The WOMA Board
Marsha Petrie Sue – Chair
Marsha and her husband Al enjoy living in Scottsdale, AZ and escape the torture of summer by heading to their cabin in the White Mountains near Alpine, AZ. They enjoy volunteering for The Arizona Antelope Foundation, Mule Deer Foundation and the Arizona Sheep Foundation on conservation projects. These work events include fence work, building water catchments and gabions for the many animal species in Arizona. The work projects also improve public access.
Marsha is a life member of the National Rifle Association, Certified Pistol instructor, Babes with Bullets Alum and a National Shooting Sports Foundation member and a member of the American Sport Fishing Association.
In addition, she takes an active role in the WOMA’s annual event, She Never Quit, raising much needed funds for widows and families of fallen Navy SEALs.
Web site: www.MarshaPetrieSue.com
Marsha is a professional speaker, best-selling author and executive coach specializing in Leadership Development, Communication, Conflict Resolution and Presentation Skills. In addition, she is a best-selling author of Reactor Factor: How to work with difficult situations at work without going nuclear; Toxic People: How to decontaminate difficult people without using weapons or duct tape; and The CEO of YOU: Leading yourself to success.
Marsha is an angler, shooter, birder and all-around outdoorswoman. Email: mailto:Marsha@TheWOMA.org
Lenee Landis – President
Lenee Landis is living a dream. After raising 6 kids, working as a private investigator, then project manager for security logistics on special events with red carpet which you may have seen on TV, she has the opportunity to write and shoot.
Love of words came first: Lenee’s daddy said she had to have all her Golden books in the crib, no dolls, no teddy. “I loves word, they are delicious!” says Lenee. She was against guns, a story that lives elsewhere in many more words. With the patience of her husband Jack, Lenee learned guns don’t go off spontaneously. And, to boot, her kids all shoot.
Lenee’s first on-camera interview was with Deb Ferns for GunTech, and Lenee is “the girl” on the segments in which they review new firearms. She talked the AGI boss, Gene “Machinegun” Kelly, into giving her a chance to write for and edit Hot Brass, the new bi-monthly publication of Gun Club of America.
Lanny Barnes – Vice President
Three-time Olympian in the sport of Biathlon ( www.twinbiathletes.com), Lanny & her twin sister Tracy competed in several Olympics together before both girls made history and inspired the world when Tracy selﬂessly gave Lanny her spot on the Sochi, Russia 2014 Olympic team after Lanny fell ill during the ﬁnal trials and wasn’t able to complete all the races.
Lanny grew up shooting small bore competitions as well as hunting and ﬁshing in Colorado. Biathlon has made her a better hunter and hunting has made her a better biathlete and shooter as she is able to accurately shoot a riﬂe with a heart rate of 180 beats per minute and effortlessly pursue elk above 10,000ft. She is now competing in 3-gun competitions where she just made the Pro Series.
Lanny and sister Tracy started a ﬁrearms training institute called T.O.P. Shooting Institute, www.topshootinginstitute.com, otherwise known as “The Olympian Project”. After developing the skills necessary to shoot while under extreme physical and mental stress for the past 15 years, they wanted to share these unique skills and what they have learned with others. They offer courses to military, law enforcement and competitive shooters on how to shoot with an elevated heart rate and under stress.
Lanny is a self-taught artist. She has been a professional commissioned artist since 2000 and is expanding her skills in all forms of media. Check out her artwork at www.theolympianartist.com.
Lanny also spends a majority of her free time traveling around to schools, 4-H clubs, Boys & Girls Clubs, Boys & Girls Scouts, etc. talking to them about following their dreams, setting goals, and leading a healthy active lifestyle.
Shirley Watral- Secretary
Cindy Noyes – Treasurer
Formerly a software company executive, Cindy Noyes currently works for GLOCK, located outside Atlanta, Ga., as a rangemaster and firearms instructor. Since 1988, Cindy has participated in United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) competitions. She has won numerous Georgia and area championship ladies’ titles. At the national level, she has placed among the top eight ladies in several handgun divisions. She is also an avid competitor in three-gun competitions, enjoying the combination of pistol, rifle and shotgun.
Cindy and her husband, Bill, founded the South Atlanta Practical Shooting Club in 1989. For several years, she served as match director for the USPSA in Area 6 competitions. She served on the executive board of the South River Gun Club and was president of its local USPSA club until July 2015.
Cindy has been a participant in several Babes with Bullets Ladies Action Shooting Camps and recently became an instructor under the guidance of camp founder Kay Clark-Miculek. Another of her passions is sporting clays, and in 2001 she was honored as Sportswoman of the Year by the Georgia Sporting Clays Association’s Hall of Fame. Cindy is a life member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the NSSF.
Cindy lives in Fayetteville, Ga., with her husband, a maltese named Peanut, and a silky terrier named Muffin. She has two married children and four grandsons, Charlie, Israel, Meyer, and Joseph.
Sheila McKinney – Director
Heather Pleskach – Director
Heather was born and raised in a small town in Northern New York. She grew up in an old farm home on 150 acres that is accessible via a seasonal dirt road. Her passion for the outdoors can be attributed to her father, although her mother is a stellar outdoorswoman herself. He enjoyed teaching each of his six daughters to work hard and appreciate the outdoors. She and her sisters grew up hunting, fishing, camping and four wheeling. For her, hunting and fishing was – and still is – about the joy of the trip, the time spent with family, the nature surrounding her and the respect for the animal. She grew up and continues to pursue trout, small game, turkeys, deer and bear.
Heather began her career in marketing at Otis Technology, a manufacturer of firearms maintenance products & accessories. She has been with the company for nine years and is currently the Associate Director of Marketing. Being in the outdoor industry allows her love for hunting and shooting sports to transcend into her career. She has a Bachelor Degree in Business/Marketing from SUNY Brockport and an MBA from SUNY Oswego.
Heather is a lifetime member of the NRA and certified pistol instructor.
She currently resides near her hometown with her husband, Eric, who also enjoys hunting and the outdoors.
Deb Ferns – Founder and Member at Large
Deb Ferns has worked for more than two decades as a corporate meeting planner. She lives with her husband, Gary, and their two daughters in Tucson, Ariz. Her education includes an MBA, and she has won regional and national “entrepreneurial” business awards.
Her interest in firearms started on her 45th birthday, and a few years later, in 2004, she attended the first “ladies-only” shooting program offered by national handgun champion Kay Clark-Miculek. In 2005, Ferns joined efforts with Miculek, and they currently host ladies’ action shooting camps across the country called Babes with Bullets ™. Deb is the author of the book, Babes with Bullets Women Having Fun with Guns, and delivers motivational speeches across the U.S. based on the theme of “life outside your comfort zone.”
Deb is a charter member of the Tucson Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and is a life member of Girl Scouts of America and the National Rifle Association. She is a member of POMA – the Professional Outdoor Media Association and the NSSF – National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Deb enjoys a wide variety of shooting sports, though her favorite is three-gun tactical competitions utilizing a rifle, pistol and shotgun. She shares her passion for Hatha yoga by teaching it at the ladies’ handgun camps. Deb also enjoys horseback riding and water sports.