Council Staff

Updated 8/28/14

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 Scout Executive & CEO David Chapman
 District Director Chaparral Matt Vercher
 Director of Development & CFO Aaron Bedell
 Asst. Scout Exec, COO, & Director of Camping Mark Richardson
 District Executive Chaparral Matt Vercher
 District Executive Lone Star Zackary Mullins
 District Director Comanche Trails Mike Adam
 District Executive Big Bend Vacant Vacant
 Scoutreach Director Scoutreach PJ Aguirre
 Accounting Assistant Mary Pearce
 Scout Shop – Midland Eilda Pacheco
 Camping Registrar Gracie Quintela
 Membership Registrar Hailey Harpole
 BTSR Ranger Dan Damon
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David Chapman, Scout Executive

David Chapman, Scout Executive

David Chapman
Scout Executive

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.

Matt Vercher

Matt Vercher, District Director, Chaparral District

Matt Vercher
District Director, Chaparral District

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.

Aaron Bedell, Development Director

Aaron Bedell, Development Director and Chief Financial Officer

Aaron Bedell
Director of Development & CFO

Aaron has had a long relationship with Scouting beginning in Muskogee, Oklahoma where he became a Cub Scout. His trail to Eagle led him around the country and eventually the world. He recently returned to the United States after spending more than six years in Japan as a teacher and photographer and has spent time exploring more than two dozen countries taking photos and doing mission work. “Scouting broadened not only my view of the world but of life in general. I hope to be able to share some of my experience and plan to do my best to contribute to the communities which rely upon Scouting in Buffalo Trail Council.” Before returning to America and re-entering Scouting in West Texas to fill the positions of District Director and, eventually, Development Director, he also served as membership chairman for the Far East Council and filled multiple roles as a professional Scouter in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and California. He has served as Development Director and CFO for the council since December 2013. His hobbies include cycling, backpacking, mountain climbing, and photography. In early 2014, he met his wife, Elaine. They married in June of 2014 and enjoy living in the Permian Basin.

Mark Richardson, Camping Director

Assistant Scout Executive, Director of Camping and Outdoor Programs

Mark Richardson
Assistant Scout Executive, Chief Operating Officer, &
Director of Camping and Outdoor Programs

Mark Richardson serves as the Assistant Scout Executive for the Buffalo Trail Council. He started in this Council on February 15, 2013 as the Director for Camping and Outdoor Activities. Mark will continue his role at Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch but will also be responsible for the field operations. Mark has served in four Councils, including; Concho Valley Council, Bay Area Council, Longhorn Council and now the Buffalo Trail Council. He is an Eagle from this Council, earning his Eagle Scout through Troop 5 in Big Spring. He is a Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow (completing his Ordeal at BTSR as a youth). Mark has a tremendous wife of 22 years, two amazing students at Coahoma High School and three great dogs.

Michael R. Adam
District Director, Comanche Trails District

Michael R. Adam, District Director, Comanche Trails District

Mike Adam is well-known for his easy-going and professional manner. With more than 27 years of professional Scouting experience and multiple councils (including Tulsa, OK, San Angelo, TX, and Enid, OK), he brings valuable knowledge and ideas with him to BTC. He’s looking forward to recruiting new leadership in Comanche Trails and helping to create an exciting future for Scouting in the area. One of his key strengths lies in his ability to build new relationships. He enjoys getting out and knocking on doors to spread the good news about what Scouting is doing for the youth of our communities. His hobbies include reading, movies, Sci-Fi, martial arts (he’s a first degree black belt in Korean Tae Kwon Do), traveling the world, astronomy, and future studies. After combat training at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky and communications school training at Ft. Gordon, Georgia, Mike was assigned to the Assistant Chief of Staff Intelligence Command out of the Pentagon as a communication intelligence specialist in South Korea and Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. He is also a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and a graduate with a B.A. in Sociology from Oklahoma State University. Mike began working for Buffalo Trail in June of 2014. His primary responsibilities include serving Comanche Trails District and supervising the operations of Big Bend District.

Zack Mullins, Lone Star District Executive

Zackary Mullins
District Executive, Lone Star District

Zackary Mullins serves as a District Executive for the Buffalo Trail Council. Originally from Austin, Texas, Zackary has worked at their summer camp since 2005, filling the roles of Program Director, Aquatics Director, Archery & BB’s Range Master, Waterfront Director, and Dining Hall Manager.  He graduated from Texas A&M in December of 2013 and was a member of their corps of cadets ROTC program for 4 years.

Zackary began his new responsibilities as a District Executive in the Buffalo Trail Council on August 15, 2014. He is responsible for the Lone Star District and reports directly to Matt Vercher.


PJ Aguirre, Scoutreach Director

PJ Aguirre
Scoutreach Director, Scoutreach District

Born in Abilene, Texas and raised in Midland, P.J. Aguirre has been in Scouting for the majority of his young life. From racing derby cars in Cub Scouts to the high adventures of Boy Scouts. Achieving the rank of Eagle at age 15, it was self-evident that Scouting was not a choice but a lifestyle. In high school he played football and participated in many school science and social functions. At church he was an active member of a youth group called FAITH (Friends Acting In The Holy Spirit) and raised enough money to tour parts of Italy and Spain to attend World Youth Day.

Since November of 2010 of his Senior year of High School he has worked for the Scouts as a paraproffessional and was recently promoted to the position of Scoutreach Director in October 2014. He reports directly to Matt Vercher. At the age of 22 he is one of the youngest ever to work for the council. P.J. is in charge of the Scoutreach district which gives children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in Scouting activities. “I’ve been given a rare opportunity to take on a number of boys and instill character, discipline, and the Scouting way. To help better prepare them for life and all the living that goes along with it.”  On top of his Scouting work, he currently attends college and is the first in his family to achieve a Bachelors degree (Leadership Studies). When he is not working or having his face in a book he enjoys shooting sports and is a member of the Midland Shooters Association and the Patriot Firearms Shooting Center in Lubbock and competes in all areas. He enjoys church, Kyokushin, hunting, fishing, hiking, racing (legally at a track), and is also a bit of a computer nerd – just doing anything exciting to get his adrenaline pumping. He also has a longtime girlfriend of five years, Carolina Silva. P.J. is a young man at the beginning of his career and has high hopes of continuing Scouting a long way down the road.

Buffalo Trail Council, BSA

Mary Pearce, Accounting Assistant

Mary Pearce
Accounting Assistant

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.



Eilda Pacheco, Scout Shop - Midland

Eilda Pacheco, Scout Shop – Midland

Eilda Pacheco
Scout Store Manager; Advancement Clerk for Eagle Program

I was born and raised in Lubbock, TX. Graduated with a small class of 110 seniors, from Cooper High School in 2002. Then in 2005 attended Latin American Bible Institute in San Antonio, Tx and graduated 2008 with a Pastoral degree. This same year, I returned home, where I met my future husband, Angel, who was originally from Laredo, TX but currently living in Midland, TX. We met thru a mutual friend. Dated and married in 2010, where I then moved to Midland with my husband Angel. I then began working for Buffalo Trail Council in October 2010 as the camp registrar, working under Todd Bennett, then Bill Houston. In August of 2012, I received news that my mother, who had been battling ovarian cancer, 6 years, she got word from her oncologist that there was nothing they could do for her. She asked for me and my husband to come home to be near her and since I was her only daughter, I felt it only right to be there to take care of her. I was so glad I did, because after we moved back, I had less than a year and a half to spend with her, before she passed, in April of this year. One thing I was able to see through that short time with her, was that she was an extremely strong woman, even to her last day, she never let anything bring her spirit down. She was a woman of Faith, of prayer, and she loved singing, and even caring for people. I would like to hope I inherited these qualities from her, and even though it hurt to lose her, I am extremely grateful for all that she taught me, as I can take it as an example in my life, even with working with this wonderful staff at Buffalo Trail Council. I look forward to meeting everyone and helping in any way I can.

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Gracie Quintela, Administrative Assistant

Gracie Quintela
Administrative Assistant

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.

Buffalo Trail Council, BSA

Hailey Harpole, Membership & FOS Registrar

Hailey Harpole
Membership Registrar

Hailey Harpole is the Membership Registrar and Finance Registrar to the council. Hailey is always eager to help our volunteers with all of their membership needs, and is known to always have a smile on her face.

She resides in Midland with her husband Raleigh and their 3 dogs; Scout, Belle, and Gatsby. One of her favorite hobbies is volunteering seasonally at a haunted house in Fort Worth, which is where she met her husband!

Dan Damon, BTSR Ranger

Dan Damon, BTSR Ranger

Dan Damon
BTSR Ranger

“rangerdan” was baptized “Daniel Damon,” 50-something years ago. He started his Scouting career in Houston, Texas, earned Eagle rank, and worked summer camp staff and later as Assistant Ranger at El Rancho Cima Scout Reservation in the hill country. He took the Ranger position at Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch in 1985, where his daughter Kathy Damon (now Harty) was subsequently born and raised. Somewhere along the way he picked up a degree in Journalism from that place in Austin, and a Masters of Agriculture from Sul Ross State. Currently, rangerdan resides in splendid isolation at the Scout ranch, overseeing maintenance & security of the 9,013 acres, with year-round responsibility for the horses, mules, and wranglers of the BTSR Horse Program. He spends his off-time spoiling his granddaughter Aubry, pursuing redfish on the Gulf Coast, and occasionally dabbles at writing.