Board of Directors

The USA Shooting Board of Directors is in place to represent: members, the international federation, fellow shooting organizations, the Athletes Advisory Council and the U.S. National Team, National Development Team and Junior Olympic Team athletes.

Susan Abbott,
ISSF Representative
David Meltzer
Independent Director
Barb Bridendolph,
Independent Director
Richard Hawkins
Coaches/Officials Representative; Treasurer
Jim Henderson
Athlete Representative
Chad Whittenburg
Member Club Representative
Rick Marsh
Independent Director
Scott Williams
Independent Director
Keith Sanderson
Advisory Council Representative
Advisory Council Chair
Kevin Neuendorf
USA Shooting Board Secretary (non-voting)


Board of Directors Biographies

 Barbara Bridendolph, Independent Director  Bridendolph is CEO of Crenshaw Associates, a market leader in premiere career transition and leadership development for senior level executives.  She leads operations of the firm as well as the Executive Development practice, and serves as an Executive Advisor to C-level Clients. 

Bridendolph has worked with more than 200 directors, CEOs, presidents and high-potential executives to promote their professional growth and business success. She draws on her personal experiences as a corporate executive, entrepreneur and board member to offer pragmatic suggestions for the complicated issues clients face. 

Bridendolph is very active in higher education, having served her graduate school alma mater, Penn State, as a speaker, Advisor, and Board member for over 20 years.  She currently sits on the Alumni Society Board for the Smeal School of Business, where she is a recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award.  Barb is past Chair of the University Parents Council, and served on the MBA and Mont Alto Campus Advisory Boards.  She has also served on advisory boards for the First National Bank of Mercersburg and The Sentry Trust Company.  Bridendolph is a current member of the Advisory Board of ShoDogg, a New York-based technology start-up with patented, paradigm-shifting solutions for sharing and presenting content.


Susan Abbott, ISSF Representative  Abbott was elected to the ISSF Pistol Committee in 1998, and served as Acting Chairman of the ISSF Pistol Committee from 2005 through 2006, when she was elected Chairman.  The Olympic Games in Rio 2016 was her seventh Games serving on or as Chairman of the Pistol Jury. 

Prior to her involvement in the ISSF, Abbott served as a National Rifle Association volunteer as a National Referee at Camp Perry, a range officer and later Chief Range Officer of the 25-meter Range for the NRA International Matches and retains her credentials as an NRA Referee. Abbott continued her work with USA Shooting when it became the National Governing Body for Olympic-style shooting as Chief Range Officer for the 25-meter range, and the Pistol Jury for international competitions, including Continental Games. She has also served as Chief Range Officer of 25-meter range for many USA Shooting Nationals and is an instructor for USA Shooting and ISSF Judges Courses.

As President of the Louisiana Shooting Association (a USA Shooting state affiliate), Abbott introduced an international shooting program on a state and local level and also served on the Executive Committee of the LSA Board of Directors. As a Hunter Safety Instructor with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, she promoted the shooting sports as a rifle and pistol instructor for their Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop series.

Keith Sanderson, Athlete Advisory Council Representative - The three-time Olympian Sanderson is a Rapid Fire pistol shooter in the Army’s World Class Athlete Program.  At age 17, he joined the Marine Corps where he spent the next eight years before joining the Army Reserves in 2001. He’s now Sergeant 1st Class in the Army and the most decorated Rapid Fire pistol shooter in American history. Sanderson is a nine-time World Cup medalist. He set an Olympic qualification record at the 2008 Beijing Games on his way to a fifth-place finish. 



Richard Hawkins, Coach/Official Representative - Hawkins is currently in his fourth season as rifle/pistol coach at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and has served as a USA Shooting volunteer and official for 20 years. The Michigan native went to college at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he graduated in June 1976 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree as a Second Lieutenant. He spent 10 years assigned to the United States Army Marksmanship Unit's International Rifle Section where he competed in International Rifle competitions and won numerous medals before retiring in June 1996. In 2001, Coach Hawkins was selected as the International Rifle Coach for the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and coached there until August 2013. He continued his education by earning his PhD in 2013 in Sports Science, concentrating on postural stability and shooting stance.



Jim Henderson, Athlete Representative - Sgt. 1st Class Jim Henderson retired from Army in August 2017 after 32 years of military service.  Throughout his 28 years in shooting competitions, Henderson, a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and USA Shooting’s National Team, won the interservice title nine times and President’s 100 eight times during his illustrious career, while also being a four-time National Trophy individual match winner and match record-holder as well as a two-time NRA Precision Pistol National Champion.

In two different years, Henderson would win the President’s 100, the National Trophy Individual and be the high shooter for the National Trophy Team match, otherwise known as Pistol’s Triple Crown. 

A four-year USA Shooting National Team member, Henderson’s best international finish came when he finished just outside of the medals in fourth place in Men’s Free Pistol at World Cup USA in 2015. His fourth-place finish also garnered the U.S. its lone Olympic quota in the event.