|►Ricky Moss, President, At-Large Director
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.
Memberships: AHEA life member. Kentucky Hunter Education Association KHEA life member, International Hunter Education Association – IHEA life member, National Rifle Association – NRA life member, National Wild Turkey Federation annual member, Ducks Unlimited annual member, NAST Conservation Foundation life member
Instructor Certifications: Alabama – 1994, Tennessee – 2001, Kentucky – 2005
2001 – Alabama Wildlife Federations Governors Conservation Achievement Award for Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year
2006 – Tennessee Region II, Instructor of the Year Award
2008 – Tennessee Wildlife Federations Conservation Achievement Award for Hunter Education Instructor of the Year
2008 – Statewide Instructor of the Year Award for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
2008 – Runner up for the 21st Annual, Winchester Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor of the Year Award
2011 – Federal Premium Ammunition/ATK Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor of the Year Award for 2010.
Other service Information:
Vice-President and Youth Director for the North Alabama Shooting Sports Association
NRA certified as a rifle and shotgun instructor
Coach for 10M three-position air rifle, 50 yard three-position small bore and YHEC for the youth of Limestone County
Vice-Chairman for the Limestone County Farmers Federation Wildlife Resources Committee
Volunteer leader for 4-H shooting sports
Chairman of the board for North Alabama-South Tennessee Conservation Foundation, Inc.
Participant – Trainer in NRA/CMP service rifle/high power and small bore rifle competitions
►Sam Walton, Vice-President, D3 Director
My 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.
► Carl Flemons, Secretary
· Employed as Disabled Veteran Outreach Program case manager for State of Alabama
· Town of Somerville Councilmember
· Past President of Somerville Civitan Club
· Past Secretary of Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Network (AL DAN)
· Lifetime memberships in American Legion, DAV, VFW, and NRA
· Volunteer instructor with Alabama Hunter Safety Program
· Served on the Governors Office on Disability (GOOD), Alabama State
Rehabilitation Council (SRC), and Alabama State Independent Living Council (SILC)
· B.S. Mathematics and Instrumentation Science – Athens State University
· Former Data Processing Analyst at Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base
· 59 years old, my wife Aprille and I, along with our twin 15 year old sons, Vann
and Ken, live on the farm that my family has owned since 1960
► Mike Gooch, Treasurer, D1 Director
I 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 have coached Alabama state championship air rifle teams and competed in NRA / CMP high power rifle competitions. I have assisted with H.E. traditional 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.