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2017 National Officer Biographies

<p>Meet the Order of the Arrow's 2017 national officers, elected at the 2016 National Planning Meeting in Dallas, TX.</p> <img alt="2017 National Officers" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="951a6fba-506e-4da3-9653-e0d5327eca99" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2017nationalofficers_banner.jpg" /> <hr /> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2017-Gertin-Forrest-Chief-200.jpg" /><strong>Forrest Gertin - 2017 National Chief</strong></p> <p>“This year presents our organization with the incredible opportunity to Fuel Scouting’s Adventure - both by providing Operation Arrow staff and Jamboree participants with an excellent experience, and by providing our lodges with the resources they need to succeed through the LLD rewrite.”</p> <p>Forrest hails from the city of Rochester, NY. He is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Tschipey Achtu Lodge and is an assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 750 in the Seneca Waterways Council. Previously, Forrest served as section chief for NE-3A and is a recipient of the Founder’s Award from his lodge. Forrest is an international political economy major at Georgetown University. He participates in student government, theatre and debate, and enjoys playing percussion and cycling - and has even biked around one of the great lakes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2017-Parker-Talon-VC-200.jpg" /><strong>Talon Parker - 2017 National Vice Chief</strong></p> <p>“Planning and executing Operation Arrow will be a challenge, but I know we are ready to take this challenge head on!”</p> <p>Talon’s hometown is Elm City, NC, and is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Croatan Lodge and serves as an assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 752 in the East Carolina Council. Talon was previously the section chief of SR-7B. Talon studies nursing at Nash Community College. In his spare time, he enjoys boating, hunting, backpacking and fishing. This past summer, he was a foreman for the OA Ocean Adventure program at the Florida Sea Base.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2017-Giles-Taylor-CR-200.jpg" /><strong>Taylor Giles - 2017 Central Region Chief</strong></p> <p>“I’m excited the serve my fellow Arrowmen and put together a great experience at the national jamboree and our other national programs this year.”</p> <p>Taylor is from Charleston, WV, and is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Takhonek Lodge and is an assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 5 of the Buckskin Council. Taylor was previously the chief of C-4B and is a recipient of the Founder’s Award. Taylor studies political science and economics at West Virginia University. In his spare time he golfs, skis, goes white water rafting, and goes hiking. He is also the first national officer from his lodge.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2017-Hagenow-Jon-NER-200.jpg" /><strong>Jon Hagenow - 2017 Northeast Region Chief</strong></p> <p>“I’m looking forward to a great year through supporting Operation Arrow, the Lodge Leadership Development rewrite and most importantly the Arrowmen of the Northeast Region!”</p> <p>Jon resides in Suffield, CT, and is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Tschitani Lodge and is an assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 66 of the Connecticut Rivers Council. Jon was previously the section chief for NE-2A and is a recipient of the Founder’s Award and his lodges Silver Lodge Flap recognition. In his spare time, Jon enjoys swimming, skiing, paintball and spending time outdoors with friends. Jon is a huge theater fan and has been behind the scenes for The Lion King on Broadway.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2017-Fry-Harrison-SR-200.jpg" /><strong>Harrison Fry - 2017 Southern Region Chief</strong></p> <p>“I’m very excited to represent the Arrowmen of the Southern Region in the next year. We will engage Arrowmen like never before at the jamboree.”</p> <p>Harrison is from South Fulton, TN, and is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Nguttitehen Lodge and is an assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 43 of the Lincoln Heritage Council. Harrison was previously the section chief of SR-6 and is a recipient of the Founder’s Award, James E. West Fellowship, and Arrowman of the Year from his lodge. Harrison majors in management at Murray State University. In his spare time, he enjoys playing and writing music, carpentry projects and camping. He has travelled to six countries and is very active in his church and on campus.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2017-Lopez-Manue-WR-200.jpg" /><strong>Manny Lopez - 2017 Western Region Chief</strong></p> <p>“2017 is going to be a great year for the region and the Order as we move to inspire, involve and empower our fellow Arrowmen.”</p> <p>Manué’s hometown is Aliso Viejo, CA, and is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Wiatava Lodge and is an assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 774 of the Orange County Council. Manny was previously the section chief of W-4S and is a James E. West Fellow and a recipient of the Arrowman of the Year award from his lodge. Manny studies political science at Irvine Valley College. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, singing, poetry and participating in the Model United Nations club. Manny is a huge Disney fan and has conducted choirs in concerts.</p>

Dec 29, 2016   Live from Dallas, NPM 2016
NPM briefing for section chiefs

<p>Chiefs,</p> <p>This year has come and gone, fueled by the excitement of Prism, NEXT, and much more. Now, each of us is ready to plan for what’s coming next at the 2016 National Planning Meeting. We’d like to give you a glimpse of what to expect at the planning meeting of the century:</p> <h3>ARRIVAL INFORMATION</h3> <p>Once you land at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on December 27th, grab your bags and head to Terminal C, baggage claim C31, where a uniformed representative will meet you and provide your transportation to the Marriott Solana Hotel. You can check in and receive your room credentials with the Order of the Arrow staff set up in the lobby of the hotel.</p> <h3>PROGRAM INFORMATION</h3> <p>The meeting will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. with a fellowship reception followed by dinner. Be sure to look sharp in your field uniform with OA sash for both events. Dinner will be followed by a presentation about several opportunities for 2017, including Operation Arrow, Lodge Leadership Development, and more. This information will be vital to you as you work throughout the rest of the meeting to plan for 2017.</p> <p>From there, section chiefs will proceed directly into the national chief and vice chief election. These elections are known to run late, so make sure you are well rested when you arrive at the Solana. Heading straight to bed following these elections is highly recommended, as breakfast will be served at 7:00 a.m. the next morning, followed by the region chief elections at 8:00 a.m.</p> <p>The rest of the morning will consist of two special sessions for section chiefs on two of the most significant elements in the OA today: OA High Adventure and Communications. A photo session will follow, during which individual photos of planning meeting attendees will be taken.</p> <p>In the afternoon, the 2017 officers will be installed, your Operation Arrow/LLD committee assignments will be announced, and planning will commence! You will break out into respective committees, where initial, big picture discussions of your committee’s role at Operation Arrow and for LLD will take place. You will also choose an individual to lead your committee during the year.</p> <p>The rest of the meeting will be spent compiling your plan to deliver on your respective committee’s part at Operation Arrow and for LLD. These committee breakouts will test your creativity.&nbsp;</p> <p>Of course, the planning meeting is not 100% strictly business. You will have the chance to enjoy fellowship with other planning meeting attendees, as well as see first-hand the exciting things happening in the Order of the Arrow.</p> <p>On December 30th, continental breakfast will be served and we each will depart our separate ways, ready to put on an event of a lifetime.</p> <p>Questions can be directed to the national OA director, Matt Dukeman, at <a href="mailto:matthew.dukeman@scouting.org">matthew.dukeman@scouting.org</a>, or to either of us.</p> <p>We look forward to planning the OA’s future with you in just a few short days!</p> <p>With excitement for the road ahead,</p> <div class="table-responsive"> <table class="table"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>Hunter Jones</strong><br /> 2016 National Chief<br /> <a href="mailto:2016chief@oa-bsa.org">2016chief@oa-bsa.org</a><br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/OANationalChief">@OANationalChief</a></td> <td><strong>Tyler Inberg</strong><br /> 2016 National Vice Chief<br /> <a href="mailto:2016vicechief@oa-bsa.org">2016vicechief@oa-bsa.org</a><br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/OANationalVC">@OANationalVC</a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div>

Dec 24, 2016   NPM 2016