Each of our Scholastic 3-D Archery Board Members bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and established credibility that will enable us to move this program across the nation at a very fast pace.
Quentin R. Young joined the Board in 2019 as a way to contribute back to the sport that made such an impact in his life. He is a graduate from the University of the Cumberland’s with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He continued his education and received his MBA (Master of Business Administration), a Master of Information Systems Security, and Ph.D. in Information Technology. Quentin currently serves as the Vice President for Finance/CFO at the University of the Cumberland’s. Prior to his employment with the University, he held positions in the finance, banking and private business sectors. Quentin has held a CPA license in the Commonwealth of Kentucky since 2014. Quentin was very excited when he received the invitation to be a member on the S3DA Board of Directors.
Jack Fares attended Evansville College, then spent the next six years in the United States Air Force. During the next thirty years he flew for Northwest airlines as a pilot. In 2005, Jack bought a Harley-Davidson dealership and in 2008 built a new 55,000 square feet dealership, which became one of the top twenty-five dealerships in the country. Jack was selected to serve on the dealer advisory committee for Harley-Davidson Financial services with seven other dealers. In 2015, Jack built a state-of-the-art indoor gun range next to the dealership where he met archery coach Tom Patterson, who told him about the NASP program. After that meeting, Jack started working on getting the program into his granddaughter’s school. It took two years, but with the help from Tom, he was successful. Later, Jack found out about S3DA and became very involved with the program. Jack became an S3DA coach and has helped during set-up for both KY State and National S3DA events. He purchased his first hunting license at the age of seventy-one and shot his first deer (which was a nine-pointer). In 2017, Jack sold all his businesses. He now serves on the Tourism Board for the city of Grand Rivers, KY.
Kurt Ebers is a Senior Executive working for a healthcare system in Northeast Missouri. Kurt received his undergraduate degree at Saint Louis University, his MBA from Quincy University and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and American College of Medical Practice Executives. Kurt is a Regular member of The Pope and Young Club and serving as its President since 2020.
John D. “Jack” Frost killed his first animal with a bow at age 7 in 1952. He is the first archer to have taken and recorded in the Pope and Young records at least one of all 29 species recognized by Pope and Young. In 1985, he was the first bowhunter to take all four species of North American wild sheep and in 2014 completed his second Grand Slam with a California Bighorn Sheep in British Columbia, Canada. Also in 1985, he killed an Alaskan Brown Bear that was the Pope and Young record for 18 years. Internationally he has hunted all of the continents except Antarctica and taken many additional species. He is an orthopedic surgeon and private pilot who lives in Alaska. He has served on the NBEF board for over ten years. He has also served on the Pope and Young Club Board of Directors as an elected Director and as Conservation Chairman. He is the Legislative Vice President for the Alaskan Bowhunters Association. He has been an instructor of the IBEP Course in Alaska for over 20 years. He has written stories and articles for bowhunting publications. He has been seminar speaker at many state bowhunting conventions. He supports many hunting organizations with his memberships, donations, and time.
Mark Whitt began his career in the archery field in 1984 as an employee of Sportsman Center Archery Supplies in Ashland, KY. Then in 1989, he became the CEO of Mark’s Archery, Inc. where he worked for 10 years. As his career developed, he became the CEO of Extreme Archery Products, Inc. in 1999.
As an avid bowhunter since the age of 15, Mark has a passion for archery. He began shooting 3D and Target archery in 1975, and has been an avid competitive archer ever since, having won many state and national titles. His love for competitive archery led him to become active in teaching youth archery. In 2012, Mark was a coach and mentor for Boyd County’s initial 3D archery team, and since that time he has been coaching Boyd County’s S3DA program, leading them to be four-time defending Kentucky State Champions and three-time defending National Champions.
Hank Forester of Athens, Georgia is QDMA’s Hunting Heritage Programs Manager and oversees all new hunter and R3 initiatives. A native of North Carolina, Hank grew up in a non-hunting family but was fortunate to find hunting mentors who lived a few doors away. Understanding the value of mentorship and a love for hunting and the natural world has led Hank to work to promote hunting approval and participation for the better part of a decade.
“Coach” Dee Falks was born and raised in Texas. Dee joined the Army at the age of 18, and was an Airborne Ranger for 20 years. After retiring from the Army at the age of 38, Dee started a successful landscaping business and then in 1988 moved to Mount Juliet, TN and only a year later was introduced to archery. In 2002, Dee became the National Federation Director of the Archery Shooters Association (ASA) and in 2004 Dee sold his landscaping business so he could do archery as a full-time career. In 2008, Dee wrote and published the Level 3 NTS (Community Coach) course. Dee became a level 5 NTS coach in 2009.
Jennifer Mazur is the Senior Director of Outreach and Education with the Archery Trade Association (ATA). Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Maryland. Jennifer is a level 4 Archery Coach, as recognized by USA Archery, NFAA, ASA and S3DA and she holds an S3DA Advanced Archery Instructor Trainer certification. In her early career, she wrote and implemented environmental education curriculum for Maryland’s Montgomery County and Calvert County public schools. As a naturalist for 17 years, Jennifer implemented many environmental and conservation programs within parks and recreation departments. Jennifer has appeared on PBS Outdoors Maryland, FOX News, The Washington Post as well as being featured in numerous local papers. In her current position, she directs the Outreach and Education team in developing strategy to increase participation in the sport of archery and bowhunting. Jennifer co-authored the Explore Archery curriculum with USA Archery and served as the primary author for the revised Level 1 and 2 certification manuals.
Mary Emmons is the Chief or Sport Performance and Operations at USA Archery. With over 20 years of experience in sports management and business administration, Mary has contributed to the development and implementation of strategic plans for local, state, and national sport programs and served as the project director and co-author of USA Archery’s Explore Archery Program, Adaptive Archery Manual and nationally recognized coach certification program. Mary holds a master’s degree from Michigan State University, a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University, is a graduate of the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Team USA Leadership Certificate Program and the recipient of the 2010 State of Michigan Governor’s Award for her work with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Brittany Salonen is the Operations Director for the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) and Event Director for the annual Vegas Shoot. Brittany has been with the company since 2012, starting as the Trade Show Manager, then the Marketing & Events Director, before moving into her current role in the summer of 2018. Brittany assists with the NFAA’s membership, events, outreach efforts and partnerships, including the NFAA’s partnership with S3DA. Brittany received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her MBA from the University of South Dakota.
Rob Wallace is the Director of Archery Purchasing for Kinsey’s, one of world’s largest distributors of archery and outdoor equipment. In his role, he has been blessed to work with manufacturers of all sizes, from all parts of the world.
Archery has been a constant presence in Rob’s life from a young age. What began as a backyard hobby grew into a passion, which ultimately morphed into a career in the archery. After 9-plus years working at various levels with Cabela’s, Rob joined Kinsey’s in early 2014 as a buyer, eventually ascending to Director of Purchasing in 2017. An ardent believer in supporting archery at the grassroots level, Rob is a member of multiple local clubs, state and national-level archery and bowhunting organizations, including West Penn Archery Club, Pennsylvania Longbow Association, Pennsylvania State Archery Association, Compton Traditional Bowhunters, USA Archery, and the Professional Bowhunters Society. When not in the treestand, or on the 3D course, Rob can be found relishing in the absolute joy of mentoring his daughters in their love of the outdoors.
Jared Weaver is the director of sales and marketing for Lancaster Archery Supply INC., one of the world’s largest distributors of quality archery equipment, working with over 900 manufacturers worldwide.
Jared attended Penn State University studying Business Administration from 1998-2001. He was a fourth generation employee and partner in his family’s construction business, where he held many positions in construction management from an early age until 2007. With a background in archery, hunting and working with youth development, he decided to change his career path to align more with his passions, which led him to a position as a Sales Manager with Lancaster Archery Supply in 2007. In 2018, he was promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing. He filled the seat for Lancaster Archery Supply Inc., on the S3DA Board of Directors.
Jared has three children who have participated in many regional, state and national S3DA events, which provides him with a unique perspective on how the organization is viewed by parents and participants.
Jon works for Escalade Sports as the General Manager of the Bear Archery Group. In this role, Jon and his team manage iconic hunting brands including Bear Archery, Trophy Ridge, and Cajun Bowfishing. He has spent two decades in the archery and hunting industry. Jon is passionate about the future of archery and bowhunting and serves on the board for the Archery Trade Association and multiple industry committees. Before joining Escalade, Jon served as National Account Manager for Precision Shooting Equipment and most recently as Vice President of Sales for Arcus Hunting. Jon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Indiana University. Jon lives in Newburgh, Indiana with his wife and their three children. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, traveling, scuba diving, and coaching football.
Tom began his archery journey as a young man shooting competitively in NFAA and IBO organizations. After his children took an interest in archery, in 2004, he began his coaching career as a Trigg County Special Techniques Coach. Trigg County was one of the five pilot schools which began the NASP program. In 2010, he became the Trigg County NASP Head Coach of a team that has been the most successful team in the NASP organization to date. In addition to the team’s successes, he personally was honored to be awarded the 2016 National Coach of the Year and the 2016 KHSAA State Coach of the Year and was later honored to join the NASP and KHSAA Advisory Committee. He was also nominated for the Epcot Award. In 2015, Tom was fortunate to be one of the original members at the foundation of the S3DA program, beginning as a Region 1 Coordinator and an S3DA Coach of the Western Kentucky Bowhunters archery team. From there, he earned his USCA College Coach Certification and became the Head Coach for the Murray State University archery program, Level 3 Certification, and Training Certifications allowing him to train other coaches. In 2021, he was honored to join S3DA as a Board Member. Tom is an avid bowhunter and enjoys encouraging and assisting archers of all ages.