Contact Us – Staff & Key Volunteers

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Arnot Mall Service Center & Scout Shop

Web Page:             CLICK HERE

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

E-Mail:                   CLICK HERE


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

E-Mail:                   CLICK HERE  


Facebook:              CLICK HERE  


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




District Executive,
Andaste District



Karl Ziegenfus (Eagle)
District Field Director, Indian Waters District

Email Karl Ziegenfus607-743-6899




Scout Executive




Administrative Staff


Mary Jane Russell
Finance Specialist

Email Mary Jane


Shirley Blakeman
Business Manager

Email Shirley Blakeman


Camp Rangers


Joe Fountain
Ranger, Camp Gorton


Email  Joe Fountain



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: Vacant
    • CS Day Camp: Crystal VanZile (607) 483-8302
    • CS Resident Camp: Vacant
    • Webelos to Scout Transition: Vacant
  • Council Vice President of Scouts, BSA Experience:  John Johnson M(607) 738-4620
    • Scouts, BSA Summer Camp
    • Scouts, BSA Activities
    • Advancement: Chris Ziegenfus (607) 795-6166
    • Order of the Arrow: Lodge Chief Travis Bahl
    • Order of the Arrow: Lodge Advisor Josh Wolf
  • 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:
    • 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 Properties: 
    • 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: Vacant
    • FOS Coordination (Family & Leadership)
    • FOS Community Campaigns:
    • Grants:
  • Council Vice President of Special Events:
    • Winter Meltdown:
    • DCAD:
    • Golf Tournament:
    • Popcorn:
  • Council Vice President of Endowment: John Meier
  • Treasurer: Charles Krotje
  • Legal Counsel: Steve Agan