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!

National VOA President

Pamela Petterchak

NationalVenturing.President@scouting.org

Advisor: Robbie DiBiagio (Email)

Staff: Owen McCulloch (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 Officers’ Association President. 

Pamela is a Summit Award recipient, and has earned the Wright Brothers 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, Philmont Training Center, VenturingFest 2018, and looks forward to serving at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. Pamela is a rising sophomore at Missouri University of Science and Technology studying Computer Engineering and Computer Science. 

Pamela hopes to work to create a positive environment within the National VOA and Region VOAs. She looks forward to finding ways to increase collaboration between the four regions, thus strengthening the program for Venturers across the nation.

National VOA Vice President

Katelyn St. Louis

NationalVenturing.VicePresident@scouting.org

Advisor: Robbie DiBiagio (Email)

Staff: Owen McCulloch (Email)

Katelyn St. Louis first joined Venturing at age 14 and found a home in the program. She is from The Spirit of Adventure Council in Lowell, Massachusetts, and served most recently as the Northeast Region Venturing Officers’ Association President.

Katelyn is a recipient of the Pathfinder Award and is working towards her Summit Award. She has also been awarded the Council, Area, and Region Venturing Leadership Awards. Katelyn has served on staff and held leadership positions in her council’s NYLT Course and is currently an NYLT Leadership Academy staff member. She also helped to run the NER Subcamp at VenturingFest this past year and is looking forward to staffing World Scout Jamboree this summer. Katelyn is a rising sophomore at the University of New Hampshire majoring in Biomedical Science, in the Medical Laboratory Science Program.

Katelyn hopes to help establish open communication and a positive support network among the incoming officers of the 2019-2020 National VOA and Region VOAs. In addition to this, she plans on looking into ways to support the four Regions in growing Council VOAs around the country.

NER Venturing President

Clare Toman

NER.Venturing@scouting.org

Advisor: Gordon Leary (Email)

Clare Toman joined Venturing at the age of 14 to explore all the outdoor opportunities Venturing has to offer. She is from the Jersey Shore and recently served as the Northeast Region Vice President of Communications as well as being the president of her crew. Clare hails from Washington Crossing Council and is a proud member of Crew 4385 of Hamilton, New Jersey.

Clare is a Region Venturing Leadership Award recipient and attended the 2015 World Jamboree in Japan. She also attended VenturingFest in 2016 as well as the National Jamboree in 2017. Clare served on staff of VenturingFest this past summer and will be serving on the International Service Team in the Puma Patrol this upcoming summer at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. She will also be serving as a staff member of National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience at the Philmont Training Center this summer. Clare will be studying Marketing and Consumer Psychology in the fall at Fairfield University.

Clare hopes to improve communication between the Northeast Region Venturing Officers’ Association and the Venturers in the Northeast Region as well as increasing support provided by the region and areas to CVOAs.

CR Venturing President

Natalie Nichols

CR.Venturing@scouting.org

Advisor: Julie Dalton (Email)

Natalie joined Venturing at the age of 15 to experience adventures, be outdoors, and make new friends. She is from Northern Star Council in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and served most recently as the Central Region Area 1 Venturing President.

Natalie is currently working towards her Summit Award, and she has received the Council, Area, and Region Venturing Leadership Awards. She has served on staff for a variety of council, area, and national events, including VenturingFest 2018. Natalie is a rising freshman at Wheaton College studying English and International Relations.

Natalie is excited to create a positive atmosphere with the region VOA that fosters creativity and inter-area collaboration, and looks forward to working with areas to support councils more effectively in order to strengthen the Venturing program.

SR Venturing President

Ella Hirsch

SR.Venturing@scouting.org

Advisor: Sherry McGugin (Email)

Ella Hirsch joined Venturing at the age of 13 to meet new people and provide additional leadership opportunities for young women in the Alamo Area Council in San Antonio, Texas. Ella is currently serving as the Area 3 Venturing President.

Ella is currently working on completing her Summit Award and has earned the Council, Area, and Regional Venturing Leadership Awards. She was recently tapped out in ceremony for the Order of the Arrow. Ella is serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster for a BSA Troop for the 2019 World Jamboree. Ella is a rising freshman at Virginia Tech studying Animal Sciences with a Pre-Vet track.

Ella hopes to work to continue carrying on the legacy and continued goals of the Southern Region VOA by continuing the creation of subcommittees where needed, as well as increasing Venturing presence with the 86 Councils of the Southern Region. She looks forward to finding ways to continue to build the Venturing program, thus strengthening the program for Venturers across our region.

WR Venturing President

Tyler Grey

WR.Venturing@scouting.org

Advisor: Elizabeth Finley (Email)

Tyler Grey joined Venturing at the age of 13 to meet new people and have fun in the wilderness. He is from Western Los Angeles County Council in Los Angeles, California, and served most recently as the Western Region Venturing Officers’ Association Vice President of Administration.

Tyler is an Eagle Scout and has earned the Council, Area, and Regional Venturing Leadership Awards. He is also a Vigil Honor member of Malibu Lodge and has received the Silver Shark Award, Founder’s Award, and the James E. West Fellowship. He has served on staff for a variety of National events, including the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, VenturingFest 2018, 2018 National Order of the Arrow Conference, and looks forward to serving at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. Tyler is a rising sophomore at the University of California, Davis studying Materials Science & Engineering.

Tyler hopes to work to create a communications team and event planning committee. He looks forward to finding ways to help unite the region, thus strengthening the program for Venturers across our region.