Region Venturing Advisor and Associate Advisors

Southern Region Venturing Advisor:

 Jennifer Hancock


Jennifer L. Hancock is the current Chairman of the Southern Region Venturing Committee and Regional Advisor to the Southern Region Venturing Officers Association, she is also the Chair for the second ever Venturingfest! Jenn is a devoted Scouter from the South Plains Council in Lubbock, TX. She is a practicing international and family law attorney.

Before assuming the chairmanship and becoming the Regional Advisor she had served Scouting in countless other ways. Jenn has served the youth of our program as a Venturing Crew Advisor, a member of her local council’s executive board, an International Representative, and as an Associate Area Advisor. She also currently serves on the BSA International Committee.  She has also served in various roles in Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting.  Jenn has staffed three Jamborees and is currently the chairman for the 2018 VenturingFest.

For her service to youth, she has been recognized with the Silver Beaver Award, the Silver Antelope Award, the International Scouters Award, the Area and Region Venturing Leadership Awards, and the Silver Fox awarded by Scouts Canada.

Outside of Scouting Jenn, has been an active volunteer with several organizations including: March of Dimes, American Medical Association,  National Kidney Foundation, ProBono College of the State Bar of Texas, the Solicitors Regulation Authority of the United Kingdom, Duke of Edinburgh International Award USA, and several others.

She has a true devotion to not only Scouting, but to the development of youth, and to the betterment of the world through them.

When not Scouting, Jenn spends time with her husband Joe, and their 6 children.  Her favorite hobbies include tennis and skiing.



Southern Region Associate Advisor-Program:

Program: Danny LeGaye



Danny LeGaye is an Eagle Scout and has been an active Scouter for over 20 years.  Scouting has always been a passion of his which he has tried to share with people through his service to the program.  In addition to his role as Advisor and Chairman for the Sam Houston Area Council Venturing Program, he is also a member of the Order of the Arrow  As a youth, Mr. LeGaye participated in the Junior Leader Training Conference (JLTC) and National Junior Leader Instructor Camp (NJLIC) at Philmont.  Both of which were critical in helping to strengthen him in his role as the founding President of Venturing Crew 911 in Houston, Texas, for which he was honored with the Council Venturing Leadership Award. His love of scouting has only grown and broadened it’s reach internationally when he took the opportunity to participate in the European Camp Staff program and got to spend seven weeks in southern Germany at the International Guide and Scout Camp Bucher Berg with some great Scouters from around the globe. His love of the program has only continued to inspire and encourage him to spread and strengthen the bonds of the World Brotherhood of Scouting.


Southern Region Venturing Associate Advisor – Communication:

Tom Roberts



Tom Roberts has been a Scoutmaster and served as a member of Pack, Troop and Crew Committees. Tom is particularly proud of his 12 year tenure as a Venturing Crew Advisor. He has been privileged to advise scouts as a World Jamboree Scoutmaster, National Jamboree Crew Advisor,  Philmont Trek and Cavalcade Crew Advisor, Florida Sea Base Scuba and Sailing Crew Advisor, and Northern Tier Canoe Trek Assistant Leader.

Tom has staffed six National Jamborees and two World Jamborees. Closer to home, Tom has been a COPE Director,
Climbing Instructor, Ranger Camp Instructor, NCS Trek Director, and Wood Badge Course Director.
Tom has served as the National Camping School Trek Leader Section Director 14 times. Tom supports the Southern
Region Venturing Officers Association website and has served as the Advisor to the Area 9 Venturing Officers Association.

Tom Roberts is a member of the Northeast Georgia Council where he serves as a
Council Vice President, a National Council Representative, Philmont Contingent organizer,
Jamboree Committee Chairman, Outdoor Ethics Advocate, Deputy Chairman for the Exploring/Venturing
Winterfest Committee, and Philmont Training Center Ambassador.

As a Scout, Tom earned the Arrow of Light, God and Country Award and the Eagle Scout Award.
Tom served as the Chief of Tatokainyanka Lodge in Central Wyoming, where he was awarded the Vigil Honor.

As an adult volunteer, Tom has been recognized with several training and service awards including Wood
Badge, District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, Council and Region Venturing Leadership Award, the Silver Antelope Award,
and the Philmont Master’s Track Award.

Southern Region Venturing Associate Advisor – Administration:

Kelsey McLeland

Kelsey is an Associate Crew Advisor currently living in Richmond, VA in the Heart of Virginia Council. Kelsey moved to Virginia to follow her career working as a Project Manager for Capital One after graduating from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Management in May of 2016.

She joined the Venturing program on her 14th birthday and served all of her youth years in Sam Houston Area Council (SHAC). During her time in SHAC Kelsey held several positions supporting council programs and training. She served as SPL for NYLT, President of the Council VOA, and BSA bid team representative for the 2013 InterAmerican Region Conference. She is a recipient of the Council Venturing Leadership Award, Ranger Award, and Silver Award.

As an adult leader Kelsey attended Wood Badge (Go Bears!). In August of 2017 Kelsey received her third bead for serving as an ASM-QM for HOVC’s first ever NYLT course. She is currently working to grow the Venturing program in Richmond, starting with an establishment of a council VOA. In her free time, she works to assist as the Area 7 Advisor of social media.

The Venturing and Scouting programs have equipped Kelsey with the skills and attributes needed to be a servant leader! She is very driven and passionate for our programs and cannot wait to guide and enable the youth of our region through a successful term!