Meet Your Officers

The National Venturing Officers' Association (NVOA) consists of our National Venturing President, National Venturing Vice President, four Regional Venturing Presidents, and their respective advisors. Please take a look at this map to determine which region you belong to!

 

National Venturing President

 

Dominic Wolters

NationalVenturing.President@scouting.org

Advisor: David Wilson (Email)

Staff: Owen McCulloch (Email)

 

Dominic Wolters has been active in Scouting since 2007, beginning when he joined Pack 9012 of Northern Star Council  in Saint Paul, MN. He fell in love with the Scouting program, and the unique challenges and opportunities that it offered him, and continued on into Troop 9050 and Crew 9761. Dominic is an Eagle Scout, and has previously served as the Central Region Venturing President.

 

Dominic has received the Summit Award, as well as Venturing Leadership Awards at all levels of the organization. He is a Vigil Honor member of Totanhan Nakaha lodge. Dominic has served on staff for NYLT courses in his council, and has also been an instructor or facilitator for numerous other area, regional, and national Venturing trainings.

 

Dominic attends the University of Minnesota, pursuing a degree in applied economics. This term, he hopes to work with the four regions to promote collaboration on projects that make a difference for Venturers and crews across the country. Dominic looks forward to building on past successes in communication, expanding the access that Venturers have to share their experiences and insight with their local VOAs.

 

 

 

National Venturing Vice President

 

Jake Brillhart

NationalVenturing.VicePresident@scouting.org

Advisor: David Wilson (Email)

Staff: Owen McCulloch (Email)

 

Jake Brillhart is a product of the Scouting program, beginning in Cub Scouts and later progressing through Boy Scouts to become an Eagle Scout in 2015. He later joined Venturing, and has earned the Discovery Award as a member of Crew 6 in Indian Nations Council of Tulsa, OK. Most recently, Jake served as the Southern Region Area 8 Venturing President.

 

Jake is a graduate of both the Venturing Blast! and Growing Venturing in Your Crew and Council conferences at the Philmont Training Center. He has been recognized with Area and Regional Venturing Leadership Awards, the William D. Boyce New Unit Organizer Award, and is a Philmont Master’s Track recipient. A proud Wood Badge Eagle, Jake is passionate about alumni relations and giving back to his council through service in his local Order of the Arrow lodge, Ta-Tsu-Hwa. He also volunteers with several community foundations, as well as within the Catholic Church in Tulsa, and is studying public affairs at Rogers State University.

 

Jake hopes to support Regional VOAs through national communication efforts, and by working to develop membership growth across the country. He looks forward to developing a sustainable future for the Venturing program, and can’t wait to work alongside the outstanding youth and advisors in all Regions.

 

 

 

NER Venturing President

 

Katelyn St Louis

NER.Venturing@scouting.org

Advisor: Robbie DiBiagio (Email)

 

Katelyn St. Louis grew up around Scouting, but officially joined Venturing at the age of 14. She is a member of Crew 7 in Chelmsford, MA in the Spirit of Adventure Council and most recently served as Northeast Region Area 1 Venturing President. She is recipient of a Council Venturing Leadership Award, and is working towards her Summit Award.

 

Katelyn loves going on adventures, and has special memories of scuba diving at the Florida Sea Base and hiking to the rim of the Grand Canyon. Her latest adventures include serving as the SPL of her council’s NYLT course, and preparing to study biology at the University of New Hampshire in the fall.

 

This term Katelyn hopes to improve communication in the Northeast Region, creating and encouraging materials to promote Venturing across the Region and in Areas. She can’t wait to give back to the program that shaped who she is today, and looks forward to serving Venturers across the Northeast and from around the country.

 

 

CR Venturing President

 

Pamela Petterchak

CR.Venturing@scouting.org

Advisor: Jeff Geralds (Email)

 

Pamela Petterchak joined Venturing at the age of 14 to explore the outdoors and make new friends at her school. She is from Greater St. Louis Area Council in Missouri, and served most recently as the Central Region Venturing  Vice President of Communications.

 

Pamela is a Summit Award recipient, and has earned the Dr. Sally Ride Supernova Award, along with Council, Area, and Regional Venturing Leadership Awards. She has served on staff for a variety of National events, including the 2017 National Jamboree, and looks forward to serving at Philmont Training Center this coming summer, as well as at VenturingFest 2018 and the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. Pamela will be studying Computer Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology in the fall.

 

Pamela hopes to improve communication throughout the Central Region this year, better connecting council, area, and regional officers through a positive and collaborative environment. She looks forward to assessing the effectiveness of the Region VOA through the use of data from the Council Venturing Scorecard program and other surveys, and can’t wait to work with officers from across the Central Region to best meet their needs in this term.

 

 

 

SR Venturing President

 

Ryan Davis

SR.Venturing@scouting.org

Advisor: Sherry McGugin (Email)

 

Ryan Davis first joined Scouting 13 years ago, in 2005, as a member of Pack 397 in South Florida Council. He later joined Troop 836 in 2010, where he earned his Eagle Scout rank in 2015, before founding Crew 836. Most recently, he served as the Southern Region Area 4 Venturing President.

 

Ryan is a Summit Award recipient, and has received Council and Area Venturing Leadership Awards. He is an accomplished leader, serving on staff for multiple NYLT courses, as well as other leadership courses throughout his council and area. He cannot wait to bring these experiences with him to better serve the Southern Region throughout this year.

 

Ryan looks forward to working directly with his VOA to help build up the Venturing program, with a particular focus on setting the foundation for future officers to continue previous work on improvements. He plans to work closely with Council and Area Venturing Presidents in need of assistance in building their VOA’s programs, and is excited to represent the Southern Region Venturing program for the next year.

 

 

 

WR Venturing President

 

Reece Kilbey

WR.Venturing@scouting.org

Advisor: TBA

 

Reece Kilbey began Scouting at the age of 9, with Pack 364 in Honolulu, HI, to make friends and immerse himself in the outdoors. He later founded Crew 808 in Aloha Council, where he has served as Crew President for the past two years. He most recently served as the Western Region Venturing Vice President of Communications.

 

Reece attends the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, where he studies botany. He is passionate about orchids and endemic Hawaiian ecosystems and plants, as well as continuing to explore the outdoors that first engaged him in Scouting.

 

Reece is a recipient of Council and Regional Venturing Leadership Awards. He is excited to engage the Western Region in new and exciting ways while focusing on developing the Venturing program and increasing communication between the Region, Areas, and Councils across the West.

 

 

 

National Venturing President

Michelle Merritt

NationalVenturing.President@scouting.org

Advisor: Kris Zahrobsky (Email)

Staff: Owen McCulloch (Email)

 

Michelle is from the Spirit of Adventure Council in Boston, Massachusetts. She joined Venturing at the age of 14 to experience the outdoors with Crew 345. She has earned her Venturing Silver Award as well as the Pathfinder Award. In addition, Michelle was awarded the council, area, and national Venturing Leadership Award.

 

Within her council, Michelle has been a staff member at Lone Tree Scout Reservation, New England Base Camp, and T.L Storer Scout Reservation. She has taken NYLT and NAYLE, and has worked as an NYLT staff member for three years, including as an ASPL. In the prior term, she served as the National Venturing Vice President. Michelle attends Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and studies Chemical and Biologic Engineering.

 

 

National Venturing Vice President

Cathie Seebauer

NationalVenturing.VicePresident@scouting.org

Advisor: Kris Zahrobsky (Email)

Staff: Owen McCulloch (Email)

 

Cathie Seebauer is from Crew 1 in Prairielands Council, based out of Champaign, Illinois. Cathie has most recently served as the Central Region Venturing Vice President of Administration. She enjoys the outdoors, especially high adventure bases, and has gone to Philmont several times, and spent this summer at The Summit as a Canopy Tour Guide and Jamboree staff. Cathie has earned the Venturing Silver and Summit Awards, and was presented the Council, Area, Region, and National Venturing Leadership Awards.

 

Cathie is currently attending the University of Illinois to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Societal Risk Management. This term, she hopes to improve communication throughout the nation, working to improve the website and social media, as well as modernizing trainings and improving the efficiency throughout various parts of the Venturing structure.

 

 

 

NER Venturing President

Ripley Price

NER.Venturing@scouting.org

Advisor: Robbie DiBiagio (Email)

 

Ripley began Scouting as a Junior Girl Scout in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, in 2009; she joined Venturing Crew 514 when she turned 14. She will be receiving her Girl Scout Gold Award this year. In Venturing, she has served most recently the Northeast Region Area 6 Venturing President.  This year she will be serving on NYLT Staff in Patriot’s Path Council in New Jersey as the ASPL after attending the National Scout Jamboree. Ripley has earned the Area Venturing Leadership Award. She also attends the Fleetwood Area High School and will be applying to colleges this Fall.

 

Ripley is excited to serve the Venturers of the Northeast Region and the nation during her term. Her primary focus will be to support Area and Council VOAs in building their programs so that they can reach more Venturers and more youth throughout the Northeast Region. She cannot wait to serve and work to improve the program that has been a part of her life for so many years.

 

 

CR Venturing President

Dominic Wolters

CR.Venturing@scouting.org

Advisor: Jeff Geralds (Email)

 

Dominic Wolters has been active in Scouting for a decade, beginning in 2007 with Pack 9012 in Saint Paul, MN. He joined Troop 9050 in 2011, earned his Eagle Scout Award in 2014, and later joined Crew 9761. He previously served as the Central Region Area 1 Venturing President. Dominic has received his Summit Award and Venturing Leadership Awards at both the council and area level. He is a Vigil Member of Totanhan Nakaha lodge. Dominic has served on staff for NYLT courses, as well as teaching at numerous other courses around his council and area.

 

Dominic hopes to work with areas to improve communication, foster collaboration, and encourage innovative methods for expanding the program’s impact on councils and local communities. As Central Region Venturing President, Dominic looks forward to giving back to the program that has become a second family to him. He can’t wait to get to work, serving those in the program from the Midwest and around the country.

 

 

SR Venturing President

Savannah McMillian

SR.Venturing@scouting.org

Advisor: Jenn Hancock (Email)

 

Savannah McMillan became involved in Scouting as soon as she could after having grown up seeing her cousin’s involvement in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and wanting to do the same things. She has been an ILSC instructor for the past five years, an SPL for NYLT, and a crew guide for NAYLE. She also serves as the youth representative for STEM at the High Adventure bases on the BSA National STEM Committee. She has served in various STEM-related positions for the Great Smoky Mountain Council, the 2013 and 2017 National Jamboree, a Philmont trek, and the STEM Youth conference at PTC and the Summit. Savannah has earned her Venturing Silver, Ranger, and Discovery awards as well as four Nova awards.

 

Outside of Scouting, Savannah is very active in vocal performance, having studied opera for seven years; she was voted Best Soprano in 2013 and 2015 and Outstanding Vocalist in 2016 for the L&N Chorus.  She is a rising sophomore at Carson-Newman University where she is majoring in pre-law.

 

 

WR Venturing President

Jessica Kent

WR.Venturing@scouting.org

Advisor: David Wilson (Email)

 

Jessica Kent joined Venturing with Crew 412 in Fountain Valley, California. Jessica currently attends the University of Utah studying Civil, Environmental, and Nuclear Engineering. She has earned her Venturing Silver, Ranger, and Religious awards. Now a part of Crew 9410 in Salt Lake City, she is working toward her Trust, Summit, and Super Nova awards. She has served on staff at her council’s summer camp for four years, and most recently as the Western Region VOA VP of Communications. She has attended Jamboree 2013, VenturingFest 2016, Powder Horn, and the 2017 Jamboree.

 

Jessica intends to create effective and informative visibility throughout the region by engaging youth in the ways they succeed best. Her plans this term include improving communication between and within the VOA, starting VOAs in Areas 2 East and West (as well as supporting and continuing growth in Areas 1, 3, 4, and 6), and continuing to connect with Venturers in the Region to educate them about their support systems and opportunities.