Williamsburg, KY – In keeping with the incredible expansion of the S3DA Program, Scholastic 3-D Archery has recently added new board members. These new members will help Scholastic 3-D Archery grow and flourish in all facets of the program. The S3DA Board of Directors are proud to announce the addition of Mary Emmons, Jennifer Mazur, Brittany Salonen and Jack Fares as new board members.
- 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 holds 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. Mary says, “As an S3DA Board Member, I look forward to finding additional ways to collaboratively grow the sport of archery and advance R3 goals.”
- 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 Level 2 certification manuals. Jennifer states, “I learned about S3DA from Jennie Richardson when she was discussing her passion for getting kids outside. I became a board member as a reflection of the growing partnership between ATA and S3DA.”
- 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. Brittany enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves being on the road traveling and seeing new places.
- 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 of Tom, they were 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 tournament events. He purchased his first hunting license at the age of seventy-one and shot his first deer (which was a 9-pointer). In 2017, Jack sold all his businesses. He now serves on the Tourism Board for the city of Grand Rivers, KY. Jack says, “I believe the S3DA program is one of the top programs in the country. I can see how it has not only affected my granddaughter but my wife and myself. This program provides families opportunities to enjoy something together.”
Started in December 2012 by the Scholastic Archery Association, S3DA has grown exponentially as a next step program to follow introductory programs offered as part of 4-H or the National Archery in Schools Program. S3DA addresses the need for a program to bridge the gap between beginning target archery experience and more advanced activities such as 3-D shooting and bowhunting. The program currently operates across the United States with hundreds of certified coaches serving thousands of young archers, grades 3–12.
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