Regional Youth Leadership

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Andrew Steckner serves as the 2020-2021 Central Region Venturing President. Andrew joined Venturing at the age of 14 to experience even more of what Scouting had to offer. He is from the Lake Erie Council in Cleveland, OH, and has served most recently as the Central Region Area 4 Venturing President, while also serving as President of his crew. Andrew is currently working towards his Summit Award, and he is an Eagle Scout. He has also received the William T. Hornaday Badge. He is a Brotherhood member of Erielhonan Lodge and has earned the Council, Area, and Region Venturing Leadership Awards. He has served on staff at Manatoc Scout Reservation for the past three years. He is heavily involved in International Scouting, as a member of Scouts Canada where he has received the Queen’s Venturer Award, a member of the Association of Top Achiever Scouts, and as a founding member of his council’s international committee. Andrew is a rising freshman at the University of Cincinnati studying mechanical engineering. Andrew looks forward to developing new resources for areas, councils, and crews while also supporting VOAs in the Central Region, and collaborating with the National Venturing Committee and NVOA to expand Venturing’s outreach and visibility. 

Miciah Thacker serves as the Central Region Venturing Vice President of Administration for the 2020-2021 term. Miciah previously served as the Central Region Area 6 VOA President. Miciah has been involved in Venturing for nearly five years. She is from Dan Beard Council in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she has served on NYLT staff for three years. Miciah is currently working on her Summit project as well as working towards her Eagle Scout Award. She has earned the Area Venturing Leadership Award and was a guest speaker at VenturingFest 2018. In 2017 she was selected as the winner of BSA and the Pulitzer Center’s Out of Eden Walk Essay Competition. As such, she traveled to India and walked with Paul Salopek, a National Geographic fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is walking around the world. Her hobbies include binge-watching Netflix, joining too many book clubs to count, and planting trees. Miciah’s goals include developing resources for VOAs and crews, redesigning the Region PIVOT course, and increasing and supporting council VOAs.

Maggie Pennington serves as the Central Region Venturing Vice President of Program for 2020-2021 term. Maggie is from the Greater St. Louis Area Council and joined Venturing as soon as she completed the 8th grade. From completing a Philmont Rayado trek to sitting around a fire and singing songs, she loves everything that Scouting has to offer. Maggie is currently the Scoutfest 2020 Maritime Youth Lead and a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster for a Scouts BSA Troop. She has completed NYLT, NAYLE, Kodiak Challenge, Powder Horn, and is returning for her second summer on NAYLE staff at Philmont. Maggie is currently working on becoming an Eagle Scout and has earned the Venturing Summit Award. One of her favorite activities in Scouting is backpacking at Philmont and getting to know people from across the nation. Maggie is looking forward to helping expand the Central Region Venturing program through having multi-area events, creating program resources for the Areas, and helping out the Central Region VOA.

Madeleine Snella serves as the 2020-2021 Central Region Venturing Vice President of Communications. Madeleine is from Elmhurst, Illinois. She is also an Assistant Scoutmaster for two Scouts BSA Troops, a Police Explorer, and a member of Lowaneu Allanque Lodgein Order of the Arrow. Additionally, she serves as the Director of Ecology and Conservation and as a Chaplain’s Aide for Camp Long Lake. Madeleine also served as the 2018-2019 VOA President for Three Fires Council. During this term, her goals are to engage more Venturers on social media through regular posting, help provide Areas with tools to improve their communications, and improve the Central Region website. Madeleine is a student at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she is majoring in Environmental Studies. In her free time, Madeleine loves to hike and camp whenever possible, and go on adventures with friends. Some of her hobbies are writing, gardening, photography, and going to the gym.

Agnes Dunne serves as the 2020-2021 Central Region Venturing Training Committee Chair. Agnes is originally from Northville, Michigan and is a rising Sophomore in the Residential College at the University of Michigan studying Spanish and International Studies. Agnes has been part of the Venturing program for five years. Before joining Venturing, she was a Girl Scout for nine years. In her four years as part of Venturing Crew 8, she served as Historian, President, and Vice President of Communications. She is currently a Venturer in Crew 2125. In addition, Agnes was also the Vice President of Communications for the Great Lakes Field Service Council. In the 2018-2019 term she served as Vice President of Communications for Area 2. In the last term Agnes served as Area 2 President building strong personal connections between Venturers, Crews, Councils and connecting with the Region to overcome obstacles to serve her Area. It is her goal as the Training Committee Chair to bring together VOA officers to create long lasting trainings that effectively supports the diverse needs of VOAs across the Region. She is looking forward to working with the Central Region VOA to provide innovative and enriching training opportunities to serve the Venturing program.