Meet the National Committee
National Scouting Alumni Association Committee
The Scouting Alumni Association National Committee is composed of Scouting alumni from across the nation. The committee focuses on supporting local SAA alumni groups.
If you are active in your local council's alumni committee and would like to participate on the national committee, feel free to contact the Scouting Alumni Association at 972-580-2000 or BSAalumni@Scouting.org.
- Nashville, TN
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.
- Richmond, VA
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 the Scouting Alumni Association 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 SAA 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 - Central Region
Bob is a partner in the law office of Brown Hay & Stephens and specializes in estate planning, probate, and trust. A Distinguished Eagle Scout, Bob has served as council and area president, as his local council’s National Eagle Scout Association chair, and as his council’s trust and endowment chair.
Bob is also heavily involved in other national and international nonprofit organizations.
Chair - Northeast Region
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.
Chair - Southern Region
Jim is an executive associate with international defense policy think-tank U.S.-CREST Group, located in Washington, D.C. A retired USAF officer, Jim served across the U.S. specializing in the program management of major defense programs.
In Scouting, he has enjoyed a wide variety of leadership experiences from Scoutmaster to Council Executive Board. He is the immediate past president of the 3000-member Philmont Staff Association, which he led from 2008 to 2013. He is a recipient of the District Award of Merit the Silver Beaver Award and is a James E. West Fellow. Jim is a member of the Boy Scouts of America's National Joint Camping Task Force as well as the National Scouting Alumni Association Committee.
Jim and his wife, Dr. Jane Lynch, have two sons, James and William and reside in SanAntonio Texas.
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 Association chair.
Rich and his wife Beth are proud parents of Eagle Scout Jim Brenner, his wife, Lara, and granddaughter Lily.
- New York, NY
Vice-Chair - Affiliates
Donald is the Director of Operations for a private family office in
Manhattan. Previously, he was an investment banker specializing in
mergers & acquisitions.
Donald serves on the board for the Greater New
York Councils and is a member of the national Order of the Arrow committee.
In conjunction with the OA and the National Eagle Scout Association, he
spearheaded the 100th anniversary of Eagle Scouting in America in 2012.
In 2015, Donald led all centennial celebrations associated with the OA's
anniversary at the National OA Conference. As a youth, Donald served as
National OA Chief and as a member of the BSA's national executive board.
Donald is a member of the Union League Club of New York and Holland Lodge
No. 8, F. & A.M.
- New York, NY
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, and son, Perrin, in Connecticut.
- Coral Gables, FL
Vice-Chair - Program and Special Initiatives
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 Association Committee chair.
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.
- New York, NY
Vice-Chair - Membership
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 Association 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.
Vice-Chair - Awards and Recognition
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.
Vice-Chair - Training
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.
- Milford, CT
Vice-Chair - Information Management
Tony is Director of Development and Marketing for the Connecticut Yankee Council, giving leadership to the year-round fund development efforts and alumni outreach in southwestern Connecticut. He has been an executive with the Boy Scouts of America since 2000.
Tony became an Eagle Scout in 1995 as part of Troop 50 in Burlington, Vermont, and he is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow and a good old Owl, too.
Tony and his wife, Nicole, have a Tiger Cub and a daughter who is 13 years from joining Venturing.
- Chicago, IL
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 Association 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.
- Renton, WA
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.
- Memphis, TN
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..
- Orlando, FL
Jeff Jonasen is a partner in the Orlando office of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart. His practice is focused primarily on corporate representation, securities matters and government affairs.
Jeff is a past president of the Central Florida Council and he is a member of the Southern Region Executive Board. In addition, Jeff serves on the National Order of the Arrow Committee. He is also a vice chairman for the 2017 National Jamboree. Jeff brings to the committee more than 20 years of alumni relations experience including a term as president of the University of Florida Alumni Association.
He has also been awarded by the Boy Scouts of America with the Silver Buffalo Award, the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award and Order of the Arrow Distinguished service award.
- San Diego, CA
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 the Scouting Alumni Association.
- Wichita Falls, TX
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.
is currently a committee member on the National Scouting Alumni Association 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.
- Philadelphia, PA
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.
- Shavertown, PA
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.
- Atlanta, GA
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.
- Fishers, IN
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 worldwide.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 serves as Chairmen of the Crossroads of America Council NESA Committee, on the Area Committee and as Chair of the NESA Merchandising Committee. His son is
also a Distinguished Eagle Scout and grandson is now a Cub Scout.
- Washington, DC
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 the Scouting Alumni Association. He is a Silver Buffalo Award recipient and has received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and National Alumnus of the Year Award.
- Irving, TX
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.
- Irving, TX
Ryan, an Eagle Scout, became the Associate Director of SAA/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 SAA 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 serves as an elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church.