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.

Chad Whittenburg

Board Chairman

Rick Marsh

Vice Chairman

Susan Abbott

ISSF Representative

Ana English

Independent Director; Treasurer

Richard Hawkins

Coaches/Officials Representative

Jim Henderson

Athlete Representative

David Meltzer

Independent Director

Keith Sanderson

Athletes Advisory Council Representative

Jim Mitchell

Independent Director

Reya Kempley

USA Shooting Board Secretary (non-voting)

Board of Directors Biographies

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 the nation's top Rapid Fire pistol shooter.  At age 17, he joined the Marine Corps where he spent the next eight years before joining the Army Reserves in 2001.  He's 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 entering in his sixth season as rifle/pistol coach at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and has served as a USA Shooting volunteer and official for more than 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.  

Chad Whittenburg, Board Chairman  Whittenburg hopes to put his diverse experience in nonprofit leadership, management, human resources, as well as an athlete and a coach to use helping athletes live their dreams in the Olympic movement. Not only was he a member of the Marine Corps Rifle and Pistol Team, but he is also President of Firm Foundation Custom Homes and Head Coach of the Martin Methodist College Shotgun Team where several of his athletes have gone on to national and international success in the USA Shooting ranks. Whittenburg frequently volunteers his time assisting the coaching staff at USA Shooting matches. In 2015, he was named USA Shooting’s Development Coach of the Year.

Rick Marsh, Vice Chair  At age 25, Marsh started Audio International, Inc., a company that designed and manufactured electronic equipment for the corporate jet marketplace.  He also negotiated its sale in 1997 and founded Syaid Designs in 2001, a company that designed and manufactured lighting systems and other electronics for the corporate and commercial aircraft market. As a business executive who built two successful technology companies and an engineer by training, Rick also brings extensive experience with the shooting sports and athlete development. His daughter, Elizabeth, is a current NCAA athlete competing in Rifle at Texas Christian University and a member of the USA Shooting National Team. She was also a member of the 2015 Pan American Games Team. 

David Meltzer, Independent Director  Meltzer is an entrepreneur, author humanitarian, speaker and current CEO of Sports 1 Marketing; a global marketing agency he founded with Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon. Prior to his position at Sports 1 Marketing, he also served as CEO of Leigh Stenberg Sports and Entertainment, as well as CEO of Samsung’s first smartphone division (PC-E Phone). He is also the Chairman of the Unstoppable Foundation, a non-profit humanitarian organization bringing sustainable education to children and communities in developing countries.

Ana English, Independent Director  English is a senior executive and board advisor with over 25 years of experience leading organizations and driving cultural and strategic change. She’s recognized for her ability to lead, devise and implement the strategic vision, organizational culture, strengthen productivity, and drive goals and objectives. She is currently the President and CEO for the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC), a non-profit organization. Prior to CIVHC, she was Senior Executive of a for-profit subsidiary of the American Medical Association (AMA). Prior to the AMA, she held Chief Executive positions with The Assist Group and Electronic Network Systems as well as Senior Vice President positions with divisions of UnitedHealthcare and Foundation Health Systems. English is very familiar with Olympic-style shooting having grown up as a competitive rifle athlete.  She started competing with the Erie County Conservation League (ECCL) Junior Team in Sandusky, Ohio.  She then competed for Eastern Kentucky University and was a four-time All-American. Her brother and sister also competed in the sport with her sister, Kim, competing for West Virginia University, earning All-America honors as well and earning U.S. Development Team status.  Ana’s daughter, Amber, is a current National Team member in shotgun (skeet) and was previously an athlete representative on the BOD. Her husband, Mike, passed away suddenly in 2016 while diving in the Cayman Islands. He was a 10-year member of the U.S. Shooting National Team from 1978 to 1988, winning five national championships in running target and a world title in 1981. He would later serve as President and Chairman of the BOD and also held positions as Vice President, Athletes’ Advisory Council (AAC) representative and Athlete Director.

 Jim Mitchell, Independent Director - Jim resides in Los Angeles County as the owner and operator of Oak Tree Gun Club with daughter Betsy. Together they have developed East Oak Tree Gun Club into one of the most comprehensive shooting sports facilities in the country. Both provide lifelong experiences through firearm instruction, sales, serving the outdoor sports and hunting organizations, community organizations, Los Angeles Police Department and other law enforcement families as well as professionals at all levels and ages. Both actively support many organizations, raising substantial funds for conservation, shooting sports, and shooting veteran organizations as well as many local organizations. In addition to owning and operating Oak Tree Gun Club, Jim is a patron life member of the NRA and a member of the Ring of Freedom (Receiving the Gold Jacket in 2019). He previously served as president of the Southern California Safari Club and President of the Shikar Safari Club International (The world's oldest and most prestigious hunting organization). Maybe most important to note about Jim and his new position within USA Shooting is his ongoing support for USA Shooting’s six-time Olympian, Kim Rhode and his effort to fund nearly $1 million from the Shikar Foundation (where he serves as Vice President on the Board) to USA Shooting.