Meet Our Team

Office of the Scout Executive

Jay Garee

Jay Garee

Scout Executive & CEO

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

Asst. Scout Executive & COO

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.

Stephanie Crawford



John Rainville

Senior Development Director

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A New Hampshire native, John earned his Eagle Scout award with Troop 99 in Goffstown. His Scouting experience sent him on a path to earn degrees in Forest Recreation from Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondack Mountains of New York and Outdoor Education from the University of New Hampshire. Working summers at Hidden Valley Scout Camp while in college started his career in Scouting.

John started full-time with Daniel Webster Council in 1996 as a Program Specialist working directly with youth as part of the Council’s outreach to at-risk youth. He was commissioned as a professional in 2000 and has served as Outreach Director, Program Director, and Development Director.

John lives in Newmarket with his wife Katie and their son and spends as much time as he can outdoors hiking, cross-country skiing, and exploring the state.

Member Care

Tyler Yankey

Field Director

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

Joshua Beaucher

Unit Service Coordinator

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.

Dylan Croston

AmeriCorps Program Director

Dylan Croston serves as the Daniel Webster Council AmeriCorps ScoutReach Program Director.  In 2014, Dylan started his career with Daniel Webster Council serving as an Exploring Executive, and then as a Senior Exploring Executive covering all the corners of New Hampshire.  In September 2017, Dylan was promoted to District Executive serving Abnaki District.  On October 12020, Dylan was promoted to the position of AmeriCorps ScoutReach Program Director. 

Dylan is a New Hampshire native growing up in North Hampton, NH, and has been involved in Scouting in one way, shape, or form since he was five years old.  Dylan earned his Eagle Scout in 2003 with Troop 162 out of North Hampton, NH.  Currently, Dylan lives in Somersworth, NH with his wife and daughter.

Michelle Tickler

Registration Services

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.

Program & Camping Operations

Skip Chase

Program Director

Skip was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout in the Syracuse area earning his Eagle Scout in 1975. Served on camp staff at Sabattis Scout Reservation in the Adirondacks for four years. He was graduated from Deerfield Academy and St. Lawrence University completing the NH 4000 Footers with his dad the day before starting college. 

Following many years as an adult volunteer, Skip joined the Daniel Webster Council in 2008 serving as a Senior District Executive for three districts and on staff at two National and one World Jamboree at The Summit.

Skip lives in Brentwood with his wife and is still involved as a rugby referee.

Alison Batey

General Manager
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Valerie Seitz

Program Assistant

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Bryan Boyajian

Griswold Scout Reservation Head Ranger


Steve Hambleton

Camp Carpenter Ranger