Area 1 Officers


Melissa Schaefers – Area 1 Venturing President

18033372_643338615863000_6620133221336398182_nMelissa Schaefers became involved with Venturing at age 13 by starting an outdoor-focused crew with her brother and their friend. Since then she’s hiked in the Redwoods, Three Sister’s Wilderness, and along the Rogue River with her crew. She has attended NYLT and NYLT Leadership Academy and will be staffing both this summer. She has earned the Discovery award and is excited to continue on her path to Summit. She’ll be attending Linn-Benton Community College this Fall. Melissa hopes to improve the Venturing program by enabling Venturers to take full advantage of all the Area has to offer with clear communication between all 12 Councils within Area 1.


TJ Edwards – Area 1  Venturing Vice President of Administration

I have been in scouts sense being a tiger cub, I earned my arrow of light and moved on to troops. I then joined a crew and learned more about venturing when I went to the 2014 western region event in Colorado. A few months later I found out that the council VOA was looking for people to start a crew in another town, I took the chance and the responsibility. So I am a founder of a crew that I was president for a few terms and during that time I was at the VOA level as a crew representative. I earned my VLA that year before becoming the Council VOA president. My term brought a Gold CSVE to my VOA. (one of 2 in the western region.) I’ve also earned my eagle scout, religious awards, and the Trust award. I was recently at the venturing BLAST training and it was AWESOME!

My goals for this term is to achieve a more cohesive communication chain from council to region, track VLA’s Rangers, Summits, and to get more councils to get Council Standards of Venturing Excellence turned in.


Simone Lake – Area 1 Venturing Vice President of Communications


I want to serve so that I can give back all that Venturing has given me. Additionally, I want to make the Venturing experience as great as possible for
Venturers in our area. I hope to create stronger and more accessible
communication for Venturers so that they can be aware of all the opportunities
available to them.



Adam Kipust – Area 1 Venturing Vice President of Program

I plan an execute a RAVE with over 200 participants and provide meaningful and
appropriate program that aligns with the aims and Methods of Venturing BSA. I will do
this using qualified youth from around the Area to help.



Marcelo Guerra Hahn -Area 1 VOA Advisor 

IMG_6709I’m Marcelo Guerra Hahn and I look forward to supporting the venturing program in Area 1. My favorite scouting memory happened while being Course Director for the Interamerican Leadership Training in Guatemala in 2015 when I got to spend New Year with scouts from 32 countries in the Americas. My favorite disney movie is the Lion King, the first Disney movie I got to watch in a movie theater. My favorite type of food and dessert is ice cream (vanilla or mint chocolate chip preferred).