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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto welcomes four new members to board of directors
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

July, 2015

The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the US, welcomes four new members to its board of directors: Lanesha Anderson, Mary Bass, Cassandra M. McZeal and Catherine B. Smith. The new board members began serving a two-year term June 1, 2015.  

"We are honored to welcome Lanesha, Mary, Cassandra and Catherine as new board members," said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO. "Each of them has been a longtime supporter of Girl Scouts and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will enhance our efforts to make a positive impact in the lives of girls." 

Lanesha Anderson is vice president and deputy general counsel at ABM Industries Incorporated. Her responsibilities include managing all commercial legal matters, international business operations, joint ventures, subsidiary governance, government contracting and compliance, commercial litigation and acting as assistant corporate secretary for the business units she supports. She earned her Bachelor of Science from St. Louis University and her MBA and JD from the University of Tulsa. Lanesha serves on the board of trustees for the National Urban League and co-chaired their Centennial Commission. She also serves on the Houston Business Education Commission and is a member of the 2012 Class of Center for Houston's Future. 

Mary D. Bass is a partner with Spencer Stuart and has a broad-based search practice focusing on assignments for board directors, CEOs, chief operating officers and chief financial officers for growth companies nationwide. She is a member of the firm's board and private equity practices and is active in the energy, financial officer, financial services, industrial and life sciences practices. Mary has served on and chaired the firm's global partner nominations committee. She is also a recipient of the Lou Rieger Quality Award for client service. Mary is the past president of the Houston Private Equity Association and is on the Steering Committee for the Dallas Private Equity Forum. She has served on the international board of the Association for Corporate Growth and as the organization's international membership chairman. Additionally, she is a director of the Texas Lyceum Association and the First Tee of Greater Houston. Mary has served and chaired the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation. She was the founding chair of Troop #365, a team of women from the community who helped the Council reach a $12 million capital campaign goal. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University earning a Bachelor's of Science and MBA with an emphasis on corporate finance.

Cassandra M. McZeal is computational method supervisor for ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company. She joined ExxonMobil in 2000 and co-developed optimization software for oil and gas investment portfolio planning and management. From 2010 to 2012 she led the Visualization & Workflow Integration team responsible for the in-house visualization engine and geoscience/engineering integration software platform. From 2011-2013, she worked as a skill area advisor for Computational and Applied Mathematics. In 2013 she was named computational methods architect which led to her current position. Cassandra holds a bachelor's degree from Southwestern University and a master's and PhD from Rice University. She is currently a co-leader and troop cookie manager in Bending Bayous Community and has two daughters, Madelyn and Lena, who are currently Girl Scouts. In addition to volunteering with Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, Cassandra also volunteers with National Charity League, is a member of the United Way Women's Initiative Steering Committee and is a lay committee member, communications at St. Luke's United Methodist Church Encounter Worship.

Catherine B. Smith is an appellate specialist at Vinson & Elkins LLP with extensive experience at both the state and federal level. A significant part of her practice entails filing and responding to mandamus petitions. She has served as a past chair of the Houston Bar Association Appellate Practice Section and previously served as a research attorney on the Houston First Court of Appeals. Cathy holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Houston and a JD from South Texas College of Law - Houston. From 2002-2012, she volunteered with GSSJC as a troop leader and at the service unit level. GSSJC has named her an Outstanding Volunteer. She is treasurer for the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists; a past chair of the nominating committee and a member of the pro bono committee for the Houston Bar Association Appellate Practice Section; chair of the holiday party committee and a member of the ways and means and adopt-a-cause committees with Cy Fair Women's Club; and core team leader at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Life Teen.

About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 2.8 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 61,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit


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