NORTHEAST REGION VENTURING ADVISOR
Gordon Leary joined the Venturing program as an Associate Advisor in 2010. He joined the Boys Scouts of America as a Cub Scout in 1971, attained the rank of Eagle in 1981, and became Scoutmaster of his troop at age 21 in 1984. Gordon has served as a Crew Advisor, Council Venturing Officer Association Advisor, and most recently as the North East Region Area 6 VOA advisor. Gordon has been a member of the Baltimore Area Council for his entire Scouting career.
Gordon is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. He has received the Council, Area, and Region Venturing Leadership Awards as well as the Unit Award of Merit, District Award of Merit and the Baltimore Area Council Silver Beaver Award. Gordon has staffed Powderhorn, VenturingFest and multiple Wood Badge training courses. He has also staffed the last two Jamborees and will be on staff for the 2019 World Jamboree.
Gordon is the IT Manager of AMPORTS, Inc., an automotive imports and exports processing company. His team manages 13 locations in the United States and Mexico. Responsible for the Company’s information technology needs, he oversees a staff of 10 programmers and technical personnel. Gordon is also on the Board of Directors for the IBM user group COMMON, an IBM-affiliated training and educational group which provides services to over 20,000 IT professionals in the United States.
Gordon’s goal is to help each Area build more VOAs and grow the Venturing program. He is passionate about the Venturing program and assisting the youth of the program to achieve their full leadership potential. Above all, communication to and from the entire organization is key to building a good program.
NORTHEAST REGION VENTURING ASSOCIATE ADVISOR, ADMINISTRATION
Brandon currently hails from the New Birth of Freedom Council in Area 6 and has been involved in the Scouting program since 1995. A product of the program, Brandon is an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member, and is a recipient of the Venturing Silver and Ranger Awards. He is also the recipient of the Venturing Leadership Award at the Region, Area, and Council levels. He has also worked as an Order of the Arrow Foreman at the Northern Tier High Adventure Base.
Having spent almost 6 years as a former Council Professional Scouter gives a unique perspective and is of great value to the largely volunteer-driven NERVOA. His scouting expertise from his pro scouting years has allowed the NERVOA Administration team to better focus our JTE initiatives and to improve communication with BSA Councils.
Brandon is Married to Kristy and has a newborn son (Korbin) and is also a Combat Veteran, having served in the Afghanistan Campaign as a US Army Artilleryman. While not Scouting, Brandon is passionate about Motorcycles, Cooking BBQ, and Hiking/Backpacking. Professionally, he is the Director of Development for ‘The Children’s Aid Society’ which is a regional non-profit in the South-Central PA area.
NORTHEAST REGION VENTURING ASSOCIATE ADVISOR OF PROGRAM
A former Explorer, Steve joined Venturing shortly after the program’s 1998 launch, organized Greater Pittsburgh Council’s VOA, and served as that Council’s first CVOA president. Later, as a vice-chairman of Greater Pittsburgh Council’s Venturing committee, he represented the Council when Area 4 first began to organize their AVOA. Most recently, he has served as Laurel Highlands Council’s Venturing Chairman and as Area Four’s Associate Advisor of Administration.
An Eagle Scout and Venturing Silver Award recipient, he has long been a promoter of all the opportunities Venturing provides to youth in the broader Scouting family and looks forward to serving the Region in their efforts to support our Areas and Councils in delivering a great Venturing experience to our youth.
NORTHEAST REGION VENTURING ASSOCIATE ADVISOR OF COMMUNICATION
Pam has been involved in scouting for over 25 years. She started her adventure with her oldest son and has served in numerous positions, some of which include Crew Committee Chair, Lodge Adviser, District Training Chair, and Wood Badge Course Director.
An avid trainer, Pam has staffed and attended numerous training courses; i.e. the University of Scouting, Trainer’s EDGE, Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing Advisor Specific Trainings, Powder Horn, NYLT, Philmont Training Center, and National Camping School.
Throughout her service in Scouting Pam has been awarded numerous awards, a sum of which include; Silver Beaver Award, Vigil Honor, Order of the Arrow Founders Award, District Award of Merit, UoS Doctorate and Fellows Awards, James E West Fellow and OA Legacy Fellow.
In her life outside of scouting, Pam and her husband, own their own company; and Pam also runs her own home-based cake decorating business.