Meet Your Advisors

National Venturing Advisor


David Wilson



With over 45 years of scouting service, David, (an Eagle Scout) has had the opportunity to serve youth and adults in numerous assignments and responsibilities. Some of these assignments have been: Scoutmaster, Post/Crew Advisor, District Boy Scout Commissioner, Roundtable Commissioner, District Venturing Chair, Council Executive Board Member, Assistant Council Commissioner, Western Region Area 2 Venturing Committee Chair, Western Region Venturing Task Force Chair, National Venturing Task Force Member, Western Region Area Two Youth Protection Training Champion, as well as a member of the National Venturing Committee, and the Philmont LDS Chaplain (for 13 years).


David has been actively involved in Venturing since its inception back in the late ’90 s. He is the recipient of the Venturing Leadership Award (Council, Area, Region, & National), James E. West Fellowship, Silver Beaver, Scouter’s Training Award, District Award of Merit, Scoutmaster’s Key, Distinguished Commissioner Service, International Scouter, Catholic Church’s Saint George Award, LDS Duty to God Religious Award, and is an Order of the Arrow Member. David is dedicated to working on strengthening the bridges and removing the walls that happen to occur at any time in Venturing.


When asked what one Scouting experience he was most proud of, it was having his whole family involved in Scouting, his daughters in Exploring & Venturing as well as his son receiving the rank of Eagle Scout.


David and his wife, Charlene, have a six children and a “grundle” (i.e. a lot) of grandchildren. He is the Executive Director of the Utah Energy Conservation Coalition, a state of Utah non-profit organization specializing in residential energy efficiency and building codes.


He is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has been a member of the Provo Elks Lodge, Orem City Community Development Block Grant Committee, and the Orem City Board of Adjustments. He has also recently been elected to serve as one of the National Directors for the Philmont Staff Association of the BSA Philmont Scout Ranch. He currently lives in Orem, UT where (in whatever spare time he may have) he constantly re-landscapes his yard while growing orchids for relaxation!


Natl. Venturing Staff Advisor


Owen McCulloch



Owen began his Scouting career in 1993 as an Exploring Executive in the Cascade Pacific Council in Portland, OR, where he grew up as a Scout.  He was promoted to Senior Exploring Executive, and then to Senior District Executive in the same council.  He then accepted a position in the Longs Peak Council, serving as District Director in Boulder County, CO; after this he served as the Director of Operations (Director of Program) at the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base. This position led him to the North Florida Council, where he served as the Chief Operations Officer (Director of Field Service). His next position in Scouting was to serve as the Associate Director for Program - Seasonal Personnel and Base Camp Operations at Philmont, and then most recently his talents led him to the National Service Center to serve as a Corporate Partnerships Manager over Properties and Program.


Owen is an Eagle Scout from Portland, Oregon, and a member of the Order of the Arrow.  He is an active unit leader in a pack, troop, and crew, and is an instructor for multiple BSA activities. He also is a competitive musician (bagpipes). Owen and his wife, Julia, have three children; two daughters are in Circle Ten Council’s Venturing Crew 425, and a son in Longhorn Council’s Troop 328.



NER Venturing Advisor


Robbie DiBiagio



A product of the Venturing program in the Baltimore Area Council, Robbie has been involved in the Scouting program for over 20 years.  He has served in positions ranging from the Unit to the National level, with the majority of his time focused on training. Robbie has attended, staffed, and directed numerous training courses, such as: Wood Badge, Powder Horn, National Camping School, NAYLE, Sea Badge, and conferences at both Florida Sea Base and Philmont Training Center.


Nationally, Robbie currently serves as the National Venturing Training Chair and is a member of the ScoutingU Board of Regents, PTC Conference Committee, and the Youth Protection Committee. Throughout this next year, he looks forward to supporting and serving youth throughout the Northeast Region as we ring in the 20th anniversary of Venturing.


Robbie is an Eagle Scout and Silver Award recipient. Some other personal awards include the Regional and Council Venturing Leadership Award, Philmont Master Trek Award, Silver Beaver, Vigil Honor, and the Order of the Arrow Founders Award.


Professionally Robbie is an Organizational Development & Leadership Training Program Manager for the state government and a Marine Corps Veteran.



CR Venturing Advisor


Jeff Geralds



Jeff Geralds is the Central Region Venturing Advisor. Prior to this, he spent nearly 10 years as the Area 2 Venturing Advisor, helping lead Venturing in the state of Michigan.


Jeff is from the Great Lakes FSC of the Michigan Crossroads Council. He has been with Crew 1589 since its founding in 2000. Jeff has served as the Crew Advisor and as its Charter Organization Representative. His favorite memory from Venturing is his Crew's Cavalcade Trek at Philmont.


Through his participation in Venturing Officers Associations he has been honored with the Council and Region Venturing Leadership Awards. He has been an Assistant Course Director for two Powder Horn courses, and a Wood Badge course.  Jeff has also been a member of several National Venturing Committee task forces. He fondly recalls his experience as a Crew Advisor at the 2013 National Jamboree, and returning in 2017 as a member of the Stadium Experience Team. He is a member of the Central Region World Scout Jamboree Committee.


Jeff is an Eagle Scout with 53 years of continuous membership in Scouting. He has served in many capacities, earning him the District Award of Merit, Order of the Arrow Founder’s Award, Silver Beaver, James E. West Fellowship, NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, and Silver Antelope.


Jeff is a Regional Sales Manager for Indiana Tube Corporation.  He earned his BA in Economics at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He and his wife Sheryl have two grown children who were both active in Venturing.



SR Venturing Advisor


Sherry McGugin



Sherry McGugin is the current Chairman of the Southern Region Venturing Committee and Regional Advisor to the Southern Region Venturing Officers Association. Ms. McGugin is a devoted Scouter from the Middle Tennessee Council.


Before assuming the chairmanship and becoming the Regional Advisor she had served Scouting in countless other ways. Ms. McGugin has served the youth of our program as a Venturing Crew Advisor, a member of her local council's executive board, a NAYLE Course Director, and as an Area Advisor.


For her service to youth she has been recognized with the Silver Beaver Award, the Council Venturing Leadership Award, and the Area Venturing Leadership Award.


She is the co-founder and COO of McGugin Shell LLCs and an avid outdoorsman with a passion for backpacking, shooting sports, outdoor ethics, and caving. Sherry loves mentoring young adults to become servant leaders by living the Scout Oath and Law.


WR Venturing Advisor


Elizabeth Finley



Elizabeth lives in the Northeast community of Elko, Nevada actively serving Scouting in that community and Nevada Area Council since 1992.  She has served as a Crew Advisor, Troop Committee Chairman and Unit Commissioner. Some of her District assignments have included University of Scouting Dean of Students, Eagle Board of Review Co-Chair for the Overland District, Assit. District Commissioner, and District Committee- At- Large position.  She served as the Western Region Associate Advisor for Program since February 2015.


International Scouting events has been one of Elizabeth’s favorite Venturing activities she has done with her children. She attended the World Scout Jamboree 2007 in England with her two oldest, her daughter and her son, as a Staff member at Gilwell. She attended the World Scout Jamboree 2015 in Japan as an Assoc. Advisor with the Western Region co-ed Crew with her youngest.  She had the great fortune to attend the 2017 World Scout Moot in Iceland with her youngest daughter.


Some of her personal awards are District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver and the Region Venturing Leadership Award, Advisor’s Key, International Scouters Award, Order of the Arrow Brotherhood, and her Duty to God Religious Award.  As a youth she participated in what was Camp Fire Girls (now Campfire USA) and earned the WoHeLo medallion. She was also a competitive swimmer at both the age group and University level.


Elizabeth earned her BS in Biology at Pacific Lutheran University and holds a MS degree in Biology from Washington State University. She and her husband own a small animal Veterinary Clinic in Elko, Nevada. She describes herself as an Anglophile and visits her daughters often in the United Kingdom where they are University Students. Elizabeth also loves to read, hike and watercolor and talk Venturing.