Daniel Oakes, Vice Chief
Daniel Oakes is a Brotherhood member and Eagle Scout from Aina Topa Hutsi (Alamo Area Council). Daniel is also a troop committee member, as well as, a Venture Scout, and Sea Scout. Daniel has served as a program and inductions chairman in his lodge as well as lead key components at the SR-3 Conclave and LEAD. Daniel has attended several Scouting events including the National Jamborees, Philmont, NOAC, and NEXT: A New Century. Daniel currently attends Northwest Vista College working towards a degree in Computer Science.
AJ Valverde, Secretary
AJ Valverde is a Vigil Honor member and Eagle Scout from Karankawa Lodge, South Texas Council. He has served as a Lodge Chairman, Lodge secretary, Lodge Chief, and a Conclave Vice Chief. AJ has been to the 2013 National Jamboree where he will be returning to serve on the 2017 Operation Arrow staff. AJ attended NLS in 2014, he went on a trek at Philmont in 2014, and most recently attended the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference. AJ is graduating from Veterans Memorial High School this spring. There he serves as the FFA and band President. He attends St. Edwards as a Communications Major. In his spare time, AJ enjoys playing the trumpet, attending concerts, and playing ga-ga ball.
John Guevara, Adviser
John Guevara is a life-long scouter from the Rio Grande Council, Wewanoma Lodge. He is a Vigil Honor member, Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver and Founder’s Award recipient. Prior to being named Section Adviser in July of 2016 he briefly served as Associate Section Adviser. He has also served stints as a Conclave Committee Adviser, Lodge Adviser to Wewanoma Lodge, Associate Chapter Adviser and was also a lodge officer as a youth.
Over the years, Mr. Guevara has served as a Cubmaster, Webelos Leader, and as a Scoutmaster. He has earned his Wood Badge beads and has staffed several Wood Badge courses. Mr. Guevara has staffed two National Jamborees serving as the Delta Camp Commissary Chief in 2013 and as the Delta 4 Sub-Camp Chief this past summer. He currently serves on the Area 2-3 Summit Ambassador Committee, the Rio Grande Council Executive Board, and is also the Legal Counsel to the Rio Grande Council, BSA.
Mr. Guevara resides in Harlingen, Texas where he is a practicing attorney and where he continues to volunteer as a Scoutmaster. He is married to Joanne, a Brotherhood Honor member, and troop committee member. He has two adult children, Jacquelyn and Jeffrey. Jeffrey is a Vigil honor member, an Eagle Scout (2013) and a past Lodge Chief of Wewanoma Lodge.
Jason Gates, Staff Adviser
Jason grew up in Dallas, Texas. Upon graduating, Jason moved to College Station and started college at Texas A&M studying at the Mays Business School in Finance. In 2000 Jason transferred to Sam Houston State University to earn a Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree in Management Information Systems.
After college, Jason began working for the Rio Grande Council as District Executive covering a two-county area focusing on low-income Hispanic communities. After three years Jason was offered the opportunity to be the District Director of Rural Scouting in the South Plains Council where he oversaw a 19 county service area of 4 districts. During the three and a half years in the South Plains, he doubled both Membership and Money raised. The Rio Grande Council at that point added a position and Jason took on the role of Field Director overseeing a staff of 4 District Executives, 1 Para-Professional, and a new Soccer through Scouting Program.
Currently, Jason is the Northern Field Director for the Capitol Area Council, BSA. Guiding and coaching 8 staff members in a 6 district service area for the Capitol Area Council to serve over 23,000 youth with the help of over 8000 adult volunteers. Scouting in Central Texas is growing thanks to the support of the Council Board, Scout Leaders, Community Leaders and an Executive Staff. Jason is a proud Dad of three daughters. His wife, Ruth, is a Day Care Director for the Learning Care Group. Jason is a Master Mason at Round Rock Masonic Lodge and is active in his church. Jason is a Rotarian and Eagle Scout.
Charlie Harbin, Associate Adviser
Charlie Harbin is a resource and counsel to the section adviser and officers, as well as the council of chiefs as they pursue their annual program vision. He makes and coordinates university arrangements for the conclave. Currently, he is Southern Region OA Committee Vice Chair – Section Operations. He is an Outstanding Eagle Scout, and has served in five councils (Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas) with over fifty years of volunteer Scouting. Past OA youth and adult roles include Alibamu Lodge Chief, Area V-e Chief, Chilantakoba Associate Lodge Adviser, and Atchafalaya Lodge Adviser. Mr. Harbin also served as Section Adviser for 28 years in three different section configurations (Louisiana, South Louisiana/Central and South Texas, Central and South Texas) over a 35-year period. A past National OA Committee member, Distinguished Service Award (DSA) recipient, and continuing Key Volunteer for its Recognition, Awards, History and Preservation Subcommittee, he is a long-term contributor to national program direction, events, and promotion. He resides in Sugar Land, TX where he is an ASM, on the Catholic Committee on Scouting as well as the Council Conservation Committee, and is a lead adviser for SHAC’s annual Eagle recognition event. Other past Scouting roles and recognitions are numerous. His work life was as an engineer and supervisor with Amoco and then BP America (upon its acquisition of Amoco), culminating as the US Engineering and Technology Recruiting Manager for both companies.
Larry Lindsay, Associate Adviser
Larry Lindsay has served as a section associate advisor for the past fourteen years within three different section configurations. He has always been there to help the section in any capacity that he could, always preferring to remain in the background.
He attended his first Area Meeting (Section Conclave) at Indian Creek Scout Camp in 1964 and first NOAC in 1965, which resulted in a lifelong commitment to the Order of the Arrow. Larry has now been continuously active in the OA for more than fifty years.
As a youth, he worked on the Capitol Area Council camp staff for seven summers and served as Tonkawa Lodge Chief and Area 9-D Vice Chief. During that time he started serving on the section planning committee in 1965 and has had an active part in the planning of almost every conclave that Tonkawa Lodge has been a part of since then. He was also part of the host lodge planning committee which helped plan the 1981 NOAC held in Austin. Larry also served as Tonkawa Lodge advisor for ten years.
Nik Newman, Associate Adviser
Nikolaus “Nik” Newman hails from the Alamo Area Council, and has lived his entire life in south Texas, except for when he moved to Nashville to attend college and grad school. He is an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member of Aina Topa Hutsi Lodge, and a recipient of the Founder’s Award, District Award of Merit, and Silver Beaver. He has served as an Associate Chapter Adviser, an Associate Lodge Adviser, a Section Committee Adviser, and a Section CVC Adviser. He is the lead adviser for Section SR-3’s communication committee, which is led by the SR-3 Secretary. Nik serves as a Key Volunteer on both the OA National Subcommittee for Recognition, Awards, History, and Preservation and the National Committee for Scouting Alumni & Friends. Actively engaged with Scouting history, he served as the lead adviser for the 2015 Centennial NOAC Goodman Edson Observatory (GEO)’s Oral History team and, more recently, served as the lead adviser for the Jamboree 2017 Oral History Project. He co-edited the OA national publication, Lodge History Resource Guide (2017), for which he also wrote the chapter on “Oral Histories.” His current projects include the Lodge Historian Network 2.0, the National Scouting Museum’s Scouting Memories Project, and support staff for the 2018 NOAC GEO Oral History team. Finally, Nik is married to the love of his life, Katie, and together they have a son and are expecting their second child in late April 2018.