2015 IHEA-USA Committee Membership & Charges

Nominations and Awards

James Reed, OR - Chair
Todd Schmidt, CO
Jeff Hopkins, IL
VACANT - Mid-West Region
Mark Ostroski, DE
Sgt. Robert Ford, MD
Robert Ramirez, TX
VACANCY - Southeast Region
  • Distribute nomination forms and criteria for officers of the board to members 90 days in advance of the annual conference. The Nominations Committee will collect all nominations from members at least forty-five (45) days in advance of the annual business meeting held at the annual conference. The Nominations Committee will submit the nominees to the Secretary of the Board for distribution to the members at least thirty (30) days in advance of the annual business meeting held at the annual conference.
  • Distribute award nomination forms and criteria to membership at least 120 days in advance of annual conference, solicit nominations for those awards, evaluate and rank completed nomination forms, submit recommendations to Executive Board for final votes/decisions no later than 45 days in advance of conference.
  • Update Hall of Fame area on web site to include photos and a write-up of each awardee.

By-Laws and Resolutions

Melissa Neely, NY - Chair
Larry Morrison, IN
Wayde Cooperider, MT
Nicole Carrao (proxy for Chris Saunders), VT
David Whipple, WA
Marisa Lee Futral, AL
Jon King, WI
Joe Huggins, AR
  • Seek input from the members and Board for any bylaw amendments and communicate any proposed changes to membership in advance of the 2015 IHEA-USA Conference.

Standards and Evaluation

Cpt. Billy Downer, SC - Chair
Kent Barrett, KS
Brenda Beckley, ID
Ashley Lynch, AZ
Dave Dodso
n, VA
Charles Bruckerhoff- CT
VACANCY - Midwest Region
VACANCY - Northeast Region
  • Review the current IHEA-USA Standards for bowunting and develop standards for trapping.  Solicit input from membership and develop standards and delivery methods that maintain reciprocity between all member states in these areas.
  • Review and certify new and/or revised Hunter Education programs and curricula as submitted to IHEA-USA. Develop policy and specific guidelines for review of general public documents (books, visual media, etc) that would have the IHEA-USA endorsement.

Conference Planning

Members per bylaws:
Steve Hall, Chair - IHEA-USA
Megan Wisecup, IA
Nicole Corrao (proxy for Chris Saunders), VT
Cpt. Billy Downer, SC
Robert Ramirez, TX
Special Advisors:
James Reed, OR
Chris Saunders, VT
Heidi Rao, TX
Paulette Lubke, IHEA-USA
  • Assist IHEA staff in the planning, conducting, and wrap-up of the 2015 (Des Moines, IA) IHEA-USA Annual Conference and assist with the 2016 (Vermont) and 2017 (Oregon) conferences.

Instructor Advisory Committee

John Sears, IA - Chair
Carl Edmiston, AK
Louis Stithem, NE
Jose Gonzalez, NY
Richard Zang, NH
Roland, Ricky, FL
Wayne Davis, GA
George Oberstadt, CA
  • IAC shall explore opportunities to conduct multi-state Instructor Rendezvous/Academies, develop training aids and list instructions on how to make those teaching aids, provide the Board a list of potential committee project requests that they would like to see developed, expand individual memberships with instructors and explore the additional value added benefits that IHEA-USA can provide to the instructors.
  • Select the recipients of Davidson's Gallery of Guns Instructor and Student recognition programs.

Hunting Incident Committee

Pam Steelman, FL - Chair
Allen Crouse, IA
Michael Brooks, MO
Dave Seitz, GA
Carl Klein, WA
Ken Bruno, NY
Charles Bruckerhoff, CT
VACANCY - Western Region
  • Develop policy and specific guidelines for academy operations and provide input on instructor selection criteria and training.  Develop, update and implement a state host guide, teaching outlines, academy curriculum, and other necessary student materials for the Hunting Incident Academy and work with the resources that can be incorporated into the academy or as part of a "tool kit" for member states in addition to providing the following:  feedback and recommendations on future academy locations, equipment/material needs for instructors and students, a conclusion survey of participants, contractual needs for professional services and development for instructors, and a summary of the academy and surveys to the Board within 60 days of academy completion.
  • Work directly with the Hunting Incident Academy host state to ensure that they are adhering to the guidelines such as: facility needs, field exercise sites, local media coverage/press releases, and that the number of host state staff/role players provided is sufficient to hold an academy.
  • Work with the Executive Director and Board on potential PSA's, saety videos and other media-related outlets to provide messages to the public on hunting incident prevention.
  • Provide recommendations on ways to improve hunting incident data collection from the states into a national database, including following up with their state hunter education administrators in their region for the information, and stress the importance of this data at the annual academy.
  • Provide the Board with basic knowledge requirements for students of the Hunting Incident Academy who are HRSI investigators as part of their official job descriptions; furthermore, to come up with measurable criteria that demonstrate the instructors are proficient in instruction and have areas of expertise in HRSI.

Research Committee

Walter Lane, GA - Chair
Susan Langlois, MA
Jason Kool, SD
Charles Bruckerhoff, CT
Travis Casper, NC
Kyle Lairmore, MO
Matt Ortman, OH
VACANCY - Western Region
Chair of Instructor Advisory Committee or designee

Enhance hunter education delivery and assessment through scientific studies that evaluate program and instructor performance.

  • Objective 1. To partner with the Council to Advance Hunting & Shooting Sports and evaluate Internet (knowledge) versus field-based (skill) student objectives and hunter education program delivery methods.
  • Objective 2. Select a minimum of 8 states -- two from each U.S. region and conduct research with a minimum of 100 students from each state taking field coursework and 100 students taking Internet-only coursework.
  • Objective 3. Evauate existing assessment methods in conjunction with delivery methods in the research study to assess delivery methods.
  • Objective 4. Publish results to be entitled "Best Practices in Delivering and Assessing Hunter Education Student Performance Objectives".
  • Objective 5. Add research and surveys from the listserv to the website in an organized format and work with the Cabela's Outdoor Fund grant awarded for implementation in 2015.

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