- About Us
- Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch (BTSR)
David Chapman, serves as the Scout Executive/ CEO of the Buffalo Trail Council. The Scout Executive position drives the major initiatives and programs for the organization, which covers 18 counties in the West Texas region. Chapman, a northeast Texas native, has worked with the Boy Scouts for 22 years. He has served in a Professional capacity in Dallas, TX, Tulsa, Okla., San Angelo, TX and Ft. Worth, TX. He most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Colonial Virginia Council, which covers 13 counties across Virginia. West Texas culture is what drew Chapman to this position. He said it aligns with the beliefs of the BSA. Familiar with the area, he hopes to see a growth in programs that allows for the area to continue to boom. “The folks in West Texas are our greatest asset,” he said. Chapman is married to Vicki with two grown sons, Justin and Hunter, with the latter being an Eagle Scout.
Originally from Houston, Texas and married for 22 years to Tammy with a son Michael and daughter Crysta. Matt spent twelve years in the US Army as a combat firefighter in Texas and Alaska with four years at Goodfellow Air Force Base as a Master Fire Instructor. After active duty he worked in Kosovo for one year and while on leave was offered a District Executive position with Concho Valley Council. Four years later Matt was promoted to District Director in the Florida Keys for the South Florida Council. After six years on Scout Key developing a program at Camp Jackson Sawyer he was offered a position with the Colonial Virginia Council in Virginia. As the Council’s Camping and Outdoor Programs Director Matt also served as Camp and Reservation Director at Bayport Scout Reservation. For the past 3 years Matt ran a successful program with over 3,000 campers each year. Matt began his new responsibilities as a District Director in the Buffalo Trail Council on September 15, 2013. Matt’s responsibilities include Supervision of Chaparral District and Leadership for District Executives.
Development Director/ Chief Financial Officer
Nathan grew up and did his Scouting as a youth in Corpus Christi Texas. After graduating High School, he moved to San Marcos to attend Southwest Texas State University. Nathan has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. While living in the dorms at SWT, Nathan met April and they later were married. After graduation, a passion for cooking led him to a career as a restaurant manager. Nathan managed several restaurants before throwing in his apron for a job as a Group Dental practice manager. In 2008 Nathan began his Scouting career with the Capitol Area Council in Austin Texas serving the Live Oak District. After 4 years as a unit serving executive Nathan was promoted to Field Director. After nearly 5 years as a Field Director, Nathan accepted a promotion to become the Development Director/ CFO for the Buffalo Trail Council as of March 1st 2017. Nathan and his wife April enjoy cooking, live music, and spending time with their 2 Boxer rescues, Tyler and Mosley.
Hunter was born in Sherman, TX. He earned his Eagle Scout from the Longhorn Council in 2010. He loves living in Midland, Texas being that he has been here the longest (5 years). He is attending UTPB to major in Geology cause he is “a rockstar”. If you haven’t meet his bubbly personality you are missing out, come say hi! If you can’t find him in Midland or Odessa he is usually camping down at BTSR, his home away from home. One of his goals is to connect the youth with the outdoors as he was before he was even born.
Gaby is originally from the Venezuelan Andes. She grew up in Scouting in her home country, where she was a youth and served as an adult leader for her local Girl-Cub Scout pack. In 2012 married a Texan who she met while serving on our BTSR staff. She graduated from the University of Los Andes with a degree in Modern Languages, after completing an internship with our council. During her internship, she helped with the 2012 International Camporee between Buffalo Trail Council and Scouts de México. In 2013 Gaby and her family moved to Fort Worth, where she continued serving Scouting in different capacities, and earned an EMBA from UTA in 2017. Back in West Texas, Gaby joined our team as the Big Bend District Executive in May of 2018, serving the Tran-Pecos and Big Bend region of Texas, while at the same time being the mother to two little future boy and girl Cub Scouts.
District Executive, Scoutreach Programs
Liz Stowers was born and raised in Midland, TX. After high school she attended Oklahoma City University and graduated in 2016 with a degree in Design and Production with an emphasis in Stage Management.
Liz grew up in the Girl Scouts until the beginning of high school. She attended multiple summers at the Girl Scout camp outside of Alpine (Mitre Peak). She had always heard that there was a Boy Scout camp that was not far from where the girl’s camp was but had never seen it. Her junior year of college she got a job as the Office Manager at BTSR and fell in love with scouting all over again. She worked as Office Manager for 2 summers which lead her to become a professional scouter a year later. She is very excited to build upon the scoutreach program and grow it to touch more kids and show them the benefits of scouting.
Mary Pearce serves as the Accounting Assistant for the Buffalo Trail Council. Mary handles Accounts Payable, Cash Receipts, and payroll, and has been with the Council for 24 years. She has been married for 43 years to David Pearce who is an Eagle Scout. Has one son, Chris, who is also an Eagle Scout. Chris is married to Amber and has 2 wonderful daughters, Kiah and Cheyenne. The girls are very active year round soccer players and Mary and her husband are avid supporters and follow along to all the soccer games.
She has been married to her husband Angel Pacheco for 8 years, since 2010. Their only child is their small rescue dog “Hannah.” Been apart of Buffalo Trail Council since 2011, as a Camp Registrar, and moved into the role of Scout Shop Manager for the Odessa, Big Spring and Midland stores in 2014 when she moved back from Lubbock, Tx. Loves meeting volunteers and those passing through Midland from other councils. Come stop by and say hello and check out all our new scout items today!
Gracie Quintela, Administrative Assistant to the Scout Executive/Camping Registrar: Registers Units year around for Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch, Program Registration for all districts, Compiles E-Newsletter and Tour Plans.
She is married and has 3 beautiful girls, Katie who is married and has a very handsome son, Sophia and Liana. Gracie is a Crew Advisor for Crew 19 and has been a member of Midland West Side Lions Club since 2007.
Cecilio Flores is the Membership Registrar to the council. He started in his position in August 2015. Cecilio, or “Chilo” as he is known to his friends, is always eager to help our volunteers with all of their membership needs, and is known to always have a smile on his face.
I am a native Midlander, born and raised there. I graduated from Lee High School, attended some classes at Midland College while I was on the Midland Fire Department. I was a Captain/Paramedic upon my departure.
I am single, have 6 children , and have developed many skills over the years of which I think will help me at BTSR.
I have been around horses off and on most of my life. I was a much better rider years ago, but have become a little more top heavy! I love the outdoors and really enjoy it here at BTSR. I am honored for the opportunity to make the Ranch a very special place for the many young people that will visit. I am looking forward to meeting many Staff members in the future, developing new friendships, and I will be depending on their skills and assistance. BTSR is a wonderful place for me to hang my hat, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to touch as many lives as I can.
Rick is the Assistant Ranger at BTSR. He was pulled into this job via his long time friend, Keith Morrison. Rick has a sense humor that can’t be beat. A long time Midlander he decided for a change of scenery in 2018 and we are very lucky he did.