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Welcome to the Bay Area Council

About Us

One of the most important documents in the history of Galveston and Brazoria Counties is preserved not in a museum or a library but in the Galveston Island headquarters of the Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Dated March 28, 1919, the document is a report from the Galveston Rotary Club to its officers and members with a recommendation to form a Boy Scout movement in Galveston. The three-page document still survives to this day and is now commonly referred to as the Bay Area Council Charter. As early as 1920, the Daily News, the oldest newspaper in Texas, carried a regular column called "The Scout Roundup."

On August 14, 1962, Mrs. Mary Moody Northen donated a check for $100,000 to the council to build a new headquarters (where we are still housed today.) She made the donation in honor of her late husband, Edwin C. Northen, a longtime Scouter who was active in the council. Today, the council serves more than 8,000 youth through the leadership of more than 2,000 adult volunteers.


Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America - Council #574
3020 53rd Street, Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: 409-744-5206
Free: 877-659-3879
Fax: 409-744-7850

Scout Office & Shop hours: Monday thru Friday ~ 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

National: 972-580-2000




Charlie Tinsley - Scout Executive
Scouting debut: October 17, 1985
BAC debut: February 16, 2017 
Hometown:Hermanville, MS
Coolest Desk Item: Big green potted plant
Favorite Movie: Tears of the Sun
Favorite TV Show: Scorpion
Favorite Band: Earth, Wind & Fire
Favorite Scouting Moment: Wood Badge beading
About Me: Enjoy working to build successful staff and volunteer teams.

Phone: 409-744-5206 ext. 2802

Lisa Stegman - Field Director
Scouting debut: Youth (Girl Scout; Father & Brother Boy Scouts) – Adult BSA 2003
BAC debut: 2007
Hometown: South Florida
Coolest Desk Item: Photos of my kids (including my two exchange students), Bling pocket knife, & Chocolate from Switzerland!
Favorite Movie: In a household of boys, I’m lucky to watch anything without aliens, monsters, explosions or high action.
Favorite TV Show: Too many over the years.
Favorite Band: Classic Rock of the 80's (Queen – "Under Pressure" favorite song)
Favorite Scouting MomentSeeing my son, Neil, given the Eagle Pledge by his Eagle Scout grandfather – looking forward to this year having that same Eagle moment with my son Todd!
About Me: THE HOTTER THE BETTER is my slogan, Texas is not far enough south in the winter. I do NOT Facebook, Tweet, computer game or do electronic communications, shopping or internet cruising, to the dismay of the rest of my family. Instead I use what free time I have for the artistic side of me to read real books (not on a screen), woodwork, sculpt, paint, home improvements, landscape and enjoy “puttering” around my home. Looking forward to retirement where I can look out my window and see water & trees with NO other buildings, concrete or neighbors 10 feet away.

Phone: 832-385-5217

TBD - Director of Programs                                               

Dio Gonzalez - Coastal District Executive - Team Lead                                                 
BAC debut: 2012
Hometown: Galveston 
Coolest Desk Item: Desk? What desk lol. I guess it will be my laptop
Favorite Movie: To many to mention
Favorite TV Show: Pawn Stars, South Park
Favorite Band: Anything with a good beat
Favorite Scouting Moment: Wood Badge so far
About Me: I am an outgoing person that loves to have fun. I am here to make a positive impact through scouting.
Phone: 409-392-3085

Lester Tarver - Coastal Paraprofessional                                                                          
BAC debut: 2016
Hometown: Beaumont
Coolest Desk Item: Picture of my children
Favorite Movie: Twilight Series (Movies), Avatar, Star Wars, Grease
Favorite TV Show: Dr. Who, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead
Favorite Band: New Edition, Boys 2 Men
Favorite Scouting Moment: Cub O’ Ree Movie night at Camp K “Lego Theme”
About Me: Fun going, adventure seeking guy who loves his family with all his heart. Southern Miss Graduate: Go Eagles

Phone: 832-413-2578

Steve Bell - Northern Star District Executive                                                                          
BAC debut: 2016
Hometown: Champaign, IL
Coolest Desk Item: Texas lamp
Favorite Movie: Oh Brother Where Art Thou
Favorite TV Show: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Favorite Band: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Favorite Scouting Moment: Youth – Meeting E. Urner Goodman at the 1977 NOAC    Adult:  Receiving my Woodbadge beads with my father present
About Me: Divorced father of two grown daughters, Grandpa to five.  New to Texas, active Knight of Columbus and avid baseball fan.
Phone: 815-954-8205

Aaron Christopher - Cradle of Texas District Executive
BAC debut: 20143
Hometown: Multiple places in Southern CA
Coolest Desk Item: 7” Fallout 4 bobble-head
Favorite Movie: Caddy Shack, Stripes, Deadpool, The Fifth Element, Idiocracy, Children of Men, Lawrence of Arabia
Favorite TV Show: Empire, Office Space, Frisky Dingo, Venture Bros., American Dad, Walking Dead, Inbetweeners, Squidbillies, Futurama
Favorite Band: Sugar Cult, Tennis, Thelonious Monk, Merle Haggard, Best Coast, Camera Obscura, Sophie Ellis Baxter, Hot Rod Circuit, Louis Armstrong, Metric, Prince Buster, Skatalites, Madness
Favorite Scouting Moment: Canoeing the Colorado River, Camping at Vasquez Rocks  
About Me: California was no place for a Libertarian that likes to shoot guns                               
Phone: 409-750-3657

Warren Reed - Thunderbird District Executive            
BAC debut: 2016
Hometown: Texas City
Coolest Desk Item: Fan I "borrowed" from the copier room
Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump
Favorite TV Show: Hogan's Heroes
Favorite Band: Triumph, Rush, April Wine
Favorite Scouting Moment: Philmont 1981
About Me: Teacher 23 years, 15 years in a Boys Prison.  Married 25 years, 2 teenage girls.
Phone: 956-607-6295



Tina Brendle - Office manager / Executive Administrative Assistant
BAC debut: 2007
Hometown: Reading, Pa
College: College? I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up!
Coolest Desk Item: My fan...get it? Haha
Favorite Movie: Silence of the Lambs, Shawshank Redemption
Favorite TV Show: Castle, Suits, Criminal Minds, Scandal
Favorite Band: Pretty much anything but Rap
Favorite Scouting Moment: When I get to hear Scouts tell us why they received a Heroism Award
About Me:  I'm an open book and I'd rather have you ask me a question, then volunteer information you don’t care to ask away!
Phone: 409-744-5206 ext. 2800

Pam Frisbee - Registrar
BAC debut: 2007
Hometown: Arlinton Heights, IL
College: University of Iowa (Go Hawks!)
Coolest Desk Item: Fan
Favorite Movie: Hellfighters, Sound of Music
Favorite TV Show: Grays Anatomy, Body of Proof
Favorite Band: All country bands
Favorite Scouting Moment: When both of my sons made Eagle Scout
About Me: I love to read and spend time with my children and grandchildren. In the summer, on weekends, you will find me on our boat with my husband and whoever else shows up.
Phone: 409-744-5206 ext. 2804

Diandra Ongso - Accountant 

BAC debut: 2007
Hometown: Indonesia
College: Bina Nusantara University (Indonesia)
Coolest Desk Item: Kids art work, radio & family pictures
Favorite Movie: Star Wars, Marvel Movies, James Bond Movies
Favorite TV Show: The Night Manager, Sherlock Homes
Favorite Band: Maroon 5, U2, Ed Sheeran, Adele
Favorite Scouting Moment: When I joined BAC
About Me: Love my family, photography, like to learn and try new things and traveling.

Phone: 409-744-5206 ext. 2803

Sonya Harvey - Webmaster  
BAC debut: 2013
Hometown: Redding, CA
College: UTSA
Coolest Desk Item: Sunglasses
Favorite Movie: Cool Hand Luke
Favorite TV Show: The Walking Dead, anything with Bear Grylls
Favorite Band: The Clash, Dr. Feelgood
Favorite Scouting Moment: Tiger Cubs in their cute.
About Me: Love roadtrips, campfires, playing guitar around campfires

Phone: 409-744-5206



TBD - Program Specialist


Bryson Beck - Camp Ranger        

BAC debut: 2016
Hometown: La Vernia, Texas
Coolest Desk Item: When I'm actually at my desk it's a little clay toilet with a peach in it made for me by a Scoutmaster while at Bear Creek Scout Reservation.
Favorite Movie: I own too many to have a favorite
Favorite TV Show: Doctor Who
Favorite Band: Depends on what I'm feeling at that moment.
Favorite Scouting Moment: Taking at-risk youth on canoe trips down the Guadalupe River back when I was a Water Front Director.
About Me: Lifelong Boy Scout who enjoys fishing, hunting, and living on 450 wooded acres.
Phone: 979-799-8400