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

Ed Fitzgerald
Board Chairman (Chair – 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.”

Chris Hodgdon
Vice Chairman (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.

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.

Michelle A. Toll
Treasurer (Member – Executive Committee)
Michelle first learned of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation and the SCTP when her husband, Michael, served as a coach for the talented Burlington Wisconsin High School shooting team.

Michelle A. Toll

Michelle is a native of the New Hampshire seacoast and settled in the Midwest where she now lives in Burlington, Wisconsin with her husband, Michael Toll. They enjoy their 100-acre farm which has a full regulation skeet field and a shooting range with multiple backstops where many family and friend competitions have taken place.


Michelle first learned of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation and the SCTP when her husband, Michael, served as a coach for the talented Burlington Wisconsin High School shooting team. Many times, the Tolls hosted team members of the Burlington shooting team to learn skeet shooting at their farm. This instruction was an instrumental step for the young athletes in gaining interest in skeet shooting in addition to the trap shooting conducted through the program. Additionally, Michelle is no stranger to shooting a variety of different firearms including full auto weapons, as she is the corporate secretary for her husband’s second generation gun business, which is an FFL with a Class 3 SOT. Michelle is always on call for those pop-up ATF gun traces when her husband travels on business.


When Michelle is not taking care of her horses or the farm, she is a full-time banker. After serving the traditional community banking space for 23-years,
she is currently the Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Digital First, LLC, where she is part of a team of community bankers developing a challenger digital bank. She previously served as the President/CEO and
Director of The State Bank Group, a community bank headquartered in McHenry County, Illinois. She led the institution through two M & A transactions over a five-year period, which more than doubled the asset size of the institution and the bank evolved to become part of a $1.1B holding company.


Michelle’s spectrum of professional expertise ranges from finance, information technology management, digital banking innovation, risk management, marketing, and human resources. Michelle knows the importance of giving back through volunteerism in the banking industry, professional organizations, and serves on community non-profit boards. Michelle is a recognized leader in the banking industry regarding digital
banking transformation. She has served on the Illinois Bankers Association (IBA) board of directors and was honored as Volunteer of the Year and Volunteer of the Year Runner-Up by the IBA. She is often called upon by
banking periodicals regarding banking technology and human resources topics. She has also served as a speaker on financial technology issues at state and national banking conferences.


Michelle earned a BBA from Columbia College, and a MA in Human Resources Development and an MBA both from Webster University. She completed the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin Madison and is also a graduate of the Leadership Greater McHenry County program. Michelle currently holds two professional certifications from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP) and The Human Resources Certification Institute (PHR).
Louise K. Terry
served as BOD Chairman from April, 2012 to June, 2022

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. She remains active in registered shotgun shooting today, most recently focusing primarily on the Sporting Clays discipline.

Louise K. 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. 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

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.

Paul Pluff
Director
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.

Eliot Jardines
Director

Heavily involved in the community, Dr. Jardines serves as a state advisor for the Scholastic Action Shooting Program; is head coach of a USA Shooting club which trains athletes in the 25-meter sport and rapid-fire pistol Olympic events; and coordinator of the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy program.

Eliot Jardines

Eliot A. Jardines is the founder and President of Gnosis Solutions, Incorporated, a veteran and minority owned small business focused on training and consultancy. Prior to Gnosis, he was a Senior Consulting Director at Oracle, and Chief Knowledge Officer of CENTRA Technology, Incorporated.

In late 2005, Dr. Jardines was appointed as the inaugural Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Open Source. As the U.S. Government’s senior open source intelligence official, he was responsible for developing a strategic direction, establishing policy, and oversight of fiscal resources for social media monitoring efforts across all 17 intelligence agencies. In addition, he served as the Intelligence Community’s senior document and media exploitation (DOMEX) officer, as well as provided oversight to the Open Source Center, the National Media Exploitation Center and the National Virtual Translation Center.

From 1996 to 2005, he was founder and President of Open Source Publishing, Inc. The firm provided open source intelligence support to the military, law enforcement and intelligence communities. The company was the 2002 runner-up for the George C. Marshall Award, and subsequently acquired in 2005.

He has testified before the US Congress on intelligence and homeland security issues. He has been published or featured in a number of professional journals, newspaper articles and has done numerous media appearances to include C-SPAN and the CBS Evening News.

Dr. Jardines graduated from the University of New Mexico with a dual degree in political science and Latin American studies. He received a Master of Arts in international studies from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University, where he was recognized with the NCOA award for excellence in leadership and academics. He holds a doctorate in human and organizational learning from the George Washington University.

Heavily involved in the community, Dr. Jardines serves as a state advisor for the Scholastic Action Shooting Program; is head coach of a USA Shooting club which trains athletes in the 25-meter sport and rapid-fire pistol Olympic events; and coordinator of the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy program.

Jack Parker
Director

Jack Parker’s involvement with the SSSF began in 2012 with his son’s participation as an SCTP athlete in middle school, where Mr. Parker supported the team in a volunteer role. When the SSSF began SPP (SASP) in 2012, he began leading regular practices with the pistol shooters and hosted our first Indiana State Match in June of 2014. We just completed (June 2022) our ninth state match with Mr. Parker as the Indiana State Advisor.

Jack Parker

“My involvement with the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation began in 2012 when my son began as an SCTP athlete in middle school. He was a successful shooter and I supported the team in a volunteer role for his remaining years of eligibility. I ramped up my involvement when SSSF began SPP that same year (2012) as my son and others from the clay target team went to the pistol berms to be introduced to pistol shooting. After that introduction to pistol shooting, I began leading regular practices with the pistol shooters and we hosted our first Indiana State Match in June of 2014. We just completed (June 2022) our ninth state match with me as the Indiana State Advisor.

During the years of shooting SPP and SASP, our team has been very successful. I have since moved and my previous team for which I was the founding head coach earned 3 gold medals at nationals just a few weeks ago. Additionally, as the Indiana SASP State Advisor, I have supported new teams and have participated in annual State Advisor Retreats as well as served on the SASP handbook revision committee for multiple years.

As a school superintendent, I have gained the support of our school board and will be starting the first Indiana school-based SASP team this fall. My experiences as a 34-year teacher (serving 26 of those years as school administrator) has given me insights into organizational structures that meet levels of excellence. While in the classroom for the first 8 years of my professional career, I served as a band director winning two state marching band and one national marching band title. High-quality programming and experiences for students is my passion. As a school principal, our school received multiple awards for excellence, and I am currently leading an “A” rated school district as a superintendent. I have also had many opportunities to lead both strategic planning and development of vision/mission/belief statements for schools, state organizations, and volunteer organizations. I have presented at many state and national conferences on leadership and communication. Not only have I been an adjunct professor teaching master level principal preparation courses on professional development, I have also presented for 21 years in a row for my alma-mater at Butler University on the topic of collaborative decision making.

As a school teacher, administrator, and shooting coach, I have been a part of a great deal of fundraising. I secured multiple grants to support our SASP team as well as other teams in the state. I also have experience in multiple community committees seeking and securing funding for projects related to growth and learning. Additionally, as Superintendent of our school district, I worked to win a new operating referendum for our school district at the polls this past May that will bring over $48,000,000 to our school district in the next 8 years.”

Michael Higgins
Director

In 2011 founded (with wife Melinda Branchini) the Higgins Branchini Shooting Foundation, which has  awarded $250K in grants to 225 (approx.) student athletes since our founding. Mike Higgins specializes in large scale organization transformation and change management, continuous performance improvement, operational excellence, rewards and recognition.

Michael Higgins

Mike Higgins specializes in large scale organization transformation and change management, continuous performance improvement, operational excellence, rewards and recognition.

Mike has 35 years experience working at the senior levels of U. S. and international corporations, the last 20 years as a consultant. Prior to joining OrgPC, Mike was an Associate Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Aviation, Aerospace and Defense Practice. Previously he held senior management positions at Bank One and McDonnell Douglas Corporation.

Mikes projects have included large scale culture/performance turnarounds in support of merger/acquisition and re-structuring, process re-design and technology implementation (ERP and Maintenance & Engineering systems), development of strategic human capital plans and competency-based development models to support achievement of strategic goals and alignment of compensation and reward plans to achieve strategic outcomes.

Industries consulted to include:

Aerospace & Aviation: Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter, SAIC, Rockwell Collins, Sukhoi Commercial Aviation, Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies, Southwest Airlines

Healthcare: Johnson & Johnson, Synarc, SCAN Health Systems, Research Dynamics, Christian Hospitals – St Louis

Food Processing: Nabisco, Quaker Oats, Con Agra, Michael Foods

General Manufacturing: General Motors, Navistar, Weber Grill Company, Spartan, GoJo Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding

Ernest Myers
Director

Ernest J. Myers, Esq. served as Vice President of the Central Florida Rifle & Pistol Club in Orlando, Florida for 10 years, and now serves as the Secretary of that corporation.  He is an NRA Certified Level 1 Pistol Coach, and an assistant coach on the National Champion CFRPC Scholastic Action Shooting Program team.

Ernest Myers

Ernest J. Myers, Esq. – is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Florida.  He has been in practice since 1992, concentrating in first-party and third-party insurance coverage litigation, insurer bad faith litigation, general liability defense, commercial litigation and appellate practice.  He also represents several gun stores, shooting ranges, gun clubs and firearms instructors in Florida.  He received his B.B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Temple University and his J.D. degree from the University of Florida.  Mr. Myers is admitted to practice in all Florida State Courts, all Florida Federal Courts, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.  He has represented clients at all appellate levels in state and federal courts, including a 2015 appearance in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Myers is a founder and the Managing Partner of the Law Firm of Marcus & Myers in Orlando, Florida.  He is also an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and Range Safety Officer, and he provides classroom and practical instruction for concealed firearms licensees.  He served as Vice President of the Central Florida Rifle & Pistol Club in Orlando, Florida for 10 years, and now serves as the Secretary of that corporation.  He is an NRA Certified Level 1 Pistol Coach, and an assistant coach on the National Champion CFRPC Scholastic Action Shooting Program team. And, he is a past President of the Florida Sport Shooting Association, the NRA state association in Florida.

Staff
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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