesh Dobie – San Francisco
Tara Franklin – San Jose
Tina Amber: Adult volunteer Region 8. Tina is Currently Chair of the GSNorCal Board Development Committee a council learning facilitator and volunteer for Camp Two Sentinels. Tina has served on numerous Board committees and has been actively involved in strategic planning with GSNorCal and her legacy council. Tina is the mother of six daughters and was a Girl Scout Leader.
Clara Chin: Adult Volunteer Region 13. Clara has been a Girl Scout volunteer since 1994 when she started as a troop leader and has held numerous positions since then including Service unit Manager, Service Unit team Member, Older Girl Group Advisor, Cookie Manager and Fall Product Sale Manager. Clara was a senior executive with a large department store, with a specialty in operations/finance, and is currently an insurance agent and business owner.
Meredith Davis: Adult volunteer Region 10. Meredith is currently co-director of California Dreamin’ International Camporee 2012. She is actively involved in advising a Senior Girl Scout troop and understands the need to develop and promote the Girl Scout leadership program. She brings extensive experience in leadership positions from programs outside of Girl Scouting.
Lorraine Fiamengo: Database Manager, Santa Rosa office. Lorraine is a former troop leader and Day Camp Director. She has held many positions as staff for the Girl Scouts of Konocti and now with SGNorCal. Lorraine is currently the project manager of our new online data system.
Kathy Johanson: Community Development Director, San Jose office. Kathy began as a volunteer troop leader and has served as a volunteer learning facilitator. She became a staff member in 2003, and is passionate about empowering girls and adults in their Girl Scout experiences.
Joanne Loritz: Adult Volunteer Region 4. Joanne started out as a Brownie in Girl Scouts and went all the way through Seniors earning her First Class Award as a senior in high school. She has been a troop leader and service unit team member and looking forward to helping shape the next 100 years in Girl Scouting.
Michelle Luster: Adult Volunteer Region 6. Michelle is currently a Council Learning Facilitator and with the support of her employer has been instrumental in promoting a great partnership for improvements. Michelle has been a troop leader and active service unit volunteer.
Cynthia Martin: Adult Volunteer Region 2. Cynthia has held just about every volunteer position in her area from volunteer leader to a member of the Board of Directors of the legacy Sierra Cascade Girl Scout Council. She has worked hard to ensure that the adult volunteers in her remote area (with limited connectivity) are informed and engaged.
Shawna Murphy: Community Development Director, Chico Office. A member of the staff since 2009, Shawna has been hard at work increasing the girl membership in Butte County, while earning her Master’s degree. She is passionate about supporting the volunteers in her area and has seen double-digit membership growth in her area in a time of declining membership nationally and in our council.
Marina Park: CEO. A former Girl Scout and former managing partner of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, a leading law firm, known for its diversity and inclusion of women attorneys, attorneys of color, and attorneys of diverse sexual orientation, Marina has had first-hand leadership experience as a Girl Scout volunteer in her community—including as a founding member of Camp CEO.
Kristen Peckham: Adult Volunteer Region 1. Kristen learned leadership when she was a Brownie selling cookies and carried that knowledge on through her years as a Girl Scout. She has served as Service Unit Director for Six Rivers and has also served as Fall Product Sale and Cookie Manager for her service unit. As Coordinator of Trinity County’s Community Economic Recovery Team, she has developed a multi-year project-specific strategic plan for workforce development.
Sandra Pete: Adult Volunteer Region 3. Sandy has had a long adult volunteer career in Girl Scouts. During that time she has served as a volunteer troop leader, Council Delegate, and has run many Junior programs at the volunteer-run resident camp. She was also part of the founding group for Voices for Change.
Ellen Richey: First Vice President, GSNorCal Board of Directors. Ellen is Chief Enterprise Risk Officer of Visa Inc. She has a background in law, risk management and financial services. Previously she served as a director and member of the Fund Development Committee of Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area, and was a key member of the Council Realignment Committee for which she chaired the Finance subcommittee. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, where she graduated summa cum laude. Ellen was a Girl Scout in Massachusetts as a child, but she first experienced the pleasure of organized Girl Scout camping when she served as a volunteer mentor at the former San Francisco Council's "Camp CEO" program for at-risk girls. She is a resident of Berkeley.
Deborah Sedberry: Adult Volunteer Region 9. Deborah has been an volunteer troop leader for two troops from Daisy to Senior. Her passion has always been Diablo Day Camp and has served as unit leader, camp doctor, nature director, carpentry unit, and session director. Deborah has a private practice in developmental and behavioral pediatrics.
Ann Sorenson: Adult Volunteer Region 4. In addition to being a troop leader, Ann served on the Council Board of Directors for seven years for her legacy council of Napa-Solano. She has also served as delegate trainer and on the nominating committee. She is currently a volunteer learning facilitator and has been a Camp Director for numerous summer camps and travelling groups. She is passionate about outdoor program opportunities for girls, and has recently been honored as a “Juliette” by the North Coast area.
Shari Teresi: Senior Director, Adult Development. Shari is a lifelong Girl Scout (girl member and troop leader and service unit volunteer, and learning facilitator) and also has been an avid volunteer with numerous school and community organizations. She has been on staff for four years, where she is able to combine her passion as an educator with Girl Scouting.
Marissa Vessels: Adult Volunteer Region 7. Marissa is currently a full-time student at UC Berkeley, and is a life-long Girl Scout. She has worked as a camp counselor, and founded a non-profit organization for youth leadership and philanthropy as part of her Gold Award. Marissa is entering her third year as a member of the Girl Scouts National Board Leadership Lanes.
Heather Vilhauer: Director, Adult Development (Thrive Initiative), Oakland Office. Heather has transformed her girl experience in Girl Scouting into an adult volunteer role as a troop leader and learning facilitator and then into a staff position first in the Membership Dept and later as Director of the Universe Quest program in the Program Dept. Heather is now spearheading the Thrive Intitiative, and is devoted to developing targeted resources and course curriculum to support volunteers working with girls in 5th-12th grades.