Adult Leadership Team
Troop 17’s Adult Leadership team brings to the table 40 years of combined Scouting leadership experience. As a boy-lead Troop, our adult leaders are focused on providing guidance and mentorship, continuity, and making sure the Troop meets the individualized needs of each boy. The Troop’s adult leaders cultivate a supporting, caring environment to help all Scouts grow in leadership, character, citizenship and fitness in accordance with the ideals and goals of the Boy Scouts of America.
John Gersbach – ScoutmasterI believe Boy Scouts is the absolute best leadership development program for boys. My vision for Troop 17 is to create a high-quality and safe Scouting environment, where every boy has the opportunity to learn and live the Scout Oath and Scout Law, reach his goals in leadership, advancement and achievements, and gain the skills necessary to be successful as a future leader and member of the community. My mission is to build the best possible Scouting experience for all members of our troop, their families, and those our troop supports through community service. In addition to my troop responsibilities, I have enjoyed being being a contributing staff member of Stonewall Jackson Area Council events (Scouting University), Order of the Arrow (Conclave), and Wood Badge (adult leader training program).
Kurt Elward – Committee ChairKurt Elward, MD, MPH is a practicing family physician in Charlottesville, VA. A former Star Scout, he has had extensive volunteer youth experience as a football and baseball coach, team physician, medical missions, and volunteer medical work. He has been an active member of Church of the Incarnation for over 20 years. He is a firm believer in the tenets of Baden Powell, and the value and effectiveness of Scouting for today’s young men. He is BSA Trained, Virtus Trained, and was been awarded the SJAC ScoutMaster Merit Badge in 2014. He is a certified Counselor for all three Citizenship Merit Badges.
Steve Yates – STEM Program Mentor, TARC Mentor, Committee Member and WebmasterSteven Yates, P.E., is s Registered Professional Engineer and technology entrepreneur. A member of Troop 17 since 2005 and former Cub Scout Den Leader at Pack 17, Steve has over 10 years of BSA leadership experience and is BSA and Virtus trained. Steve serves as Troop 17’s STEM/Nova Program Mentor, TARC Team Mentor, Webmaster, and a member of the Troop Committee. Steve is dad to two Troop 17 Eagle Scouts and one Star Scout.
Chris Simons – Assistant Scoutmaster
Jim Allen – Treasurer and Committee Member
Bill Daley – Advancement Chair and Committee Member
Marta Daley – Committee Member
Tricia Yates – Activity Chair and Committee Member