Contact Us – Staff & Key Volunteers

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Arnot Mall Service Center & Scout Shop

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Mailing Address:  Five Rivers Council
                          3300 Chambers Road Suite 5190
                          Horseheads, NY 14845-5190

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Phone:                (607) 796-0699 

Fax:                    (607) 796-5101

Five Rivers Council Business Office

Mailing Address:  Five Rivers Council
                          244 West Water Street
                          Elmira, NY 14901

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Phone:                (607) 732-9047

Fax:                    (607) 732-9055

Professional Staff

Chris Theurich
District Executive,
Williamson Road District

Email Chris



Daniel Carpenter
District Executive, Thunderbird District

Father of two Eagle Scouts

Email Dan


Ross Willmot
District Executive,
Andaste District

Email Ross



Karl Ziegenfus (Eagle)
District Director, Indian Waters District

Email Karl Ziegenfus607-743-6899





Gary Decker (Eagle)
Scout Executive

Father of an Eagle Scout

Email Gary



Administrative Staff


Karen Neiley
Scout Shop Manager and Marketing Assistant

Email Karen Neiley


Mary Jane Russell
Finance Specialist

Email Mary Jane


Shirley Blakeman
Business Manager

Email Shirley Blakeman


Camp Rangers


Jim Thomas 
Ranger, Camp Gorton

Father of an Eagle Scout

Email Jim Thomas



Eric Swift
Caretaker, Camp Brulé

Email Eric



Key Volunteer Leadership


John Sharkey
Council President

Eagle Scout

Email John




Marc McGrain

Council Commissioner

Email Marc


Key Volunteer Leadership

  • Council President: John Sharkey (607) 765-8795
  • Council Commissioner: Marc McGrainM(607) 857-9646
  • Council Executive Vice President: Vacant
  • Council Vice President of District Operations: Rev. Dr. David Sullivan M(607) 331-7890
    • Council Training Chair: Vacant
  • Council Vice President of Cub Scout Experience: George Bacalles M(607) 426-5365
    • CS Activities Chair
    • CS Day Camp: Crystal VanZile (607) 483-8302
    • CS Resident Camp:
    • Webelos to Scout Transition:
  • Council Vice President of Scouts, BSA Experience:  John Johnson M(607) 738-4620
  • Council Vice President of Cub Scout Recruiting:  Vacant
    • CS Recruiting:
    • Religious Relations: Ira Hale M(607) 731-2708
  • Council Vice President of Marketing: Brett Powell M(607) 425-8998
    • Public Relations:
    • Website:
    • NESA/Eagle Scouts
  • Council Vice President of Exploring: Jon Beckman (386)235-2352
    • Exploring:
    • STEM:
    • EVOA:
  • Council Vice President of Strategic Impact: 
    • Audit:
    • Strategic Planning/Impact:
    • Nominating:
  • Council Vice President of Properties & Camp Accreditation: Kurt Groeger
    • NCAP:
    • Camp Gorton Properties:
    • Camp Brule Properites:
    • Risk Management:
  • Council Vice President of Camp Program & Year-Round Ops: Tom Miller (570) 419-2899
    • Camp Promotions:
    • High Adventure Programs:
    • Off-Season Use of Camps:
    • Camp Master Corp:
  • Council Vice President of Annual Giving: Chris Karam
    • FOS Coordination (Family & Leadership)
    • FOS Community Campaigns:
    • Grants:
  • Council Vice President of Special Events: Michele Beckman
    • Winter Meltdown:
    • DCAD:
    • Golf Tournament:
    • Popcorn:
  • Council Vice President of Endowment: John Meier
  • Treasurer: Dylan Bennett
  • Legal Counsel: Steve Agan