Shoot for a Cure's INSTRUCTORS AND VOLUNTEERS are a huge reason why we are able to do what we do every year!
National Event Chairman
certifications: NSCA LEVEL 1, USAYESS AND CSM
Mark Shoots: Browning Maxus Golden Clays
Mark is the CSWUS for OPEIU Local 277, our National Event Chair, and the Founder of Shoot for a Cure. Mark has been shooting and hunting since he was old enough to pick up a gun. He got into sporting clays in the early 2000s and founded Shoot for a Cure in 2003. In addition to shooting clays, Mark is a deer hunting fanatic and enjoys upland and small game hunting. Mark shoots many shotguns, but his favorite is his maple Browning Maxus, which he affectionately calls "Blondie."
Mark enthusiastically says that Shoot for a Cure has been the great surprise of his adult life, and anyone who meets him knows just how passionate he is about this great sport and this great cause.
CERTIFICATIONS: - USAYESS CERTIFYING PRO INSTRUCTOR, NSCA LEVEL I AND CSM
John Shoots: browning 425 "The RoSSIGNATOR"
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, John grew up hunting and fishing with his family. He currently lives in Brentwood, CA where he is a Union Rep for Local 5 and has been a UFCW member for 34 years. John has been a volunteer with SFAC since day one, attending shoots and packing bags and 6 years later became a NSCA LEVEL I instructor. In 2015 he passed the CSM instructor course and in 2017 passed the USAYESS PRO instructor course. In 2018, John is now a USAYESS CERTIFYING PRO INSTRUCTOR and is now able to teach classes that will certify folks as instructors.
"Going from State to State with the rest of my SFAC family, raising money to find a cure, introducing and teaching new shooters to our great sport while promoting gun safety, has become both a joy and passion in my life," John says.
SFAC BOARD MEMBER
CERTIFICATIONS: NSCA Level 1 and CSM
ToM Shoots: browning 725 Sporting high rib
Tom Spear has been with Shoot for a Cure since 2004. After his retirement in 2011, as President for the Brick Layers Union, he became armorer and truck driver for SFAC. Tom and his wife Lula log close to 10,000 miles hauling the SFAC truck and trailer from cost to coast to all of the events. Tom also has an intimate working knowledge of every shotgun on the trailer and along with the crew he keeps them in tip top condition. He started hunting for upland game birds and deer at a young age, and shoots sporting clays as often as possible.
SFAC BOARD MEMBER
CERTIFICATIONS: NSCA Level III, USEYESS Certifying Pro Instructor and CSM
Dave Shoots: KREIGHOFF K80
Dave Fiedler has been involved with Shoot For A Cure since 2008, first as a Master Class Instructor and Target Setter and since 2012, as a Board Member. Dave is a world-class target setter and shooting instructor. He has trained State Champions, All-Americans and exceptional recreational shooting students. Dave is an expert at coaching students in all of the shotgun disciplines, from Sporting Clays, FITASC, 5-Stand, Skeet and Trap to wing shooting. Dave is also an avid wing shooter having hunted throughout the United States, Canada, England, Argentina and Uruguay.
When he is not on the road working at a Shoot For A Cure event or setting targets/shooting at a big event somewhere across the country, he can usually be found running Mid-Valley Clays and Shooting School in Gervais, OR with his wife (and All-American Shooter) Vandy Fiedler.
INSTRUCTORS AND VOLUNTEERS
BOBBY SHOOTS: Caesar Guerini Summit Sporting
Bobby Klein is a retired Carpenters Rep. from Northern California. He just graduated from the John Higgins CSM course last October, and has traveled with the guys to most of the events from coast to coast. He started as a child at 4 years of age learning to shoot from his grandparents and his uncle. Hunting has been a big part of his family's life for 50 years!
Bobby started shooting in Shoot for a Cure events from the beginning to represent the Carpenters Union. "It's like a big family!" he says. He loves introducing people to the shooting sports! The gun that is closest to his heart is his Grandfather's old Browning A-5, but he shoots sporting clays with a Caesar Guerini.
MIKE SHOOTS: BERETTA A300
Mike Leong, a Sacramento native, is a retired Carpenters Union Representative in Northern California. Coming from a family of hunters and fishermen, he began shooting as soon as he was old enough to handle a firearm. Michael is an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoys hunting waterfowl and upland game.
He started shooting with SFAC through the Carpenters Union in 2009. Shortly after his retirement, he signed up as a volunteer. Sporting Clays are one of his passions. He loves meeting new people, being involved in the community, and getting new shooters comfortable with the sport.
CERTIFICATIONS: NSCA Level 1
AJ Shoots: Browning Cynergy
AJ resides in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York. He has been with Shoot For A Cure since 2007. He first became experienced with firearms as a U.S. Marine Corps grunt and Primary Marksmanship Instructor. He is also an NSCA Level 1 Sporting Clays Instructor. AJ is an avid hunter and is happiest when he is in the woods or on a sporting clays course. In addition, as a husband, father of three and a Registered Nurse, he is passionate about the importance of medical research to cure these dreaded diseases.
KJ Shoots: Remington V3
KJ is a project manager for Parkitects Inc, an upstate NY manufacturer rep. for commercial playground equipment, splash parks, and pavilions. KJ’s first experience with Shoot for a Cure was in 2013 with AJ O’Connor, her boyfriend at the time, and now husband since June 2017. All it took was one round of sporting clays and KJ was hooked! AJ also introduced KJ to big game hunting and she took her first deer in 2015. The outdoors is where she’s the happiest-especially in hunting season or at a Shoot For A Cure event. KJ hopes to become a certified instructor in the next couple of years but for now she helps Lula on the East Coast keep the crew in line (or out of hand) and is always happy to be a substitute shooter at the flurry.
Certifications: NSCA Level 1
John Shoots: Beretta Silver Pigeon
John was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA. and resides in Hollister, CA. with his wife Linda. He is a Business Representative for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades in the Monterey Bay area.
He grew up hunting and fishing around Santa Cruz and the Central Valley area with family. While hunting, he uses either a Remington 30-06 or a 300 Savage. And while going after upland game or shooting clays, he has a Beretta over and under, Remington 1100 or a Browning “Sweet Sixteen”.
He started shooting sporting clays around 2007 with friends and became an NSCA Level 1 instructor in 2013.
He enjoys the camaraderie that comes with working the various shoots and especially likes assisting the novice shooters that come to the Shoot for a Cure events.
CERTIFICATIONS: NSCA LEVEL 1
John Shoots: BROWNING 625 SPORTING
John is the Director of Organizing for the Painters and Allied Trades and has been a member for 27 years. He has been shooting and hunting since he was 10 years old. An avid fisherman, John fishes competitive bass tournaments all over Northern CA. A duck hunting fanatic, John is mostly seen in the duck blind during the Winter months each year.
John enjoys sporting clays and shoots competitively all over CA. He has been involved with SFAC since 2006, first as a shooter and now as an instructor. Meeting great people all over the US, for a great cause is what John loves the most about SFAC.
CERTIFICATIONS: NSCA Level 1
Sandy Shoots: Beretta a400
Sandy Sinor is an institutional sales and relationship manager for Voya Investment Management, responsible for institutional distribution in the Western United States in all market segments. Sandy received a BBA from the University of Texas in Arlington and an MBA from Amber University. She holds FINRA Series 6, 7 and 63 licenses.
As a novice, Sandy had never shot sporting clays in her lifetime before she was invited to her first Shoot for a Cure event in 2004. After participating in this great fundraiser, she caught the bug! After a few more events, she bought her first shotgun and went on to become an NSCA Level 1 instructor. When time and her busy job schedule permit, Sandy joins the crew at various events around the country.
LULA SHOOTS: BERETTA A400
Lula is a retired SEIU 1000 member who worked as food manager for the State prison system in Southern California. Lula is Tom's wife and his co-pilot when they're on the road. At each event, she runs the raffle ticket sales and the flurry with Tom.
Lula has hunted, fished, and trapped for small game. She shoots sporting clays with the SFAC staff whenever possible. However, Lula's main function at SFAC is keeping the rest of the crew in line and on time - which she does without fail at each and every event!
JAN SHOOTS: Blaser F16 (Thanks Mickey)
Jan Ulsch provides mortgage banking advisory services and classes to the industry at QIE Partners. In 2016, Jan shot for the first time when she was invited by Master Class Instructor at CSM, along with her husband Lou, to be “guinea pigs” for Instructors-In-Training. She was hooked as soon as she hit her first bird. Turns out it is a great sport for families to enjoy together, and a fun way to raise money for a great cause, to fight leukemia and lymphoma.
Jan and Lou travel the SFAC circuit and volunteers by assisting the crew wherever help is needed. Since 2017, she has even won a few buckles!
Lou shoots: Blaser F16
Lou Ulsch retired as International Representative with the United Food and Commercial Workers after 30 years of service. Lou then joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as the Eastern Region Campaign Director in 2000. While working for LLS, Lou was instrumental in getting UFCW locals in his eastern jurisdiction involved in the SFAC fundraising events. In 2005, he shot for the first time with the crew on the west coast, and has been hooked on the sport ever since.
After retiring from LLS in 2016, Lou continued with his wife Jan to join the SFAC events across the country, volunteering by assisting the SFAC road warrior crew whenever he can.
CERTIFICATIONS: NSCA Level 1 and CSM
Eric Shoots: KRieghoff K80 bavaria grade
Eric started hunting and shooting at the early age of 9 and began shooting Sporting Clays competitively in the mid 90's. He has been hooked ever since and has traveled all over the U.S.for Championship Shoots, meeting great people and shooting extraordinary clubs.
A member of Teamsters Local 315, Eric considers it an honor to be part of the SFAC organization as an instructor, shooter, and a part of the staff. "The people on our travels that have reached out to our foundation is incredible, I love seeing the support of so many doing so much for the cause - it's priceless to be a part of finding & fighting for the cure."
2015 SFAC Instructor of the Year, 1998 CA Class Champion, 1999, 2001, 2005 HI Class Champion, 2013 CA State Class Champion, and 2013 o/s OR Class Champion, are just some of the awards and accolades obtained by Eric throughout his shooting career.