Advisor Bios

Eric Mircsov ~ Area 3 Venturing Advisor

Eric Mircsov will be taking on a new role as the Advisor for Central Region Area 3 Venturing. Eric was the Associate Advisor for Communications for Central Region Area 3 and for the Greater St. Louis Area Council. Along with his new Advisor role, Eric is the Associate Advisor for Administration in the Greater St. Louis Area Council Venturing and is an Associate Advisor for Venturing Crew 2783 and Crew 9209 in the Greater St. Louis Area Council. He has also assisted on the Regional Communications Team helping with Social Media.

During his time in Boy Scouts and Venturing, Eric has earned the Eagle Scout Award, Venturing Silver Award, and Ranger Award. He also received the Venturing Leadership Award at the Council, Area, and Regional levels. He has served as a Co-course Director for both Kodiak & Kodiak X. He has served also as the Assistant Course Director of Administration for the 2011 Central Illinois Powder Horn Course in the W.D. Boyce Council and the 2012 Powder Horn in the Greater St. Louis Area Council. He was the Course Director in 2014 Powder Horn for the Greater St. Louis Area Council and is the mentor for the 2016 Powder Horn Course. He has also been the Venturing Dean at his Council's University of Scouting from 2010 to 2015. At the District level, he was recently award the Spark Plug Award from Crew 2783 and at the Council was awarded the Venturing Outstanding Service Award.

Eric is a graduate of Lindenwood University with a BA and a MA in Nonprofit Administration. His Scouting habit has been financed by working at Lindenwood University as the Human Resources Student Worker Coordinator.

Ina Pearsall ~ Associate Advisor of Administration

Ina began her Scouting career as a youth in Explorer Post 9863, Chicago Area Council and returned to Scouting as an adult with Pack 119 in 1993, when her son joined Cub Scouting. She advanced to the troop level, serving on the troop committee, then committee chair. She was a founding member of Crew 119, and continues to serve as the Advisor. She was also a Girl Scout leader as her daughter grew up until she could join Venturing. Ina is currently serving as Illowa Council's VOA Advisor and Venturing training coordinator.

Ina received her Wood Badge beads in 2001 and was on the staff of the 4 following courses, serving as Scoutmaster for C3-133-11-1. She has also completed Powderhorn, and served on staff for 2 courses in 2011. She has completed 2 treks at Philmont, and served on the national staff for the last 3 jamborees. She was the Advisor for Illowa Council's jamboree contingent in 2013.

Ina has received the Scouter's Key, District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, Unit Leader Award of Merit, the Venturing Leadership Award (council level) and is a Vigil member of Illowa Council's Order of the Arrow.

Amanda Vogt ~ Associate Advisor of Program

Amanda Vogt is from the Greater St. Louis Area Council where she serves as an Associate Advisor in charge of Advancement for Crew 2783. During her time in Venturing, she served as the 2008-2009 National Venturing President, the 2007-2008 Central Region Venturing President, and as Venturing President at the Area, Council, District, and Crew levels as well. Amanda earned the Ranger, TRUST, Venturing Silver Award, is a recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award, and the Council, Regional, and National Venturing Leadership Award. Currently Amanda is also serving as a representative of the United Methodist Church on the National Religious Relations Committee and as the Missouri Conference Scouting Coordinator for the United Methodist Church on the BSA National Reglious Relations Committee.

Amanda is a graduate of Lindenwood University with a BA in Accounting and a MBA with an emphasis in Marketing. She pays for her Scouting habit by serving as the Director for Market Development for a nationwide publishing company.

Emily Mausshardt ~ Associate Advisor of Communication

Emily Mausshardt is an adult for Venturing Crew 627 in the Greater St. Louis Area Council in Ballwin, Missouri. Emily is currently a junior at Truman State University pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Math and is part of the Pre-Masters of Art in Education program.

During her time as a Venturer, Emily has served as the Central Region Venturing Vice President of Communications, Area 3 Venturing President, GSLAC New Horizons District Venturing President, New Horizons District Ranger Award Presentation Coordinator, Crew 627 President, and Crew 627 Vice President of Communications. She has earned the Religious Life and Outdoor Bronze Awards, the Gold Award, the Silver Award, and the Pope Pius XII Award. She is currently finishing her Venturing Ranger Award. She is also a recipient of the Council, Area, and Regional Venturing Leadership Awards. She is a member of the National Youth Leadership Society. Emily was active in the Girl Scouts through high school and earned the GSUSA Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards.

Emily has completed the VLSC, ILSC, Kodiak, Kodiak X, NYLT, and NAYLE leadership training courses. In 2012, she completed the Powder Horn resource management course. She has served as a program counselor at John S. Swift Base, Greater St. Louis Area Council's Venturing summer camp, for the past two summers. In 2010, she served as the Chaplain’s Aide for her crew’s Philmont trek, and as the Crew Leader on their trek to Philmont in 2012. She has also attended Winterfest in Gatlinburg, Tennessee for three years.

At Truman, Emily is involved in the Catholic Newman Center choir on campus, and is a member of the national co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. She is also a member of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the brand new Venturing Crew 2010 in Kirksville, Missouri. While in high school at Visitation Academy, Emily was a member of the National Honor Society, played handbells, and was very active in the technical side of the school’s theatre program.

Bob Vogt ~ Area 3 Venturing Committee Chair

Mr. Robert "Bob" Vogt was the Central Region Area 3 Venturing Advisor from 2009 to 2016. He also was the Central Region Area 5 Venturing Advisor from 2006 to 2009. He is the Advisor for Venturing Crew 2783 sponsored by the Salem in Ballwin United Methodist Church in the Greater St. Louis Area Council. He has been an adult leader in the unit for 35 years (for both Exploring & Venturing). Throughout his 50+ years in Scouting, as a youth and adult, he has earned numerous awards and recognition including the Eagle Scout Award, the District Award of Merit, the Council and Regional Adult Venturing Leadership Award, Commissioner Key, Venturing Advisor Award of Merit, William H. Spurgeon III Award, Silver Beaver Award, and the Regional Silver Antelope Award.

He has planned and led 32 week long super activities across the country (plus Philmont & Florida Sea Base). He has served on numerous District & Council Committees. He serves his church as the Scouting Coordinator for the United Methodist Church for the Eastern half of the State of Missouri. He is a former National Board Member of the National Association of United Methodist Scouters. He serves on the BSA’s National Religious Relations Task Force. Besides Scouting he is involved in his community’s annual 3-day festival planning committee, his church, and has been on the staff of a church camp for 40 years.

Bill Hamilton ~ Area 3 Taskforce Commodore

Chip Platt ~ Area 3 Powder Horn Coordinator

Eric Wiwczaroski ~ Area 3 Kodiak Coordinator

The Central Region Area 3 Kodiak Coordinator is Eric Wiwczaroski.