GFS-USA National Board of Directors, 2019-2022

Lois Frankforter, GFS-USA President

Diocese of Connecticut

Lisa-Jo Woods-Kriss, Vice-President

Diocese of Pennsylvania

The Reverend Rowena Kemp

Diocese of Connecticut

Appointed by GFS USA President Delores Alleyne in the summer of 2013, the Rev. Rowena J. Kemp comes to GFS with an open heart and read more…

Laura Kriss, Secretary

Diocese of Pennsylvania

I joined GFS at the age of 6 years old. When I was 13 I attended my first National Assembly and then at the age of 14 attended my first World Council in South Korea. When I realized that GFS was bigger then just my branch I knew it would be something I would be in for my life. The women I have had the pleasure of getting to know have shaped me into who I am today. I am so lucky to have been able to travel the world with some of the most amazing people and grow up with the GFS is community.

Margaret Nolde, Treasurer

Diocese of Los Angeles

The motto of Girls’ Friendly Society has become my “life verse”. The women and girls of GFS inspire me to do my best to live out the baptismal promises I made at read more…

Jill Brezynski, Director of Messaging and Mission

Diocese of  New Jersey


Lydia Kugler, Director of Organizational Growth

Diocese of New Jersey

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Angel Bookal, Director of Talent and Development

Diocese of New York

I have been a member of a sisterhood known as GFS for forty years. During this time, I have transitioned from a teen attending World Council in West Africa in the 90’s to a woman most recently traveling to Australia and spreading the word of love, kindness and doing what is right even when it is not popular. I look forward to uplifting, empowering and educating others the way The Girls’ Friendly Society did for me.

Delores Alleyne, Director of Service and Program

Diocese of New York

As a life-long resident of New Haven, Connecticut I began my Christian journey by attending Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church at a young age and began my wonderful journey with the Girls Friendly Society at eight years old and have continued my affiliation with the organization for 67 years. Three generations have been active members of the GFS ministry. As a teenager I had the honor of becoming a GFS G3, dedicating three years of service to GFS. I then served as a GFS Summer Opportunity Youth doing missionary work in California. As a young adult, I was appointed to serve on the National Board. I have served in many capacities on the Branch level, Diocesan, and National levels. I hold a BS Degree in Education and have done extensive work in the community in which I live. I am now a Mature Woman of Wisdom (age) with three adult children, two daughters, and one son and am also the proud grandmother of six grandchildren.
I now have the honor to serve GFS again as Director of Service and Program. GFS has been a part of my life and the values I learned as a GFSer has governed my life, “Bear Ye One Another’s Burdens” is our Motto is what I live by today. Helping one person at a time in any little way I can. GFS has taught me that as long as I have faith in God, anything and everything is possible through Christ. This you learn in a faith-based community such as the Girls’ Friendly Society

Holly Shafer, Director of Priority Initiative

Diocese of Los Angeles

Kellina Anderson, Junior Delegate

Diocese of  Pennsylvania

I’m a fifth-generation GFS member. I grew up in a church heavily involved in GFS, and I spend my summers at a retreat home in New Jersey that allows me to serve and connect with other members of the episcopal church. GFS has become a second family to me. Women and girls that I’ve known my entire life inspire me every day to become a better person and grow in my love for Christ. GFS allows me to have a place to serve and worship in, not only my church but also in my community.

Catherine Sopko, Youth Delegate

Diocese of  New Jersey

Past Presidents of GFS-USA:

  • Delores M. Alleyne (CT) 2013-2016
  • Llyn Carter (PA) 2010-2013
  • Lois Frankforter (CT) 2004-2010
  • Dorothy Orr (PA) 2001-2004
  • Patricia Bryant (NY) 1998-2001
  • Dorothy Orr (PA) 1992-1998
  • Constance Kilgour (MA) 1989-1992
  • Patricia Henderson (MA)  1986-1989
  • Martha Killefer (Los Angeles)1983-1986
  • Adele Ray (PA) 1980-1983