Pack 451 Committee
Committee Chair – Jamie Hedin
Cubmaster – Ben Smith
Assistant Cubmaster – Robert Hays
Treasurer – Ashley Smith
Secretary – Heather Jugovich
Advancement Coordinator- Melissa Kaupke
Webmaster – Cj Feierabend
Webelos II – Den 4 (5th grade) – Matt Kaupke
Webelos I – Den 1 (4th grade) – Art Alaniz
Assistant Webelos I – Patti Boucher
Bears – Den 2 (3rd grade) – Kyle Hedin
Wolves – Den 3 (2nd grade) – Nichole Ploughe
Assistant Wolf Leader – Ryan Ruggiero
Tigers – Den 5 (1st Grade) – Andrew Tarasar
Assistant Tiger Leader – Amanda Sharr
If you aren’t used to the Scouting environment you may have troubles ﬁguring out who is who and what they do. Not to mention how to get ahold of them if you need something between meetings. So here is a break down of our leadership.
The Committee Chair is the chief organizer and proactively monitors the details of pack operations. He/she is also in charge of maintaining good relations with the chartered organization representative.
Current Committee Chair: Jamie Hedin
About Jamie: Hello! I am a stay at home mom to my two beautiful kiddos. My son, Landon, is a bear and my daughter, Cailin, is my Committee Chair sidekick. I was born and raised in Wisconsin and moved to Arizona about ten years ago to be with my now husband, Kyle. Prior to having kids, I was a mechanic in training, but gave it up to raise the kids. I love having the opportunity to be able to make a difference in this pack and give each boy the best Scouting experience possible. I am open to new ideas and am planning to work hard to make your Scout’s experience the best that it can be!
The Treasurer approves all budget expenditures, maintains the pack bank account, keeps accurate ﬁnancial records, collects dues and reports the pack’s ﬁnancial condition at committee meetings.
Current Treasurer: Ashley Smith
About Ashley: I am Ashley Smith. I was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. When our oldest was born we moved to a small town in Oregon where our next three boys were born. We moved back to AZ last summer. Living in Arizona again is a whole new adventure. Cub Scouts is a part of that for our family. With three boys entering the program in three years we are committed for the long haul.
The role of the Secretary is to work with the Committee Chair to set and distribute monthly leader meeting agenda and to record and distribute the minutes of the committee meetings.
Current Secretary: Heather Jugovich
About Heather: I was born in Lansing, Michigan. My family moved to Arizona in 1992. I lived in Washington state for two months and in New Mexico for seven months. I have never been involved with Scouts before this year. My husband is an Eagle Scout and is the Assistant Cubmaster. My son is a Webelos I this year and is entering the 4th grade. My daughter is 17 and is a senior in high school. I work as an Administrative Assistant in the Ofﬁce Condo Division at a Property Management company. Besides being the Secretary for the Cub Scout pack, I also volunteer as Treasurer of the PTO for my son’s school. What’s left of my free time, that isn’t taken with family, Scouts, or the PTO is taken with my crafting and my writing. I love any kind of craft that has to do with sewing or crocheting. I write romantic suspense books posted to Wattpad.
The webmaster’s role is to build and maintain a pack website by working with the pack leadership to ensure the website meets the practical needs, as well as the pack’s communication needs.
Current Webmaster: Cj Feierabend
About Cj: I’m an Arizona native and a mom to two amazing kids! I work full time in Social Media and I love reading, camping, roller skating, playing video games, and volunteering. I’m also on the Baden-Powell University committee. I’ve been working with children most of my life as a babysitter, nanny, child-care provider, and music & movement instructor. I’m a former den leader and just watched my boys cross over to Boy Scouts this last year. I am happy to hear of anything you’d like added to the website! I’ll do my best to accommodate.
The Cubmaster assists in planning of pack events, is the Master of Ceremonies for the monthly pack meetings and in charge of supporting and inspiring other adult leaders.
Current Cubmaster: Ben Smith
About Ben: Hi, my name is Ben and I am the Cubmaster for Pack 451. I am married to Ashley, our Pack Treasurer, and have four children ages ﬁve to nine. My three youngest are all boys and the two older ones are currently active in the pack with the youngest joining next year. So, our family is fully committed to the well being and sustainability of the pack for the long haul. Our family spent the last eight years in Oregon, and we moved down last August in order for me to start a new career. My wife and I are originally from the Valley, so we are very familiar with the scenery an outdoor culture here. We strive to provide a great program and experience for each and every boy. Please feel free to approach me with any questions that you may have and welcome to the pack!
The Assistant Cubmaster is the Cubmaster’s visible companion and backup, ﬁlling in as a focal point for the pack when the Cubmaster is not available.
Current Assistant Cubmaster: Robert Hays
About Robert: I was born in Santa Carla, CA and was raised by my single mother. At the age of 12, I joined Boy Scouts. I held different positions within the troop, including Quarter Master and Senior Patrol Leader. In 1993, I achieved Eagle Scout. I then volunteered with the local Cub Scout pack and was Cubmaster for 4 years. I have helped with the round table and went to National Camp School to become an Archery Director. In 2016, my son Matthew joined the Cub Scouts as a bear. I now am a volunteer as the Assistant Cubmaster.
Den Leaders are the most important volunteers. They provide an ongoing den program that keeps all boys in his/her den on track to completing all the needed requirements to receive achievements and advancements.
Current Den Leaders:
Wolf: Nichole Ploughe & Ryan Ruggiero
About Nichole: I’m an Arizona girl born & raised, a bit of a history nerd, & lover of video games. I’m passionate about food & have my degree in wholistic nutrition & hypnotherapy. I work part time as as a personal trainer that specializes in alternative therapies; most of the time though, I’m doing my best at being a boy mom. We do online schooling & love to take our lessons out for an adventure. Sometimes that means math & science in the kitchen, history & reading at the museum, or PE at the zoo. I always wanted to get involved with Scouting as a child, but my parents weren’t up for it. I knew right from the beginning that it was something I wanted my boys to get into. My son Carlin will be a wolf this year & I’m so excited to take part as leader of Den 3.
About Ryan: My name is Ryan Ruggiero. I was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. Growing up, I spent my weekends outdoors ﬁshing, hiking and four wheeling. As a former Cub Scout myself, I thought it would be a fun experience to share with my son. It is important to me to be involved in the activities with my son, so I chose to help with the leader requirements for the den. I look forward to getting to know your boys and you as we help and watch them grow and mature into respectful, helpful members of society.
Bear: Kyle Hedin
About Kyle: Being a former Cub Scout myself, I decided to have my son, Landon, give it a try. It has turned into a full family activity, bringing us closer together. I am an Arizona native, but spent about 10 years in the Chicago area, where I met my wife, Jamie. I used to work on reality TV as a cameraman, but gave it up to be around the family more. I now install hard wood ﬂoors for a living and also enjoy doing woodworking projects on the weekends as well. I like working with kids and watching them learn new skills and work as a team. I look forward to working with you!
Webelos I: Art Alaniz & Patty Boucher
About Art: I’ve been working for Mesa Public Schools as a bus driver for 6 years. I have coached for the City of Mesa and Queen of Peace after school sports programs. I was a teacher for Religious Education at Queen of Peace and Christ the King grades 2-8. I have been a Cub Scout leader for 2 years. I have 4 kids, 5 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.
About Patty: Hi! My name is Patty Boucher and I will be co-leading Den 1 with Mr. Art. I am originally from a tiny town in Ohio and moved to Arizona in 2006 with my husband Rich. I have two kids, Josephine and Henry, and they make sure my life has very few dull moments. I have been a production rigger for about 13 years and recently have made a career change. In the fall I will be teaching 6th grade English/Language Arts in Tempe. I enjoy being creative, playing games, and hiking. I hope this year will be the best year yet!
Webelos II: Matt Kaupke & Melissa Kaupke
About Matt & Melissa: We are in our third year leading our son David’s den in Pack 451. Matt is a native Arizonian, but has lived in at least ﬁve other states in between stays in Arizona. Melissa grew up in the countryside outside of Chicago and spent ten years in Nashville before moving to Arizona. We met when we both worked at a horse ranch in Tennessee. After careers in entertainment marketing and sales, we left the corporate world to work for ourselves and part time homeschool David. Matt and David are big fans of the tabletop war game, Warhammer 40K, and the family enjoys camping, hiking, watching movies, and traveling when possible. The goal for the Webelos II den this year is to teach useful outdoor life skills to the boys in a fun and respectful environment.
Volunteers: This is means you!