Board of Directors
Sandy Froman, President
Harvard-educated attorney, former law professor, past president of the National Rifle Association, and former president of Wildlife for Tomorrow (a non-profit foundation supporting the Arizona Game & Fish Department’s conservation and education efforts), Sandy Froman has done much for the cause of wildlife conservation and the shooting sports. Sandy grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area suburbs but never camped, hunted or fished as a child. Yet somehow the die was cast. While her grade school classmates were flying balsa wood kites, she crafted bows and arrows from the wood and honed her archery skills hunting tomatoes in her mother’s garden. It was there she learned her first hunting lesson–you eat what you hunt. Sandy received her undergraduate degree in economics with honors from Stanford University and her juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School. As a long time director and the current President of Mzuri Wildlife Foundation, Sandy believes the Foundation’s work is vital to preserving America’s hunting heritage which, in turn, ensures sustainable wild habitat and healthy animal populations. She has seen firsthand the economic benefits of managed big game hunting in the US and abroad. Having herself been introduced to hunting by a female mentor, Sandy works to grow the number of women participating in the shooting and hunting sports. Sandy lives in the saguaro-studded mountains north of Tucson, Arizona among visiting scorpions, rattlesnakes, javelina, whitetails, bobcats, and an occasional mountain lion, some of which have tried to hunt her.
Cyndi Flannigan, Vice 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.”
Suzanne J. Edwards – Second Vice President
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.
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.
Glennon T. Gingo – Secretary
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.
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.
Gina Longmire is a seasoned event planner and consultant with over 15 years in the event and non-profit space. She specializes in both in-person and virtual events and has helped many charitable organizations with their fundraising efforts. She is actively involved with California Waterfowl Association and her local chapter in Danville, California. She became involved with Mzuri because she felt that many people overlook the important connection between protecting wildlife and involving people in the outdoors. “Often times we take for granted the beauty of what is around us and by educating others on the conservation of our wildlife, we are helping to ensure that future generations can enjoy nature and the amazing creatures that live within it. I love the philosophy of Mzuri: by investing in the cultivation and inspiration of future generations, we can teach children to treasure the outdoors and protect our natural resources.”
Il Ling New
An Idaho resident, Il Ling New grew up fishing, hunting, and eventually guiding in her father’s outfitting business. She credits early training and education about the outdoors with instilling a deep sense of conservation and “the human obligation to our natural world.” She guided through school, where she was the first female captain of her university’s shotgun team. After a twenty-year career in international business, Il Ling returned to her passion of guiding and firearms training. She is a Rangemaster at the Gunsite Academy and instructs for DOI bureaus and the Steyr Arms Academy.
Il Ling is a member of several organizations supporting wildlife, conservation and the Second Amendment. She is an inductee to the California Outdoors Hall of Fame and a former Board Director of the NRA. Il Ling’s experiences working, hunting, and training all over the globe have only reinforced her faith in the interdependent relationships shared by humans, animals, and their habitats. She joined Mzuri to help others participate in the support of wildlife conservation. “Being in the outdoors and interacting with wildlife have been the most important and positive influences in my life. I want to help preserve them, and introduce others to them too. I can’t think of a better way to accomplish this than by serving the mission of the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation.”
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.