Chief Commissioner Steps Down After Five Years of Service


After a half decade in the position, Chief Commissioner David Atchley recently announced his intent to step down as Baden-Powell Service Association’s (BPSA) Chief Commissioner due to personal reasons. His resignation was accepted by Headquarters (HQ) as of August 4th. Vice Chief Sue Pesznecker has accepted appointment as the new Chief Commissioner.

Sue is a Rover Knight and brings a lifetime of outdoor experience and almost three decades of youth and leader training in both Campfire and the BSA, as well as serving the BPSA as a Rover leader with 55th Cascadia (Portland, Oregon) and as BPSA’s Vice Chief.

BPSA Secretary Ron Blaisdell will also be transitioning out of his role for personal reasons. David Atchley appointed Jeffrey Kaye as Ron’s successor. Ron and Jeffrey will work together over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition.

Jeffrey is also a Rover Knight and brings extensive experience in non-profit boards and management. He is the founding Group Scoutmaster of 45th Columbia River (Vancouver, Washington).

The contributions that David Atchley has given to BPSA scouting are far-reaching and immeasurable. He took the “on-paper” idea of the BPSA and catapulted it into a successful reality. Although his leadership will be missed, we are grateful for his extraordinary vision, and we’ll use it to inspire the BPSA’s future growth. Thank you, David!