The Board of Directors is comprised of 12 at-larger members from across Missouri. Each of these board members bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in all youth shooting sports. Meetings occur six times during the year. We are pleased to add three new members in 2020 including Ed Twehous, James Wall and Jim Sappington. The Executive Director supports the Board of Directors.
David, a life long Missourian, is Owner and President of Hart Systems LLC and Advanced Machining & Automation Inc. He has a degree in Industrial Technology. Since 1994 he has been designing and building custom machines and assembly lines for clients around the world. He still enjoys farming and raising cattle. David works to ensure that the youth of Missouri have the opportunity to enjoy the shooting sports that fortified the values he grew up with, one of his deepest passions.
Jake is the founder and President/CEO of the Student Air Rifle Program (SAR), a nonprofit dedicated to facilitating an introduction to the sport of target shooting to school aged youth in grades 4-12. Jake holds a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Conservation Biology and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, both from Southeast Missouri State University.
Jennifer graduated from St. Louis University and is currently a Staff Scientist at Washington University School of Medicine. Jennifer spends her free time with her husband and twin sons. An NRA certified shotgun instructor and range safety officer, Jennifer is the head coach of Team Henges, assistant director for Arnold YHEC, an assistant coach for Delta Waterfowl Arch Chapter Clay Busters and a Missouri State Advisor for the Scholastic Clay Target Program.
Tonya is the owner/agent of Bradley Insurance Agency in Memphis Mo for the past 21 years. Tonya is mother of 3 children. Tonya helps and supports the Memphis FFA trap teams. Is active supporter of other adjourning county shooting sports teams, and encourages youth to be involved in shooting sports. She is a member of the Turkey Federation and the NRA.
Dr. Vaught, has been associated with the shooting sports since he first began shooting skeet in the early 1980’s. Today he conducts the annual Mid-America Trap Academy and holds an endowment with the Midway USA Foundation. His efforts to promote the shooting sports have lead him to hold an NRA Level II certification.
St. Louis, MO
Lou is a life resident of Missouri. He is a graduate of Kemper Military Academy & University of Missouri. He retired after thirty-seven year career of directing Packaging Engineering/Consulting services to a majority of the Fortune 500 companies. Lou is an accomplished hunter having successfully hunted game in 14 western states and 11 countries around the world. He is past chairmen of the Wild Sheep Foundation WSF, Big Game Hunters of St. Louis, and Packaging Advisory Board to University of Missouri – Rolla. He is a current benefactor member of the NRA, Life member and member of the Board of Trustees of WSF, Safari Club International/St. Louis Gateway Chapter, Mule Deer Foundation, Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, and Wild Turkey Federation.
Tom is a native Missourian teaching and coaching in Missouri schools for 37 years. He holds degrees from Northeast Missouri State University. He is a member of the Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame. He is a past president of the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association, past president and life member of the Missouri Trapshooters Association and Life member of the Amateur Trapshooters Association and the Iowa Trapshooters Association.
Tony is a native Missourian. He is the Youth Chairman for the Missouri Trapshooters Association, a Life Member of the NRA and MTA. He is the Missouri SCTP Youth Director as well as the Missouri A.I.M. Youth Director. Tony is an avid hunter having hunted in Canada and South Africa as well as Missouri. He enjoys fishing, long range shooting, searching for fossils, arrowheads, gemstones, or gold. Tony likes nothing better than spending time outdoors with family.
Rod is a native Missourian. He attended Southwest Baptist College majoring in biology. He is a retired commercial diver for the offshore oil industry and a retired chief engineer for Missouri River dredging operations Kansas City Reach. Rod is a NRA National Coach Trainer, Training Counselor and benefactor member. He is a state shotgun coach and 4-H county shooting sports director and NRA Whittington Center Adventure Camp shotgun coach.
Jefferson City, MO
Jim is a native Missourian, avid hunter fisherman and 4-H volunteer. He serves 4-H shooting sports in several capacities as a volunteer on the local county, as an instructor in several shooting disciplines, as a state instructor in several disciplines and national instructor in Archery and Western Heritage. He also serves as a staff member and program coordinator for the Missouri 4-H Center for Youth Development and as the state coordinator for Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports.
Dr. John Picone is the director of special education and scholastic shooting sports advisor for the Louisiana R-2 school district in east central MO. Dr. Picone is a NRA life member, level 2 trap coach, certified Range Safety Officer, certified Shotgun Instructor and MO Hunter Education Instructor.