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Council Governance


Board of Directors

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania is governed by a board of directors, which provides strategic leadership, advocacy, decision-making, partnerships and policy development/oversight. It also includes three non-voting girl members, who are part of the Girl Advisory Committee.

Interested in sharing your talents with GSWPA? Complete the Board Application Form today!

Lois Kuttesch, Board Chair (Cranberry Township)
Mary Beth Taylor, First Vice Chair (Pittsburgh)
Dot Brookes, Treasurer (Cranberry Township)
Victoria Kush, Secretary (Cranberry Township)
Pat Burkart, GSWPA Chief Executive Officer (Pittsburgh)

Amy Lynn Haller (Pittsburgh)
Dana Pascarella (Pittsburgh)
Dawn Williams Zabicki (Presto)
Denise Sabolcik (Moon)
Dennis Lindberg (Ridgway)
Elizabeth Lamping (Mars)
Hilliary Creely (Indiana)
John Colburn (Pittsburgh)
John Polacek (Johnstown)
Kelly M. Ryan (Clarion)
Mary D Kohler (Wexford)
Michelle Maccagnan (Gibsonia)
Missa Murry Eaton (Sharon)      
Sarah Shaffer [Ex-Officio] (Pittsburgh)
Nicole H. King (Zelienople)

Girl Advisory Committee
Ava Nachman
Regina Seath
Laura Shope


Council Delegates

Members 14 years and older may serve as council delegates and participate in the council democratic process. Delegates provide guidance and input to the board of directors on major issues and policies affecting the future of the council and communicates those issues and policies to Service Unit members.

Delegate Position Description
Delegate Election Procedure
Delegate Guide
Blue Book of Basic Documents

For more information about becoming a board delegate, please contact


Annual Meeting

Held each spring, the Annual Meeting is for all members 14 years and older.

• Receive updates and provide input into council business and governance decisions made by the Board of Directors;

• Delegates vote on the Board of Directors Slate and Bylaws;

• See some of our outstanding volunteers receive awards

Representation by members in every Service Unit encourages informed decision-making and improved two-way communication.

2016 Annual Meeting Minutes

2015 Annual Meeting Minutes

GSWPA Form 990

Fall Town Hall Meetings

The purpose of the GSWPA Town Hall Meetings is to provide members (adults and girls 14 years and older) with the opportunity to:

  • receive updates and provide input into council policy and governance decisions made by the Board of Directors;
  • help set and support the strategic goals of the council;
  • and provide feedback and participate in discussions and forums necessary to ensure consistent, quality service-delivery of the Girl Scout program to members of Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania.

Representation by members in every service unit encourages informed decision-making and improved two-way communication.

2015 Fall Town Hall Report


2017 National Convention

Mark your calendar for the 2017 Girl Scout National Convention, scheduled for Oct. 4-8 in Columbus, Ohio!