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Board Of Directors

The board of directors is the governing body for Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida, and is responsible for advising management on financial and policy issues that shape the Council’s strategic plans.

OFFICERS
Margaret "Peggy" Wingard, Chair
Sarah Nesbitt Artecona, 1st Vice Chair
Jenny Arias May, 2nd Vice Chair
Christine Rupert, 3rd Vice Chair
Ann House, Secretary
Linda Leasburg-Kramer, Treasurer
Chelsea Wilkerson, CEO

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE
Sandrell Apatira
Dr. Carolann Baldyga
Eliza Fendell
Georgia McLean
Sheryl Alonso
Ruth Silva
Carolyn Thompson

GIRL REPRESENTATIVES
Eileen Ellington
Thea Hartley

 

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Margaret "Peggy" Wingard, Board Chair
Owner, O-Gee Paint Company

Margaret (Peggy) Wingard is the owner and manager of O-Gee Paint Co., a premium paint, wallpaper and equipment chain in Miami, Fl. O-Gee Paint Co. has been recognized as one of the top women lead businesses in Florida and has been featured in national industry publications. A true Miamian, Peggy was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She received her degree in Business Administration from Florida State University.

Peggy is currently Chairperson of the Board of the Girls Scouts of Tropical Florida. Her leadership and entrepreneurial skills were developed in Girl Scouts. Peggy was a Brownie, Junior and Cadette Girl Scout. An advocate for Girl Scouts as an adult, she has held several community and training titles in Girl Scouts, including Board Secretary. In her 25 years as a volunteer, she has worked to improve her community, earning her the Thanks Badge from Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida. A true believer in the Scouting programs, her children advanced through all levels, where her daughter earned the Girl Scout Gold Award and her son his Eagle Award from the Boy Scouts.

Peggy enjoys butterfly gardening, campfires, kayaking and exploring new places with her husband George.

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Sarah Nesbitt Artecona, First Vice Chair
Associate Vice President of Community Engagement, University of Miami

Sarah Nesbitt Artecona is Associate Vice President for Community Engagement at the University of Miami. As part of the President’s Office, she is the point person for the University’s municipal, Chamber of Commerce and Business Organization Relations. She is responsible for Collegetown, a neighbor relations program for the City of Coral Gables’ 50,000 residents. She joined the University in 2000 as Media Spokesperson. Before joining the University, she was in senior leadership positions with a Fortune 500 company and was spokesperson for Miami-Dade County, the largest county government in the southeast United States. She is an active Board Member of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and past Board Chair, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the American Red Cross Greater Miami and the Keys, Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida, and the Junior League of Miami. Born during Hurricane Betsy, she is a Coral Gables native and third generation Miamian.

Sarah is a proud member of the Alabama Crimson Tide Nation. Sarah was named by Miami Today as a “Best of Community Involvement” and by the New Times as “Best Civic Lady.” She and her husband Mario, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, live in South Miami with their Basset Hound, Annabelle Lee.

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Jenny Arias May, Second Vice Chair
Vice President of Multi Family Group, Apex Capital Realty

Jenny Arias May has been actively involved in real estate for 16 years, representing developers in acquiring sites for condo, multi-family, hospitality and retail projects in the SE Florida market. She has also worked in identifying and assisting with the acquisition of cash flowing assets/value add properties for Investment Groups and Private Investors. These efforts have added to the firm's overall sales and leasing efforts with more than $200 Million in current real estate assets located in Miami's urban core.

In addition to her career accomplishments, Jenny is an avid environmentalist. She serves as an appointed member to the City of Coral Gables Green Task Force and advises other local governments on Climate Change issues. She served on the 2013-2014 National Association of Realtors (NAR) Committee on Land Use, Property Rights, and Sustainable Development and was also one of the co-founders of TREEmendous Miami.

Jenny serves and has served on several other boards and committees throughout Miami Dade County which include, DREAM IN GREEN, Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida, and The City of Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. Jenny graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Florida International University. She is dedicated to her work and to the community promoting sustainability, global education, and preserving our youth to a safe and healthy future. 

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Christine Rupert, Third Vice Chair
Captain, American Airlines

Christine Rupert, a Miami native, started taking flying lessons when she was 19 years and is a graduate of Miami Dade College’s Aviation program. She mentors for the American Airlines Cadet Academy and is on the Scholarship Committee for The Ninety-Nines, Inc., an international organization of women pilots. Christine is also a member of WAI (Women in Aviation International) and ISA +21 (International Society of Women Airline Pilots). Christine volunteers with her company and various organizations mentoring people interested in a career in aviation. She is a Girl Scout alum and her niece is a Girl Scout. 

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Ann House, MBA, Secretary, Board Development Chair
President, Ann House Consultants, Inc.
Associate Vice President of Advancement Services, University of Miami (Retired)

After retiring from a 40-year career at the University of Miami, Ann House began philanthropy (fundraising) consulting.  Her clients included Big Brother Big Sisters and Miami Dade College Foundation.  She is currently consulting at Jackson Health Foundation and volunteer-consulting at Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida.

At the University of Miami, she served as Associate Vice President for Advancement Services managing functions such as prospect management, gift agreements, data management, talent management, orientation, training, financial reporting, budget, personnel, policies and procedures, and facilities for a division of 350 employees. During her tenure, she supported three comprehensive campaigns with totals exceeding $3.5 billion. Ann was the first member from advancement services to serve on the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) Commission on Philanthropy. She also served on CASE’s committee editing the fourth edition of the CASE Reporting Standards and Management Guidelines. She is a winner of three CASE Circle of Excellence Gold Medals in Advancement Services Programs. Ann hosted the first national CASE conference for advancement services professionals and has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Advancement Service Professional (AASP) where she is presenting and writing best practices for the industry. Ann also chaired three AASP Advancement Services South Florida Regional Symposiums. In 2016, she was awarded the Jonathan Lindsey Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ann received her M.B.A from the University of Miami and her B.A. from Duquesne University. Ann also held various roles with the Boy Scouts of America over the course of twelve years. Her son, Justin, received his Eagle award and is a trained adult leader with the Boy Scouts.  Ann and her husband, Jose, like glamping and enjoy the outdoors.   

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Linda Leasburg-Kramer, Treasurer

Supply Chain Services, Baptist Health South Florida ​​

Linda Leasburg-Kramer is a Corporate Director of Contracts and Sourcing for Baptist Health South Florida. In her role she is responsible for sourcing strategy and contracting for Information Technology, Construction, and Facilities. Prior to joining Baptist Health South Florida she held various positions in government procurement in Miami-Dade County and Miami-Dade County Public Schools; and roles in corporate retail and distribution procurement.

Linda is a South Florida native with degrees from Miami Dade College and Florida International University in Economics. She is married with two children.

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Sandrell Apatira
Real Estate Agent, Florida Capital Realty

Sandrell Apatira is a consummate professional who pursues excellence in all she does. She is a Florida Licensed real estate agent with Florida Capital Realty. Prior to her transition into real estate, she worked as an Anti-Money Laundering banking consultant. Sandrell is a native Miamian that loves the culture and variety the city offers. She has worked diligently to increase awareness and promote prevention of H.I.V through facilitation of behavior interventions with The Center for Positive Connections, The Village South, and Empower U. She is a member of the Miami’s Women’s Club, and volunteers regularly with other local initiatives. Ms. Apatira is the parent of one daughter, a Girl Scout Alum and Gold Award Girl Scout who is currently attending Florida Atlantic University.

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Carolann Baldyga, Ed.D.

Carolann Baldyga was a Brownie and Girl Scout in Connecticut.  In addition to serving on the Board Directors of Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida, volunteer activities include broadcasting with WLRN Radio Reading Service, guiding visitors at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and reviewing grant applications for local charities.

Dr. Baldyga was faculty and Dean of Continuing Professional Education at Florida International University, Education Director at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and adjunct instructor at Miami Dade College. Professional service included university accreditation, international and national botanic garden and museum organizations. Carolann's doctorate is from Florida Atlantic University; Certificate of Lifelong Learning Management, Harvard University; graduate degrees Trinity College and University of Massachusetts; undergraduate degree, University of Hartford. 

Her community activities have included FL Women in Education, Women’s Fund, Miami-Dade Commission on the Status of Women and American Association of University Women. She participated in the Council's GSUSA Assessment. A patch in Native Plant Species was developed with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida during her tenure. 

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Eliza Fendell, J.D.
Director of Change Management, Ryder System, Inc.

Eliza Fendell was the former SVP of Culture at Aeropost, the only end-to-end eCommerce and logistics solution for Latin America and the Caribbean. Bilingual and bicultural, she is an expert in cross-border culture. Eliza focused on aligning the 1,000+ associates in 40 countries to Aeropost Purpose, Values and Vision while promoting entrepreneurship and leadership throughout the organization. During her tenure as Aeropost’s General Manager, she led the Operations Hub through a time of 5.3x growth, expanding service to 32 countries, and two moves from 5,000 sq. ft., eventually to the current 177,000 sq. ft. facility. She is an active member of the South Florida Business Community and serves as the Chair of the Programming Committee for The Commonwealth Institute, a content-rich organization for women executives, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders. Her interest in leadership and empowerment continues in her volunteer work for Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida and at her children’s schools. 

Eliza earned her law degree from George Mason University School of Law. She received the Presidential Management Internship and interned at the White House in the Office of Public Liaison, Office of Disabilities, during the Clinton administration.  

Georgia McLean

Georgia McLean
Human Resources Executive, Mount Sinai Medical Center (Retired)

As a retired Human Resources Executive at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida, Georgia was responsible for compensation, employee benefits & wellness, talent management and retention, employee relations, employee education, workers’ compensation and HRIS systems.  In addition, she was responsible for the on-site Child Care Center at the hospital. She is a member of several boards in the community: Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida and Florida Memorial University Business School Advisory Council. She has been recognized by Dade County “In the Company of Women”, Ebony Magazine, Dollars & Sense Magazine, Success Magazine as “One of South Florida Most Influential Black Women.” She was also recognized in Who’s Who in Black South Florida, and as one of the Most Accomplished Blacks in Healthcare. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Pi Delta Omega Chapter), the National Association of Business Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. (Miami Dade), Miami Biscayne Bay Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and The Young Patronesses of the Opera.

Georgia received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Nova University and a Master of Arts in Organization Management from University Phoenix.  She is also certified in Employee Relations Law from the Institute for Applied Management and Law. She enjoys mentoring young girls and is a member of Christ Fellowship Church.

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Chelsea Wilkerson, MBA
CEO, Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida

Since joining Girl Scouts in 2016, Chelsea Wilkerson has led the council in a business transformation initiative, advancing the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida as a leading 21st century organization dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. She is an accomplished, performance-driven non-profit professional experienced in building organizational capacity and funding stability. 

Prior to joining Girl Scouts, Chelsea spent over a decade serving in various leadership roles within the foster care and child welfare system in Miami-Dade County, including Executive Director at Casa Valentina and Director of External Affairs and Program Innovation at Our Kids of Miami-Dade and Monroe.  Through project development and grant procurement, she successfully implemented complex, multi-million-dollar initiatives to improve outcomes for children and families with child welfare involvement. 

In addition to her professional endeavors, Ms. Wilkerson is the proud mother of two school aged children.  She is an active community volunteer, currently serving as board chair for Code/Art and PTA board member at Palmetto Elementary School.  She holds a bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies from Smith College and an MBA from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, MN.


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