Melinda Mitchell Jones, MSN, JD, RN, Board Chair: Melinda Mitchell Jones earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1976 from Baylor University. She earned a masters in nursing with a focus on administration from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a law degree from Texas Tech University. She has held a variety of clinical and administrative positions in healthcare throughout her career and has been on faculty with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center since 2004. She recently stepped down after 10 years as Associate Dean responsible for online undergraduate studies to spend more time with her family. She sat on the board of Girl Scouts Texas Oklahoma Plans from 2009 to 2016; recently returning to the board in 2019. She was a member of the Women of Distinction Planning Committee for Lubbock in 2012 and 2013 and has been a member of the Board Development Committee since 2016. She is married to Glenn Jones, PharmD, MBA, has four grandchildren, and enjoys travel, reading, and needlepoint.
Board Executive Committee
Jeanette Martinez, Vice-Chair: Jeanette Martinez is executive administrator to Tarrant County Precinct One Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks. In her role, she focuses on administrative and constituent services by working alongside organizations to stay abreast of resources available to Tarrant County residents. Ms. Martinez earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas in Arlington and her Bachelor of Science from Texas Wesleyan University. She serves on the Fort Worth Chapter of the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas board as treasurer, Fort Worth Community Action Partners Council board as a member, the Tarrant County Resource Connection Advisory Board as chair, and the Tarrant Special Events Foundation as secretary.
Angela Lamb, Treasurer: Angela Lamb is an agency owner with Farmers Insurance and Financial Services. She opened her agency in 2004 and has 5 employees. She grew up in Auburn, Nebraska on a hog farm and moved to Texas in 1999. She has been married to Les Lamb for 10 years and they have a 9-year-old son, Lone. Angela earned a Bachelor in Business Administration and Masters of Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University. Earning Forty Under Forty in 2014 was a great accomplishment that she is very proud of. Angela has served on the Fort Worth Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors since 2007 and is a past President, she is currently serving as Treasurer for the Girls Scouts Texas Oklahoma Plains board of directors, committee member of the Platinum Women at the Fort Worth Club and serves on the membership committee for Women’s Policy Forum.
Ashley Gill, Secretary: Ms. Gill was active in Girl Scouts growing up in Minnesota. Girl Scouts helped her build confidence and character and aided in setting her up to be successful in high school, college, and beyond. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Morris, in 2006, she moved to Texas where she earned her master’s with honors in 2010 from Tarleton State University. Ms. Gill is a regional safety specialist for SWS Environmental Services, covering Texas and Louisiana. Her volunteer activities include serving as the board chair and general manager of the Dallas Derby Devils, Dallas–Fort Worth’s women’s flat-track roller derby league, a nonprofit organization with over 150 members. She enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, traveling, cycling, and playing roller derby.
|Angela Boyd |
|Dr. Di Ann Sanchez |
|Kathleen Barkley |
|Kendra Thornton |
|Elizabeth Blackwelder |
Joseph Keller |
North Richland Hills, TX
|Dana Burghdoff |
Fort Worth, TX
|Carlos Walker |
|Norma Cardenas |
Alexis Piet |
Fort Worth, TX
SENIOR LEADERSHIP STAFF
Chief Executive Officer - Becky Burton*
Becky is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts and has served more than 20 years with the organization. A native of Abilene, she graduated from Texas Christian University in 1982. Becky currently serves on the Education Committee of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth. She is an active member of her church, First United Methodist Church of Hurst, serving on the Finance Committee. Becky is also a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Association of Girl Scout Executive Staff, Women’s Policy Forum, United Way of Tarrant County, and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.
Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer - Cynthia Odom*
In addition to financial oversight of the council, Cynthia’s responsibilities include council strategy, human resources, product sales, retail, information systems and information technology. She serves on the GSUSA 2014 National Strategy Team and GSUSA Product Sales Advisory Group. Cynthia has received numerous community awards and has served on the local Board of Directors for nonprofits including United Ways, PTA’s and the local and national Board of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Aids Outreach and Greater Texas Community Partners.
* Ex Officio Officers
Chief Operations Officer Jason Burnette
Jason leads the council in enhancing and increasing girl and adult membership and oversees the council's membership, volunteer and girl experience, and marketing teams. Prior to joining the GS-TOP leadership team, Jason served as the Council Operations & Membership Consultant in the Customer Office at GSUSA. Jason’s tenure in Girl Scouts began at Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma where he worked as Director of Marketing & Membership Services, leading the strategy and marketing campaigns around membership recruitment. Jason also worked as Sales Manager for SMG Tulsa – Cox Business Center where he cultivated potential nonprofits, national associations, and corporate clients.
Chief Community Relations and Development Officer Marilyn Jones
Marilyn is responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction to the GS-TOP fund development team and for developing new, sustainable partnerships with key community stakeholders throughout the Fort Worth/Tarrant County area. She is engaged throughout the Tarrant County community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Policy Forum and Women’s Policy Forum Foundation; member, Education Foundation for Fort Worth Schools; member, Barbara Holston Education Foundation; member, Women’s Health and Health Disparities Advisory Board and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Fort Worth Alumnae, where she serves as co-chair of Delta Academy.