Posted: February 6, 2009 by Mark Hendricks

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Last month section chiefs and key NOAC staff from across the nation descended on Dallas, Texas to kick-start the planning and preparation for this summer’s conference. To facilitate this process NOAC planning was delegated to eleven committees, each responsible for a specific aspect of the conference (much like a conclave is normally planned by various committees). To provide leadership to the committees, eleven section chiefs were elected to serve as conference vice chiefs. Five of the 2009 conference vice chiefs hail from the Western Region:

  • Jack Chinn, Training
  • Dylan Ellsworth, Chiefs Corps
  • Freddy Gross, Outdoor Adventure
  • Jake Knudsen, The Experience
  • Robert Lukoviak, Founder’s Day

Serving as a CVC for a national conference is a tremendous honor, but also comes with significant responsibility and service. More than 7,000 Arrowmen are expected to travel from all around the world to attend the conference in Indiana this summer, and all come with high expectations. These CVCs, along with all of the other Western Region section chiefs who took on key roles within the eleven committees, are tasked with delivering a quality experience for every NOAC participant.

We would like to congratulate the five Western Region section chiefs who were elected to lead a committee, and wish the best of luck to all of the Western Region section chiefs as you provide leadership to one of the largest, most anticipated events in the history of the Order.


Jack Chinn is the Section Chief of W-4N and is a member of Topa Topa Lodge of the Ventura County Council #57. He has attended NLS, NOAC, OA Ocean Adventure, OA Trail Crew, and ArrowCorps5. His service to the Order has included offices such as chapter chief, lodge chief, and section vice chief. Jack Hails from Simi Valley, CA, and studies Fire Technology at Oxnard College.

Dylan Ellsworth is the Section Chief of W-2N and a Vigil Honor recipient from Shunkah Mahneetu Lodge of the Grand Teton Council #107. Dylan has attended NLS and ArrowCorps5 and has served as lodge chief. He hails from Idaho Falls, ID, and attends Skyline High School.

Freddy Gross is the Section Chief of W-6E and a Vigil Honor recipient of Yah-Tah-Hey-Si-Kess Lodge of the Great Southwest Council #412. He has attended OA Trail Crew, NLS, and has served as chapter chief, lodge vice chief, lodge chief, and section vice chief. Fred hails from Santa Fe, NM and studies outdoor leadership at Western State College of Colorado.

Jake Knudsen is the Section Chief from W-3N and is a Vigil Honor recipient from Tannu Lodge of the Nevada Area Council #329. Jake has attended NLS, OA Trail Crew, OA Wilderness Voyage, and NOAC. He has served as chapter chief, lodge chief, section vice chief, and region high adventure coordinator. Jake hails from Reno, NV where he studies finance at University of Nevada-Reno.

Robert Lukowiak is the Section Chief of W-6W and is a Vigil Honor recipient from Wipala Wiki Lodge of Grand Canyon Council. Robert has attended NOAC and has previously served as lodge vice chief and chapter chief. He hails from Peoria, AZ and attends Arizona State University where he studies theater and acting.