Our council is led by volunteers and supported by staff. The top position is our council president, who leads our 60 member board of directors and is selected through a nominating committee process and elected to serve a two-year term. The president and board hire the Scout Executive, who guides and manages our council employees. Rounding out our top leadership team is the council commissioner, appointed by the board, who directs the volunteers that work directly with leaders of Scouting groups to help them succeed.

 

Meet our top council leadership team, known as our Council Key Three:

David Grooms

PRESIDENT

David earned his Arrow of Light in Leavenworth, Kansas and continued in Scouting to the rank of Life in an international Troop in Okinawa, Japan. He graduated from Kansas State University and later served as a US Army Officer.

David began his volunteer Scouting career as Cubmaster of Pack 53 in Oak Brook, Illinois in 2001. He later served as Scoutmaster of Troop 14 in Elmhurst Illinois, District Chairman of Potawatomi Trails, and Vice President of Technology for Three Fires Council. 

David is the recipient of the Unit Leader Award of Merit, District Award of Merit and the Three Fires Council Silver Beaver Award. He is a James E. West Fellow and a member of the BSA Second Century Society. He is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, has attended all three National High Adventure Bases and served as Scoutmaster for the first National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in 2013. He has twice served on Wood Badge Staff and is a proud member of the Antelope Patrol.

David is a career technologist, having worked in international consulting and serving as Chief Information Officer for McDonald's Corporation in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and the United States. 

David is the father of two Eagles (Austin and Jesse) and has been married over 30 years to his Scouter-Wife, Denise. David and Denise are small business owners and live in Oak Brook, Illinois.


Anna Tuohy

COUNCIL COMMISSIONER

Starting off as a youth in the Exploring program, Anna has been a registered Scouter for 33 years. As a young adult she worked her summers at Philmont as a Ranger, and then started her career as a District Executive with Crossroads of America Council. As an adult leader she has been active at the Unit, District, Council, Regional and National levels. Currently, she is engaged as an Assistant Scoutmaster, and Den Leader, World Jamboree Planning Committee and is a Brother in the Order of the Arrow. She recently served on the National Task Force for Wood Badge and as District Chairman for Foxfire District. In addition to Scouting, Anna is a member of the philanthropic North Aurora Mothers Club, North Aurora Plan Commission, SD129 PTA, and enjoys her life commitment as a “Big Sister”.

Professionally, Anna is a Director of Project Management at Epsilon Marketing. Her expertise is in “Loyalty Marketing” and has led the efforts to build loyalty reward programs for Wells Fargo, Sears and Walgreens. Prior to that she worked for Sears Holdings Corporation and managed the effort to externalize the Craftsman Brand nationally into Ace Hardware stores.

Anna is married to Jeff Tuohy, and has three children in Scouting, Alex (14), Trent (11) and Kirsten (9).


Clint Scharff

SCOUT EXECUTIVE/CEO

Clint graduated from the University of Florida with a major in US History and a minor in Secondary Education. Clint has been actively involved with community organizations as a lifelong Rotarian, Paul Harris fellow, and member of the Masonic lodge. Clint's volunteer involvement with Scouting includes serving as a den Leader (5 years), Troop Committee Chair (8 years) and Crew Advisor (4 years). He ia also very active in his Church, where he has served as SPRC Chair, Trustees Chair and Missions Chair for the UMC.

Clint began his Scouting career as District Executive at the Southwest Florida Council in Ft. Myers, FL. He became Field Director, Director of Support Services, Director of Field Services, and then Deputy Scout Executive with the Lincoln Heritage Council, Louisville, KY.

Clint is an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow, and enjoys hiking & camping.

Clint and his wife, Susan, have 2 children; James & Hannah, both students at the University of Kentucky.