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 read more…

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 Brzezynski, Director of Messaging and Mission

Diocese of  New Jersey

I joined GFS member when I was eight years old and continued in our branch for 5-6 years. I became a GFS leader 21 years ago when Lisa Auletta and I re-activated church branch. read more…

Lydia Kugler, Director of Organizational Growth

Diocese of New Jersey

I have been involved with GFS for 14 years.  Not being a cradle Episcopalian, I had not been exposed to GFS as a young girl and, in fact, knew very little about the group until I began looking for an organization for my 5 year old daughter.  read more…

Photo of GFS Treasurer

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 read more…

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 read more…

Holly Shafer, Director of Priority Initiative

Diocese of Los Angeles

“Bear Ye One Another’s Burdens” is a motto that was instilled in me starting at a young age in GFS. Today, I live out that motto as a Marriage and Family Therapist. read more…

Kellina Anderson, Youth 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 read more…

Catherine Sopko, Junior Delegate

Diocese of  New Jersey

I became involved in The Girls’ Friendly Society when I was five years old.  I found GFS as a place that I could be myself, a place where I developed friendships, I learned confidence and the meaning of the GFS motto – Bear Ye One Another’s Burdensread more…

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