Matthew Tweden, Chief
Matthew Tweden is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member from Tonkawa Lodge, Capitol Area Council. He has previously served as a lodge chief, section secretary, and the Event Vice Chief for Trainings at the 2021 National Council of Chiefs. For his service, Matthew has been recognized as a James E. West Fellow and a Founder's Award recipient. He attended NLS in 2017, NOAC in 2018, and the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. He is currently a member of the Southern Region NLS staff, the Southern Region Training Coordinator, and a key volunteer on the National OA Training Subcommittee. Matthew is a freshman Robertson Scholar at the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, where he studies Public Policy and is involved in a number of campus organizations.
Justin Armstrong, Vice Chief
Justin Armstrong is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Wewanoma Lodge, Rio Grande Council, where he previously served as Lodge Chief, Vice Chief of Ceremonies, Chapter Chief, and elections chairman. He attended NYLT in 2016, NAYLE in 2019, NLS in 2020, the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, and the 2021 National Council of Chiefs. He has staffed numerous council summer camps and events, and 3 NYLT courses, leading one as SPL. He is currently serving as a member of the Southern Region Communications committee. Justin is a freshman attending Purdue University in the First-Year-Engineering program hoping to study aeronautical and astronautical engineering.
Alexander Butler, Secretary
Alexander Butler is a Life Scout and Vigil Honor member from Colonneh Lodge, Sam Houston Area Council, where he is currently serving as Lodge Vice Chief of Chapter Operations and has previously served as a Chapter Chief, Lodge Area Chief, and chairman of other lodge events. He attended NYLT in 2018, NLS in 2019, and NAYLE in 2021. He also attended the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, 2018 NOAC, the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, 2020 OA High Adventure Trail Crew at the Summit, and 2021 OA High Adventure Trail Crew at Philmont. He has served as staff on both Summer and Winter camps in Sam Houston Area and Calcasieu Councils and staffed NYLT. Currently a Junior in high school, he has been a member of the Cross-Country team and is involved in other activities.
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. He has since been the District Director of Rural Scouting in the South Plains Council and Field Director in the Capitol Area Council.
Currently Jason is the Director of Field Service for the Alamo Area Council, BSA. Guiding and Coaching 23 Staff Members in 8 Districts for the Alamo Area Council to serve over 20,000 youth with the help of over 8,000 Adult Volunteers. Scouting in South/Central Texas is growing thanks to the Council Board, Scout Leaders, Community Leaders and Staff. Jason is a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow and an Eagle Scout. He is a proud father of 3 daughters and has a wife.
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.