Susan Shea-Gerson is equal parts writer, reader, shooter and budding archery enthusiast. She is presently working on her first book related to the firearms industry and has recently become involved with the NRA Women’s Leadership Forum after attending the Women’s Wilderness Escape at the beautiful Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico. While attending the WWE Susan earned her bow hunter certification, and in addition to her keen interest in archery, she also discovered a love for shooting five-stand sporting clays. As a result, she now plans to complete both the NRA shotgun and rifle certification programs so that she may work as an instructor with her sons’ Boy Scout troops and perhaps one day as a Women’s Wilderness Escape instructor at the Whittington Center.
In the very near future, Susan plans to establish a blog chronicling her new adventures in archery and eventually her path to completing both her shotgun and rifle NRA Instructor Certification programs. She currently lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and two young sons.
Deb Holmes (previously Schaffer) is a 3 time Babes Camp Alumni and has a background in big game hunting, archery, upland hunting, and is a beginning 3 gunner and IPSC shooter. Deb offers a Women’s Night at her home range for ladies to come out and be introduced to firearm safety and shooting. She is one of the founders of the Lorna Farrow Memorial Fund and annual Fun Shoot. The Lorna Farrow Fun Shoot was established to honor the Namesake in continuing shooting sports. Lorna was active in teaching and encouraging women to become involved in shooting and hunting as well as encouraging youth in shooting sports and 4H shooting sports. Monies collected through the annual Fun Shoot are used to assist women and youth in participation in various shooting venues. The Memorial Fund has given financial support to twenty local 4H youth to attend State and National competitions and has sponsored five ladies to attend Babes with Bullets camps since its inception four years ago. Deb and her husband Rich raise and hunt pheasants and chukar with Jack Russell Terriers. Their kennel, Caveman’s Jack Russell Terriers is a growing part of their Jacks and Triggers Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Jennie Alice Lillard is a student of The North American School of Outdoor Writing. She was born and raised on the Mendocino coast of northern California, and graduated from Dominican University of California with a degree in writing. Jennie was introduced to fishing by her parents, who both fished commercially. At 8 years old she started tagging along on pheasant hunts, bird dogging for her dad and the other hunters; she has been wingshooting ever since. Jennie is passionate about introducing women to the outdoor sports and activities she loves, and is interested in writing articles that highlight the fishing and hunting opportunities in the Pacific Northwest.
John is a simple guy: 4 year Marine, Texas Concealed Handgun and Firearms Instructor, Match Director for Capitol Area Practical Shooters, Head End Technician for Time Warner Cable, and for the last 18 months, the photographer for his lovely wife Julianna Crowder, the founder of A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League. He travels with her and takes photography of events and interviews for her blog, The Glock Girl.
He is a shooter as well, mainly IDPA and 3 Gun. He loves the sport for what he gains personally from it, as well as the opportunities he is able to share with their clients and friends.
Athena’s love of guns and shooting grew out of initial indifference. She grew up in the big city, and she regrets that guns/shooting activities were not a part of her life growing up. But little did she know that her first trip to the range as an adult would get her hooked. She learned to shoot for self defense purposes, but her competitive nature led her to practical shooting sports, and that’s when “a necessary skill” turned into a passion!
That passion led to a search for fun and feminine range gear, which was a frustrating endeavor. She decided to make it easier for other female shooters to find what they needed, and the idea for GunGoddess.com was born! It might be couched in pink and leopard print, but the goal is to make guns and shooting more accessible and acceptable to women, to make it more fun to be out there on the range, and to encourage more women to take up competitive shooting sports.
Athena is not an instructor or professional shooter, but she hopes that as just another woman who loves to shoot, and through contact with women on the GunGoddess Facebook page and other social media, just by being out there and doing it, enjoying it, and promoting it, that this can encourage other women to have the confidence to take those first steps too!
Athena can be contacted at: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Davis is an illustrator for wildlife publications. She started illustrating around 1990 and has been freelancing ever since. Sharon also loves to hunt and started shooting in Idaho with a Marlin .22 semiautomatic rifle and soon graduated to a Weatherby Mark V .300 Magnum. She practices long range target shooting and every buck she has killed with it has been a 1-shot kill. She moved to Montana in 2004 and lives on the southern boundary of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area.
Meet WOMA member, Kelsey Williams!
Kelsey is a recent graduate of the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with degrees in Marketing and Finance and a minor in Sport and Entertainment Management.
Ms. Williams is the Vice President and Director of Business Development for CMG Marketing and Events. Kelsey will be responsible for assisting with SHOT Show Media Day at the Range and the continuing development of new business both within the outdoor and shooting industry as well as within other markets.
Kelsey is an avid trap shooter and enjoys upland hunting. While at the University of South Carolina, Kelsey was the Fundraising Chairwoman for Zeta Tau Alpha events which included managing of the annual Crown Classic Golf Tournament and Think Pink Week in which she was responsible for raising a record amount of contributions totaling $150,000 over two years. In addition, Ms. Williams had the opportunity to work with Under Armour and the USC Athletic Department to secure an agreement for the USC football team to wear pink for the first time in school’s history in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
For more information, feel free to contact her at Kelsey@cmgmarketingandevents.com.
Our very own WOMA board member Larry Weeks of Brownell’s with the Noveske 3-Gun shooting team during filming at the Brownell’s Big Springs Range. (L to R) Jansen Jones, Larry Weeks, Rob Romero, Katie Harris. Photo courtesy of Brownell’s.
When I married my husband I knew nothing about the outdoors beyond the golf course! Now I share his love of waterfowling and upland bird hunting. We own a small pheasant hunting lodge in South Dakota and hunt waterfowl in Illinois, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Saskatchwen. Another facet of our life is collecting artifacts related to waterfowling and fishing. I have three books published on hunting and fishing collectibles, Top of the Line Hunting Collectibles, Top of the Line Fishing Collectible and Fish & Fowl decoys of the Great Lakes. I am a contributing editor with Decoy Magazine. Lewes Delaware and also contribute to Adverture Outdoors Sports, The American Waterfowler and have been published in Midwest Outdoors. I started my writing career illustrating a fishing column in Midwest Outdoors for the late Bart Crabb in the 1970′s. Over the years I have hosted collecting segments on the Midwest Outdoors Television program. I also created and managed an online collectors magazine, www. edecoy.org.
I feel very strongly about preserving not only our right to hunt but also to document our rich hertitage of hunting and fishing. Unfortunately in most cases the men who created the tools of our sports have been common men. In many cases their families are gone and their histories have been forgotten. Most of my writings deleve into their stories which include the history of the major sporting areas. I like to think of myself as a sporting historian.