Meet the National Committee
Scouting Alumni & Friends is composed of Scouting alumni from across the nation. The committee focuses on supporting local council Scouting Alumni & Friends committees.
If you are active in your local council’s alumni committee and would like to participate on the national committee, feel free to contact Scouting Alumni & Friends at 972-580-2000 or BSAalumni@Scouting.org.
Ray Capp has over 25 years of executive leadership experience in the distribution, healthcare IT, publishing, and entertainment industries. Ray served as COO at Ingram Entertainment from its founding to over $1 billion in sales, and as EVP at Thomas Nelson Publishers, one of the top 10 publishers in the English language. Ray is also a successful author and inventor.
Ray is a Silver Buffalo Award recipient and has received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and National Alumnus of the Year Award. Ray is a Trustee of the (William) Green Bar Bill Hillcourt Foundation and has served as Chairman of the Order of the Arrow. He and currently serves on the National Youth Protection, Museum, and Nominating Committees of the Boy Scouts of America.
Tim is retired from Hewlett Packard Enterprise where he was a Lead Deployment Engineer and a Sales Support Engineer.
Tim is a member of the National Commissioner Support Staff as the Training Chairman where he is responsible for all Commissioner Training. He also serves as a member of the Scouting U Board of Regents and the National Training Committee.
Prior to his role as Training Chairman he was the Resource Chairman for the National Commissioner Support Staff. Tim was a Council Commissioner with the Middle Tennessee Council in Nashville,Tennessee and still serves as an Assistant Council Commissioner.
He is also active on the Alumni Committee and NESA – Middle Tennessee which he reorganized six years ago. His work with NESA – Middle Tennessee has been incorporated in the new NESA Chairman Orientation Guide.
Prior to joining Middle Tennessee Council, Tim was a District Commissioner, a District Chairman, and the District Advancement Chairman in the Dan Beard Council in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was awarded the Silver Beaver while at the Dan Beard Council and he is a Silver Buffalo recipient.
Timothy C. Brown
Vice-Chair – Council Support
Tim has over 30 years of combined executive management experience with both governmental and private sector entities. He is currently the Senior Environmental Scientist for the Kentucky Division of Forestry.
Tim is a member of the Blue Grass Council Executive Board, and serves as the council’s NESA Committee Chairman. He is also a past chairman of the Camp McKee Alumni Association. Tim is a recipient of the Blue Grass Council Alumnus of the Year Award, Silver Beaver Award, Hornaday Gold Badge, NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, and the Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award. In addition to the National Scouting Alumni and Friends Committee, Tim serves on the National OA Subcommittee for Recognition, Awards, History & Preservation, and is a member of the Southern Region OA Committee.
Outside of Scouting, Tim is the past Deputy Director of the Kentucky Select Soccer League, and currently serves as President of the Lafayette Chapter Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Tim is also the Chairman of the Kentucky SAR Eagle Scout Committee, and serves on the National SAR Eagle Scout Committee.
Tim and his wife Tami are proud parents of daughter Chelsea (Cooley) and Eagle Scout son Zachary. They are also proud grandparents of future Eagle Scouts Rhett Walker Cooley and Riggs Carter Cooley.
Vice-Chair – Communication
James is Senior Vice President, Research, of Global Strategy Group, a leading public affairs firm. He has directed research for clients such as the National Research Council, Trust for Public Land, The Wilderness Society, WGBH-Education Foundation, and Comcast, and served as the lead research analyst for Senator Joe Manchin, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and several members of Congress. James has been named a “Rising Star of Politics” by Campaigns & Elections magazine.
James is also an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and former NE-1B Section Chief.
He lives with his wife, Dr. Angela Ryan, in Connecticut, and he is proud of his Webelos son, Perrin.
Devang, an Eagle Scout, is a shareholder with the law firm of Gaebe, Mullen, Antonelli & DiMatteo. He concentrates his law practice in the areas of insurance defense, product liability, transactional and commercial litigation, and bad faith consultation and litigation.
Devang has been involved with the Boy Scouts since his youth and is the recipient of the Order of the Arrow’s Distinguished Service Award. He is a member of the South Florida Council Executive Board and currently serves as its vice president of marketing. He previously served the council as National Eagle Scout Association and Scouting Alumni and Friends Committee chair.
Glenn has been awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, National Alumnus of the Year, Silver Buffalo, Antelope and Beaver and the Celtic Cross. Glenn is a member of the finance committee and executive committee and board of directors of the Texas Ballet Theatre, and has had board level involvement in other nonprofits, including the Fort Worth Opera and First Presbyterian Church Fort Worth where he is an Elder.
He is a Vice President of the University of Miami Alumni Association Board and has served as President of the University of Miami Law School Alumni Association in 2012-2013.
Richard is Founder and Chairman of Egan Industries, a diversified holdings company, that owns DirectFile, Inc. the nation’s first online political accounting and disclosure company; Central Supply Co.; North American Seal & Packing Co., and was a partner and CFO of Fresno Nuclear Energy Group, LLC.
Board Chairman of the Western Heritage Foundation and the Academy Community Foundation and has been treasurer and Sr. political consultant in many promnate state and federal political campaigns.
A lifelong resident of California’s central valley, Richard and his wife Elizabeth, a three term county elected District Attorney have a son and together live on a small cattle ranch in Academy, California.
Richard is an Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver recipient, and serves on Sequoia Council’s Executive Board as Council President, Assistant Council Commissioner, and plays a major role in his council Alumni / NESA Committee.
Tony is a managing director at Manatt Health Solutions, where he is recognized as an expert in healthcare policy and finance.
As an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and Founder’s Award recipient from Kintecoying Lodge, Greater New York Councils, he currently serves as the council commissioner and a member of GNYC’s executive committee. He serves on the National Order of the Arrow Committee as well as the National Scouting Alumni and Friends Committee. Tony is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, the Silver Beaver Award, and is a James E. West Fellow.
Outside of Scouting, Tony serves as the co-chair of the Princeton Graduate School Leadership Council and on the boards of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni and the UC San Diego Alumni Association.
Mike is a retired executive and technology and organization development consultant. He is an Eagle Scout and life member of National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) and has received the Silver Beaver Award and National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. He is also a James E. West Fellow.
Mike and his wife Denise have two sons, Steven and Kelsey, both Eagle Scouts.
Kevin is a professional mechanical engineer for Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LTD near Chicago, providing engineering services for government electrical, water distribution, and pumping application projects. Kevin is the liaison between the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity and the Scouting Alumni and Friends Committee. As a committee member for the National Scouting and Youth Services Committee for APO, he has been working on the partnerships between APO chapters and youth-serving organizations around the country.
He is also a national camp assessor and is involved with the Northeast Illinois Council’s Wilderness Engineering Society, properties, NESA, and shooting sports committees.
John Beebe, Sr
John is a retired construction Manger/site manger for Raytheon Engineers and Constructors and Boilermakers local 374 in Hammond, Indiana.
John is an Eagle Scout with four palms,Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, past vice-chief and chapter chief in Pokagon Trails Council. He received the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout award and the Silver Antelope. He has served as a Calumet Council Board Vice President of Properties, Risk management, and local PR for the council. He has served the Area as VP of Outdoor Adventure, past member of the Central Region Board and currently on the Advisory Board. He is a current member of the National Committee,serving the Properties Committee, Council Camp Assessment Committee, NESA and Scouting Alumni & Friends.
John’s wife Martha (deceased) was an Explorer Advisor for a medical post, John Jr (also deceased) was an Eagle scout who gave back to the community. Daughter Annette is married with three children, married to a police officer and is employed by the Flynn Restaurant group (BellAmerica.com) as the first female Vice president of Operation.
Rick is president of Philanthropy1TM consulting in Richmond, Virginia, providing board development, communications, and philanthropic services nationwide. A Distinguished Eagle Scout, Silver Buffalo recipient and lifelong Scouter, he has been involved with Scouting Alumni and Friends since its beginning, presenting at Philmont Training Center, Boy Scouts of America National Annual Meetings, and “road shows” across the country. A former council NESA and SAF Committee chair, he also serves as a vice president of the National NESA Committee.
He and his wife Debbie have one daughter, Kelsey, who served on the Philmont summer staff.
Chair – Western Region
Rich Brenner is the founder and CEO of The Brenner Group Inc. His firm provides specialized financial and management services.
Rich has received many distinctions in Scouting, including the Silver Antelope Award, Silver Beaver Award, Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor, Baden-Powell Society member, and Second Century Society member. Rich serves as a member of the board of directors for the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which he also has served as chairman of the board, and the Western Region of the BSA as the Scouting Alumni and Friends chair.
Rich and his wife Beth are proud parents of Eagle Scout Jim Brenner, his wife, Lara, and granddaughter Lily.
Toby is an Account Manager for McKesson, and is best known for his work with World Vision in creating the Caregiver Kit program, providing medical supplies to remote villages in Africa.
As an Eagle Scout with five Palms, he served as the BSA’s National Youth Representative and as a member of the National Executive Board. He currently serves as the operations chairman for the 2017 National Jamboree and the WR Chairman of the Order of the Arrow. He sits on the WR Executive Board, and Chief Seattle Council Executive Board, chairing the NESA and SAA Committee. He is a Silver Buffalo and Hornaday Award recipient.
Toby and his wife of 34 years, Janairie, are proud parents of Eagle Scout son Kyle and daughters Ashley and Kelli, and are grandparents of Braxton Capps and Faith Ashbeck.
A Scouting veteran of 20+ years, Kandra began her Scout trail when her son joined Cub Scouts.Since then, she has served in multiple unit, district, council, and area positions and was named Central Region Commissioner in 2017. In this role, Kandra provides leadership to Commissioners serving units in all of the Central Region councils, and continues as a member of the Mid-Iowa Council executive board – certainly more than one hour per week.
Kandra has enjoyed being a Commissioner for three National Jamborees, most recently working in Bravo Base Camp at the Summit in July 2017. She has served as a faculty member at Philmont and the Florida Sea Base for six years, was Director of Mid-Iowa Council’s 2013 Wood Badge Course, and is a recipient of the Silver Antelope, Silver Beaver, Cross & Flame, and the Philmont Training Center’s Master’s Track. She is no stranger to Philmont’s back country either.
A retired CPA, Kandra and her husband, John, live in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa. They have two children, John Michael and Kasi. Kandra’s most meaningful Scouting experience was pinning on John Michael’s Eagle Badge.
David is director of education with NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry. The Association provides in-depth technical information, education, member programs and services, and produces multiple events, including The Work Truck Show®, Green Truck Summit, and Fleet Technical Congress. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.
An Eagle Scout, David has received the Silver Antelope from the Central Region and Silver Beaver Award from the Clinton Valley Council. He is also a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. David is active with the development of youth leadership training programs through Scouting U and the National Camp Accreditation Program.
David, who lives in Farmington Hills, Michigan, volunteers on the advisory board of 100+ Millennials Who Care, the Rising Achiever’s Advisory Board for Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan, and the Michigan Marketing Educators board of directors. He is active on several business/marketing education advisory committees and at the national and state levels of DECA: An Association of Marketing Students and Virtual Enterprises International.
Alvah is a retired Training Specialist from FedEx Express, where he gained experience in classroom delivery, course design and development and eLearning design and development.
Alvah earned the Life Scout rank and served on summer camp staff, in what was then called the Boston Council. As is often the case, he returned to scouting as an adult, when his first grader came home with a school night flyer. With Pack and Troop 61, Chickasaw Council Alvah served as Den Leader, Cubmaster and Scoutmaster. Alvah has served as a District Training Committee member, District Training Committee Chair, Council Training Committee Chair, University of Scouting Chair and Wood Badge Course Director. Alvah currently serves as an Assistant District Commissioner after completing a term as District Commissioner.
Michael is Retired as a Television Broadcasting Chief Engineer, CPBE/CBNT at TV Stations, and in the Television/Video Production Dept. at Fresno State University. He is also a Retired USAF Master Sergeant where he served for 26 years. He was honored as Air National Guard, First Sergeant of the Year for 1st Air Force in 2004.
An Eagle Scout and Silver Beaver, he has served Scouting on Staff at National Jamborees, and Sea Scout Koch Cup International Regattas Staff. He is presently Chairman of his council’s Alumni/NESA Committee, Council Sea Scout Commodore, and a Venture Crew Advisor. A Vigil Honor and Founder Award recipient, he was OA Lodge Advisor of Sha-Cha-Quoa and Tah-Heetch Lodges.
His community service includes Commander of American Legion Post 147, and Chairman of the Scouting Commission for the Department of California, where he was honored as California Legionnaire Scouter of the Year. A Co-Founder of Alpha Phi Omega, Chapter ADK at Fresno State, and Council Chairman/Founder of the College of Commissioner Science, both of which he served for 12 years. Michael is active as a “Scouting Ministry Specialist” for the United Methodist Church for which he has received the national Silver Torch Award, and also a Counselor for the PRAY Religious Awards honored with the “Building Faith in Youth” and UMC “God and Service” Awards.As a board member of the Academy Historical Society, Academy, CA he strives to preserve local heritage. He was inducted in the City of Clovis Hall of Fame for “Service to Youth” in 2014.
Michael is a widower with two daughters, and lots of Grand and Great-Grand kids.
Bill is President, CEO of MCA, Inc. in Poughkeepsie, NY. MCA is an award-winning document management company.
Bill, an Eagle Scout, has served as President or Chairman of the Board of the following entities: Hudson Valley Council, Private Industry Council Dutchess and Putnam Counties, Dutchess County Community College, American Heart Association,Vassar Medical Center, United Way of Dutchess County, Community Foundation of Dutchess County. He serves on the Northeast Region Board as Council Operations VP.
Bill and his wife Patricia reside in Millbrook, NY and have two grown sons, Ross and Chase.
Jason is the executive vice president, chief legal officer, and chief administrative officer for Sedgwick Inc., the leading North American provider of technology-enabled claims and productivity management solutions.
He also serves as a member of the National Order of the Arrow Committee, helping to lead outreach efforts for alumni and friends. Jason serves as area president for SR-6. He has served as council president, council commissioner, and in a variety of other council and district volunteer positions. He recently stepped down as a Cubmaster and is now enjoying being a volunteer leader with his son’s Boy Scout troop.
Jason and his wife also have a daughter. He has been an active Scout and Scouter for over 30 years.
Bill has been in the electrical industry for over 30 years. Currently a Field Supervisor managing electric utility crews in Pennsylvania for a fortune 500 Company.
A Scouting veteran of 40+ years, Bill has served in multiple unit, district, and council roles. Such as Asst. Scoutmaster, District Commissioner, Committee member, and Membership Chair. Assistant Council Commissioner and Executive Board member. Training Committee, Council Alumni / NESA Committee. He is also a national camp assessor and has worked on the training subcommittee for the National Commissioner Support Staff.
He is an Eagle Scout and life member of National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) and has received the St. George award, James E. West Fellow and George Meany Award recipient.
Outside of Scouting, he also served as President of NEPA Parents of Down Syndrome support group. Volunteered with PA Fish and Boat Commission for many years on teaching youth fishing and boating programs.
He lives with his wife, Jeanne, and daughters, Corrinne and Shayna, in Pennsylvania
David Lang is managing partner of DAL Consulting Group, focused on environmental agriculture and renewable energy in the US and Southeast Asia. Previously, he was executive director of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, a collaboration of 26 cultural institutions in San Diego. Earlier, Lang was director of government affairs for Houston-based KSA Industries, parent company for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. Before that he was vice president for development for the Sigma Chi Fraternity Foundation in Evanston, Illinois.
Lang is vice chair of the Bastyr University Board of Trustees in Seattle, serves on the USA Triathlon Foundation Board of Trustees, and is a member of Corporate Directors Forum and Scouting Alumni & Friends.
Jay is a practicing attorney serving both as Of Counsel with the Baltimore firm of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC and as General Counsel to Brick Bodies Fitness Services, Inc. and Planet Fitness of Maryland, DC, Tennessee, Florida, and Washington.
Jay is a Distinguished Eagle Scout, and the recipient of the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, and Shofar Award. He has served Scouting on Staff at several National Jamborees and has been on several National High Adventure Base Assessment Teams and on the staff of the Philmont Training Center on several occasions. Jay is also a OA Vigil honor with Nentico Lodge #12. When attending National Junior Leader Instructor Training at Schiff Scout Reservation in 1966, Jay served as a model for Norman Rockwell’s Scout portrait known as Beyond the Easel.
During his adult Scouting career, Jay served as a Den Leader, Scoutmaster, District Chairman, Council President, Area President, and Executive Vice President of the Northeast Region. He is still an active member of the Executive Committee of the Baltimore Area Council and the Northeast Region. Jay is the former Chairman and current member of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting and a long-time member of the National Religious Relationships Committee. Internationally, Jay was one of the three founders of the International Forum of Jewish Scouts, a WOSM member.
His community involvement include service as a member of the Board of Trustees of Johns Hopkins University and as the President of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association. He has also served on the Boards of Roland Park Country School, Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, Krieger Schechter Day School, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, and the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
Jay is married to Ruth Shapiro Lenrow who is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Goucher College and is the proud parent of two children: son Adam an Eagle Scout and Army Combat Engineer and daughter Elizabeth.
Bill launched his estate and financial planning practice, Larson Financial Group, LLC, in 1987. Today, he and his wife, Glenda, have their offices in West Seattle and serve families across the United States.
Lou’s leadership in the fire service is formed by a career of over three decades, most of which was spent as a front line firefighter with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. Hired 1984, Lou eventually rose to the rank of Captain.
He is the second of three generations of Eagle Scouts. With a break to begin a family, Bill has been continuously involved with Scouting since 1958, culminating with the Silver Beaver Award in 2004. After 9/11, Bill was asked to serve as president of a local military support organization, Navy League of the United States. Now, as a past president, Bill continues to assist our military in the Northwest with community outreach and support. Nearly 4,000 Northwest youth (most of them Scouts) have so far participated in a “Annual Fleet Week Youth Embark” providing the opportunity to be guests aboard U.S. Navy ships created under his leadership.
At the Council level, Bill has created the Wings of Eagles endowment funding program, two annual Eagle Scout college scholarships and nationally, the AlTalks Scouting Alumni and Friends (SAF) webinars.
He currently serves as a Unit Commissioner; Executive Board Member for the Chief Seattle Council; and member of Area 1, Western Region. His wife is enjoying her position as Assistant Tiger Den Leader and together they have fun keeping up with their two Tiger grandsons.
Adèle is a public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation. She handles media and public relations for the Wichita Falls region. She graduated from California State University Fullerton and spent 10 years in television news before working for the state of Texas.
She is currently a committee member of National Scouting Alumni and Friends and VP of Membership and Marketing for the Northwest Texas council. She is a former council commissioner and asst. Scoutmaster. She is a Woodbadger and OA Brotherhood member of Lodge 35.
She has two children, Dillon, who is an Eagle Scout, and a daughter, Calista.
Spencer Long is Director of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is directly responsible for the oversight of programming and services centered on leadership development, volunteer and community service, and civic learning and democratic engagement. Through this role, Spencer works to transform leaders and develop lifelong active citizens who work towards positive social change.
Spencer is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. He is a recipient of the Silver Beaver and the Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award. He currently serves the Pathway to Adventure Council as the Vice President of Program. He also serve on the Scouting U Support Committee and is a Key Volunteer to the National Order of the Arrow Committee.
Spencer and his wife, April, have one son, Carson and a dog named Scout (of course)!
Andrew is an associate with McKinsey & Company in Philadelphia. He holds degrees in history and paleontology from Harvard University and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
He is an Eagle Scout and serves on the national Camping Task Force and as VP, Membership of the Summit Bechtel Reserve Staff Association.
He is a James E. West Fellow and a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award and Silver Antelope Award.
Shane is a Registered Professional Landman and currently serves as a Land Ownership Representative at Chevron North America Exploration Production Company, based in Houston, TX.
Shane currently serves as chair of the Cold Weather Leader Training program at Northern Tier and as an Area Committee Member in Central Region, Area 4.He previously served as Vice President of Program for Mountaineer Area Council and Section C-4B Adviser for the Order of the Arrow. An Eagle Scout, he is a James E. West Fellow and Silver Beaver Award recipient.
Shane is a member of the Petroleum Club of Houston and serves on the Steering Committee of the Houston Symphony’s Young Associates Council and the Ambassador Committee of the Houston Ballet.
Todd is a partner in the law firm Chapman and Cutler LLP focused on structured finance. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1998 (where he was a member of the Michigan Law Review). In 2015, he received the President of United States Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service.
He is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and helped launch NESA Chicago, which has become the model for NESA committees across the country. Todd serves as Vice-President of the National Eagle Scout Association for Jamborees, NOACs and special events.
In addition to being the father of five children, Todd is an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 156 in Glenview, Illinois coordinating STEM initiatives.
Randy L. Potts
Chair – Southern Region
Randy, a NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award recipient, is a virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) with clients from coast-to-coast. Randy also is a founding member of the InfraGard – National Members Alliance program. Initiated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations as a private/public partnership. InfraGard was designed to facilitate information sharing and intelligence between businesses, academic institutions, state/local law enforcement agencies, and others dedicated to prevent hostile cyber acts against the United States. Randy was instrumental in the growth of the organization to over fifty-thousand members nationwide since its inception in 1996.
Randy is a member of the Coastal Carolina Council executive board and currently serves as the VP of Finance. In addition, Randy serves as a member of the national committee for NESA and Scouting Alumni & Friends where he is instrumental in the management of social media channels. He serves as the CEO & chairman of the National Organization of Sea Scout Alumni.
Randy is the recipient of Silver Beaver award; Vigil Honor of the Order of the Arrow; Good Shepard, Baptist religious award; Sea Scout Leadership Award at the Council and Area level; a NESA Legacy Society Founding Fellow; Second Century – lifetime investor; and, a Baden-Powell Fellow.
He and his wife, Kimberley, have raised eight children and are the proud grandparents of four beautiful grandchildren.
Donnie is the National Vice-Chief of the Order of the Arrow. He is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Lowwapaneu Lodge. He is currently an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 232. Donnie has served as section chief and section vice chief for Section NE-5B. He has received the Founder’s Award, Venturing Leadership Award and the James E. West Fellowship Award.
He is studying economics at the College of the Holy Cross.
Arnold is an ophthalmologist who practiced in Bethlehem, PA for over 38 years. He served as president of Lehigh Valley Ophthalmology Society and Northampton County Medical Society and was chairman of ophthalmology at St Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem.
A Distinguished Eagle Scout, he was President of Area 5, NE Region; was President and Council Commissioner of Minsi Trails Council; served on National NCAP committee; is on NE Region Board and National Alumni and Friends Committee.
He was awarded the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, St George Award, and Vigil Honor of OA. Two of his three sons are Eagle Scouts.
Eagle Scout, author, and adventurer Alvin Townley has traveled the world uncovering and sharing stories of inspiration, adventure, and purpose – often told through encounters with Scouting alumni, from U.S. Senators to Navy SEALs to Olympians. His books on Eagle Scouts, Legacy of Honor and Spirit of Adventure, have been nationally-acclaimed, as has his newest best-selling book Defiant.
He has worked on Capitol Hill, managed global strategy in the CEO’s office of a $10B consulting firm, and spoken in nearly 100 Scout councils across the country.
A graduate of Washington & Lee University, he lives with his wife in Atlanta, Georgia.
Joe Weingarten is a retired Aerospace Engineer with 11 patents, authored several books and is credited with the development of the internal structural criteria that all modern aircraft and spacecraft are based on today world-wide. As a young engineer the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics selected him as the top engineer in the nation. He currently is the last manufacturer in the United States of Sterling Silver military insignia.
Joe is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and recipient of the Silver Beaver Award and is a James E. West Fellow. He is on the Area Committee, is Chair of the NESA Awards and Recognition Committee and runs both the NESA and Scouting Alumni & Friends merchandising on line stores. His son is also a Distinguished Eagle Scout and grandson is now a Cub Scout.
Ed is senior vice president for Rolls-Royce North America in Washington, D.C., specializing in government relations. Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Ed served two terms as a U. S. Representative of Indiana’s 7th District. During his congressional tenure, Ed served as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the House Small Business Committee, and as the Assistant Majority Whip with extensive service as Speaker pro tempore.
Ed serves on the executive board of the Crossroads of America Council, the National Order of the Arrow Committee, and is chairman of Scouting Alumni and Friends. He is a Silver Buffalo Award recipient and has received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and National Alumnus of the Year Award.
Dustin, an Eagle Scout, began his career as a district Scout executive with the Oregon Trail Council in Eugene, Oregon. After serving as a senior district executive and district director with the Ore-Ida Council in Boise, Idaho, he became Scout executive of the Northeast Iowa Council in Dubuque, Iowa. Before assuming his current role, he worked as a major gifts director with the BSA Foundation.
As a Scout executive, he enjoyed great success identifying and helping to reconnect Scouting alumni through newsletters, email, and service opportunities at the unit, district, and council levels.
Farris is part of an active Scouting family. His oldest son is an Eagle Scout, his daughter participated in Venturing, and his younger son is a Scout where Farris serves as an assistant Scoutmaster. His wife, Cindy, has served as a Scouting leader, and many of the family’s vacations revolve around Scouting and the outdoors.
Ryan, an Eagle Scout, became the Associate Director of SAF/NESA for the Boy Scouts of America in 2013. Prior to assuming the role, he served as Senior Development Director with the Chief Seattle Council. As a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Ryan helps direct and grow SAF and NESA groups across the country with the aim to build retention and grow Scouting in local councils.
A graduate of the University of Washington with two degrees, he began his professional Scouting career in 2002. Ryan is a Vigil Honor recipient and has earned his Wood Badge beads. Prior to becoming a professional with the Boy Scouts, he served as a Venturing advisor.
Ryan is married and has three children. He coaches soccer and is a recipient of the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award and Celtic Cross.