Jay Garee has served as the Scout Executive and Chief Executive Officer of the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America since July 2017.
Prior to joining the Daniel Webster Council, he served the Theodore Roosevelt Council in Nassau County on Long Island, NY from 2012-2017. Garee was also Scout executive and chief executive officer of the Mohegan Council in Worcester, Massachusetts from 2005-2011. He has also held executive positions with the former Boston Minuteman Council in Boston, Massachusetts, and the former Finger Lakes Council in Geneva, NY.
Garee has provided leadership to several organizations and associations beyond scouting, including the Partnership for a Drug Free New Hampshire, a former member of the P.R.A.Y. publishing endowment committee. He is a Past President of the Worcester Rotary club in Massachusetts and is a graduate of Leadership, NH. Jay is an Eagle Scout and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and is the proud father of two boys who are both Scouts – Owen and Connor.
Deric Wertz is the Chief Operating Officer of the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America, which serves over 6,400 young people and more than 3,000 adult volunteers in the state of New Hampshire.
During his career of more than 20 years, he has proven to be a visionary and innovative leader capable of making sound business decisions with the ability to provide strong staff leadership, financial development, balance substantial budgets, and expand outreach to emerging markets.
Deric is an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, National Camping School Trained, Certified Exploring Executive, Registered STEM Scout Executive, recipient of the Lutheran Living Faith Award, and Rotarian. He is a native of South-Central Pennsylvania and a graduate of Lebanon Valley College. Deric resides in Manchester, NH with his wife Kimberly and their rescue dog, Mickey. Deric is an avid hiker and enjoys playing golf when time allows.
Bianka Cullen joined the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America as the Director of Development in May 2021. As the Director of Development she manages all the Council’s annual giving campaigns, special events, foundation/grant requests, and fundraisers for the units.
Prior to joining the team at the Daniel Webster Council, she has served as Chief Executive Officer at The Way Home (TWH), Manchester, NH, from 2019 to 2021, serving on the Leadership team of Manchester Continuum of Care (MCoC) and other projects that assist individuals to reach their housing goals. Bianka started at TWH in 2017 – 2019 as the Development/Operations Director. Throughout her time at TWH, she had focused on fund development, marketing, community outreach, board recruitment & engagement, budgeting, and evaluating the sustainability of the organization’s mission.
Before TWH, Bianka worked at The American Cancer Society (ACS) as a Community Development Manager and Development Associate from 2011 – 2017. As a Community Manager, she managed a portfolio of 2-5 special events throughout New Hampshire. Well working at ACS she also obtained her Master’s in Business Administration at New England College, focusing on Non-Profit Leadership and Digital & Social Media.
Bianka has provided leadership and passion to New Hampshire for over 17 years. Her non-profit career began in Direct Support, working with young people 12- 24 years old in a group home, home-based, and community-based from 2005 – 2011, which included area agencies EasterSeals, NH, Community Bridges, Moore Center Services, and Waypoint.
Bianka currently resides in Goffstown with her husband Andrew and daughters Sarah & Jen. Bianka is active in her community, assisting episodically with Downtown Manchester events, serving on the board that includes Holy Cross Family Learning Center and Manchester Continuum of Care. Bianka became a member of the Manchester Kiwanis in 2017 and currently chairs the social media & website committee and helps on the social committee.
Tyler Yankey has served as the Daniel Webster Council Field Director since January 2019. In this role, Tyler provides leadership to all Member Care and District Operations, in addition to managing the Daniel Webster Council’s marketing and daily communications.
Tyler started his career in 2009 serving as a Quality Unit Executive in Minsi Trails Council headquartered in Allentown, PA. During his time at Minsi Trails Council, Tyler went on to serve as District Executive and Senior District Executive. In 2014, Tyler was promoted to District Director in Washington Crossing Council headquartered in Doylestown, PA. In 2016, Tyler was promoted to serve as the Director of Program and Marketing for Washington Crossing Council.
Tyler is a past Pack Committee Chair, Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, National Camping School Trained, Certified Exploring Executive, Registered STEM Scout Executive, Wood Badge Trained with 3 beads, and a past Rotary President. He is a native of Louisville, KY, and a graduate of the University of Louisville. Tyler resides in Manchester, NH with his wife Allison and their dog, Oliver. Tyler is a competitive gamer and enjoys playing golf when time allows.
Josh Beaucher serves as the Daniel Webster Council’s Unit Service Coordinator. Josh started his career in 2015 serving as a District Executive with Daniel Webster Council in the Mt Monadnock District. In 2017, he was promoted to Senior District Executive for the Massabesic District. In 2019, Josh was promoted to District Director in the Wannalancit District and he provided leadership to the District Executive in Arrowhead District.
Josh enjoys hiking, watching New England sports, playing his guitar, and listening to all kinds of music. Josh is a New Hampshire native, an Eagle Scout with Troop 11 in Litchfield, NH, a Brotherhood Member in the Order of the Arrow.
Cindy DiFillipo is an award-winning professional writer and producer who possesses a wide variety of promotional and marketing experience in television, print and social media. Cindy is an enthusiastic, creative force who’s excited to use her energy in a non-profit setting benefitting families and children right here in New Hampshire.
Cindy has been a volunteer leader in scouting for seven years and counting. Her scouting journey began when she was searching for an activity to break her extremely shy son out of his shell. “Boy Scouts” was supposed to be a “father/son” activity but Cindy quickly fell in love with the mission of scouting and became a Day Camp Den Leader, Popcorn “Kernel” (for one of the top 10 performing units in the District), District Kernel Mentor, Event Coordinator, Troop Committee Chair and District Membership/Marketing Volunteer. During her time as a volunteer, Cindy has helped spearhead a Membership & Marketing Workshop Series, giving Arrowhead District Leaders specific tools to help build their programs, recruit new families and retain members.
Cindy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Endicott College, Beverly, MA. She started her career at WCVB-TV 5, Boston, MA and WMUR-TV 9, Manchester, NH as a promotional writer/producer. Cindy has lived in Nashua, NH with her husband, Craig for over 16 years. The couple shares a 13-year-old son and Tenderfoot Scout in BSA Troop 19, Nashua and a 10-year-old daughter who enjoyed her days in scouting as a Unit and Day Camp “tag along”. The family enjoys competing against each other during board game nights, hikes throughout Mine Falls & Benson Park, day trips to North Conway to explore the train yard and lots of scouting adventures with their Troop!
Michelle Tickler currently serves as the Registrar/Member Care for the Daniel Webster Council. Michelle started her career with Daniel Webster Council in June 1998. Over the last 22 years, Michelle has served as the Executive Assistant to the Scout Executive, Office Manager, and Fundraising Assistant.
In her spare time, she enjoys playing the ukulele and riding her horse, Abby.
Michelle resides in Auburn, NH with her husband Scott.