Western Region Officers

Katie Schneider – Region Venturing President

IMG_1988Katie is from the Great Southwest Council, New Mexico and is currently attending Colorado School of Mines studying Mechanical Engineering and Physics. Katie has been involved in Venturing since completing the eighth grade, serving as crew president, Area 6 Vice President of Communications, and most recently the Western Region Venturing Vice President of Communications. She has earned the Venturing Bronze, Gold, and Silver awards, as well as an Area Venturing Leadership Award.

Katie has taken advantage of many high adventure and leadership training opportunities that Venturing has to offer, including a trek at Philmont and scuba diving certification at Emerald Bay. Katie’s favorite thing about the program is that she has had the chance to experience these things with some of her best friends, and can’t wait for more adventures with them—which are sure to come! She still loves adventure outside of Venturing too, enjoying skiing, hiking, rock climbing, and travel.

As the Western Region President, Katie is excited to have the opportunity to work with the members of the National Venturing Cabinet to help improve Venturing as a whole, promoting and supporting it across the country. She hopes to attend as many events as possible, not only in the Western Region but in others as well, and wants to impact local crews and teach them about the program. She has been inspired and fulfilled by Venturing in so many ways and hopes to help others enjoy their own individual adventures!

Advisor: Rick Kagawa


Cristian Joya – Region Vice President of Administration
screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-9-19-48-amCristian Joya is from Western Colorado Council in Basalt, Colorado and will begin his Junior year at the University of Colorado at Boulder this fall, majoring in MCD Biology. He earned an Associate of Science- Biology degree with honors at Colorado Mountain College while still attending Basalt High School where he graduated in May. Christian is an Eagle Scout and has also earned the Ranger award as well as the Venturing award, Discovery Award, Sea Scout Apprentice Award and plans to earn the Sea Scout Quartermaster Award. Cristian serves as Section Secretary for the Order of the Arrow [OA] representing Mic-O-Say Lodge 541 where he serves as Vice Chief.
During his term in office, Cristian’s goals will be to help the Western Region young adult programs including Venturing, Sea Scouts and Exploring to grow and create the productive environment needed to create new Crews and exciting events for the youth. In addition, Cristian’s goals will focus on being a servant leader to not only the Western Region Officers but also to the Area and Council VOAs, as well as focusing on the Western Region’s vision.

Advisor: Tina Tharratt


Jessica Kent – Region Vice President of Communications

Jessica has serscreen-shot-2016-11-01-at-9-19-56-amved as the Orange County Council’s Venturing President. Part of Crew 412, in Fountain Valley, California, she has earned her Venturing Silver, Ranger, and Religious awards. Jessica is currently earning her Trust and her Summit awards. She has served on staff at her councils summer camp for four years. Jessica attends the University of Utah as an Civil and Environmental Engineering Major and Nuclear Engineering Minor. Jessica intends to create effective and informative visibility throughout the region by engaging youth in the ways they succeed best.

Advisor: Larry Peterson


Jeremy Linch – Region Vice President of Program

Jeremy Lincscreen-shot-2016-11-01-at-9-20-06-amh has served as the Area 1 Venturing President, and a member of Crew 740 in Cascade Pacific Council. Previously he has served as the Administrative VP and Council VOA President for the Cascade Pacific Council. He currently attends Portland State University where he is pursuing a double major in Business Administration and Spanish. In October of 2014 Jeremy founded Crew 740 and he went on to earn his Venturing Silver Award. Jeremy currently serves as the Section W-1S Section Vice Chief for the Order of the Arrow and is the Treasurer of his Venturing Crew along with sitting on other Scouting Committees. He works as a sales associate for the Nor’west Scout Shop in Portland Oregon. In Scouting, Jeremy has been selected for the Vigil Honor along with the Council and Area Venturing Leadership Awards. He attended the 2010 and 2013 National Jamborees and the 2015 Winter International Rover Week at the Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switerzland. When Jeremy isn’t spending time at Scouting events he enjoys going climbing and swimming.

Advisor: Liz Finley