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Board of Directors

Girl Scouts is a lot of fun, but it’s also a business with a corporate structure. We have a volunteer board of directors comprised of girls and adults. The combined expertise of these community members provides the leadership to set the direction of the council and establish the policies and bylaws (amended April 26, 2014) that guide us. The Stewardship Report shared at our 2015 Annual Meeting is available here. The annual 990 form for our council is available upon request from our Finance Department.

Board Responsibilities

The board of directors is responsible for the corporate business and affairs of the council and the governance issues of the council (i.e.  strategic planning, fund development, financial oversight, interaction with the community and ensuring a system for policy influencing between the membership and the board.)  Questions, ideas and input on making our council the best it can be can should be directed to: If you want to hear from a specific member, please note that in your email. Thank you. Questions and/or comments related to the board of directors can be directed to: Questions, ideas and input on ensuring our board development program is the best it can be should be directed to:

Board Requirements

  1. Be a registered member of Girl Scouts of the USA
  2. Financially support Girl Scouting at the leadership level
  3. Make a concerted effort to attend five board meeting, the annual council meeting and board training
  4. Be a positive role model and advocate for Girl Scouting
  5. Be willing to be a part of at least one council committee
  6. Have a clear understanding of the council’s long-range strategic plan

Board of Directors- Officers

  • Teresa Colgan, Chair Burlington, IA 
  • Jill Dashner, First Vice-Chair Cedar Falls, IA 
  • Lee Mowers, Treasurer Silvis, IL 
  • Theresa Dunkin, Secretary North Liberty, IA

Board of Directors- Members at Large

Andrew Abbott, Cedar Falls IA— Nancy Bether, Elma, IA— Kay Sackville Breuer, Burlington, IA— John Cummings, Cedar Rapids, IA— Nancy Dunkel, Dyersville, IA— Cherylyn Foster, LeClaire, IA— Laurie Hamen, Cedar Rapids, IA— Laura Hubbard, Burlington, IA— Scott Illingsworth, Rock Island, IL— Marika Jones, Bettendorf, IA— Tracy Schwind, Quad Cities— Sierra Pope, Williamsburg, IA— Carolyn Rankin, Waterloo, IA— Anne Ryerson, Geneseo, IL— Katie Wiedemenn, Dubuque, IA— Rachel Jaeger, Dubuque, IA— MaryTheresa Gehrmann, Bettendorf, IA

Board Development Committee

Aaron Baltisberger, Burlington, IA— Nancy Bether, Elma, IA— Mary Ann Brown, Burlington, IA— Marika Jones, Bettendorf, IA—Michel Stone, Cedar Rapids, IA— Katie Wiedemann, Dubuque, IA— Cherylyn Foster, LeClaire, IA

Board Meeting Dates

We hold five board meetings a year, in addition to the annual meeting in April. Meetings are held in person or via videoconferencing from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The purpose of the meetings is to discuss and transact council business according to the Bylaws of the council.

Fiscal Year 2016

January 21, 2016 || March 17, 2016 || April (Annual meeting) 2016 || May 19, 2016 || August 11, 2016 || October 20, 2016

Fiscal Year 2015

October 9, 2014 || January 15, 2015 || March 12, 2015 || April (Annual Meeting) 2015 || May 21, 2015 || July 16, 2015 || October 22, 2015

Board Meeting Minutes

Fiscal Year 2015-16 minutes