National Venturing Advisor
Julie began her Scouting journey as a Girl Scout, earning her First Class Award, and as the sister to four 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 Vice President of Program, as Council President, and now continues to serve on the council Executive Board. She has served for many years as the Central Region Area 5 Venturing Advisor. She has also served on several Wood Badge and Powder Horn courses and has been Course Director for both courses. She has attended five National Scout Jamborees and the most recent World Scout Jamboree.
Julie has received the council, area, region, and national Venturing Leadership Awards, Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, and is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.
Professionally Julie manages a Trust Department for a community bank in Wichita, Kansas, where she also serves on the Board of Directors.
Associate Advisor for Administration
Kristopher J. Zahrobsky is from the Pathway to Adventure Council and is currently serving as the National Venturing Officers’ Association Associate Advisor of Administration, as well as the National Venturing Alumni Chair.
Prior to his current appointment, Kris served in area, regional, and national roles since 2001. He has previously served as National Venturing Advisor, National Venturing Committee Vice Chair, National Venturing Committee Vice Chair of Relationships, Central Region Venturing Chair and Advisor, Central Region Area 7 Venturing Chair and Advisor, and the Chair of the National Venturing Program Development Task Force. Outside of Venturing, Kris serves as his Council’s Advancement and Recognition Chair, and just completed serving as the Central Region Vice President of Program and as well as a member of the Central Region Executive Board.
Kris is a life-long member of the BSA. He started as a youth Tiger Cub and completed his youth tenure serving as the Central Region Venturing President from 2000-2001. Kris is an Arrow of Life Recipient, Eagle Scout, Exploring Gold Award Recipient, Venturing Silver Award Recipient, James E. West Fellow, Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, and has received his Wood Badge beads. He has also received the council, region, and national Venturing Leadership Awards, the Training and Advisor’s Key Awards, the Philmont Training Center Master Track Knot, the Silver Beaver Award, the Silver Antelope Award, and the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award.
Outside of Scouting, Kris works in the fire and life safety industry, and enjoys spending time with his dog, Franklin, traveling, culinary exploration, bowling, softball, and haunted houses.
Associate Advisor for Communication
April McMillan serves as the Associate Advisor for Communication on the National Venturing Officers’ Association. Locally, she also serves as a committee member for Venturing Crew 46 and Ship 46 in the Great Smoky Mountain Council (GSMC). She also serves on the council Executive Board as well as serving as the council STEM Nova Chair. In her Scouting career, she has served at the unit, council, area, and national levels.
She has served as the advisor to the inaugural Philmont STEM trek; as faculty at the Philmont Training Center, the Florida Sea Base, and the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Additionally, April has staffed National and World Jamborees; VenturingFest; Winterfest; SEAL; and as Advisor for her council’s Venturing Camp. She is Sea Badge trained. She has served on multiple Wood Badge staffs in GSMC, Crossroads of America Council, and as SPL for the inaugural national Linked Troop Wood Badge course. April has also served as Course Director for GSMC’s Powder Horn.
April has enjoyed learning as much about Scouting as she can through additional training courses, including Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Survival, and First Aid. She is a past co-Chair for the National STEM Nova Committee. Additionally, she has assisted in the oversight of STEM at Camp Buck Toms. She is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow; has received the Silver Beaver Award; is a James E. West fellow; and has received the council, area, region, and national Venturing Leadership Awards.
Outside of Scouting, April serves as the National Executive Director of the Gamma Beta Phi Society, a national honors and service society. She loves the outdoors, traveling, reading, hanging out at the lake, and spending time with her family.
Associate Advisor for Program
Elizabeth lives in the Northeast community of Elko, Nevada actively serving Scouting in that community and the 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, Asst. District Commissioner, and District Committee-At-Large. She has also served as the Western Region Associate Advisor for Program and the Western Region VOA Advisor.
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.
Elizabeth has received the region and national Venturing Leadership Awards, District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, 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, watercolor, and talk Venturing.
Associate Advisor for Territory Support
Gordon Leary joined the Venturing program as an Associate Advisor in 2010. He joined the Boy 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 Officers’ Association Advisor, and Northeast 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, region, and national 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 National Jamborees and 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 is passionate about the Venturing program and assisting the youth of the program to achieve their full leadership potential. Above all, he believes that communication to and from the entire organization is key to building good program.