Section Leadership

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E16 Section Chief: 

Fox Rifenberg-Stempel


Hi! I am Fox Rifenberg-Stempel, your E-16 Section Chief, for a second term! I am an Eagle Scout, and the Assistant Scoutmaster and Assistant Cubmaster of Troop and Pack 1701 of Latham, NY. I am a Vigil Honor member, the former NE-3B Section Vice Chief, former Kittan Lodge Secretary, and a former Ktemaque Chapter Vice Chief. I am also a member and former president of Venturing Crew 100 from Averill Park, NY, and I have worked on camp staff at Rotary Scout Reservation since 2018. 

I am currently a sophmore at UAlbany, majoring in Political Science. I'm also involved in many community organizations, including the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis, Ancient Order of the Hibernians, and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW). I'm also very involved in my local church. I'm looking forward to working with the COC and fellow officers to have a great year!

E-16 Section Vice Chief: Jesse Pelton


Hi! I am Jesse Pelton, your new E-16 Section Vice Chief! I am an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor Member from Troop 876 in Morrisville, Vermont. I was the Senior Patrol Leader for the 2021 NYLT course, and a staff member for the 2019 and 2022 courses in Vermont. I am the former Conclave Coordinator, and the former Lodge Secretary from Ajapeu Lodge where I am now the Ajapeu Lodge Vigil Chief.

I currently live with my wife in southern Vermont. I work at Rutland - Southern Vermont Regional Airport with Cape Air, and am working toward my commercial pilot license. I am part of the worship team at my church, and enjoy hiking, running, and going for drives in my convertible.

I hope to see the lodges thrive and grow this year through the Section’s support. I will be working closely with Fox and Frank to make Conclave a memorable event.

E-16 Section Secretary: Frank Schaefer

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Hi! I am Frank Schaefer, your E-16 Section Secretary for a third term! I am an Eagle Scout, and assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 1078 in Loudonville, NY. I am a Vigil Honor member, the current Kittan Lodge Chief, as well as a former Kittan Lodge Vigil Chief, Ktemaque Chapter Chief, and RSR Induction Planning Coordinator, as well as a former Ktemaque Chapter Secretary, and a former Ktemaque Chapter Lock-In Coordinator. I am also a member of Venturing Crew 100 from Averill Park, NY. I worked on camp staff as an intern at Rotary Scout Reservation in 2019.  

I am currently a sophomore at SUNY Albany in Albany, New York, and I am studying mathematics. Outside of scouting, I am involved in my local church, and I am a big sports fan. I am the commissioner of a fantasy football league. I am excited to look forward to improving on what we did last year, to make for an even bigger and better Conclave, and an even better year in Section E-16!