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!

 

VenturingFest 2018

As you may know, VenturingFest 2018 will be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve from July 1st-6th, 2018 to celebrate Venturing’s 20th birthday! Join us for quick access to the latest activities at the Summit, social events with Venturers from across the nation, an incredible birthday celebration, and the opportunity of a lifetime!

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.

 

 

Cathie Seebauer

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.