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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Girl Scouts Louisiana East consists of a diverse group of community leaders and professionals. They ensure that the Girl Scout mission is carried out in southeast Louisiana. Board members are selected for their commitment to improving the lives of girls as well as their leadership, volunteer and nonprofit experience, ability to make financial contributions to Girl Scouts, professional and educational background, and knowledge of the community. They are chosen by the Board Development Committee and elected by the voting members of the Council. Board members can serve up to two, three-year terms.

The role of the Board of Directors is one of governance. Their responsibilities include strategic planning, fund development, appointment of the Executive Director, financial oversight, and interaction with the community. Questions, comments, or referrals for Board of Directors or Board Development Committee can be directed to the Office of the Chief Executive Officer. 

Read the GSLE Bylaws here

 

Lyndia Jones, M.D., Board Chair

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Girl Scout alum Lyndia Jones is an anesthesiologist in New Orleans who grew up in the Caribbean and lived in several states before moving to Louisiana. Lyndia says, "I was very involved with Girl Scouting growing up, and I am honored to be asked to renew that relationship. I believe that being involved with Girl Scouting helps to develop a strong sense of self, leadership skills, and the ability to work with others, values that are necessary throughout life and that are especially important to develop in young girls.”

She received a B.S. from St. Leo College in St. Leo, Florida and an M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI.  She served as a Member-at-Large of the legacy Girl Scout Council of Southeast Louisiana from 2004 until 2008, when she continued as a Board Member of Girl Scouts Louisiana East until 2013, and since then has also served on the Board Development Committee. Lyndia rejoined the Board in 2014 and has continued to provide insight and leadership in governance of the council.

Lyndia was involved with the Big Brother/Big Sister organization for six years. She is fluent in Spanish and is a French student. She enjoys all types of music, plays the piano and flute and loves singing, dancing and reading.

Rebecca Pennington, Ph.D., CFRE, Chief Executive Officer

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Before accepting the position of Girl Scouts Louisiana East CEO, Rebecca Pennington served as the Senior Director of Walk MS for the South Central Region of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where she also served as Vice President of Walk MS and Emerging Events and Vice-President of Development for its Louisiana office.  She has a consistent record of increasing revenue while serving in senior fund raising positions, with extensive experience in all areas of fundraising and public relations, particularly capital campaigns, the cultivation and solicitation of major gifts, annual and planned giving, and brand management.

Prior to joining the MS Society, Dr. Pennington worked in higher education for more than 22 years, managing capital campaigns for Nicholls State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Nunez Community College, as well as implementing and coordinating institutional and athletic brand images for Nicholls State. She has taught master’s level public relations classes as an adjunct professor at Southeastern and mass communications classes as an associate professor at Nicholls State.

She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts from Nicholls State University, a Master of Journalism from Louisiana State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and minor in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. She holds the designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and has also served on numerous not-for-profit boards of directors.

Dr. Pennington is a native Louisianan and is married to Royce Pennington. She has two daughters, Taylor and Ashley and two stepchildren, Kyle and Kaitlin, as was well as six grandsons. 

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Officers

  • Brett-Bonin

    First Vice Chair
    Brett Bonin
    Attorney, Brett A. Bonin Atty., L.L.C.

  • Nicole-Learson

    Secretary
    Nicole Learson
    TAA Fiscal Specialist, Louisiana Workforce Commission

  • Dawn-Palermo

    Treasurer
    Dawn Palermo
    Judicial Administrator, Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court

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Members at Large

  • Toya-Robertson

    Toya Brown-Robertson
    Senior Human Resources Representative, Entergy

  • Robyn-Merrick

    Robyn Merrick, Ph.D.
    Chief of Staff to the President, Southern University

  • Raquel-Ayles

    Raquel Square-Ayles, Ph.D.
    Regional Director of Education for Charter Schools USA

  • Judge-Regina

    Judge Regina Bartholomew-Woods
    Appellate Court Judge, Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal

  • Betsy-Stoner

    Betsy Stoner
    Executive Director, Orleans Parish Board of Election Supervisors

  • Juana-Lombard

    Juana Marine-Lombard
    Commissioner, Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control

  • Jesse-Thomas

    Jesse Smith Thomas
    Communications Strategist, New Orleans Saints

  • David-Magee

    David Magee
    Executive Director, H.Y.P.E. (Harnessing Youth's Potential and Energy)

  • Chimene-Saloy

    Chimene Grant Saloy
    Vice President of Community Affairs, Audubon Nature Institute

  • Brenda-Babin

    Brenda LeRoux-Babin, Ph.D.
    Former School Board Representative, District 5

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Board Nominating & Development Committee

Betsy Stoner, Chair

Lisa Plaia

Rebecca Pennington, CEO

Brett Bonin

Veronica Osby

Kelly McKinney