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Board of Directors

As a volunteer organization, Girl Scouts of Western New York have a volunteer board of directors composed of community leaders and professionals who provide our organization with leadership. These men and women believe in the value of Girl Scouting and its ability to develop girl leaders. The combined expertise of these community members provides leadership to the council by establishing the policies and bylaws that guide us.

These governance volunteers have the responsibility of strategic planning, fund development, financial oversight, appointment of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and are Girl Scout ambassadors to this Council. They are chosen by the Board Development Committee and elected by the voting members of the Council. All inquiries for the Board of Directors or the Board Development Committee can be directed to the Office of the CEO.

GSWNY Board of Directors 2017 - 2018

Lettie Chilson, Chair
Lori Valenti, 1st Vice Chair
Adrienne Rothstein-Grace, 2nd Vice Chair
Karen Penfold, Treasurer
Laura Dealy, Secretary



Dr. Virginia Horvath
Anne Kyzmir
Judy Maness*
Lynnette Haley O’Stewart
Kathleen Miller
Michael Osika
Diana Palotas
Jeff Platt
Patricia Raab
Catherine Roberts
Sue Sweet
Brian Thomas
Alyssa Whitfield

Chief Executive Officer

Alison Wilcox*



Judy Maness*
Bette Stonebraker**
Debra Whais

*Voting ex-officio Member
** Non-Voting ex-officio