Executive Board and Officers

Our 2019-2020 Executive Board

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

Mac Whitaker, Co-President/Armorer
USA Archery Certified L2 Instructor


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


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


Elizabeth Loxterkamp, Co-President
USA Archery Certified L2 Instructor

Program: PhD Student in Neuroscience
Year Joined: 2018
Bow Style: Olympic Recurve

Elizabeth has been shooting for eleven years, and is the former president of the Wellesley College Archery Club. She’s glad to be able to continue competing at USC and help her teammates grow as archers. In her studies, she researchers the role of the vagus nerve in eating behavior.


Katherine Morrison, Secretary
Certified L2 Instructor

Major: Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology and Computational Neuroscience
Year Joined: 2018
Bow Style: Olympic Recurve

Katherine is a Sophomore pursuing a double degree in Psychology and Computational Neuroscience. She shoots Olympic Recurve and her favorite color is black.


Erin Ewalt, Treasurer
Certified L2 Instructor

Major: Bachelor of Arts in Communication
Minors: Linguistics, Organizational Leadership and Management
Year Joined: 2018
Bow Style: Olympic Recurve

Erin has been shooting for only a year but likes archery because of how relaxing it can be (and how cool it looks)! But most of all, she loves archery because of how supportive the team and coaches have been in helping her grow in this sport!


Simon Trinh, Director of Education

Certified L2 Instructor, USA Archery Level 2 Instructor Trainer

Major: Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology
Year Joined: 2017
Bow Style: Olympic Recurve

Simon is a Junior majoring in Human Biology. He shoots Olympic Recurve and his favorite color is the red of a blazing sunset.


Michelle DeMers, Team Captain (Olympic Recurve)
USA Archery Certified L2 Instructor

Major: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Year Joined: 2018
Bow Style: Olympic Recurve, Compound

Michelle is a sophomore at USC, but has been doing archery for more than seven 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. She hopes to lead the Trojan Archery team to success while also furthering her accomplishments as an intellectual and an archer here at USC.


Caesar (Mingyu) Cui, Team Captain (Barebow)

Certified L2 Instructor

Major: BS Computer Science and Computer Engineering
Year Joined: 2018
Bow Style: Barebow

Caesar is a Junior majoring in Computer Engineering and Computer Science. He shoots Barebow and his favorite color is blue.


Kevin Yan, Webmaster

USA Archery Certified L2 Instructor

Major: Bachelor of Sciences in Computer Science
Year Joined: 2018
Bow Style: Barebow

Kevin is a Sophomore majoring in Computer Science. He shoots Barebow, and his favorite color is emerald green.


Daniel KwasniewskiDirector of Special Projects

USAA Certified L4 Coach

Major: PhD, Physical Chemistry, Ph.D Candidate ’20
Year Joined: 2016
Bow Style: Olympic Recurve

Dan is a Ph.D Candidate in Chemistry. He shoots Olympic Recurve and enjoys watching his team mates grow in the sport of archery.


Lexie ChuDirector of External Relations

Major: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production
Year Joined: 2018
Bow Style: Olympic Recurve

Lexie is a current senior at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. When she’s not shooting (on-set or on the range), she’s busy managing Trojan Archery’s outreach platforms, recruitment, and impact in the USC community and beyond! She’s extremely excited to help new archers look cool and – most importantly – feel badass while developing a love for the sport of archery. She also would like to remind you to follow our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram and reach out to us anytime if you have questions about our club!

Contact: archery@usc.edu


Diego MontanoArmorer

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

Description to come!


Winston WeiArmorer

USAA Certified L2 Instructor

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

Description to come!


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 organize a group to grab boba after practice? 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!