Staff Directory

Meet The Team

Nathaniel Thornton

Council Executive

Nate began his Scouting career as a district executive at Chief Okemos Council in Lansing, Michigan. He moved on to become the district director with Southwest Michigan Council in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and later development director with Southern Shores Field Service Council, part of the newly formed Michigan Crossroads Council. He was later promoted to director of development of La Salle Council in South Bend, Indiana.

Nate is a third-generation Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow who enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, reading, and camping. He and his wife, Krystal, have three children.

Todd Peine

Senior District Executive

Todd joined the professional staff in September of 2004. He was involved in scouting for six years as a den leader, cubmaster, assistant scoutmaster, and as District Chairman of the Whitetail District. He is a Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow. He holds a bachelors degree in accounting and business management from Thiel College. Todd lives in Bradford with his wife Amy and has five children, Tyler, Rachel, Bridget, Ben, and Bucky, and has a dog and a cat.

Ruben Hernandez

District Associate

Reuben Hernandez is the new District Associate for Allegheny Highland Council. He brings in over a decade in customer service and a lifetime of interpreting skills to support the Boys Scout of America. Reuben believes in family, strength in the community, and that the future of our nation lies within the fundamentals of our youth. He hopes that with the experience and knowledge he obtains, he can make an impact among the district and surrounding areas to promote diversity from within the council and reach out to the local community. Reuben is a Jamestown High School/Hewes Educational graduate and a former law enforcement Explorer. He also owned Havana Cuban Cafe & Pizzeria in Jamestown, N.Y. that opened in 2015 but sadly closed due to COVID-19. Reuben is now the Skipper of Ship 3821 in Dunkirk, N.Y. and is an active member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary in which he is currently serving as a staff officer and instructor. Reuben enjoys kayaking, fishing, and scouting. He also enjoys working on classic cars and spending time with his family and fiancé.

Support Staff

Ranger Staff

Frank York (Wally) - Camp Merz

Paul Schoolmaster - Elk Lick Scout Reserve

Clerical Staff

Shelly Payne, Accounting Specialist

Roseann Yezzi, Registrar / Trading Post

Council Executive Board


Tony Evans, Council President
Bill Briggs, Vice-President of Finance
Courtney Cole, Treasurer 
Edward Ahrens, Vice-President of Administration
Bill Fraser, Vice-President of Membership 

Robert Ungerer, Vice-President of Program

Scott Burroughs, Vice-President of Marketing
Herb Hern, Jr., Past President
Tom Geer, Western Gate District Chairman
Jeff Cunningham, Two Lakes District Chairman

Robert Morris, Council Commissioner 

Executive Board Members

Tony Alfieri
Tim Benson
Jenny Burroughs
Douglas Cashing
Carol Clark
Curt Crandall
Cory Davis
Richard Freer

Jan Hallberg

Dan Hinz
Mike Kelley
Sallie Piazza
Dan Pihlblad
Chris Pistner
Steve Stewart
Jim Tracy
Mark Ward


Phone: 716-665-BOYS (2697)

Scout Fax: 716-665-5212

Address:  50 Hough Hill Road,

P.O. Box 261, Falconer, NY 14733-0261

Serving youth in Allegany, Cattaraugus,

and Chautauqua Counties in New York

and McKean and Potter Counties in Pennsylvania.

Associations / Support

We are a member agency of the Allegany County, Cattaraugus County, and Southern Chautauqua County United Ways, and the Kane Area United Fund.

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