On August 10, 2022, NCAC’s Commissioner for Exploring was recognized at the National Exploring LIVE Hour as the National Exploring Volunteer of the Year.
Jeff has been a Scouting Commissioner for over 25 years. In NCAC, he serves as a Unit Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner in the Colonial District and as Assistant Council Commissioner for Exploring, STEM, Communications and Resources. Jeff is our council’s only Exploring volunteer who single-handedly manages our nearly 40 Exploring Clubs and Posts and STEM labs across our 19 districts.
One “small” example of his attention to detail is given by his institutional knowledge. We’ll be in conversation with a prospective new Medical Post, and Jeff will rattle off the name, unit number, and insights from a similar Post from 5 years ago. Jeff keeps unparalleled offline records of units with every detail imaginable. This helps our Council analyze and direct our resources. He NEVER complains about shifting formats of the raw data (from scoutnet/my.scouting). This takes work on Jeff’s end, but he steadfastly compiles everything, ensuring our Council’s Exploring sector is always poised with data.
On the National level, Jeff is the Vice-Chair of Marketing & Recruitment, Learning for Life National Executive Board. In addition to this position, he has been designated at the Exploring focal point for any internet issue as well as the Exploring Homepage Webmaster. During his recognition, Colonel Craig Marti (National Vice Chair of Exploring & Support Services) extended a big thank-you to Jeff for his initiative to assist all Councils‘ through rechartering of posts/clubs in late 2021/early 2022. When IT challenges presented in the new online rechartering portal, Jeff immediately orchestrated the efforts of Technology Group on the National Commissioner Service Team and National BSA IT Department to solve these problems.
Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and master’s degrees in systems technology and computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School. Finally, we thank him for his service to our Country as a retired United States Navy Lieutenant Commander.