Board of Directors
Cyndi Flannigan, President
Cynthia “Cyndi” Flannigan is the Executive Director of the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance. Over the past 40 plus years, Cyndi has held many positions within the shooting sports industry. Her love of the sport focuses her attention and commitment to its future. Cyndi has been dedicated to and involved in the preservation and protection of our natural resources for most of her life. She views Mzuri Wildlife Foundation as a conduit for her life-long conservation efforts. When discussing Mzuri, she states that she is “proud to be associated with such a dedicated group of professionals.”
Ken Wood – Vice President
Ken grew up in the Douglas County area of Southern Oregon. The small town of Dillard has been home for most of his life. Ken became involved with the Douglas County Friends of NRA over 20 years ago and has been an active member ever since. At the same time, he began hunting more outside of the United States. Ken has a passion for firearms and for involving youth in shooting sports education and hunting. After seeing what the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation does for conservation and youth programs, he knew it would be a great organization to be involved with.
Peter M. Codding – Second Vice President
John A. Kamps – Treasurer
John is CEO and owner of Kamps Propane. He attended Georgia Institute of Technology before founding his company in 1969. John grew up hunting pheasant, duck and deer with his father in California. His love of hunting has taken him to every continent where he has seen first-hand the many issues that local community members face in their daily lives. He joined Mzuri to make a difference in the best way possible. In his words, “I’ve been involved in Mzuri for many years because of the hands-on projects they support. They have been very involved in African anti-poaching efforts as well as programs that teach agricultural skills to local villagers. They train youth in outdoor activities involving wildlife, fun and the shooting sports. There just aren’t many organizations like Mzuri.” John is also active with Safari Club International, Ducks Unlimited and the National Rifle Association. He and his wife, Jillian, live in Stockton, California.
Sharon McMicking – Secretary
Born in Santa Monica, California, Sharon’s love of the outdoor sports grew from fishing and snorkeling in waters off Catalina Island and shooting her bb gun in her backyard and the Mojave desert. She and her husband, Bennett, have travelled to many parts of the world to fish, hunt, and enjoy the camaraderie that comes from these adventures.
Sharon joined the board of Mzuri Wildlife Foundation to help protect and care for the wildlife, land, and water that have enriched her life and to help preserve these experiences so that others will cultivate a love of the outdoor world and feel compelled, as she does, to protect it. She and Bennett reside in Winsor, California and have two grown children.
M. Kevin Destruel
M. Kevin Destruel is co-owner of Mead Clark Lumber Company, a third-generation family-owned business in Sonoma County, where he has worked since graduating from UC Berkeley. His dedication to wildlife conservation results from his love of the outdoors and his passion for hunting. “I just wanted to see more put back in than was ever taken out,” he explains. Kevin’s godfather, Jim Codding, was the first president of Mzuri Wildlife Foundation. Kevin has continued this legacy, serving multiple terms as the Foundation’s board president. Kevin was recently selected as the 2020 Steven E. Nelson Sportsman of the Year, an award which recognizes a lifetime of achievement in international hunting and conservation. He and his wife, Karen, share a home in Texas.
Suzanne J. Edwards
A regular student of Gunsite Academy in Arizona, she knows firsthand how empowering it is to learn how to safely handle guns and be able to protect oneself should the need arise. A life member of the NRA, she is a member of the NRA Ring of Freedom and the NRA Women’s Leadership Forum Council as well as the CA Rifle and Pistol Association. She and her husband Hammond Edwards are members of Wing & Barrel in Sonoma, where they shoot sporting clays regularly.
Glennon T. Gingo
Glennon has been a broker in the Hawaii commercial real estate industry for more than a decade. He also serves as a consultant for aquatics training programs including SCUBA diving instruction, freediving, lifeguarding, and first aid. Glennon has served as a volunteer with many community-based organizations and is dedicated to firearm safety and education. An avid outdoorsman, Glennon has hunted and fished for most of his life. He strongly believes that conservation and hunting go hand-in-hand with protecting our natural resources. He is dedicated to engaging youth in the out-of-doors and ensuring that future generations have the same opportunities that he has had.
George Sammut is a businessman and restaurateur involved with Black Bear Diners as a shareholder and franchise/operator in California and Nevada. He is a Life Member in the NRA, California Waterfowl Association, and SCI. With a deep passion for the hunting, shooting and angling sports, he has traveled to many areas of the world including Brazil for Peacock Bass, New Zealand for Red Stag and other species and Africa for many species of fish and big game. As an avid sportsman and outdoors enthusiast, he has a true belief in wildlife conservation efforts, the future of shooting sports and the ongoing education of our youth on these matters. He believes that involvement in organizations to further these endeavors is something every sports enthusiast should consider. The education of wildlife conservation through the shooting and angling sports is a topic many more need to understand and he believes that Mzuri is a perfect vehicle to deliver such a message.
“Thank you for supporting us to go on iThemba Trust’s Adventure Camp. I learnt many skills. The most fun part was when we went hiking on the mountains, going through rivers, making fire by using nature materials. I really enjoyed the camp.”Buntukazi, South Africa