Executive Board and Officers

Our 2020-2021 Executive Board

Click here for a list of past executive board members and officers.

Mac Whitaker, President
USA Archery Certified L2 Instructor

Major: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Year Joined: 2017
Bow Style: Barebow

Mac is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He shoots Barebow and built his first two bows himself!


Shirley Yu, Team Captain (Barebow)

USA Archery Certified L2 Instructor

Major: BS in Applied Math
Minor: Computer Science, Painting
Year Joined: 2019
Bow Style: Barebow

Shirley joined archery in the fall semester of her freshman year to pick up a new hobby – her other hobbies include reading fiction, sketching, listening to new K-Pop releases, and playing Animal Crossing.

Aadi Ghildiyal, Team Captain (Olympic Recurve)

USA Archery Certified L2 Instructor

Major: BS in Chemistry
Minor: Psychology, Health Care Studies
Year Joined: 2018
Bow Style: Recurve

Aadi joined Trojan Archery even before her first semester at USC due to the club’s outreach and her desire to get into collegiate competitive archery as soon as possible! She’s been shooting for roughly 6 years now, 4 of which she has spent in her current bow style.

Diego MontanoTeam Captain (Compound)

Major: BS Chemical Engineering
Year Joined: 2018
Bow Style: Compound/Bowhunter

Diego joined archery at the beginning of his sophomore year. Having done competitive swimming for all of high school, he was looking for an activity to remain active and serve as a breather from the rigors of college life – little did he know that Trojan Archery would soon become his home at USC.


Michelle DeMers, Treasurer
USA Archery Certified L2 Instructor

Major: BS in Chemistry, emphasis in Chemical Biology
Minor: Marine Biology
Year Joined: 2018
Bow Style: Recurve, Compound

Michelle is a junior at USC, but has been doing archery for more than eight years. She believes that what makes the Trojan Archery Club at USC special is how unique archer is and how much fun club and team members have off the line with each other.


Audrey Zhao, Fundraising Chair
USA Archery Certified L2 Instructor

Major: Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience
Year Joined: 2019
Bow Style: Bowhunter

Audrey joined Trojan Archery in the fall of her sophomore year because she was interested in trying something different from the sports she played growing up. Her favorite archery memory is putting on glittery face tattoos at SIACC and watching the whole team stay on their feet to cheer for each other!


Olivia Lin, Event Coordinator
USA Archery Certified L2 Instructor

Major: Bachelor of Sciences Applied Math, Narrative Studies
Year Joined: 2019
Bow Style: Barebow, Bowhunter

Olivia joined Trojan Archery the beginning of her freshman year in college. As one of our beloved lefties on the team, she always wanted to be a leftie, and archery finally gave her the chance! Her favorite archery memory is winning an umbrella-worthy shoot-off during her first SIACC in Chula Vista, CA.


Winston WeiArmorer

USAA Certified L2 Instructor

Major: BA Computer Science and Business Administration
Year Joined: 2018
Bow Style: Olympic Recurve, Barebow (Past)

Winston joined Trojan Archery during the fall semester of freshman year to try out and learn a new sport. Winston’s favorite archery memory is being able to hit the target at 70 meters without breaking any of his arrows!


Leadership

There are a number of leadership opportunities within Trojan Archery:

  • Elected Positions
  • Appointed Positions
  • Instructors
  • Volunteers

Elected Positions – The President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Team Captain(s) and Director of Education positions are elected each year in March for the following academic year. These generally need more experience from within the club, or substantial leadership experience elsewhere, and may have prerequisites. Elected individuals serve from the top down, managing paperwork, organizing schedules and deadlines, fundraising, and delegating to teams.

Appointed Positions – Other positions are appointed by the elected Executive Board. These are still considerable titles, but tend to require fewer hours. Appointed Officers, such as the Social Chair, can lead Committees, but can also operate independently, such as the Armorer.  Appointed positions can be taken up by the Executive Board members when necessary. Positions can also be combined or newly created as needed by the club.

Instruction – Club members also have the opportunity to gain instructor certifications through the nationally recognized USA Archery program. Instructors are the bread and butter of the club, and all operations would cease without them! Only certified instructors are allowed to operate and manage an active range – we would not be able to hold practice without our wonderful instructors. Only certified instructors are allowed to teach the sport to ensure all archers are shooting safely, both for their own physical health and the safety of others on the range. Any archer interested in learning more and willing to either run the range (range rules, whistle calls) or teach basic technique is encouraged to sign up for the subsidized class, which it typically held twice a year. WE NEED YOU! 

Peer-to-Peer Instruction – While we stress learning directly from our Instructors and Coaches, if you and fellow archers are working on similar goals during a practice, you can lead each other through peer-to-peer instruction. While one archer shoots, a peer can watch and spot technique that can be improved, and take pictures and video which are hugely helpful to have on hand to review, and to allow Instructors and Coaches to review. Peer-to-peer instruction is extremely valuable because it is challenging for our Instructors and Coaches to focus on every archer. It is even more valuable if your peers are certified. (Instructors like to shoot, too!)

Volunteers – Even if you aren’t able to serve consistently in a position, any amount of help is valued, whether it is coming early to help set up the range, make supply runs, or cheer on club and team members, any amount of help is appreciated. We will sometimes ask for volunteers for a specific event, or you can reach out to us with an idea. Want to lead a craft at the start of practice to make banners? Want to schedule study days with your fellow members? Want to lead a stretch circle? These are all great opportunities to lead. Just contact an officer and let us know what you’re planning!