Dale has served as President and CEO of SCA since 1997. He has spent his professional life devoted to advancing the causes of youth development, experiential and outdoor education and intercultural understanding. Prior to joining SCA, Dale spent more than 20 years with Up With People, the international education and community service program, where he served as President and COO. He also worked as senior program director of the Colorado Boys Ranch Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving troubled and at-risk youth. Dale received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University.
Valerie has 30 years of experience with SCA and has been a member of the leadership group since 1989, including the role of Acting President in 1996 and 1997. In 2000, Valerie stepped away from SCA for several months to provide organizational development assistance to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. She returned in December 2000 to establish SCA’s Three Rivers Office in Pittsburgh, PA, which provides services throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In 2002, Valerie returned to SCA’s National Headquarters to assume the role of Executive Vice President for Strategic Planning and Development.
Valerie has served on several boards including the United Way of Sullivan County, the Fall Mountain Regional School District, the Meeting Waters YMCA and the Conservation Resources Committee of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
Bob directs all of SCA's conservation service field programming. Formerly, he served as Vice President for Program Development, as the California/Southwest and the Northeast Regional Director, and as Director of SCA’s New Hampshire Conservation Corps. Prior to working for SCA, Bob worked as a legislative assistant to US Senator Warren B. Rudman in Washington, DC, and he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, West Africa from 1987-1989.
Bob received his B.A degree from the University of New Hampshire and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the John Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University.
Steve Nolan joined SCA in August as the new Senior Vice President for Business Development. Steve comes to SCA with an extensive background in sales and marketing, strategic planning and product development, and has worked in both the for- and not-for profit arenas.
Most recently, Steve has served as Vice President of Strategic Marketing for the American Councils for International Education, where he has had responsibility for bringing in new revenue streams through strategic partnerships as well as the creation of new products and services in the fields of critical languages curriculum, student/faculty exchange, online testing and professional development. Since the major funding partner for these programs is the U.S. State Department, he brings a knowledge of working with federal agencies. Steve has also had success in creating partnerships and joint ventures with many colleges, universities, higher education associations, consortia and private corporations. Throughout his career, Steve has built sales and business development capacity from the ground up and managed business development in organizations where it was vital to work collaboratively with regional and international offices. He has been very involved applying technology in the success of business development initiatives.
Steve lives in the DC area and will be based in our Arlington office.
Jamie joined SCA in July as the Senior Vice President for Marketing and brings an extensive background in marketing and communications. Most recently, Jamie worked with the National Association of State Park Directors, where she initiated the America’s State Parks Youth Ambassador Program, one of the group's signature national initiatives. In addition, Jamie's work as a consultant with Outdoor Nation has helped to establish new communications channels for the organization, to plan and execute five regional youth summits, establish a national partnership with America’s State Parks, and to support the marketing and communications efforts of the brand overall.
Previously, Jamie worked with the National Park Foundation where, as Senior Vice President Communications and Corporate Relations she led the Foundation’s brand, media, digital and partnership marketing capabilities and oversaw strategic corporate alliances and fundraising. Jamie guided the creative development of the Foundation’s public media channels including the founding of Parks magazine where she served as editor-in-chief.
Jamie also led the Foundation’s corporate partnership team that successfully developed significant charitable, sponsorship, sustainability and volunteer programs with leading corporate brands including ARAMARK, Bank of America, The Coca Cola Company, Ford Motor Company, Hertz, Merrell, International Paper, Johnson & Johnson, Macy’s, Olympus, Underwriters Laboratories, and UPS.
Jay is responsible for building partnerships with agencies in SCA's northwest region, which includes Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. He led SCA's Mount Rainier Recovery initiative in response to massive flood damage in western Washington national parks and forests in 2006, which was honored with the Secretary of Interior’s Cooperative Conservation Award in 2008. Jay is a senior consultant for SCA's risk management program. As a standing member of the National Wilderness Risk Managers Committee since 1995, he is an often-published expert in this field and presents annually at the Wilderness Risk Managers Symposium. He also directed SCA's development of the written curriculum for teaching traditional conservation work skills, which was published by The Mountaineers as the premier trails and conservation restoration manual, Lightly on the Land.
Richard joined SCA as Chief Financial Officer in 2005, after spending 19 years as a bank senior executive and management consultant. Most recently, he was Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Independent Bank Corp/Rockland Trust Company ($2b Boston area commercial bank); Principal, Danielson Associates (troubled bank turnaround specialists); SVP Corporate Development; James Madison Limited (1.5b Washington, DC commercial bank); and Furash & Co. (Bank consultants). Richard spent the early part of his career with Morgan Stanley and Arthur Andersen. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and his MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
Richard serves on the Board of the Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce, is a call firefighter, maple sugarer, graduate of Leadership NH, and father of four. Richard and his wife, Liza Draper, moved from Boston six years ago and live on Four Meadows Farm with their two younger children.
Jay joined SCA in November 2004. His responsibilities duties include program and partnership development, major donor, foundation, and corporate advancement in the West, government relations, media outreach, and staff management. Prior to joining the staff of SCA, Jay spent nineteen years with The Wilderness Society, fourteen of which were in California, where he was regional director. His past positions include five years as a wilderness ranger with the U.S. Forest Service in the Trinity Alps Wilderness in northern California and three years as executive director of the Camp Unalayee Association, a non profit wilderness youth camp, also in the Trinity Alps.
Jay serves on the Board of Directors of the California Fire Safe Council and graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.S. in Wildlife Management. Jay and his wife Kathleen live in the Town of Sonoma, and have two sons, Thomas (18) and Charlie (16).
Scott Weaver has spent the last 30 years serving SCA. Prior to his current position, he served as Vice President of Programs, as Director of the High School and Resource Assistant Programs, and he worked in the field as an SCA Conservation Work Crew Leader. Before joining SCA, Scott worked for the National Park Service in Yosemite National Park for nine years.
Scott serves on the Advisory Board of American Trails and is a member of the Association of National Park Rangers, the National Parks and Conservation Association, the Yosemite Fund, and the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps.