The Connecticut Rivers Council is one of New England's largest private youth-serving organizations; the Connecticut Rivers Council delivers Scouting programs that develop character, citizenship, fitness, and leadership skills to more than 20,000 youth and nearly 7,000 adult volunteers in 127 cities and towns in Connecticut. The Boy Scouts of America collaborates with hundreds of churches, school affiliated groups and other community organizations that organize and operate local Scout groups.

OUR MISSION: It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America and the Connecticut Rivers Council to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout oath and law.

SCOUT OATH: On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

SCOUT LAW: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

 2018-2019 Executive Board Members

The skills I learned in the Boy Scouts gave me the confidence and mindset to be successful in school, in my community, and in my personal growth.
CEO/Scout Executive

Steven earned the Eagle Scout rank with 3 palms and Vigil membership in the Order of the Arrow as a youth member.   Steven was a Thomas Haggia fellow at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO where he graduated and received the Certified Non-Profit (CNP) certification from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.    Steven’s Scouting career began in 1982 as a District Executive in Wichita KS and then moved through several positions and ultimately became a Scout Executive in Dubuque, IA in 1991 and Lincoln, NE in 1996.  In 2005 Steven was appointed Area Director of Upstate New York and Western Pennsylvania and returned to Council work as Scout Executive of the Connecticut Rivers Council in 2010.



Assistant to the CEO/Scout Executive/Office Manager

Maria joined CRC as the Executive Assistant to the Scout Executive/CEO in August 2012.  Prior to joining CRC Maria was employed for 20 years at the Hispanic Health Council (HHC), a non-profit organization based in Hartford, CT.  During that time she held the position of Executive Assistant and after 10 years in the organization she was promoted to Human Resources Manager.  Maria has vast experience in the areas of administrative support, facilities management, personnel recruitment and benefits administration. Maria resides in Hartford with her husband Tony, has two adult children and one grand-child.




Director of Field Service

Andy began his Scouting career in 2006 and received his commission as a District Executive in the Baden-Powell Council in Binghamton, New York. In 2008 he was promoted to Senior District Executive in the Baden-Powell Council where he also served as adviser to Otahnagon Lodge #172 and Camp Director of Tuscarora Scout Reservation. In 2011 Andy was promoted to Camping Director in the Patriot’s Path Council in Florham Park, New Jersey where he served as advisor to Winnebago Scout Reservation in Rockaway, New Jersey, Sabattis Adventure Camp in Long Lake New York, Woapalanne Lodge #43, and Section NE-5A. In 2013, he joined the Baltimore Area Council as a Field Director. While in Baltimore he also served as Staff Adviser for Nentico Lodge #12, Section NE-6A and as Course Director for National Camping School held at Broad Creek Scout Reservation. He is a Life Scout, Vigil Honor member, has earned the Professional Circle Award, and completed the course for the Wood Badge N-220-14-2. Andy is married to Dr. Jessica Zilnik and they have a dog and cat named Copper and Gremlynn.



Field Director

Kevin began his Scouting career in 2003 as Council Registrar for the Baltimore Area Council. He received his professional commission in 2009 and went on to serve as District Executive and Field Director in Baltimore. Kevin also served as a Camp Director at Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation for six years. He went on to serve as District Director, Director of Field Service, and Development Director with the Great Southwest Council in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Kevin was a Life Scout, is a Vigil Honor member, James E. West Fellow and is a Bobwhite from Wood Badge Course NEIV-154. Kevin is married to Melissa McClelland, a Veterinary Technician. Together they have 3 dogs and 2 cats.




Field Director

Sean joined Connecticut Rivers Council in January 2019 as a Field Director. Sean began his career at the Daniel Webster Council in March of 2013 as District Executive. In January 2016 Sean was promoted as Senior District Executive. Sean was then promoted to the Program Director position in May 2017. He is an Eagle Scout out of Pittsburgh, PA is a brotherhood Order of the Arrow member, Wood Badge course N1-330-16-2 (Eagle Patrol), and has served on staff for a number of programs. 




Director of Support Services

Mike started his career with the Yankee Clipper Council, Haverhill MA in 2003.  From there, he served as Senior District Executive, District Director, Program Director, and Asst. Director of Support Services for the Narragansett Council.  Mike is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Member of the Order of the Arrow.  His wife and he have two children and are enjoying Cub Scouts together!



CFO - Chief Financial Officer

Elizabeth is a native New Yorker and the last of 8 children.  "This is great proving ground for a Controller, who every day gets to talk to volunteers, vendor and employees about a variety of topics".  The functions of the business office are the “stuff of business life” that help keep an operation moving smoothly. Elizabeth's job is centered around paying vendors, volunteers and employees, reporting information about the organizations, and meeting other internal and external informational needs.



Accounting Assistant
Accounting Specialist

Kay joined the Business Office as Accounting Specialist in 2007.  She has been active in scouting for fifteen years as a volunteer and currently serves as a committee member for Troop 72 in Colchester.

Kay is a member of the Happy Wanderers chapter of CT Family Campers and RVers and loves spending time exploring the outdoors taking long walks with her dog and kayaking.  She also enjoys antiquing, crafting and reading.  She is a widow; has a daughter and a son who are both married, and two grandchildren.



Del Valle
Development Administrator

Liz joined the Boy Scouts of America in April 2005 as a Receptionist.   During her time/tenure at CRC Liz has served in various positions.  She has worked as an Administrative Assistant in both the Finance Department and in the Department of Field service.   In 2014 Liz was transferred back to the Finance Department as an Office Assistant.  Liz assists with data entry for all development related campaigns such as Special events, Community Campaign, James E. West Awards, etc.   She spends her free time with her family.



Office Assistant

Kay has worked at CRC since October 2011 as the receptionist who greets our visitors, Scouts and volunteers. Kay covers many areas of work to assist CRC including setting appointments, filing, record keeping and many other office tasks, all for the sake of keeping things moving. She is married to an Assistant Scoutmaster and has two sons. Kay’s youngest son is a Life Scout and working towards Eagle. Her oldest son is an Eagle Scout and also a Sea Scout working towards Quartermaster. As a family they all enjoy being at their cabin in Pennsylvania enjoying various water sports.




Office Assistant to Camp / Registration Administrator

Michele came into the BSA Cub Scouting program with the oldest of her three boys. She has enjoyed learning the program and that has inspired her to become first a Den Leader and then the Committee Chair of Pack 89 in East Windsor. Following her oldest who crossed over to Boy Scouts, she is now also active in the troop as a committee member and she is the current Roundtable Cub Scout Commissioner for the Matianuck district. All five of her children are exploring the different aspects of the BSA Program from Venturing to Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. As if that’s not enough Michele is also a Girl Scout leader for her younger daughter while her oldest is currently working on her Gold Award. In addition to her volunteer experience Michele also has experience working in the National Supply division in the East Hartford Scout Shop as well.


Director of Development

Marj is responsible for the overall coordination of all fundraising campaigns and special events.  She works closely with the five United Way organizations who support the Council, securing and renewing grants from public and private foundations and develops donor cultivation plans aiming to establish long term individual relationships. 

Marj received the District Award of Merit, is a Paul Harris Fellow through the New London Rotary where she also served on the Executive Board.  In 2010 she received the Cliff Dochterman Award from the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians. She was named Fundraiser of the Year from the National Association of Fundraising Executives; is listed in Who’s Who among Executives and Professionals and received the Women in Business Award from the Southeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to Finance Impact training at the National Office of BSA, Marj has extensive fundraising training through the Association for Fundraising Professionals having completed numerous courses on expanding successful special events, establishing for impact organizations, grant writing and donor relations.

Marj resides in Waterford, CT and has a son who earned his Eagle with two palms.



Mark Twain District Director

John started his Scouting career as a Tiger Cub in Pack 1 Ballston Spa, NY and continued his Scouting journey throughout Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Star Scout. He has spent much of his young adult life working as a Summer Camp Counselor at a Cub Scout Resident Camp in Twin Rivers Council in Albany NY. In May 2015 he graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and started working with the Westchester-Putnam Council that November. John has served as a District Executive in the Westchester-Putnam Council for the past three years, serving as the advisor to Family Camping Weekends, Day Camps, and the Order of the Arrow. John is engaged and enjoys spending time with his fiancé, Savanna, and their cats, Cassanova, Ilsa, and Nox.

Hockanum River District Executive

Sally has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Stone Academy, Bachelors in Science Degree in Human Services from Springfield College and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut School Of Social Work.  Sally previously worked as a clinical social worker for Correctional Managed Health Care. She worked in our Connecticut Rivers Scout Shop prior to being hired as Hockanum Rivers District Executive. Sally resides in Middle Haddam CT and has a son, Skyler who attends St. Lawrence University.



Nipmuck District Executive

Charlie has served as the Nipmuck District Executive since 2015. His prior experience includes the Boy Scout Supply Division, Aetna and Cigna. As a youth, Charlie was a summer camp staff member at Camp Tuscazoar and Camp Buckeye.

Charlie is an Eagle Scout from Troop 37 in Canton, Ohio and a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow.



Matianuck District Executive

Jason joined Scouting in the mid 1980's as a Cub Scout.  While a member of Troop 6 in Bristol, Jason became a member of the Order of the Arrow and would go on to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout in 1991. 
He returned to Scouting, after graduating from UConn with a degree in Communications, by serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster and Merit Badge Counselor for his original troop.  Prior to joining the Connecticut Rivers Council staff, Jason worked for 10 years as a customer service trainer for gas and electric utilities in CT, MA, and NH, specializing in training program design and facilitation.  Jason is married, has 2 children, ages 10 and 4, and spends his free time "adventuring" with his family, writing and performing music, and enjoying the outdoors.



Mohegan District Executive

Joe is an Eagle Scout from Troop 41 in Berlin, Connecticut. Joe joined scouting as a Tiger Cub and has been involved ever since.  From 2008-2017 he served on camp staff at June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation in many positions through the years.  Joe graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology.  Before joining the professional scouting career, Joe served time in the National Supply division.  In his spare time, Joe enjoys hiking, traveling (having been to Egypt and Russia most recently), and camping.

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Northwest Hills District Executive

Peter is an Eagle Scout of Troop 102 in Naugatuck, CT and a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow. Peter joined scouting in 1998 as a Tiger Cub and has been an active scouter ever since. He served as a Waterfront staff member at Camp Mattatuck from 2005 to 2011. Peter graduated from Boston University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Physiology and received a commission into the United States Navy. He is began his professional Scouting career as District Executive for the Mattabesett Trail District and is now serving the Northwest Hills District in the same capacity. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, backpacking, whitewater kayaking, and dog training. Peter has been married to his wife Emily for two years and has a daughter on the way!



Development Associate

Bill started off in the mid 1980’s as a Cub Scout and earned the rank of Star Scout after transitioning to Boy Scouts.  One of his most memorable moments of scouting occurred when he made the trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in July of 1995 with Troop 1775 Natick, Massachusetts.  After a hiking to the top of a mountain they discovered snow and proceeded to have a snowball fight.    

Bill and his loving wife Brenda have two children (James is 12 and Natalie is 7), two rabbits, and a dog named Lucky.   He enjoys spending time with family and enjoys boating, fishing, water skiing, sailing and traveling. 

Prior to his role as District Executive for the Northwest Hills District, Bill served as a District Executive with Connecticut Yankee Council for a year.  Before his career in scouting, Bill worked for the Hartford Insurance Company for ten years. He was recently promoted to Development Associate in 2019.  




Mad River District Executive

Jay comes to the council with a broad experience in marketing sales operations and IT.  An Eagle Scout and Brotherhood member of the OA Jay has been a Scouting volunteer in Connecticut since 2006.  Serving most recently as an Assistant Scoutmaster and Woodbadge Quartermaster. 

Jay is married to an angel, has 3 beautiful children, and lives with his family in Berlin, CT.



Senior STEM Executive

Heather is a part of the field service team as the Senior STEM Executive for our new pilot program, STEM Scouts. Heather has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and a Masters degree in Secondary Education from Western Connecticut State University. Before working for the Boy Scouts, she worked in the Drug and Safety department at Boehringer - Ingelheim. Heather serves on various committees related to STEM Education, helps secure grants and foundations for our STEM programs, and serves as the Camp Director for our STEM Day camp.



Camp Ranger for Camp Workcoeman

Frank joined CT Rivers Council in September 2003 as a full time Ranger for Camp Workcoeman. He is responsible for the development, maintenance and security of the Council's 500 acre facility located on West Hill Lake, in New Hartford, CT. Prior to accepting the position of Camp Ranger, Frank served as Camp Director for Camp Tadma, a Council Cub Scout camp for 8 years after serving as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Frank has been active in scouting for 37 years, in several different leadership capacities. Frank resides at Camp Workcoeman with his two daughters, McKenna and Kyra. 






Emery ("SKIP")
Camp Ranger for Camp Webster
Camp Ranger for Camp Mattatuck
Scout Safety
Advancement Opportunities