Meet the Adult Leadership Team
Jim McKenna, Charter Organization Representative for All Scouting Programs at St. Rose and Committee Chair of Troop 19
Jim McKenna grew up in Millburn and first joined Troop 17 as a Scout, after earning the Arrow of Light award as a Cub Scout in Pack 17. Jim earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1985 and the Silver Eagle Palm the following year.
Jim rejoined Troop 17 several years later as a Committee Member to help support the Troop and his former Scoutmaster Ken Fineran. In 2013 he became Troop Committee Chair and the Chartered Organization Representative in 2015.
In his years as Committee Chair Jim expanded and strengthened the Scouting program at Troop 17, increasing membership, adding adult volunteers, and tripling profits from our annual fundraiser.
Kevin Radics, Scoutmaster - Troop 17
Scoutmaster Kevin Radics was in the first group of Tiger Scouts in Pack 356 in Centereach, NY in the early 1980s, and scouting is in the family. His father was a Boy Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster, his mother was a Troop Committee member, his brother received Eagle Scout, and his sister received her Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting. Kevin received his Eagle Rank in 1994 and continued earning merit badges to attain Bronze Palms and then Gold Palms.
Scouting has brought Kevin on adventures as far north as Maine, as far west as New Mexico, as far south as Florida, and even outside the U.S. Some of his favorite scouting trips include climbing Mount Katahdin (the highest point in Maine at the end of the A.T.), backpacking the President range in New Hampshire, and summer camping at Minsi in Pennsylvania, Yawgoog in Rhode Island, and Baiting Hollow in New York. He backpacked through Philmont, spent time with the Boy Scouts in Bermuda, and camped and sailed for a week on an island in the Florida Keys at Sea Base with his cousins, fellow Eagle Scouts from Oradell, NJ.
Kevin became involved with Pack 17 when each of his two sons joined as Tigers, and with the Troop when his older son crossed over as a Webelo. He and his wife and their two Scouts love having adventures together, from exploring the National Parks to making s'mores in their own backyard.
Kevin Radics took over as Scoutmaster of Troop 17 in January 2019.
Graceann Bisig, Committee Chair - Troop 17
Graceann Bisig has lived in Millburn for over twenty years with her husband, Jeff and their two sons. She is a retired banking executive who received her undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton and her MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. She became active in Troop 17 when her oldest son crossed over from Pack 17 in 2014. Her roles in the Troop have included fundraising chair, committee member and a merit badge counselor. Her oldest son, Mark, achieved the rank of Eagle in 2018 and her second son, Andrew, became an Eagle Scout in 2020. She took over as Committee Chair for Troop 17 in January 2022.
Daniel Cannon, Scoutmaster - Troop 19 and T17 Assistant Scoutmaster
Scoutmaster Daniel Cannon, has lived in the Wyoming Section of Millburn for many years with his wife Andrea and their son Ryan (Troop 17 Eagle Scout) and daughter Katie (Troop 19 hopeful future Eagle Scout).
Mr. Cannon served for one year as an Assistant Scoutmaster, as an understudy to his mentor, the legendary Scoutmaster Ken Fineran, and led Troop 17 as Scoutmaster from September 2015 to January 2019.
In February 2019, Mr. Cannon transition into the historic position of Scoutmaster of the newly founded Troop 19. Troop 19 is all-girls scouting Troop here at St. Rose of Lima, where he continues to lead the program. Mr. Cannon continues to be actively involved in Troop 17 serving as Eagle Project Coach and Assistant Scoutmaster.
He has completed his Scoutmaster Training requirements and has secured Red Cross CPR/AED - First Aid Certification, and Wilderness First Aid Certification from the Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI). Mr. Cannon is also a member of the Order of Arrow - Lenapehoking Lodge IX.
As Scoutmaster, Mr. Cannon's focus is not simply to elevate the program but all Scouts alike. His mission is to ensure Scouts are clearly aware that being a Scout/Eagle Scout is not simply a membership to an organization or Rank, but a set of practical values and ideals that if applied will positively guide the Scout throughout their lives, and if successful, they will ultimately pass on this knowledge to future generations.
Matt Chappina, Assistant Scoutmaster - Troop 17
Matt Chappina lives in Maplewood with his wife and two sons, Jackson and Austin, both scouts in Troop
17. Matt grew up in Massapequa Park, NY, and is where he first became involved in scouting. He joined
Pack 776 as a tiger, earning the Arrow of Light, and then following his brothers and father into Troop 763,
where his father was Scoutmaster. Matt held many positions in the troop, including senior patrol leader,
became a member of the Order of the Arrow, and eventually earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1997.
Scouting has a long history in Matt’s family. His grandfather was a scout while growing up in Brooklyn in
the 1920s and 30s and earned his Eagle shortly before joining the army and serving in WWII; Matt’s
father grew up in Brooklyn as well and spent his formative years in scouting. Matt shared his scouting
experience in both Pack 776 and Troop 763 with all three of his brothers, all of whom earned the rank of
Matt became involved in Troop 17 as an Assistant Scoutmaster when his oldest son Jackson joined as a
scout in 2021. Community service, camping and hiking, wilderness survival skills and personal
enrichment are all core tenets of scouting that Matt feels strongly about, and is proud to serve as an
adult lead through guidance and by the example of his knowledge and experience.
Joseph Smith, Assistant Scoutmaster - Troop 17
Joseph (Joe) Smith was a Cub Scout in England in the early 80s and went on to join the local (Royal Navy recognized) Sea Scout troop near Newark in Nottinghamshire in the mid 80s. He worked his way through the ranks to Watch Leader (equivalent to a Senior Patrol Leader) and participated in a mix ofwater sports (including an Annual National Sea Scout Regatta) and traditional Scouting activities over the 5 years that he was in the Troop.
He returned to be a Scouter for Pack 17, when his eldest child, Jack, showed an interest in Scouting. He started out as an Assistant Den Leader for a year and then moved up to Cubmaster for the next 5 years. When his younger son, James, got his Arrow of Light, Joe continued his Scouting life as an Assistant Scout Master in Troop 17, where he is a regular at campouts and had the pleasure of joint leading the 12 day trip to Philmont in 2022.
Monsignor Robert Harahan, Executive Officer
Heather Jenquine Davis