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Officers and Directors

boardmemberAlabama Hunter Education Association Board Members
Board Members Also Serve As District Directors

►Michael Gooch, Director, District 1

Michael Gooch
15371 Section Line Road
Elkmont, AL. 35620
Cell: 256 777-5482
mgooch@steelcase.comMikeGoochI am a 64 year old “local yocal” of Limestone County who grew up roaming the creeks and woods of a long-past 1,000 acre share-cropper farm near Athens.  I was born there and both my parents died there.  I harvested my first squirrel from a hickory tree and my first rabbit in front of a pack of ‘family and Beagles’ with my brother’s Savage 22/410 over-under that will belong to my son (some day).  Dove and quail were my favorites long before yelping coyote packs and antlered highway road blocks were pretty common residents.  Outside and Others will always be a cornerstone of my life.  In the 1990’s my interest wandered from hunting more to the shooting sports, firearms safety and youth.  I became a Hunter Education certified instructor in 1999 and a 4H shooting instructor in 2000.  I coached Alabama state championship air rifle teams and competed in NRA / CMP high power rifle competitions.  I have assisted with H.E. conventional and field day classes ranging through the Northern half of Alabama, middle Tennessee, and even Michigan while on a business trip.  I am and have been very fortunate to work with great DCNR officers and volunteer instructors / teams resulting in being awarded the 2012 Alabama Hunter Safety Volunteer Instructor of the year.  I am a life member of the NRA and member of AHEA since its beginning.  I have served AHEA as treasurer from 2006 – 2009 and as Special Counsel to the Board of Directors.  I am looking forward to serving AHEA and District 1.  Please let me know how I can help you and our association.

► Norman Morrison, Director, District 2 

Calhoun County 

Norman Morrison of Oxford Alabama has been an Instructor since early 1984. He’s a 2015 recipient of the Alabama Hunter Safety Instructor Of The Year Award from the Alabama Wildlife Federation.

Prior to hooking up as a volunteer instructor he was President of the Oxford Jaycees and along with the Oxford chapter hosted the Alabama Jaycee State Daisy BB Gun championship with teams from all over the state, many which were formed under his leadership.

As for sports Morrison’s favorite has always been playing witness to the panorama of the ever changing hills and waters of our Alabama outdoors.

Without doubt, in bulk, the finest, most likeable, and most upright collection of folks Morrison ever had the privilege of working with has been the men and women of our Alabama Conservation Department and the men and women instructors with our beloved Hunting Education Program.

Many many fine memories were made at our legendary AHEA socials and projects. Morrison considers himself a lucky fellow indeed to have been afforded the opportunity to associate with folks he admires.

Sam Walton, Director, District 3 

Sam WaltonD3My name is Sam Walton (not the rich guy) and I am the AHEA director for District III. Originally born in Starkville, Mississippi, but primarily raised in Tennessee… Where I received my Hunter Education card in Memphis in 1993. My wife and I have lived in Birmingham for 11 years and have three children who are 4, 6, and 8 years old.

Some other fun facts; I deer hunt with my dad’s Marlin 336 lever, I love to fly fish and caught a nice grayling (pictured) on the Madison river in Montana, I tend to dove hunt more than I duck hunt, and, oddly, although I’m right-handed… I’m left eye dominant.

There is so much about hunting, wildlife management, and conservation needing to be handed down to the younger generation (my son)that I decided to jump in and help out. My dad did a fantastic job keeping me in the woods and outdoors and AHEA seems a perfect fit for the opportunity to give back.

– Sam Walton

MSI Rep Agency

908 Southridge Dr.

Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

Phone: 205.335.2872


Ed Boyett, Director, District 4   

Ed BoyettD4Edward Boyett grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, and graduated from Auburn University in 1984 with a degree in Industrial Operations Management. Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the U.S. Army. He served nine years active duty followed by thirteen years in the Alabama Army National Guard before retiring.

He has extensive experience in the seafood processing industry and is currently a business consultant. He enjoys the challenges it presents.

Edward became an Alabama hunter education instructor around 1982. Upon returning to Alabama, he renewed his participation. He is a life member of the National Rifle Association and a NRA Rifle Instructor. He is also a 4-H Instructor-Trainer (Level II) in pistol, rifle, muzzleloading, and archery and a 4-H Instructor (Level I) in shotgun.

His free time is taken up in large part by coaching the Montgomery County 4-H River Region Rifles Shooting Sports Club and training other adults to be 4-H shooting coaches across Alabama. He currently resides in Montgomery.


►Clayton Spencer, Director, District 5  

Clayton SpencerD5Clayton Spencer

1964 – Graduated West Limestone High School

1964-1966 – attended Athens College

1966-1969 – Cryptographic Equipment Repairman – USAF

January, 1970 – June, 1972 – Auburn University, graduated with BS Degree in Agriculture Education

August, 1972 – 2014 – Agriscience Teacher Billingsley School (Now retired)

March 1979 – Received Masters in Agriculture, Auburn University

Since 1972 to the present- Member AVATA now AAAE, ALVA now ALACTE, NVATA now NAAE, AVA now ACTE, all professional Vocational Education now Career Technical Education

Served two terms as AVATA/AAAE District VP

2007-2012 – Served two terms as AAAE Treasurer

2007-2012 – Served on Region V NAAE (National Association Agriscience Educators) Policy and By-Laws Committee (twice Committee Chairman)

2007-2012 – Served on NAAE National Policy and By-Laws Committee, Vice Chair 2010-2011, and as Chair 2011-2012

2009-2011 – served two terms as President Elect – ALACTE (Alabama Association Career Technical Education)

2011-2012 – President ALACTE

2012-2014 – Served two terms as Past President ALACTE

2012-2014 – Served on National ACTE (Association Career Technical Educators) Resolution Committee

2009-2014 – Visited Washington, DC., to meet with Alabama Representatives and Senators, to discuss the importance of CTE to Alabama and the United States.

2014-2015 – Serving as Chairman ACTE Resolutions Committee

1973 – Present – Certified Hunter Safety Instructor

2014 – Recognized as having taught more than 50 Hunter Safety Classes

2014 – Owner/Operator, Spencer Log Homes LLC, as Alabama Dealer for: Lincoln Logs International, Eagle Panel Systems, and Rocky Top Log Home Furniture

►Ricky G. Moss, Director, At-Large

RickyMoss1Ricky Moss, currently serving another term as president. He is a life member of the AHEA, the Kentucky Hunter Education Association KHEA, the International Hunter Education Association – IHEA and the National Rifle Association – NRA. Ricky served as AHEA Vice President from 1999-2000, as Secretary from 2001-2003, as President from 2004-2009 and treasurer from 2010-2013. Ricky served one term, 2011-2012, on the IHEA Executive Board as Instructor Representative for District II. He has been employed by Steelcase, Inc. since 1979 and is currently a Sr. Manufacturing Engineer. He began assisting with Alabama hunter education courses in 1992. He became a certified instructor for Alabama in 1994, for Tennessee in 2001 and for Kentucky in 2005. In 2001, he was the recipient of the Alabama Wildlife Federations Governors Conservation Achievement Award for Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year. In 2006, he was recipient of the Tennessee Region II, Instructor of the Year Award. In 2008, Ricky received the Tennessee Wildlife Federations Conservation Achievement Award for Hunter Education Instructor of the Year and the Statewide Instructor of the Year Award for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Also in 2008, Ricky was chosen as runner up for the 21st Annual, Winchester Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor of the Year Award. In 2011, Ricky received the Federal Premium Ammunition/ATK Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor of the Year Award for 2010.

RickyMoss2Ricky is the Vice-President and Youth Director for the North Alabama Shooting Sports Association. He is NRA certified as a rifle and shotgun instructor. He also coaches 10M three-position air rifle, 50 yard three-position small bore and YHEC for the youth of Limestone County. Ricky serves as Vice-Chairman for the Limestone County Farmers Federation Wildlife Resources Committee and as a volunteer leader for 4-H shooting sports. Ricky serves as chairman of the board for the North Alabama-South Tennessee Conservation Foundation. Ricky is a lifelong hunter and shooter. He enjoys firearm and archery hunting for small game and deer. Ricky also enjoys participating in NRA/CMP service rifle/high power and small bore rifle competitions.

Ricky now has two new hunting partners, his 6 year old grandson, Thomas and 2 year old granddaughter, Jewel. Thomas began his deer hunting career on November 17th 2012 with Pops & Grammie and Jewel will begin hers during the November 2016 season.