Board of Directors
Fred Pape has been the CEO and owner of Pape’s Inc., for over 38 years. Fred was a member of the Kentucky Army National Guard for 6 years and has been a bowhunter for 49 years. Fred was very active in the development of the National Archery in the Schools Program, and he served as treasurer for the Kentucky NASP Foundation from the foundation’s inception in February of 2006. Fred has served on the Board of Directors of the Archery Trade Association (ATA) and is currently a member of the National Board of Directors of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA).
Dirk Dieterich is a 1978 graduate of the Texas Tech University-Rawls College of Business with a BBA in Finance. Dirk was a member of the Rawls College Advisory Council from 2014-2015. Using his business knowledge, he has founded or acquired over 20 companies. Dirk has been a member of many different organizations, as well as a board member for these organizations. He was the Vice President of the Frisco Creek Wildlife Rehab and Hospital from 1979-2003, which is a federal & state licensed wildlife rehab & hospital, where he handled the reintroduction of Lynx back into Colorado. He has been a member of The Pope & Young Club since 1989, holding different board positions, including Treasurer from 2005-2006, as well as Director from 2012-2015. Dirk has been a member of the Colorado Traditional Archers Society since 2002, as well as being a board member since 2013. Dirk has been a member of the Colorado Bowhunters Association since 2002. Dirk is the current vice president of Scholastic Archery Association Corporation (S3DA).
Kurt Ebers is the Clinic Administrator for Hannibal Regional Medical Group. Kurt received his undergraduate degree at Saint Louis University, his MBA from Quincy University, is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is board certified by the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Kurt is a member of The Pope and Young Club Conservation Committee where he has been the Treasurer since 2014.
J.R. is the Customer Service Supervisor for Bear Archery and has been with the company for 13 years. He has also served as the Shooting Staff Manager for the past 6 years. JR graduated from the University of Southern Indiana, where he received a BS in Secondary Education. He also served 6 years in the Indiana National Guard. JR has been an outdoor enthusiast since a young age and enjoys hunting whitetails with his bow. Other hobbies include bowfishing, woodworking, coaching baseball, working out and camping with his family. JR is married and has two children along with two Labrador Retrievers.
Steve Dalp was the Bear Archery Product Manager, which is responsible for the strategic planning, product line, and brand growth and management for the adult archery compound, traditional, and youth bow lines. Steve graduated from the University of Southern Indiana, where he received a BS in Marketing.
Steve worked for Bristol-Meyers Squibb and Mead Johnson Nutrition for a total of 28 years. He gained experience in both pharmaceutical sales, infant formula sales, and marketing. For 3 years, Steve also worked in the Gas and Electric Utility Industry in Marketing. Steve has been an avid archery enthusiast for over 25 years, and enjoys hunting large game and turkeys with both compound and traditional bows. He lives in Evansville, IN with his wife, two children, two horses, and two dogs. He enjoys running, hiking, biking, camping, and everything outdoors! He is actively involved with the Washington Avenue Church of Christ, where he serves as an Elder and President of the Board of Trustees.
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.
Mike Tyrell has been the owner and president of the Archery Shooters Association since 1997. Prior to owning ASA, he worked for several years marketing outdoor television shows including “Fishing with Orlando Wilson”, “Fishing with Roland Martin”, “The Great American Outdoorsman” and “Ultimate Outdoors”. Mike began his professional career in the Mortgage Banking Industry in 1972, after attending college in California.
Derek Marshall has been involved with S3DA since the inception of the program in 2012. He formed the Indiana youth trap shooting league in 2014. Derek has been the Superintendent of Attica Consolidated Schools in Attica, Indiana from 2011-2017. He is currently the Superintendent/Director at the Southeastern Career Center.
Gail Cramer has been an avid bowhunter since 1979. Since 1991, she has been a Master Bowhunter Education Instructor through IBEF, served on the Governor’s Advisory Board for Bowhunting and taught New Mexico Bowhunter Education for decades. From 1996 to 2000, she served on the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission, Elk Landowner System, Sike’s Act Habitat Stamp, and BLM/Forest Service Advisory Committees. Gail and her husband, Dave, were the editors of the New Mexico Bowhunter magazine for several years and had several articles published in that magazine along with the Western Bowhunters magazine.
After graduating with a BS degree from Baylor University and a MA in Educational Administration from New Mexico State University, Gail was a professor and grant writer at San Juan College in Farmington, NM. Gail retired from this position in 2006. Since 2006, Gail has been the Assistant Chief, Chief Financial Officer and Grant Writer/Administrator of the 55-65 member Mayhill Fire Department in Mayhill, NM, along with becoming a certified EMT-FR, structural firefighter and wildland firefighter.
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.
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 of Sport Performance and Organizational Development at USA Archery. With over 15 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. Mary hold a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University, Master’s Degree from Michigan State University and is a member of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Board of Directors. Mary is a graduate of the 2017 Team USA Leadership Certificate Program and recipient of the 2010 State of Michigan Governor’s Award.
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.