Meet the National Committee
The National Eagle Scout Association is composed of Eagle Scouts from across the nation. The committee focuses on supporting local council NESA committees.
If you are active in your local council’s alumni committee and would like to participate on the national committee, feel free to contact the National Eagle Scout Association at 972-580-2000 or NESA@Scouting.org.
Frank Tsuru co-founded Momentum and currently serves as its CEO. In addition to his executive role at Momentum, he serves as President and CEO at Indigo Minerals Inc.
Tsuru graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1982. His first assignment was as a drilling and production engineer for TXO Production Corp. in Denver, CO. Following TXO’s asset sale and merger, Tsuru founded Southwestern Production, a company focused on the Coal Bed Methane development in the San Juan Basin of SW Colorado. That company was sold to Conoco Phillips and Tsuru was tapped to run the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s midstream company, Red Cedar Gathering. In 2002, Tsuru started Aka Energy, another successful midstream company for the Tribe before starting Momentum.
Frank is very involved with community organizations. He currently serves as the board chair for Yellowstone Academy, a faith-based school, serving elementary age students living in extreme poverty. Additionally, Tsuru is Vice-Chairman of the Star of Hope Mission, an organization started in 1907 to serve the homeless in Houston. Frank is an Eagle Scout and is active with the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, serving as past chairman of the board. The Tsuru family has spent the past six summers in Lusaka, Zambia serving AIDS orphans through a USA, Christian-based organization called Family Legacy Missions International (FLMI). Finally, Frank is very involved with his church, Memorial Drive Presbyterian.
Chair – Northeast Region
Jay is a practicing attorney serving both as Of Counsel with the Baltimore firm of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC and as General Counsel to Brick Bodies Fitness Services, Inc. and Planet Fitness of Maryland, DC, Tennessee, Florida, and Washington.
Jay is a Distinguished Eagle Scout, and the recipient of the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, and Shofar Award. He has served Scouting on Staff at several National Jamborees and has been on several National High Adventure Base Assessment Teams and on the staff of the Philmont Training Center on several occasions. Jay is also a OA Vigil honor with Nentico Lodge #12. When attending National Junior Leader Instructor Training at Schiff Scout Reservation in 1966, Jay served as a model for Norman Rockwell’s Scout portrait known as Beyond the Easel.
During his adult Scouting career, Jay served as a Den Leader, Scoutmaster, District Chairman, Council President, Area President, and Executive Vice President of the Northeast Region. He is still an active member of the Executive Committee of the Baltimore Area Council and the Northeast Region. Jay is the former Chairman and current member of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting and a long-time member of the National Religious Relationships Committee. Internationally, Jay was one of the three founders of the International Forum of Jewish Scouts, a WOSM member.
His community involvement include service as a member of the Board of Trustees of Johns Hopkins University and as the President of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association. He has also served on the Boards of Roland Park Country School, Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, Krieger Schechter Day School, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, and the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
Jay is married to Ruth Shapiro Lenrow who is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Goucher College and is the proud parent of two children: son Adam an Eagle Scout and Army Combat Engineer and daughter Elizabeth.
Chair – Western Region
Rich Brenner is the founder and CEO of The Brenner Group Inc. His firm provides specialized financial and management services.
Rich has received many distinctions in Scouting, including the Silver Antelope Award, Silver Beaver Award, Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor, Baden-Powell Society member, and Second Century Society member. Rich serves as a member of the board of directors for the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which he also has served as chairman of the board, and the Western Region of the BSA as the Scouting Alumni and Friends chair.
Rich and his wife Beth are proud parents of Eagle Scout Jim Brenner, his wife, Lara, and granddaughter Lily.
Chair – Central Region
David is director of education with NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry. The Association provides in-depth technical information, education, member programs and services, and produces multiple events, including The Work Truck Show®, Green Truck Summit, and Fleet Technical Congress. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.
An Eagle Scout, David has received the Silver Antelope from the Central Region and Silver Beaver Award from the Clinton Valley Council. He is also a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. David is active with the development of youth leadership training programs through Scouting U and the National Camp Accreditation Program.
David, who lives in Farmington Hills, Michigan, volunteers on the advisory board of 100+ Millennials Who Care, the Rising Achiever’s Advisory Board for Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan, and the Michigan Marketing Educators board of directors. He is active on several business/marketing education advisory committees and at the national and state levels of DECA: An Association of Marketing Students and Virtual Enterprises International.
Randy L. Potts
Chair – Southern Region
Randy, a NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award recipient, is a virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) with clients around the globe. Randy is a founding member of the InfraGard – National Members Alliance program initiated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations as a private/public partnership. InfraGard was designed to facilitate information sharing and intelligence between businesses, academic institutions, state/local law enforcement agencies, and others dedicated to prevent hostile cyber acts against the United States. Randy was instrumental in the growth of the organization to over fifty-thousand members nationwide since its inception in 1996.
Randy is a member of the Coastal Carolina Council executive board and currently serves as the National Council Representative and the Council’s Centennial Celebration Chairman. In addition, Randy serves as a member of the national committee for NESA and Scouting Alumni & Friends where he is instrumental in the management of social media channels. He serves as the CEO & chairman of the National Organization of Sea Scout Alumni.
Randy is the recipient of Silver Beaver award; Vigil Honor of the Order of the Arrow; Good Shepard, Baptist religious award; Sea Scout Leadership Award at the Council and Area level; a NESA Legacy Society Founding Fellow; Second Century – lifetime investor; and, a Baden-Powell Fellow.
He and his wife, Kimberley, have raised eight children and are the proud grandparents of four beautiful grandchildren.
Bray Barnes is the Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Municipal Finance & Services Corp that provides an investment processing platform focusing on investment-grade, government backed paper.
Mr. Barnes served in the military and in law enforcement before becoming an attorney in New Jersey and Washington, DC. He practiced law for 30 years before serving as the Acting Chief Human Capital Officer for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he directed all aspects of human resources management, training and education for 210,000 federal employees.
Mr. Barnes has received two Presidential appointments including being nominated and appointed by President Bush to the Coordinating Council for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention chaired by the US Attorney General, where he served of 5 years until he entered full time service at the US Department of Homeland Security.
Bray is a member of the BSA National Executive Board, and is the National Vice Chairman-Career Development and Executive Board member for Learning for Life, overseeing the 12 career path Exploring programs. Previously he served for six (6) years as the is the first American to be elected as the World Chairman of the International Catholic Conference on Scouting (ICCS), headquartered in Rome, Italy, representing 6,000,000 Catholic Scouts in 78 countries around the world.
Mr. Barnes has received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and Silver Buffalo awards, was recognized with the “Messengers of Peace” Award by the Royal Family of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for his international work with youth, Recently, His Holiness, Pope Francis I conferred on him the Papal Honor of Knight Commander, Pontifical Order of St Gregory the Great for his long and distinguished to the Church and Catholic Scouting. There have been less than 25 Catholic Americans that have received this honor since its establishment in 1831 by Pope Gregory XVI.
Mr Barnes is a graduate of the New Jersey Police Academy, and earned a Bachelors Degree summa cum laude and Masters Degree from City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice as well as his Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Seton Hall University School of Law.
As an entrepreneur in the upstream oil and gas business, Glenn has formed, grown and sold several investor backed companies. He was an early mover in the first shale gas resource development in the USA.
Glenn serves as a member of the National Executive Board and National Foundation of the Boy Scouts of America. He served as President of the National Eagle Scout Association for 8 years and is Chairman of the BSA National Florida High Adventure Sea Base. Actively involved in his local scout troop and council, he helped as a Scoutmaster of a 100+ boy troop. He has served on the Executive Board of the Longhorn Council in a variety of positions including Council Commissioner and Council President in addition to 4 years as BSA Southern Region Area 2/3 President. Glenn has been awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, National Alumnus of the Year, Silver Buffalo, Antelope and Beaver and the Celtic Cross. Glenn is a member of the finance committee and executive committee and board of directors of the Texas Ballet Theatre, and has had board level involvement in other nonprofits, including the Fort Worth Opera and First Presbyterian Church Fort Worth where he is an Elder. In the energy business he served on the board of the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers. He and is wife Melinda have four children (3 Eagle Scout sons).
Steve is a retired Veterinarian who has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia. Steve was Hospital Director of an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) certified hospital for over a quarter of a century.
Steve is a recipient of the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, Silver Buffalo, the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and is a Vigil Honor. He currently serves on the National NESA Committee as VP of Membership. Other current duties in Scouting include membership on the National Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Program Development Committees, as well as Chairman of the Montana NESA Committee in the Montana Council. For many years he served on the National Advancement Committee and headed the New Merit Badge Development team. He has served on the staff of seven National Jamborees and six World Jamborees.
Steve and his wife Debby have five children (3 Eagle Scout sons).
Rick is president of Philanthropy1TM consulting in Richmond, Virginia, providing board development, communications, and philanthropic services nationwide. A Distinguished Eagle Scout, Silver Buffalo recipient and lifelong Scouter, he has been involved with Scouting Alumni and Friends since its beginning, presenting at Philmont Training Center, Boy Scouts of America National Annual Meetings, and “road shows” across the country. A former council NESA and SAF Committee chair, he also serves as a vice president of the National NESA Committee.
He and his wife Debbie have one daughter, Kelsey, who served on the Philmont summer staff.
Ray Capp has over 25 years of executive leadership experience in the distribution, healthcare IT, publishing, and entertainment industries. Ray served as COO at Ingram Entertainment from its founding to over $1 billion in sales, and as EVP at Thomas Nelson Publishers, one of the top 10 publishers in the English language. Ray is also a successful author and inventor.
Ray is a Silver Buffalo Award recipient and has received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and National Alumnus of the Year Award. Ray is a Trustee of the (William) Green Bar Bill Hillcourt Foundation and has served as Chairman of the Order of the Arrow. He and currently serves on the National Youth Protection, Museum, and Nominating Committees of the Boy Scouts of America.
Dan Coberly has more than 50 years of experience in international Scouting and in military/government public affairs. A journalist, editor, and author, he is the former CEO of C-Communications, a disabled-veteran owned firm. Dan has served on BSA National Committees for nearly 30 years, having lived and worked around the world, serving in 10 Councils within three Regions.
He is a Silver Buffalo Award recipient and has received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, the Hornaday Gold Medal and the Order of the Arrow Centurion medal.
A retired military officer, Dan is a member of the U.S. Army Public Affairs Hall of Fame. He is a Baden Powell Fellow, James West Fellow, NESA Legacy member and Friend of Gilwell.
Dr. Ken King
Ken is a retired school administrator, having worked in the East Orange, New Jersey Public School District for 46 years. He currently provides consulting services to New Jersey School Districts, in the areas of school leadership, human resources management and labor relations.
Ken is a Distinguished Eagle, a NESA Life Member, a Silver Antelope, a Silver Beaver, a recipient of the Whitney M. Young Service Award and a Vigil Honor. He currently serves as the Northeast Region Commissioner and is Vice President for Endowment with the Northern New Jersey Council. He has staffed several National Jamborees and is preparing to staff the 2019 World Scout Jamboree.
Ken and his wife, Alease, have three daughters and a son who is an Eagle Scout.
Michael Manyak, MD, FACS
Mike is an explorer, author, urologist, and corporate medical executive with expertise in biotechnology and cancer as well as expedition medicine. He is Global Medical Affairs Executive Director for the GlaxoSmithKline urology franchise. He is the Chief Medical Advisor for Crisis Response for Accenture. He maintains academic appointments as Adjunct Professor of Urology and Engineering at The George Washington University (GWU) where he spent 16 years, nine as Chairman of the Department of Urology.
Mike is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and Vice President of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) committee. He has developed and leads the NESA World Explorer Program, sending nationally-selected Eagles on expeditions to remote places.He is the co-producer and primary author for the Exploration Merit Badge.
Mike maintains an avid interest in field exploration and expedition medicine and his book Lizard Bites & Street Riots addresses health, safety, and security for travel emergencies. His expeditions include being the medical officer or expedition leader on excursions to the Titanic wreck, Central African jungles, the Mongolian desert, the Antarctic, the Atocha Spanish treasure galleon, and to remote Tanzania evaluating new early human footprints.
Lou Paulson is President of California Professional Firefighters, representing more than 30,000 front line first responders statewide. He currently serves on numerous state and national boards and committees, including the State Board of Fire Services, Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change, the Executive Board of the California Federation of Labor and the Advisory Board for the University of California Labor Center.
Lou’s leadership in the fire service is formed by a career of over three decades, most of which was spent as a front line firefighter with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. Hired 1984, Lou eventually rose to the rank of Captain.
Prior to becoming CPF President, Lou also served as Health and Safety Director for both his local and CPF, and was a consultant for the International Association of Fire Fighters’ Hazardous Materials Program, as well as its Fallen Firefighter Oversight Committee. Lou was one of the founding members of the IAFF/ IAFC Labor Management Partnership.
In his community, Lou has served on the Diablo Fire Safe Council and the Los Medanos College Fire Science Advisory Committee. He has received numerous commendations for his service to the labor and fire service communities.
Lou is an Eagle Scout and Past President of Mount Diablo Silverado Council. He has been awarded the Silver Beaver, the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, and Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and is a Baden Powell Fellow.
Jason is the executive vice president, chief legal officer, and chief administrative officer for Sedgwick Inc., the leading North American provider of technology-enabled claims and productivity management solutions.
He also serves as a member of the National Order of the Arrow Committee, helping to lead outreach efforts for alumni and friends. Jason serves as area president for SR-6. He has served as council president, council commissioner, and in a variety of other council and district volunteer positions. He recently stepped down as a Cubmaster and is now enjoying being a volunteer leader with his son’s Boy Scout troop.
Jason and his wife also have a daughter. He has been an active Scout and Scouter for over 30 years.
Todd is a partner in the law firm Chapman and Cutler LLP focused on structured finance. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1998 (where he was a member of the Michigan Law Review). In 2015, he received the President of United States Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service.
He is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and helped launch NESA Chicago, which has become the model for NESA committees across the country. Todd serves as Vice-President of the National Eagle Scout Association for Jamborees, NOACs and special events.
In addition to being the father of five children, Todd is an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 156 in Glenview, Illinois coordinating STEM initiatives.
Congressman Pete Sessions
In 1996, the people of Dallas and the 5th Congressional District sent Congressman Sessions to Washington, DC to represent them in the United States House of Representatives. In 2002, Congressman Sessions began representing the 32nd Congressional District, created from redistricting. In 2016, the people of the 32nd Congressional District called him back to Congress for his eleventh term.
Congressman Sessions is an Eagle Scout and a former Scout Master for 13 Eagle Scouts. He is a recipient of the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and is a member of both the National Eagle Scout Association’s national committee and the Executive Board of the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Congressman Sessions is married to Karen Sessions. He is the proud father of two sons, Bill and Alex, and three stepsons, Conor, Liam and Nicholas. Congressman Sessions resides in Dallas, Texas and continues to be active in his community where he is an Adopt-A-Shoreline Team Leader in the effort to maintain White Rock Lake in Dallas and an Advisor to the President of Special Olympics Texas.
Joe Weingarten is a retired Aerospace Engineer with 11 patents, authored several books and is credited with the development of the internal structural criteria that all modern aircraft and spacecraft are based on today world-wide. As a young engineer the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics selected him as the top engineer in the nation. He currently is the last manufacturer in the United States of Sterling Silver military insignia.
Joe is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and recipient of the Silver Beaver Award and is a James E. West Fellow. He is on the Area Committee, is Chair of the NESA Awards and Recognition Committee and runs both the NESA and Scouting Alumni & Friends merchandising on line stores. His son is also a Distinguished Eagle Scout and grandson is now a Cub Scout.
Dustin, an Eagle Scout, began his career as a district Scout executive with the Oregon Trail Council in Eugene, Oregon. After serving as a senior district executive and district director with the Ore-Ida Council in Boise, Idaho, he became Scout executive of the Northeast Iowa Council in Dubuque, Iowa. Before assuming his current role, he worked as a major gifts director with the BSA Foundation.
As a Scout executive, he enjoyed great success identifying and helping to reconnect Scouting alumni through newsletters, email, and service opportunities at the unit, district, and council levels.
Farris is part of an active Scouting family. His oldest son is an Eagle Scout, his daughter participated in Venturing, and his younger son is a Scout where Farris serves as an assistant Scoutmaster. His wife, Cindy, has served as a Scouting leader, and many of the family’s vacations revolve around Scouting and the outdoors.
Ryan, an Eagle Scout, became the Associate Director of SAF/NESA for the Boy Scouts of America in 2013. Prior to assuming the role, he served as Senior Development Director with the Chief Seattle Council. As a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Ryan helps direct and grow SAF and NESA groups across the country with the aim to build retention and grow Scouting in local councils.
A graduate of the University of Washington with two degrees, he began his professional Scouting career in 2002. Ryan is a Vigil Honor recipient and has earned his Wood Badge beads. Prior to becoming a professional with the Boy Scouts, he served as a Venturing advisor.
Ryan is married and has three children. He coaches soccer and serves as an elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church.