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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.

Email GSBoard@GirlScoutsToday.org with questions or ideas
for Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. 

Officers
JillDashner

Jill Dashner, Chair, Cedar Falls
Jill lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and is the Assistant County Attorney for Bremer County.  Jill is an active member of St John Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls. When time allows, she enjoys fostering rescue dogs and being active in her neighborhood.  She belongs to a book club, and loves camping, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her family. In her line of work, Jill sees many young people follow the wrong path simply because it is the only path presented to them. She is proud to represent organizations like Girl Scouts, with the ability to empower young women to envision a different direction.



teresacolgan

Teresa Colgan, Vice Chair, Burlington
Teresa is the Chief Clinical Officer for Great River Medical Center in Burlington, Iowa,  and has been volunteering with Girl Scouts for 35 years, starting as the camp nurse at Camp L-Kee-Ta.  She did a wide range of volunteer roles and in 1999, began her tenure as a member of the Board of Directors for Shining Trail Council.  She became Shining Trail Council President in 2003.  Teresa co-chaired the Realignment Committee during our realignment and continued offering her leadership on a multitude of projects including strategic planning and performance excellence. Our council has prospered under her creative, strong and steady leadership.



SarahBeckman

Sarah H. Beckman, Treasurer, Burlington
Sarah is a certified public accountant and shareholder of CPA Associates PC in Burlington, Iowa.  She accredits her cookie sales experience as a former Brownie for fueling her passion for numbers.  Sarah performs financial statement audits and prepares individual, business and not-for-profit tax returns.  She has a Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa.  Prior to working at CPA Associates PC, Sarah was a manager with Ernst & Young LLP in Des Moines Iowa.

Besides numbers, Sarah enjoys spending time with family, participating in farming operations with her husband and reading a great book.



AnneRyerson

Anne Ryerson, Secretary, Geneseo
Anne is the Manager of Product Safety and Compliance for John Deere’s Intelligent Solutions Group.  In this role she leads a global team of engineers working to ensure safety and compliance of John Deere electronic products. An electrical engineer, Anne has experience in product development, electronics design, and product safety in her 20 years at John Deere.  She is a Gold Award recipient, lifetime member of Girl Scouts, and has been a member of the GSEIWI Board of Directors since 2013.

Anne is passionate about volunteering and giving back to the community. She has many years of experience leading STEM outreach and youth programs, including FIRST Lego League, John Deere Inspire, and the Society of Women Engineers.  A mother to three boys, she is also a Cub Scout den leader.

Members at Large
ChelseaHillman

Chelsea Hillman, Davenport
Chelsea is a self proclaimed “marketing nerd” with experience in leading strategy and people. She believes that investing in relationships is the key to success. She is someone you can count on to be curious, collaborative, and not afraid to challenge the status quo. Her teammates gave me the nickname the "Swiss Army Knife"​ because of the diverse skills and knowledge she brings to a group and her willingness to help in any situation, especially when the pressure is on, stress is high, and working on a deadline. She believes in setting process to work smarter, not harder and thrives in environments where the mission is to solve problems better than yesterday. At the end of the day, her goal is to leave this world a better place.



Tracy Schwind

Tracy Schwind, Davenport
Tracy Schwind is Senior Vice President, Marketing and Human Resources at Northwest Bank & Trust Company. She is a member of Great River Human Resource Association and Quad Cities Chamber Human Resources Round Table, and a Lead(h)er Mentor. Tracy currently serves as the Chair of Women Lead Change Quad Cities Women Connect. In addition, she has been an active volunteer for the Davenport Public Library, River Music Experience, and Davenport Schools Foundation.

Tracy is a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts and has always loved every step of being part of Girl Scouts along the way.



TheresaDunkin

Theresa Dunkin, North Liberty
Theresa A Dunkin is the Assistant Director of the Office of Statewide Clinical Education Programs and the Director of the Iowa Health Professions Tracking Center at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine.  She has been with the University of Iowa for 38 years.  The tracking center that she directs collects demographic and geographic information on Iowa’s Healthcare providers; Physicians, Physician Assistants, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentist.  Theresa started out in healthcare as a Pharmacy Technician and continues to maintain her certification in the field.

She is a Lifetime member and has been active in Girl Scouts since she was in 1st grade, starting out in Shining Trail Council.  Theresa has served in many volunteer positions over the years:  Camp Counselor, Troop Leader, Service Unit director, Membership Recruiter Event Coordinator, Recognitions Coordinator Equestrian Trail Leader, National Delegate 100th Anniversary Committee Member, Strategic Learning Committee and currently on the Council Recognitions Committee and GSEIWI Board Member.



AnnaPatty

Anna Patty, Cedar Rapids
Anna is Marketing and Communications Director at Covenant Family Solutions, a leading innovative provider of mental and behavioral health care, as well as Owner and Doer of Good at Be The Good Consulting LLC. She has more than 15 years of experience leading communication and marketing efforts in the nonprofit and healthcare industries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa with degrees in Journalism and Spanish. Anna has presented several times at national conferences and led nonprofit communications workshops in the Corridor. In 2018, she was recognized as one of the Forty Under 40 honorees for the Corridor (an award presented by the Corridor Business Journal).

Never far from the nonprofit world, Anna believes in giving back to the community. In addition to serving on the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois Board of Directors, she currently serves as Vice President of the Family Promise of Linn County board of directors and is a past board member and chair of the Women’s Equality Coalition of Linn County. If you ever catch Anna with a free moment to spare, you might find her in the garden or on a geocaching adventure with her husband and four energetic children.



Divot

Laura L. (Divot) Ekizian
Laura is President of Quad City Bank & Trust. She attended St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, where she earned her nickname Divot, which she still goes by today. As an undergrad, Divot played four years on the Women’s Golf Team and served as the first female President of the Student Government Association during her senior year. Upon graduating with her degree in Mass Communications she became the head coach of the SAU Women’s Golf Team. A position she held for 10 years. Divot has been involved in several community organizations including: The Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the YWCA, the Quad City Rowing Association and the Genesis Health Foundation Golf Committee. She remains active with the John Deere Classic where she was the 2014 Volunteer Chairman of the tournament and served on the board for 10 years. She currently serves on the Boards of Quad City Arts as treasurer and Davenport County Club.



AndrewAbbott

Andrew Abbott, Waterloo, Iowa
Andrew Carl Abbott is the President of Abbott Law Office, P.C., as well as a Judicial Magistrate for Black Hawk County – District 1B. As a Magistrate, he regularly deals with attorneys hailing from all over the State of Iowa and, most times, handling pro se individuals that are seeking justice through the legal system or need direction with regards to how to resolve their situations. Andrew is also an emergency contact for mental health and substance-related disorder 48 hour holds in Black Hawk County. He has experienced a wide range of areas of legal practice, focusing on general practice. Most recently, his focus has been on both the civil and criminal aspects of law, with more of an emphasis on family law and juvenile law.  He continues to maintain a contract with the State Public Defender’s Office to provide services for those in need.

He is active in the community as a member of the housing corporation, board member of the African American Historical and Cultural Museum, and member of Trinity Lutheran Church.



TimConlon

Tim Conlon, Dubuque, Iowa
Timothy J. Conlon is the President and CEO of Conlon Construction Co., a 117-year-old-company founded by his grandfather in 1903. Tim has 50 years of experience in all aspects of the construction industry. Over the years, Tim has served on over 20 boards and committees and has supported capital or annual fundraising campaigns for eight important Dubuque community institutions.  He has also been involved with the Advisory Boards for the NICC Community College, Dubuque Community School District, and University of Northern Iowa Construction Management Program.

In 2016, Tim was the recipient of the Master Builders of Iowa (MBI) Build Iowa Award, which recognizes a general contractor’s skill, responsibility, and integrity in performance both in construction and in their community. He is actively involved with the MBI and has served as its President. In 2008, Tim was voted by the Tri-State Business Times as the second most influential person in their Top Ten Most Influential People in the Tri-States. Tim received the Dubuque Jaycee’s Gil Chavenelle Award in 2001 for exceptional leadership, contribution, and service to the Dubuque Community.



BethNickel

Beth Nickel – Burlington, IA
Beth is the mother of two young girls, both of whom participate in Girl Scouts. Professionally, she is the Sales and Marketing Director for Southeastern Community College, Center for Business (CBIZ). Beth enjoys building relationships with clients in the business and industry sectors throughout Southeast Iowa. Prior to joining Southeastern Community College she spent nine years leading the Greater Burlington Convention & Visitors Bureau as there Executive Director. Beth is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. Beth has been involved with many organizations including the Greater Burlington Young Professionals, Burlington Steamboat Days, Flint River Trails Committee, Devine Mercy Parish Commission, Eastern Iowa Tourism Association, and Travel Federation of Iowa. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Burlington Partnership, American Music Festival Foundation Board, and serves as program director for the Mississippi Valley Human Resource Association.



Dr. Rachel Savage – Moline, IL
Dr. Rachel Savage has 25 years of experience in the field of education in Iowa, Illinois, and Arizona. She has served as Superintendent, High School Administrator, K-8 Principal, 6-8 Principal, and a High School Spanish teacher. She has also served as Adjunct Professor for the University of Dubuque and Northeast Iowa Community College. Her doctorate is in K-12 Organizational Leadership. She also has an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, and another in Educational Administration.

Her husband, Dr. Eric Savage is a Professor for the University of Dubuque, in the Department of Aviation. He is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Aviation and Flight for Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her daughter Gabby, is a junior at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, pursuing a degree in Hotel-Restaurant Management. Her son, RJ, is a freshman at the University of Iowa. He is studying industrial engineering and is also a private pilot working on his flight credentials at Jet Air in Iowa City. The family dog, Pilot, is an English Springer Spaniel and everyone’s best friend. 

Girl Board Members
Annie Gulick

Annie Gulick, Dyersville
Starting Girl Scouts in Kindergarten, Annie is now in grade 11 at Beckman Catholic School in Dyersville, Iowa. Annie is passionate about helping her community and through her involvement in Girl Scouts, has hosted BINGO, provided manicures, and caroled at a local nursing home. She has also volunteered at food pantries and lead events for younger Girl Scouts. She has achieved the Silver Award, Bronze Award, Summit Award, Service to Girl Scouting Bar, and President’s Volunteer Service Award for her commitment to making the world a better place.

Annie also works as a clerk at Dollar Fresh Grocery Store and as a waitress at Chan Garden. She is very involved at school and participates in concert and marching band, choir, musicals, dance team, color guard, art club, yearbook, school newspaper, and is a student ambassador. Annie is also a competitive gymnast and dancer!



AllyAnnaWheeler

Ally-Anna Wheeler, Anamosa
Ally-Anna is in her eleventh year as a proud and active Girl Scout. In addition to earning the Bronze and Silver Awards and Community Service and Service to Girl Scouts bars (Cadette and Senior), she has also received the Spirit Award. Ally-Anna was a 2020 National Delegate and currently serves on the council Girl Advisory Board. Today, she’s working toward her Gold Award and Volunteer in Training.

When Ally-Anna is not at a Girl Scout event, she is likely on stage for Show Choir, Color Guard, Winter Guard, Winter Drum Line, Jazz Band, Honor Choir, Theater, or enjoying extracurricular mathematics. Yes, extracurricular.



Gwen Canney

Gwen Canney, Cedar Rapids
Gwen has been a Girl Scout since Kindergarten! She is currently a GSEIWI Advisory Committee member, and has earned the Bronze and Silver Awards, and is working towards the Gold Award. She is the co-founder of the GSEIWI group, Solar Sister Astronomy Club. In 2019, her Solar Sisters team applied to a national Girl Scout program and won! Her team was flown to NASA for a week and trained there on all things astronomy. The group currently meets monthly.

Gwen is a sophomore at Kennedy high school in Cedar Rapids. One of her absolute favorite things to do is roller skate! She works at Starbucks and likes to collect pins and put them on her work apron. She has four cats, and one dog. 

Board Development Committee
ChelseaHillman

Chelsea Hillman, Davenport
Chelsea is a self proclaimed “marketing nerd” with experience in leading strategy and people. She believes that investing in relationships is the key to success. She is someone you can count on to be curious, collaborative, and not afraid to challenge the status quo. Her teammates gave me the nickname the "Swiss Army Knife" because of the diverse skills and knowledge she brings to a group and her willingness to help in any situation, especially when the pressure is on, stress is high, and working on a deadline. She believes in setting process to work smarter, not harder and thrives in environments where the mission is to solve problems better than yesterday. At the end of the day, her goal is to leave this world a better place.



AnnaPatty

Anna Patty, Cedar Rapids
Anna is Marketing and Communications Director at Covenant Family Solutions, a leading innovative provider of mental and behavioral health care, as well as Owner and Doer of Good at Be The Good Consulting LLC. She has more than 15 years of experience leading communication and marketing efforts in the nonprofit and healthcare industries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa with degrees in Journalism and Spanish. Anna has presented several times at national conferences and led nonprofit communications workshops in the Corridor. In 2018, she was recognized as one of the Forty Under 40 honorees for the Corridor (an award presented by the Corridor Business Journal).

Never far from the nonprofit world, Anna believes in giving back to the community. In addition to serving on the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois Board of Directors, she currently serves as Vice President of the Family Promise of Linn County board of directors and is a past board member and chair of the Women’s Equality Coalition of Linn County. If you ever catch Anna with a free moment to spare, you might find her in the garden or on a geocaching adventure with her husband and four energetic children.



AnneRyerson

Anne Ryerson, Secretary, Geneseo
Anne is the Manager of Product Safety and Compliance for John Deere’s Intelligent Solutions Group.  In this role she leads a global team of engineers working to ensure safety and compliance of John Deere electronic products. An electrical engineer, Anne has experience in product development, electronics design, and product safety in her 20 years at John Deere.  She is a Gold Award recipient, lifetime member of Girl Scouts, and has been a member of the GSEIWI Board of Directors since 2013.

Anne is passionate about volunteering and giving back to the community. She has many years of experience leading STEM outreach and youth programs, including FIRST Lego League, John Deere Inspire, and the Society of Women Engineers.  A mother to three boys, she is also a Cub Scout den leader.



Dee Vandeventer, Cedar Falls, IA

Board Meeting Minutes

   

Board Meeting Dates

January 21, 2021
March 18, 2021 – Annual Meeting
May 20, 2021
July 15, 2021
October 21, 2021

January 20, 2022
April 9, 2022 – Annual Meeting
May 19, 2022
July 21, 2022
October 20, 2022

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!

Connections

  • 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

Industries

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

Values

  • 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!