- 2010 - April - 5th -

Name: Michelle Bedoya Barnett

Age: 31

Family: Husband Richard and 4 1/2 month old son Rawls

Pets: Do my husband and son not count? They are both cute and cuddly!

Education: Vanderbilt Law School, University of Florida, B.S. in Finance.

Admitted to the Bar: 2004

Employed by: Holland & Knight

Field of practice: Labor and Employment Law

Professional organizations: JacksonvilleBar Association, Young Lawyers Section Board of Governors, Board Member

Community involvement: Girl Scoutsof Gateway Council,Board Member

How did you get involved?

I was recently nominated and accepted. I love being involved inmy community andtook a bit of a hiatus last year while I was pregnant and also traveling a lot for work. Girl Scouts is an organization that I was a part of while I was growing up in Lake City and one which Ibelieve has served agreat purposein my life and in the lives of millions of otherwomen.

How can someone else get involved?

The Girl Scouts is alwayslooking for volunteers at every level. The number of troops the Girl Scouts has is driven by the number of troop leaders. On a yearly basis, the Gateway Council hosts the Women of Distinction luncheon which was March 31st at the Hyatt hotel in which six local women whose accomplishments in careers and community service exemplify the values of Girl Scouts. This event is open to the public and proceeds from the Women of Distinction Luncheon help provide the Girl Scout program to area girls. Of course, the organization is always looking for donors big and small.

What have you learned/achieved through the experience?

I have learned a lot in a very short time. For starters, the second Girl Scout troop in the country was started in Jacksonville. The Gateway Council will celebrateits 100th anniversary in 2012. This is a very exciting time in the organization for many reasons not the least of which is that the construction of North Fork Camp, a 250 acre property bordering Black Creek in Clay County is well underway.

What was the last book you read or are reading?

What to Expect the First Year. I read the chapter relevant to my sons age every night and sometimes in the morning.

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