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Amber Childres

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Welcomes New Board Members

HOUSTON (June 2009) – Eighteen community leaders were recently elected to the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) board of directors. Officers of the board include Mary B. McIntire who will serve as board chair, Stacy Methvin serving as second vice chair and Mary Jo Poindexter serving as secretary. Board members-at-large include BJ Bonner, Portia Cook, Kay Craig, Robert Dennis, Susanne Morris Glasscock, Winell Herron, Delores Hinkle, Jean Janssen, Betsy Kamin, Donna Rolland, Mary Ryder, Rhonda Smith, Cathy Wining Thomas, Louise Villejo and Stephen Richter.

“Volunteers are fundamental to Girl Scouting, and it’s a privilege to have such talented and dedicated volunteers join our board of directors,” said Mary Vitek, chief executive officer of GSSJC. “Their contributions will be invaluable as we approach our 100th anniversary in 2012, and strive to remain the premier leadership organization for all girls.”

McIntire has been on the GSSJC board since June 2000, previously serving as chair since June 2007. She has served on numerous committees, been a member of the Emerald Circle in 1996 and is a past president. Methvin is vice president of global distribution for Shell Downstream and has been with Shell for nearly 30 years. She has served on the GSSJC board since 2004 and chaired the Strategic Planning Taskforce. Poindexter is president and owner of Engineered Construction Specialists, Inc., and became active in Girl Scouting in 1982 after becoming her daughter’s troop leader.

Bonner is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts, and has been a Girl Scout volunteer for 18 years. She currently serves as the Senior Membership Coordinator at GSSJC. Cook has been active in Girl Scouting as an adult for 13 years serving in many roles that include troop leader, assistant service unit manager, national delegate, product sales department coordinator and assistant coordinator for the program department.

Craig is the owner and vice president of finance of Craig and Heidt, Inc. She started her Girl Scout experience as a Brownie, and was reintroduced as an adult when a friend recruited her to be a troop leader. Dennis is a partner in Pricewaterhouse Coopers L.L.P. Advisory Service – Dispute Analysis and Investigations practice domiciled in Houston. He has served on the GSSJC board for two years.

Glasscock was a Girl Scout for five years as a girl, and became a troop leader as an adult. She and her husband founded Texas Aromatics, Inc. in 1980 where she was employed until 2000. Herron is group vice president of public affairs, diversity and environmental affairs with H-E-B.

Winell is highly involved in the community and serves on the boards of several organizations in addition to the Girl Scouts. Hinkle is Director, Corporate Reserves for Marathon Oil, where she has worked for more than 20 years. She was a Girl Scout as a child, later serving as a troop leader for five years and troop camper for 10 years in South Texas Council.

Janssen is a retired attorney. She as first introduced to Girl Scouting as an adult in 1987 when she started work as outside council for GSSJC. She has served on the board since 2007 and also chairs the Human Resource Committee. Kamin is the partner in charge of the Houston office of Strasburger and Price. She has been a GSSJC board member for nine years and served as first vice chair for six years.

Rolland is the human resource manager worldwide for BMC Software, Inc. Ryder is senior vice president-strategic planning at Amegy Bank. She has been on the nominating committee for two years and chaired in this year, and has been on the development committee for two years.

Smith is the director of administration for Houston Municipal Employee Pension System. Thomas had a successful career of more than 25 years with ConocoPhillips, prior to her retirement as chief procurement officer in 2001. Villejo is executive director at UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She was a Girl Scout in GSSJC and has been an adult member for 11 years.

Richter is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Weingarten Realty Investors where he is responsible for the financial matters of the company, compliance with all securities laws and investor relations.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 65,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit