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2019-2020 Board

Board of Directors

The board of directors is responsible for the corporate business and affairs and governance of the council.

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for Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. 

Board of Directors

Board Members:

  • Jill Dashner, Board Chair - Cedar Falls, IA
  • Teresa Colgan, First Vice Chair - Burlington, IA
  • Sarah Beckman, Treasurer - Burlington, IA
  • Anne Ryerson, Secretary - Geneseo, IL
  • Andrew Abbott - Waterloo, IA
  • Tim Conlon - Dubuque, IA
  • Anna Patty – Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Theresa Dunkin – North Liberty, IA
  • Laura Ekizian – Davenport, IA
  • Chelsea Hillman – Davenport, IA
  • Beth Nickel – Burlington, IA
  • Dr. Rachel Savage – Moline, IL
  • Tracy Schwind – Davenport, IA

Girl Board Members

  • Jessica Kendell – Burlington, IA
  • Lily Mitchell – Bettendorf, IA
  • Ella Rosenthal – Iowa City, IA
Board Development Committee
  • Anne Ryerson, Chair, Geneseo, IL
  • Amy O’Brien, Burlington, IA
  • Dee Vandeventer, Cedar Falls, IA
  • Anna Patty, Cedar Rapids, IA
Board Meeting Minutes

Board Meeting Minutes

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Board Meeting Dates Fiscal Year 2021

  • January 21, 2021
  • March 18, 2021 (Annual Meeting)
  • May 20, 2021
  • July 15, 2021
  • October 21, 2021

All meetings will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. virtually or at alternating locations in the Quad Cities or Corridor regions.

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 Scouts.
  5. Serve on at least one council committee.
  6. Have a clear understanding of the council’s long-range strategic plan.

Interested in joining our board?

Bring your expertise, experience, and connections to help move Girl Scouts in eastern Iowa and western Illinois forward as a member of our Board of Directors.

Adult Prospective Board Candidate

Apply online today!


  • Someone who has access to top-level decision makers in their communities
  • Volunteer fundraising experience in a major non-profit
  • Willingness to open doors to community resources and individuals
  • Willingness to participate by asking and giving to fund raising efforts
  • Advocacy work with government

Strategic Planning

  • Visionary
  • Strategic thinker
  • Business strategy and or change expert


  • Expert in IT planning
  • CPA or CFO experience
  • Senior leader in company
  • Research / Development
  • Property relations
  • Marketing expertise or branding


  • Community partner
  • Supports other non-profit organizations
  • Embraces Girl Scout Promise, Law, and commitment to diversity
  • Advocate for Girl Scouts in a public setting

Skill Set

  • Experience serving on other non-profit boards
  • Willing and able to connect with audience to tell Girl Scout story
  • Understand importance of change management
  • Expert in girls’ and women’s issues

Additional Requirements

  • Create and increase revenue for the council
  • Make a personal gift to the council
  • Listen well to all points of view
  • Agree to conflict of interest statement and board member agreement
  • Express ideas and opinions clearly
  • Be a registered member of GSUSA
  • Prepare before each meeting and attend five board meetings and the annual meeting
  • Agree to participate in committees/task force work
  • Positive presence
  • Great representative in the public for Girl Scouts
  • Ability to participate in board meetings
  • Ability to provide oversight
  • High standards of personal and professional integrity
  • Forward thinking and dedicated to continued improvement
  • Positive ambassador for the Girl Scouts 
Girl Prospective Board Candidate

You know everything there is to know about being a Girl Scout and you're a great role model. Why not let your voice be heard? Girl Scouts in grades 10-12 can expand their leadership opportunities and become a member of the girl board.

You will represent all Girl Scouts when addressing important decisions for the council. When you're a member of the girl board you will see women in leadership roles, make lasting connections, and share your thoughts about Girl Scouts. Plus, it looks great on a resume. Deadline to apply is Friday, January 15, 2021.

Apply online today!