Section Officers and Advisers

2017-18 Section Chief Zach Hill

Email: chief [at] ne3a [dot] org
Lodge: Lowanne Nimat
Honors: Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor Member, Founders Award Recipient

Zach is an Eagle Scout from Troop 333, a Vigil Honor member, and Founders Award recipient of Lowanne Nimat Lodge, in Syracuse, NY. Before elected Section Vice Chief, Zach served as the Centennial Conclave Coordinator, CVC, 2015 NOAC Chairman, Merchandise Chairman, member of the ceremonies team, NYLT patrol guide, and NYLT ASPL for two years. In his troop he has been a Patrol Leader for three years, a Quartermaster for two years, and OA Troop Rep for two years. He currently serves as NYLT Senior Patrol Leader, and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 333. He also has attended the NYLT National Leadership Academy, NLS, NOAC 2015 National Council of Chiefs, and has represented his lodge the last three years at the Annual National Boy Scout Meeting. Outside of scouting Zach is a Senior at Cicero North Syracuse High School where he is a member of his school’s National Honor Society, Star Leadership program, and has been on the varsity swim team for 2 years.  Other interests are going camping and hunting with his friends and family, biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and all other water activities. He also enjoys creating patches and merchandise for his lodge and council.

2017-18 Section Vice-Chief Nathaniel Bauder


Email: vicechief [at] ne3a [dot] org
Lodge: Tschipey Acthu
HonorsVigil Honor, Eagle Scout

Nathaniel is an Eagle Scout from Troop 81, and a Vigil Honor Member of Tschipey Achtu Lodge. Along with being Section Vice Chief, Nathaniel is currently the Tschipey Achtu Lodge Chief. Before becoming Section Vice Chief Nathaniel served as Vice Chief of Service in his lodge,and is an active member of the ceremonies team, he served as his troops SPL, ASPL, OA Troop rep, and troop guide. He has served for the past four years on the Babcock Hovey Camp staff working at Scout Craft and as Assistant Ranger. Outside of scouting Nathaniel is a sophomore at SUNY ESF majoring in Natural Resource Management, he is currently attending the Ranger School in Wanakena NY and is very active with the Woodsmen’s team there. Other interests include Civil War reenacting, hiking, camping, canoeing, and performing in musicals and running tech for musicals and plays.


2017-18 Section Secretary Peter Huber

Email: secretary [at] ne3a [dot] org
Lodge: Tschipey Achtu
Honors: Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor

Peter is an Eagle Scout from Troop 178 in Chili, NY, and is a member of Tschipey Achtu Lodge in Rochester, NY. Previous leadership positions within the troop include Den Chief, ASPL, Patrol Leader, OA Troop Rep, Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, and Senior Patrol Leader. Peter also served as a staff member for Seneca Waterways NYLT, serving as the ASPL for Course IV, as well as serving on the youth staff for N3-397-16 Wood Badge. He was a staff member at Massawepie Scout Camps in Childwold, NY, serving as an ECON Counselor and the OA Coordinator for 2 years. In the OA, Peter has served as Black Creek Chapter Vice Chief, Chapter Chief, Lodge Vice Chief of Program, and currently serves as Massawepie OA Trek Committee Chair. He served as Section Webmaster before being elected to Section Secretary in 2016. He was elected as Section Vice Chief for the remainder of the 2017 year scouting year after the election of Forrest Gertin as National Chief. He was again elected as Section Secretary at Conclave 2017. He also currently serves on the Northeast Region Production Team. He attended NOAC and served as Contingent Lodge Chief and a Next Generation Trainer, teaching the Train the Trainer Course. He also brought this training back to the Section, training the Fundamentals of Training course at The Aftereffect and for the Conclave 2016 Trainers. He has attended NLS in 2015 at Camp Guyasuta, and was a member of the March 2017 NLS Staff at Camp Alpine. He is the recipient of the Eagle Scout of the Year Award through the Monroe County American Legion. Outside of scouting, Peter recently graduated from The Aquinas Institute in Rochester, NY, and is currently a freshman at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, studying Environmental Education and Interpretation. Other interests include training, youth leadership, the environment, education, camping, performing in plays and musicals, and singing.


Section Adviser Rick Coloccia

Rick website photoEmail: adviser [at] ne3a [dot] org
Home Lodge: Tschipey Achtu
Honors: Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor Member, Silver Beaver Recipient, Founder’s Award Recipient

Rick is a member of Tschipey Achtu Lodge, Seneca Waterways Council, of Rochester, New York. Rick started in Scouting in 1982 and in the Order in 1989. While a youth, Rick served as a ceremonialist, chapter chief, and lodge chief. Rick served nine summers on summer camp staff during high school and college. As an adult, Rick has served the Order as Conclave Adviser, Associate Lodge Adviser, Section Web Adviser, and Associate Section Adviser, as well as various other committee and officer adviser positions, before being appointed Section Adviser in 2015. Rick is active in his district as Vice Chair for Communications and is a holder of the District Award of Merit and Silver Beaver Award. Rick also serves Scouting as Scoutmaster in his Henrietta, NY troop. Outside of Scouting, Rick is a “problem captain” and judging official for the Odyssey of the Mind, an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Professionally, Rick oversees all voice and data communications systems at SUNY Geneseo. Rick holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo and a master’s degree from SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

Section Associate Adviser Jim Nelson

Email: vc_adviser [at] ne3a [dot] org
Home Lodge: Lowanne Nimat
Honors: Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor Member

Jim has served in many capacities throughout the over 42 years he has been involved in Scouting. Starting with a Den Leader, Cubmaster, and then as Scoutmaster, Venturing Advisor, Unit Commissioner and Council Commissioner.  Jim has also served on the District and Council training committees. Jim was selected to serve as Scoutmaster for two Jamborees, at the 2001 and 2005 National Scout Jamboree.  He has received many Scouting recognitions including District Award of Merit, Venturing Leadership Award and the Silver Beaver.  Jim is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.  He obtaining Ordeal membership in 1971 at Pouch Camp in the Aquahonga Lodge. Jim has sought to better his leadership skills through a variety of training opportunities, including Cub Scout and Boy Scout Woodbadge, having also served on staff for the Cub Scout Trainer Woodbadge program and for the 21st Century Woodbadge program. Recently, Jim was honored with being selected into the Old Goats – #36 in Onondaga District.  Jim was selected to serve as an Associate Section Adviser in 2009, and continues to serve to this day.

Section Associate Adviser Jamie Prowse

Jamie website photoEmail: secretary_adviser [at] ne3a [dot] org
Home Lodge: Ho-De-No-Sau-Nee
Honors: Vigil Honor Member and Founders Award recipient

Jamie most recently served as the Order of the Arrow Lodge Adviser for Ho-De-No-Sau-Nee and is a Committee Member for Troop 591 in Lake View. He began his scouting journey with Pack 554 and Troop 554.  When his son joined Troop 591 in 2004, Jamie decided to rejoin scouting.  Within a year, he became the Advancement Chairman, eventually becoming the Committee Chairman.  He became an Ordeal member in 2006 and happily served in the Seneca Chapter kitchen until becoming the Associate Lodge Adviser.  He is a Vigil member, has been a Philmont Scout Ranch crew adviser, has served on staff for two Powderhorn courses, was an Assistant Scoutmaster for the 2010 and 2013 National Jamborees, and has served on the Greater Niagara Frontier Council’s Camping Committee.  He also served on the 2014 University of Scouting committee and has been an instructor for the past four years.  Also, Jamie has been awarded the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver. He is a consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy and is a Certified Health Physicist.  He spends his “free” time camping with his Troop and OA Brothers.

2017-18 Section Associate Adviser George Bacalles

Email: gbacalles [at] gmail [dot] com
Lodge: TKaen DoD
HonorsEagle Scout, Vigil Honor Member, and Founders Award recipient

George is an Eagle Scout and member of TKäen DōD Lodge 30 of the Five Rivers Council. George started in scouting in 1987 as a Cub Scout and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow in the spring of 1993. As a youth George served as a ceremonialist, was Lodge Treasurer, Chapter Chief, and Lodge Chief for two years. He was also the Section NE-3A Secretary and Vice-Chief. He also served on camp staff at Camp Gorton for over twelve summers as an instructor, Commissioner, Program Director, and Camp Director. George served on the largest National Camp School Staff at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation for four years. He served as a Chapter Adviser, Lodge Adviser, and has been the Vigil and Founders Award Committee Adviser for several years. Currently he serves as the Vice President of Camping along with being the council NCAP Chairman, and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award in 2016. Outside of Scouting George is a history teacher in the Corning Painted Post School District, teaching IB History of the Americas HL and US History and Government. He is the Varsity Football Coach of the Corning Hawks Football program, serves on the Sports Booster Club, and serves on the district technology committee. George was awarded the Excellence in Action Award. He holds an associate’s degree from Corning Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Oswego State, and a master’s from Elmira College.


Section Staff Adviser Stu Schnettler

Email: staff_adviser [at] ne3a [dot] org
Home Lodge: Tschipey Achtu
Honors: Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor Member

Stuart “Stu” Schnettler is a Field Director with Seneca Waterways Council. Stu started scouting as a Tiger Cub in 1984, and joined the OA in the early 90s. Stu served as an Assistant Scoutmaster, Unit Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, and District Commissioner. In 2010 he was recruited to become a staff member of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, as a District Director, and has since been promoted to his current position of Field Director with Seneca Waterways Council. Stu has completed Wood Badge Training, and has served on staff for three Wood Badge courses. Stu has received the Venturing Leadership Award, District Award of Merit, Distinguished Commissioner Service Award, Commissioners Key and Professional Circle Award.