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
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
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
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
Advisor: Julie Dalton (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
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
Advisor: Elizabeth Finley (Email)
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.