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Council Staff Updates - March 2016

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Staff Updates:

  • Jim Matthews - Scout Service Area Coordinator over the ScoutReach Service Center and Memorial, Cimarron, and Texas Hills Districts, will be retiring after 30 years in the Scouting profession. We wish him the best and are indebted to his vision and commitment to the program for over 50 years. Mr. Matthew's last day with council will be Friday, April 29, 2016. All of his projects and work assignments will temporarily be handled by John Echevarria, Director of Scouting Service, until the Scout Service Area Coordinator position is filled. 
  • Richard Abrams - Join us in welcoming our new Summit Scout Service Executive, Richard Abrams, who is a retired U.S. Army veteran, and MBA graduate from New England College. In addition to his twenty-four years of service to his country, Mr. Abrams achieved the rank of Life Scout as a youth and has devoted more than 8 years to non-profit work. 
  • Mike Dunnell - Scout Service Area Coordinator over Armadillo, Rough Rider, Summit and Victory Districts, will be retiring from 37 long years of professional Scouting.  We extend our best wishes and prayers to Mike and his family with his new endeavors.  Mr. Dunnell's last day with us was Friday, March 31, 2016.  Any of his projects or work assignments will be temporarily be handled by John Echevarria, Director of Scouting Service, until the Scout Service Area Coordinator position is filled.
  • Karina Miller - being with us since mid-February, we are pleased to officially welcome aboard our new Scouting Relations Executive, Karina Miller, who is a Navy veteran, and MBA graduate of North Central University. In addition to her Scouting Relation duties, Mrs. Miller coordinates the efforts of the in school character education program Learning for Life. 
  • Linda Dieguez - we are pleased to announce former Camping Adventures Executive, Linda Dieguez, is our new Outdoor Adventures Director. Please assist us in welcoming and congratulating Mrs. Dieguez in her new position. 
    • Jeff Ryland - McGimsey Scout Park Ranger, will be retiring after 9 years of Scouting service with the Alamo Area Council. Mr. Ryland's last day with us will be September 30, 2016. We send our best wishes to Jeff and his family in his new endeavors. All of his projects and Park Ranger duties will be transitioned over permanently to Chris Silvey starting in June. 
    • Chris Silvey - Assistant McGimsey Scout Park Ranger will be the new taking over as McGimsey Scout Park Ranger starting June 1, 2016. Being an Eagle Scout and having previously work as Assistant Scout Ranger in 2015, we are pleased to welcome Mr. Silvey as our new McGimsey Scout Park Ranger. 
    • Vivian Diaz - Spring 2016 Marketing Intern, has moved onto other endeavors and we wish her the best. Ms. Diaz's last day with us was April 6, 2016. The Marketing Intern position will remain vacant until Summer 2016. 
    • Camping Adventures Executive - previously held by Mrs. Dieguez is currently vacant. All work assignments and duties will continue to be handled by Mrs. Dieguez, Outdoor Camping Director, until Camping Adventures Executive position is filled. 

    Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council supports the efforts of over 40 Scouting staff professionals and 6,500 adult volunteers who serve a 13 county area in South Texas to bring the Scouting experience to over 18,000 youth. 

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    About the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council

    The Alamo Area Council, BSA, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, serves a 13 county area imparting the Scouting program to over 18,000 youth and 6,500 volunteer adults in South Texas.  With Learning for Life, an in-school character education BSA subsidiary, the Council serves over 25,876 youth.  The Boy Scouts of America continue to prepare young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training utilizing outdoor activity, citizenship, and sports fitness.  Learn more at 

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