The Central Region Venturing leadership team is led by the Key 3. The Key 3 includes the Central Region Venturing President (a Venturing youth member), the Central Region Venturing Chairman (an adult volunteer) and the Central Region Venturing Staff Advisor (an adult BSA professional staff member) Together the triumvirate guides, directs, and supports Venturing in the Central Region through a variety of methods. The Key 3, in addition to other members of the Central Region Venturing Committee, supports the councils and crews to help meet the needs and interests of the Venturers and Advisors in the Central Region. The Central Region Venturing President serves additionally on the National Venturing Cabinet and is one of the national officers for Venturing.
Pamela Petterchak is the Central Region Venturing President for 2018-2019.
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 Vice President of Communications.
Pamela is a Summit Award recipient, and has earned the Dr. Sally Ride 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, and looks forward to serving at Philmont Training Center this coming summer, as well as at VenturingFest 2018 and the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. Pamela will be studying Computer Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology in the fall.
Pamela hopes to improve communication throughout the Central Region this year, better connecting council, area, and regional officers through a positive and collaborative environment. She looks forward to assessing the effectiveness of the Region VOA through the use of data from the Council Venturing Scorecard program and other surveys, and can’t wait to work with officers from across the Central Region to best meet their needs in this term.
Jeff Geralds is the Central Region Venturing Advisor. Jeff has spent nearly 10 years as the Area 2 Venturing Advisor, helping leading Venturing in the state of Michigan.
Jeff Geralds is from the Great Lakes FSC of the new Michigan Crossroads Council. He has been with Crew 1589 since its founding in 2000. Jeff has served as the Crew Advisor and as its Charter Organization Representative. He has completed the Sea Badge course and is a committee member for Sea Scout Ship 308. His favorite memory from Venturing is his Crew's Cavalcade Trek at Philmont. Jeff served the Central Region as Area 2 Advisor from 2006 to 2016.
Through his participation with his council’s Venturing Officers Association he has earned the Council Venturing Leadership Award, and has received the Region Venturing Leadership Award. He has been an Assistant Course Director for two Powder Horn courses, and served as a Wood Badge staff member. He also enjoyed his experience as a Crew Advisor at the 2013 National Jamboree.
As a youth he became an Eagle Scout, and has 50 years of continuous membership in Scouting. He has served in many capacities, earning him the District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and the Order of the Arrow’s Vigil Honor and Founder’s Award. Jeff has also been honored with the Regional Venturing Leadership Award
Jeff is a securities registered financial advisor and earned his BA in Economics at Wayne State University. He and his wife Sheryl have two grown children who were both active in Venturing.
Dave Truax is the Central Region Venturing Staff Advisor.
He was previously the Michigan Area Director for the Central Region, Boy Scouts of America.
Truax also recently served as the Scout Executive for the Buckeye Council which served over 15,500 youth annually through 4,500 dedicated volunteers over a 12 county area in central eastern Ohio and 3 townships in northern West Virginia. The Scout Summer Camp program the council conducted at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation is one of the most popular programs with over 70% of the council’s Boy Scouts attending.
Dave has been a professional Scouter for over 38 years. He began his career in the Buckeye Council as a District Executive in 1979, then served as the council’s program director before being selected to serve as the Assistant Scout Executive for the Johnny Appleseed Council based in Mansfield, Ohio in 1986. He was transferred to the Black Swamp Area Council in Findlay, Ohio in 1992 where he served as Field Director, Finance Director and Assistant Scout Executive over a span of 12 years. He then served as the Director of Support Service in Cleveland from 2004 until late 2006. Dave had been the Scout Executive for the Buckeye Council since 2006 where the council earned 7 Gold – Journey To Excellence (JTE) awards in 8 years. He has been a leader in the national BSA organization through his commitment to the development of outdoor and fundraising programs of the Boy Scouts. He has served on numerous National Jamboree staffs, faculty at Philmont’s training center, attended each of the National Council’s High Adventure Base’s and served on 5 Wood Badge staff’s.
Dave has also been active in the community where he has been a member of various Jaycees, Rotary, Kiwanis Clubs and youth athletic organizations. He has been involved in the State Safety program and has served as a county director of a Workforce Initiative Act, Task Force.
Dave is a 1975 graduate of Canton Central Catholic High School and Mount Union College in 1979 where he studied Sociology and Political Science.
He and his wife Suzie who currently live in Lake Township near Canton, Ohio, have been married for 38 years and are the proud parents of two married boys, Ryan and Craig, and three young grandchildren.