Meet Your Advisors

National Venturing Advisor

Robbie DiBiagio

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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 previously served as the National Venturing Training Chair and is a member of the ScoutingU Board of Regents, PTC Conference Committee, and the Youth Protection Committee. 

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.

National Venturing Director

Owen McCulloch

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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 advisor for Crew 425 in Circle Ten Council and Assistant Scoutmaster for girl-Troop 328 and boy-Troop 328 in Longhorn Council and is an instructor for multiple BSA activities. He also is a competitive musician (bagpipes). Owen and his wife, Julia, have two daughters and a son who are all in Scouting.

Northeast Region Venturing Advisor

Gordon Leary

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Gordon Leary joined the Venturing program as an Associate Advisor in 2010. He joined the Boys Scouts of America as a Cub Scout in 1971, attained the rank of Eagle in 1981, and became Scoutmaster of his troop at age 21 in 1984. Gordon has served as a Crew Advisor, Council Venturing Officer Association Advisor, and most recently as the North East Region Area 6 VOA advisor. Gordon has been a member of the Baltimore Area Council for his entire Scouting career.

 

Gordon is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. He has received the Council, Area, and Region Venturing Leadership Awards as well as the Unit Award of Merit, District Award of Merit and the Baltimore Area Council Silver Beaver Award. Gordon has staffed Powderhorn, VenturingFest and multiple Wood Badge training courses. He has also staffed the last two Jamborees and will be on staff for the 2019 World Jamboree.

Gordon is the IT Manager of AMPORTS, Inc., an automotive imports and exports processing company. His team manages 13 locations in the United States and Mexico. Responsible for the Company’s information technology needs, he oversees a staff of 10 programmers and technical personnel. Gordon is also on the Board of Directors for the IBM user group COMMON, an IBM-affiliated training and educational group which provides services to over 20,000 IT professionals in the United States.

Gordon’s goal is to help each Area build more VOAs and grow the Venturing program. He is passionate about the Venturing program and assisting the youth of the program achieve their full leadership potential. Above all, communication to and from the entire organization is key to building good program.

Central Region Venturing Advisor

Julie Dalton

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Julie Dalton is the Central Region Venturing Advisor. Prior to this, hshe was the Central Region Venturing Associate Advisor for Administration.

Julie began her Scouting journey as a Girl Scout, earning her First Class Award, and as the sister to 4 brothers in Boy Scouts. As a Scouting mother, she has two sons who earned their Eagle award and a daughter who earned her Outdoor Bronze Award. She has been active in her son’s Pack and Troop as a Den Leader and Troop Committee Chairman. When her daughter was finally able to join Venturing, she served as an Associate Advisor for her Crew.

She has also been active at the District and Council level, serving on the Training Team, as Activity Chair and as District Chair. She has also served as the Advisor to Quivira Council’s VOA, the Council VP of Program and now serves as Council President. She has served for many years as the Central Region Venturing Area 5 Advisor. She has also served on several Wood Badge and Powder Horn courses, and has been Course Director for both courses.

She has been a frequent participant at Philmont Training Center and takes advantage of every opportunity to get back to Philmont. She has also served on staff at 3 Jamborees and was the Advisor to the 2013 Quivira Contingent to the Jamboree.

Southern Region Venturing Advisor

Sherry McGugin

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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.

Western Region Venturing Advisor

Elizabeth Finley

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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.