Who We Are

From our trustees to our directors, state advisors, coaches, and national staff, our team of hardworking individuals all have the same target in their collective sights: providing truly unique opportunities for student athletes across the country to grow and develop through participation in our variety of team-based programs.
Leadership

Board of Directors

Louise Terry
Board Chairman (Chair – Executive Committee)

Louise has been involved in the shooting sports most of her life. Born in Ithaca, NY, she was introduced to bird hunting and skeet shooting before age 12 by her Dad, Larry Kolar, who was an avid pheasant hunter. In the mid-1970s, Larry was also the inventor and manufacturer of KOLAR TUBES which are full-length shotgun tubes with integral extractors and chokes which adapt a 12 ga. shotgun barrel to shoot smaller gauge shells.

Louise Terry

Louise has been involved in the shooting sports most of her life. Born in Ithaca, NY, she was introduced to bird hunting and skeet shooting before age 12 by her Dad, Larry Kolar, who was an avid pheasant hunter. In the mid-1970s, Larry was also the inventor and manufacturer of KOLAR TUBES which are full-length shotgun tubes with integral extractors and chokes which adapt a 12 ga. shotgun barrel to shoot smaller gauge shells.

A registered skeet competitor for almost 50 years, she is a 20-time Ladies World Skeet Champion, a 30+ year NSSA All-American, a member of the New York State Skeet Hall of Fame, the Georgia Skeet Hall of Fame and the National Skeet Shooting Association (NSSA) Hall of Fame. She has also been actively involved in all aspects of governance of the NSSA for 40 years, from serving initially as a State Director and Director-At-Large to becoming a member of the NSSA Executive Committee from 1998 – 2010. She served as the NSSA President from 2006-2008. She currently is serving as an elected Delegate from Florida to the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) Board of Delegates and has been Chairman of the Joint Finance Committee for NSSA/NSCA since 2008. She has also served on the Florida Sporting Clays Association (FSCA) Board of Directors and has been active in Florida for the past several years launching and promoting the FSCA Honeybelles initiative which has introduced over 500 women to the shotgun shooting sports.

Based on her own start in the shooting sports as a young girl, Louise has always been very interested in supporting efforts to promote youth development by encouraging youth to become involved in the shooting sports. She joined the SSSF Board of Directors in September, 2011 and was elected Chairman of the Board in April, 2012, a position she still holds. She remains active in registered shotgun shooting today, most recently focusing primarily on the Sporting Clays discipline.

Louise holds a BA degree from Syracuse University and had a 35-year career with the IBM Corporation. She is a Life Member of the NSSA, NSCA, ATA, and the NRA. Following her retirement from IBM, Louise and her husband, Bill, have lived in Vero Beach, Florida for the past 15 years.

Ed Fitzgerald
Board Vice Chairman (Member – Executive Committee)

Born in Independence, Missouri, and raised in Dunedin, Florida, Ed currently resides in Atlanta, GA.  Ed is married to April (Nessler) Fitzgerald and has three grown daughters and one son as well as five grandchildren.  Ed played Basketball in college and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Quality.

Ed Fitzgerald

Born in Independence, Missouri, and raised in Dunedin, Florida, Ed currently resides in Atlanta, GA.  Ed is married to April (Nessler) Fitzgerald and has three grown daughters and one son as well as five grandchildren.  Ed played Basketball in college and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Quality.

Ed entered into the prism of Shooting Sports through a very unorthodox channel. “I did not grow up in a firearms household.  My Grandfather was a Federal Fish Hatchery Manager and State Champion Shotgunner and my Uncle was a State of Missouri Park Ranger his entire career. Yet, it wasn’t until my first paycheck from United Parcel Service that I was able to purchase my first firearm.”

After a 20 year career ending as a Corporate Manager with UPS, his second career brought him to GLOCK where he oversaw many Marketing and Business Development aspects during the rapid growth of the firearms industry after 2004.

“Having seen great changes take place in all channels of the industry,  I have seen the personal accomplishments and struggles within.  One aspect that immediately stood out to me was that the industry desperately needed to embrace the issue of leaving a legacy of the Sport of Shooting for others to follow.  Developing relationships in the firearms industry is a much simpler task these days.  More and more people, as they age out of something they have loved to do all their lives, suddenly realize there is great enjoyment being around younger people who are learning and growing.  There is a great deal of personal worth developed by lending your time, talent and sometime funds to better strengthen a program that allows these types of programs to flourish.”

In 2021, Ed will enter his tenth year of serving on the Board of Directors of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation.  “I have had the opportunity to work with some very great and wonderful men and women in my career.  People that would provide guidance and dispense leadership advice when I was desperately trying to learn and grow.  At this point in my life, I receive the greatest satisfaction when a young man or women steps to the line not understanding yet what is about to happen or if the outcome of preparation will be successful.  But when that time comes, and it does come, and they successfully hit the target, they begin, just as I began, down the path for future positive outcomes in their lives.”

Denis Karnosky
Budget/Finance Committee Chairman

Denis Karnosky is a native of Livingston, Illinois, one of those typical small towns where hunting and fishing becomes a passion early in life.. He and Mary have two children and eight grandchildren. He began his association with what is now the SSSF as a coach with the highly successful Burlington High School shooting team in Wisconsin.

Denis Karnosky

Denis Karnosky is a native of Livingston, Illinois, one of those typical small towns where hunting and fishing becomes a passion early in life.. He and Mary have two children and eight grandchildren. He began his association with what is now the SSSF as a coach with the highly successful Burlington High School shooting team in Wisconsin.

Now retired, Denis was a Managing Director, Head of Asset Allocation at UBS Asset Management. In addition to investment responsibility for global portfolios, he directed currency strategy across all portfolios, development of investment technology and risk analysis. Originally a Managing Partner and member of the Board of Directors of UBSAM’s predecessor organization, Brinson Partners, Inc. (Chicago), Denis’ group developed the framework for multi-asset, multi-currency performance attribution that has become the industry standard.

Prior to joining Brinson Partners, he was Director of Research and Trading with Conti-Commodity Services and Heinold Commodities. He was the Deputy to the Under Secretary of the U.S. Treasury and the Head of the Office of Monetary Policy Analysis in the Reagan Administration. Previously, he was Vice President of Research with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He has served as an advisor to private and public organizations in Europe and Latin America. Denis holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University.

Chris Hodgdon
Treasurer (Member – Executive Committee)

Chris Hodgdon was born in 1961 in Kansas City Kansas and has resided in Kansas all his life. He is a 1985 graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in Communications. Chris had 13 years in radio broadcasting before beginning his career in the family business. He is an avid big game and bird hunter, reloader, muzzleloader and has shot rifle competitively.

Chris Hodgdon

Chris Hodgdon was born in 1961 in Kansas City Kansas and has resided in Kansas all his life. He is a 1985 graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in Communications. Chris had 13 years in radio broadcasting before beginning his career in the family business. He is an avid big game and bird hunter, reloader, muzzleloader and has shot rifle competitively. After 25 years at Hodgdon Powder, Chris is now a Director/Trustee of the company.

    • Benefactor member of the NRA and serves on the NRA Shooting Sports Committee.
    • Member of the Kansas Rifle Association, Mill Creek Gun Club Desoto KS, Powder Creek Gun Club Lenexa KS and other hunting conservation groups.
    • Proud supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and is a Silver Beaver Award winner (the highest award an adult volunteer can receive).
    • He has two Eagle Scout sons. He serves in many roles at the Heart of America Council BSA and nationally.
    • Past Coach with the Scholastic Clay Target Program and serves as a board member on the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation.
    • Member of the Hodgdon Family Charitable Trust, Hodgdon Family Counsel and Chris Hodgdon Family Foundation.
    • Married to Adele for 34 years

Chris’s passion is to introduce youth to life skills (such as target shooting) that result in building confidence, teamwork and character in hopes that they become outstanding ethical leaders of their communities for tomorrow.

Nathan Boyd
Director

Nathan Boyd, Director of the National Skeet Shooting Association, joined the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation Board in 2019. As an avid clay target shooter since the age of ten he has first-hand experience of the life lessons and skills to be gained through clay target shooting.

Nathan Boyd

Nathan Boyd, Director of the National Skeet Shooting Association, joined the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation Board in 2019. As an avid clay target shooter since the age of ten he has first-hand experience of the life lessons and skills to be gained through clay target shooting.

The Scholastic Clay Target Program is the perfect platform for today’s youth to safely participate in clay target sports while also developing and learning people skills, responsibility, integrity, team-work, and other positive life skills.The goals and vision of the Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation of continuing to be recognized and respected as the leader in youth development shooting sports programs make me proud to be a board member and a part of such a great organization.

Thomas “Bub” Edwards
Director

Bub was one of the original Board members appointed when the SSSF was formed by NSSF in 2007 and he continues to serve on the current Board of Directors today. He has served as Head Coach of the Bethel University Shooting Team since its beginning in 2013.

Thomas “Bub” Edwards

Bub was one of the original Board members appointed when the SSSF was formed by NSSF in 2007 and he continues to serve on the current Board of Directors today. He has served as Head Coach of the Bethel University Shooting Team since its beginning in 2013.

While serving as the Chairman of the Tennessee Wildlife Agency Commission, he was instrumental in starting the SCTP statewide. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys all aspects of shooting, especially duck hunting.

He has been married for 36 years, and he and his wife Dian have 2 adult children. They reside on their family farm in Tennessee where they grow row crops, such soybeans, corn, canola and wheat. They also raise cattle and hogs.

Tom Yost
Director

Tom Yost has been involved in the shooting industry for over 40 years as a competitor, consultant and instructor. He has won numerous world, national and regional championships in IDPA, IPSC, USPSA, 3-gun and Steel Challenge. Tom was Captain of shooting teams for Woolrich, EOTAC and Panteao.

Tom Yost

Tom Yost has been involved in the shooting industry for over 40 years as a competitor, consultant and instructor.

He has won numerous world, national and regional championships in IDPA, IPSC, USPSA, 3-gun and Steel Challenge. Tom was Captain of shooting teams for Woolrich, EOTAC and Panteao. He was sponsored by Smith and Wesson for over 20 years and created the S+W Winter/Indoor Nationals and Back Up Gun (BUG) Nationals.

His latest venture was Team SIG Manager, guiding Lena Miculek and Max Michel to numerous world records. At SIG he created the SIG Relentless Warrior Championships for the US military academies.

Tom has been involved with SSC-SPP-SASP from the first event and was featured in the SASP video from Panteao Productions. These are some of the events Tom has helped create: Aiming For Zero, Adaptive Defensive Shooting Summit, Maine Shooting Sports experience, and record setting BSA fundraisers in Nevada, California, Maine, and West Virginia.

Tom led the effort to bring Pistol Shooting to Boy Scouts for the first time in its 100 year history. He has been part of the Honored American Veterans Afield-Learn To Shoot Again team from its creation.

Mark Wade
Director

Mark Wade is President and Director of Wealth Management at Echelon Wealth Strategies. He focuses on providing wealth management and asset protection solutions to entrepreneurs and their families nationwide. Mark graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in economics.

Mark Wade

Mark Wade is President and Director of Wealth Management at Echelon Wealth Strategies. He focuses on providing wealth management and asset protection solutions to entrepreneurs and their families nationwide. Mark graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in economics.

In addition, he completed the IMCA Investment Management Analyst Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and earned his certificate in Personal Financial Planning from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. He has gone on to earn numerous professional designations, including Master Registered Financial Consultant (MRFC), Certified Asset Protection Planner (CAPP), Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA), Accredited Investment Management Consultant (AIMC), Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), Certified Income Planner (CIP) and Advanced IRA Rollover & Distribution Expert. Outside the office, Mark is an avid sportsman. In 1992, he set two world records to win the main event at the Grand American World Trapshooting Championships.

SMMC Gene Overstreet (Ret.)
Director

SMMC Overstreet spent 29 years in the United States Marine Corps, his last four years from 1991-1995 as the 12th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. Since retirement, SMMC Overstreet has served on several military and civilian boards.

Sergeant Major Gene Overstreet

Sergeant Major Overstreet was born in December 1944 in Houston, Texas. He entered the Marine Corps in June 1966, reporting to Staging Battalion at Camp Pendleton, for further assignment to the 1st Military Police Battalion, 3d Marine Division, Republic of Vietnam.

Returning to the states, he was reassigned to the Infantry Training Regiment at Camp Pendleton. Sergeant Major Overstreet subsequently completed successful tours on the Inspector-Instructor staff, returning to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, as a junior drill instructor, senior drill instructor, Series Gunnery Sergeant and Chief Instructor.

After completing First Sergeant School, he was assigned to Special Projects at Drill Instructor School, where he undertook the enormous task of completely transferring the Close Order Drill Manual onto videotape for more optimal use during instructional periods. His promotion to first sergeant in February 1979 led to his second assignment on Okinawa as the First Sergeant, Headquarters and Service Co. 9th Engineer Battalion.

Promoted to his present rank in October 1983, Sergeant Major Overstreet became the Inspector Sergeant Major, MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms. Returning to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, he served as a Battalion and Regimental Sergeant Major of the Recruit Training Regiment. On April 6th, 1990, Sergeant Major Overstreet was posted as Depot Sergeant Major at Marine Corps Recruit Depot and Western Recruiting Region San Diego. He was selected as the 12th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps in April 1991, and assumed the post on 28 June 1991.

Sergeant Major Overstreet’s personal decorations include: The Distinguish Service Medal; Superior Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal; and the Combat Action Ribbon.

In 1995 Gene went to work for the Non-Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) as a vice president for recruiting and marketing. Shortly afterward he assumed the position of President. He testified annually before the U.S. Congress and Texas Congress on all veterans’ issues. In February 2007, Overstreet co-founded Veterans Direct in Plano, TX. Gene also currently serves as a board member on numerous boards.

A qualified Expert in Rifle and Pistol, Sergeant Major Overstreet enjoys supporting youth shooting sports athletes in the SSSF’s  SASP and SCTP programs.

He is married to Jeanne Miller previously of Plainview, Texas and they have one son Jarrod.

Paul Pluff
Director
Phil Murray
Director

Phil lives in Houston, TX where he retired in 2020 as National Sales Manager for White Flyer Targets, a position he held for over 20 years. Phil joined the SSSF BOD in September 2018.

Phil Murray

Phil lives in Houston, TX where he retired in 2020 as National Sales Manager for White Flyer Targets, a position he held for over 20 years. Phil joined the SSSF BOD in September 2018.

Prior to his time at White Flyer, Phil held various positions in the shooting industry:

  • Employed by KOLAR ARMS in Racine, WI
  • Manager of BERETTA Gun Club (Prince George’s County Trap & Skeet) near Baltimore, MD
  • Shooting Promotions Manager of BERETTA USA in MD
  • Deputy Executive Director of NSSA in San Antonio, TX.
  • Editor-Publisher of NSSA Skeet Shooting Review magazine.

Phil has also been active in numerous volunteer positions in the shooting world: Member of NRA Shotgun Committee Member of ATA Industry Committee Original BOD Member of SCTP BOD Member of Kids’N’ Clays , Ronald McDonald House Served as NSSA National Director representing CA, TX, WI and MD Served as NSCA Executive Council Chairman 4 times.

In 1983, Phil shot a 650 x650 straight at the World Skeet Championhsips held in San Antonio to win both the High Overall and High All-Around World Championship titles. He was inducted into the NSSA Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the NSSA Ray Boller Service Award as a Hall of Fame member in 2019.

Staff
Ben Berka
President + Executive Director

Ben Berka serves as President and Executive director for the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, where he oversees day-to-day business operations of the foundation and its programs. He has been involved in professional shooting instruction and shooting coach education since 2003. Providing clay target shooting lessons to youth and families is what drove Berka to volunteer his time to start a Scholastic Clay Target Program team near Des Moines, Iowa.

Ben Berka

Ben Berka serves as President and Executive director for the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, where he oversees day-to-day business operations of the foundation and its programs.

Berka has been involved in professional shooting instruction and shooting coach education since 2003. Providing clay target shooting lessons to youth and families is what drove Berka to volunteer his time to start a Scholastic Clay Target Program team near Des Moines, Iowa. From there Berka volunteered as a state advisor to share his experience with other local leaders and create additional SCTP teams around the state.

Berka brings extensive working knowledge of shooting sports program administration and management to the SSSF. Prior to joining the SSSF in 2014, Berka spent eight years with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as their Shooting Sports Program Coordinator. At the Iowa DNR, Berka managed and grew multiple youth shooting sports programs including the National Archery in the Schools Program, the Scholastic Clay Target Program, and the Scholastic Pistol (Action Shooting) Program.

As President and Executive Director, Berka works with the Board of Directors, National Program Directors, staff, contractors, and partners to develop and implement strategies to grow programs, raise funds and ensure SSSF remains the leader in youth development through the shooting sports.

Berka is a graduate of Iowa State University and resides in Central Iowa with his wife Emily, sons Jameson and Cole and two Český Fousek gun dogs.

Contact Ben: bberka@sssfonline.com

Terri “Taz” Stanfill
Finance + Administrative Specialist

Taz is a native San Antonian. She has 25 years as a Full Charge Bookkeeper with a background in the construction and non-profit industries. Taz is an avid crafter and has been with the SSSF since 2015.

tstanfill@sssfonline.com

Tom “TD” Davis
Marketing + Communications Manager

Tom has previous marketing experience in the firearms industry at SilencerCo and also has a unique perspective as an alumnus of the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP). Tom directly credits SASP for giving him the opportunity to visit new places and meet people he never would have otherwise. Life-long friendships have been formed through these experiences and Tom feels a duty to provide the same opportunities to future generations of American youth.

Tom Davis

Tom has previous marketing experience in the firearms industry at SilencerCo and also has a unique perspective as an alumnus of the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP). Tom directly credits SASP for giving him the opportunity to visit new places and meet people he never would have otherwise. Life-long friendships have been formed through these experiences and Tom feels a duty to provide the same opportunities to future generations of American youth.

Tom’s interest in firearms is credited to his time spent growing up in the foothills of Washington state, Daisy bb gun in hand. He practiced the fundamentals of marksmanship against menacing soda cans, but it wasn’t until 2012 that he discovered competitive shooting through a youtube video. With the help of founding coaches and teammates, Tom established the University Of Florida Action Shooting Team in 2012. The collegiate team continues to participate in SASP, USPSA, and Steel Challenge in the present day.

Contact Tom: tdavis@sssfonline.com

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