ET Seton Institute

Meet the ETSI Board of Directors

  Katherine M. Ham


Katherine (Katie) Ham is the great-granddaughter of Ernest Thompson Seton.  She earned a BA degree in Entrepreneurship with a focus on Economics from Washington State University.  She works as a Business Development Specialist in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Inspired by her great-grandfather’s art work, she is also an amateur artist who has had Gallery openings at Washington State University, Pullman, WA and on the plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Joseph W. Trindal

Vice President

Joe is currently the Director of Programs for International Criminal Justice/Peacekeeping at Engility Corporation.  His career spans across government and industry infrastructure protection and security.  An avid sportsman and nature lover, Joe brings with him connections with federal government nature stewardship responsibilities.


David C. Scott



North Texas native David C. Scott is the author of four nationally award winning and best-selling books. The Scouting Party (2010) recounts the origins of the Scouting movement. We Are Americans, We Are 

Scouts (2008) fuses the words and stories of President Theodore Roosevelt within the framework of the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America. And Where Character is Caught (2013) details the storied history of Dallas’ (TX) Circle Ten Council, Boy Scouts of America. His latest work, My Fellow Americans (2014), details the symbiotic relationship between Scouting at the U.S. presidency.

Dave is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a BA in Psychology and well as Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas with a master’s degree in Applied Economics. He is an Eagle Scout, a member of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Disabilities Awareness Committee, and a former trainer for new Scouting executives with BSA’s National Volunteer Training Team at its Center for Professional Development.

Also, he is a member of numerous lineal and national patriotic societies that include the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of the Republic of Texas, the Jamestowne Society, the Baronial Order of the Magna Charta, and the Presidential Families of America, being a 1st cousin (6 generations removed) to President James K Polk and a 2nd cousin  (8 generations removed) to President George Washington.

Dave has been married to his wife of over twenty-five years, Aimee, and they have four children.


  Julie A. Seton, Ph.D.


An avid volunteer, Julie A. Seton has established and led several professional and community organization boards.  Currently, Julie serves as the Learning-for-Life Exploring Careers Program’s national chairperson for the Careers in Communication Committee, and as an Advisory Director for the Military Operations Research Society (MORS).  For the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), she serves on two Council history committees, as an instructor at University of Scouting events and as a merit badge counselor. She serves as President for the InfraGard El Paso Members Alliance, as an advisory director on two Community College technology programs and as a member of the Dona Aña County Local Emergency Planning Committee.  She also supports the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Seton is serving a 3-year term as the Honorary President for the Whitby’s British Boy Scouts headquartered in the UK.

In 2014, she started touring the US to give lectures about ET Seton’s influence on the Scouting movement, wildlife conservation, Native American advocacy and youth education.

Dr. Seton received her PhD in Rhetoric & Professional Communication from New Mexico State University in 1996 with focus on scientific and environmental rhetoric. She holds a Master of Arts in Communications Studies with a minor in Counseling and Educational Psychology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre.  Her professional career has taken a path from teaching in higher education to federal government contracting to owning her own training and consulting business.  In addition to being an ET Seton scholar, her areas of expertise include interpersonal communication and training, operational analysis, business development, and group facilitation.

Julie is the youngest granddaughter of the late Ernest Thompson Seton (1860-1946).  She lives in her home state of New Mexico with her husband, Robert Sanderson, Ph.D.

Ronald L. Edmonds

Ron has been a Seton enthusiast for nearly 40 years after first being introduced to Seton, like many millions of people, as a Scout.   His fascination with Seton and his interest in history have combined to lead him to work toward the preservation of Seton’s unique legacy.

He has continued to be involved with the Scout program, serving as a member of the executive board of the Chickasaw Council in Memphis, Tennessee, for over 25 years.  He has held a variety of leadership positions at the council, district and unit level over the years.

Professionally, he serves as president of The Principium Group, Inc., ( a mergers and acquisitions advisory and business brokerage firm.  His family also owns a wildlife services business.  He has been known to have baby raccoons in his office while waiting for them to be relocated.

He holds B.S.B.A. and M.S. degrees in accounting from Oklahoma State University.  A native of Oklahoma, Ron now  lives in Memphis, Tennessee, with his wife Kathryn.  He has four adult children.  Ron & Kathryn enjoy spending time in New Mexico whenever possible.