Mollie Clakley retired from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, where she oversaw the training and testing of the fire service. She had been with the state agency for over twenty years. Mollie is a certified fire fighter, fire officer, and instructor. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in Business Management degree and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Mollie is still active with the fire service acting as the Parliamentarian of the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress.
Mollie first came to learn about the vision and importance of TCHA through her husband, Bobby Clakley, and joined TCHA as a concerned citizen. She began helping the board in 2012 with conference registrations and processing mail. In September 2014, after her retirement from the state, Mollie was appointed as the Executive Director of TCHA.
TCHA Directors and Officers
Bobby Clakley joined the United States Navy in September 1975. He was trained as an aviation ordnanceman and certified in the building of numerous types of bombs, rockets, missiles, mines as well as the twenty MM cannon. After serving in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Bobby was given his choice of orders and went to Millington, Tennessee. While in Tennessee, Bobby earned his Department of Defense instructor certification and began teaching multi-platform weapons systems to new recruits at the aviation ordnance school.
After retirement in 1992, he worked at the Department of Labor’s Gary Job Corps program for seven years and then went to work for the Travis County Juvenile Probation Department, where he was a juvenile detention officer working with the Intensive Supervision Probation unit. After seven years with the Travis County, Bobby moved on to work for the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as a program specialist in the certification division where he reviews fire service training and issues certifications in specific disciplines to firefighters in Texas.
Bobby currently holds Instructor II certification through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and is certified by the Texas Department of Public Safety as a License to Carry Instructor. In addition, he is certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement as a Firearm Instructor and the National Rifle Association as a Basic Pistol Instructor.
Bill Titus has been a hunting and shooting enthusiast for most of his life. In addition to teaching Texas Concealed Handgun classes, he also teaches Texas Hunter Education, and is frequently found leading canoe and kayak trips on the historic Brazos river. He lives at Ropesville, near Lubbock, and teaches CHL classes in the Lubbock area and in Brownfield at Outfitter’s Supply. He is an endowment life member of the National Rifle Association, the Texas State Rifle Association, as well as the Texas Concealed Handgun Association.
He retired after more than 30 years with the United Methodist Church, where he continues to work in a part-time capacity. During this time he has been a local church pastor, manager of the denomination’s area credit union, a church administrator, and an adjunct faculty member teaching Biblical literature. He holds degrees from Ottawa University (BA) and Saint Paul School of Theology (M.Th.) and has done post-graduate work in organizational administration at Emory University. He and his wife Beverly have five children, scattered from Tacoma, Washington to Clifton, Texas, as well as five grandchildren.
Susie Tackett has been a CHL since 1996 and a CHL instructor since 2008. She has been shooting IDPA and USPSA matches since 1996. She took several Thunder Ranch classes, two Babes With Bullets seminars, and NRA Women on Target events.
She is a NRA basic instructor, IDPA safety officer, USPSA range officer, Nd NRA range safety officer.
With her husband Jim she runs local Zombie Shooters Association club matches and IDPA matches. She is the area coordinator for Second Amendment Sisters and the Del Rio facilitator for A Girl and a Gun Club.
Education and Training Officer/Director
Austin Davis started life as a full time professional Stand up Comedian and opened for acts as diverse as Jay Leno and Wayne Newton, as well as working venues and clubs all over the US. After 5 years, Austin decided it was time to take a break from the stress of being a road comic and set his sights on becoming… a Police Officer.
Now happily a former Police Officer and as Owner of www.DavisSeminars.com, Austin is busy combining his comedian past with street proven realities in a unique laugh and learn style. He has given in excess of 2500 crime related seminars to law enforcement, corporations, and every type of group imaginable; plus has been featured on many national and local television shows.
Austin is the President of KangarooCarry.com the “Best Holster You Will Never See”. The unique soft shoulder holster design was an invention by a close friend in the police academy in 1994 as a way to carry full size duty guns comfortably off duty. That idea between two “Baby Police Officers” quickly grew by word of mouth became a serious business in 1996 and many years is still proudly hand crafted in Houston Texas for Military, Law Enforcement and legally Licensed Civilians. He is founder of the www.VirtualTacticalAcademy.com which uses virtual reality to test and teach the judgement associated with dynamic use of force situations.
Austin is currently a licensed Texas LTC Instructor. He holds both levels of Low Light Instructor certification through the SureFire Institute. Austin is also a NRA Instructor and holds a Master Operator/ Instructor Certification as a Virtual Reality Operator. He proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Concealed Handgun Association as Director of Training and Education and on the Board of Directors for A Girl and A Gun. Hobbies include skydiving/Wing Suit flying, solo sea kayaking Texas gulf coast, sailing, opera.
Public Information Officer/Director
Larry Arnold has been shooting since he was a Boy Scout. In addition to being a Texas concealed carry instructor, he holds certification as a NRA Training Counselor, Texas Hunter Education Master Instructor and Becoming an Outdoors Woman Instructor. His military service includes four years active duty and sixteen years in the reserves as an infantry officer.
Larry’s CHL PowerPoint won a first place award in a national communications contest in 1999, and his pro-gun novel, “The Mark of Abel” has been published by Zumaya Publications.
As a writer and desktop publisher he has won many state and national awards in writing and communications contests, including several for the TCHA website. He has also published a number of newsletters for a variety of organizations. He is married, and has two grown daughters, a grandson and a granddaughter. Visit him athttp://www.talonsite.com.
Dean McCormick was born in California in 1949, but with a Texas connection. His dad had been a dust-bowler, leaving Amarillo/Canyon in the late 1930s. He first got gunpowder in his veins from following an older cousin around on a dove hunt, escaping from a boring family picnic. First formal training was in a police-sponsored rifle club, shooting bullseye with .22 target rifles. After a couple of years with the club, he tested and qualified as an NRA assistant instructor, that being the highest rating available to a shooter under eighteen.
Dean became a CHL instructor in 1995, as part of the initial cadre, and was in on the formation of the TCHIA in 1997. He wrote a proposed draft of the original bylaws, some elements of which are still incorporated in the current document. He’s been active in small ways all through the history of the organization, but first ran and was elected to the BoD in 2007. He teaches in his living room and does the shooting at his own range, a pretty Spartan setup 300 yards from his front door. He teaches on weekends, having kept his day job, which is not shooting, police, or security-related.
He’s an NRA and TSRA member, almost an “of course.”
DirectorRick Mackey is retired from the insurance industry. Rick has over 30 years of management experience in the consumer electronics and insurance industries. Rick is an avid hunter, outdoorsman and shooting enthusiast. He is married with three children and six grandchildren.
Robert T. Lovelace
Robert Lovelace, retired captain from Lone Star College Police Department, holds a Texas Master Peace Officer Certification, TCOLE Advanced Instructor Certificate, Firearms Instructor Certificate, a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology.
During his law enforcement career, Captain Lovelace has filled positions in patrol and investigations, and supervised officers in every aspect of police work. He began his law enforcement work as a reserve deputy with Harris County Sheriffâ€™s Department, serving in the Marine Division. After completing a full law enforcement academy, Lovelace subsequently served with public school, college , and municipal agencies in the greater Houston area. At Lone Star College, in addition to supervising officers at various campuses, and assisting the Chief of Police with special investigations and legal research, Lovelace served for three years as the lead instructor of the Lone Star College Law Enforcement Academy. Captain Lovelace held additional responsibilities as the Training Officer and Firearms Proficiency Officer for the college department.
Rob Lovelace has been an active Texas Concealed Handgun Instructor since the program started, gaining his first DPS instructor License in 1995. After retiring from police service Rob has turned his attention to TCHA Training and is happy to serve as a Director with additional emphasis on membership expansion. He remains an active instructor in the Central Texas area.
Deborah L. Wardlaw
DirectorDeborah Wardlaw is a National Rifle Association (NRA) training counselor and has been a Texas License to Carry instructor since 1995. She has acted as the chairperson for the NRA Ladies Charity Classic shoots for three years; state coordinator of NRA’s “Women on Target” program; Director of Women in Shooting Sports for the Texas State Rifle Association; and an Executive Board Member of the Texas Outdoor’s Women’s Network.
TreasurerBoyd Grimes is a native Texan, born in Austin, raised in San Antonio, went to college in San Marcos, and currently lives in the Dallas area. He is a licensed insurance agent and the father of two grown children and the grandfather of seven delightful grandchildren. He is married and looking forward to retirement in the coming months.
Tac-Med ConsultantRodney Jaime is an active 22 year veteran Master Peace Officer for one of the largest police departments in the U.S. He is a Tactical Training Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Tactical Combat Casualty Care Instructor for Tactical Medicine and EMT, as well as the President of Med Tac Solutions. Rodney is a Fourth Degree Black Belt in Judo, Third Degree Black Belt in Aikido and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Stephen Jon Moss
Stephen Jon Moss is a recognized civil and administrative litigator with vast experience representing school districts, other governmental agencies, private individuals, insurance industry, and business clients. Stephen has worked in Texas focusing on school law, licensing, construction, property, personnel, insurance, employment, discrimination, sexual harassment, commercial transactions, utilities, tax, and related law. Mr. Moss has over 24 years of legal experience, including multiple trials and contested case hearings, and appeals.
Stephen was born in Burbank, California. Stephen began shooting .22 caliber rifles at age six, and has enjoyed shooting other firearms and handguns since. Stephen served and received weapons training in the U.S. Army ROTC program. Stephen obtained his B.S. in both accounting (1987) and business administration (1986) from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and his Juris Doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law (1989). Mr. Moss graduated in the top of his law school class where he was the Notes & Comments Editor of the Law Review, a Hatton W. Sumners Scholar, and a Naifeh Judicial Fellow. Mr. Moss received Am Jur Awards in complex litigation and appellate advocacy, and served on the OCU School of Law disciplinary tribunal.
Stephen has legal licenses in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Washington D.C., the United States Fifth Circuit, the United States Military Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Indian Appeals, and the United States District Court of Texas, Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts. Mr. Moss also engages in mediations and arbitrations. Mr. Moss held a trial and appellate judge appointment from the United States over civil and criminal cases arising in Indian Country within Oklahoma 1987-1988, and decided appeals from Indian Nations in the United States. Stephen is a member of the State Bar of Texas College of the State Bar, school law, administrative, and litigation sections. He is also a member of the Austin Bar Association and is active on the judicial affairs and high tech committees, has served as Chairman of the Fee Dispute Committee since 2006, and is a member of the litigation, administrative, solo, real estate, and construction law sections. Stephen enjoys golf, tennis, fencing, and other sports.
History of Directors and Officers
A History of TCHA Officers
Bobby Clakley (2014-present)
Rick Mackey (2009-2014)
Chris Bird (2008-2009)
George “Bulldog” Pena (2007-2008)
John Ridlehuber, III (2004-2007)
Daniel L. (Dan) West (1997-2004)
Bill Titus (2014-present)
Previously known as the Executive Vice President
Bobby Clakley (2014-2014)
George Pena (2009-2014)
Rick Mackey (2007-2009)
George (Bulldog) Pena (2004-2007)
John Ridlehuber, III (2003-2004)
William D. (Bill) Slater Jr., CPO (2000-2003)
Dr. Charles C. Harris (1998-1999)
Karl Rehn (1997)
Deborah Wardlaw (2016-present)
Dean McCormick (2014-2016)
Susie Tackett (2014-2014)
Bobby Clakley (2012-2014)
Susie Tackett (2014-present)
Bill Titus (2012-2014)
Boyd Grimes (2014-Present)
Ron Ryle (2010-2014)
Merle Niemiec (2007-2010)
Kathy Pena (2005-2007)
Garry Brookman (2005-2005)
Bruce B. McMahan (1997-2005)
Education and Training Officer
Austin Davis (2014-present)
Public Information Officer
Larry Arnold (2014-present)
Social Media Master
Billy Hill (2014-2015)
Cheryl McCall (2016-present)
Rodney Jaime (2015-2016)
First Vice President
This office was desolved in 2014.
Dean McCormick (2010-2014)
Frank Niemiec (2007-2010)
Gene Schiller (2004-2007)
Christopher J. (Chris) Bird (1999-2004)
Elsie M. Allen (1997-1999)
Second Vice President
This office was desolved in 2014.
Mollie Clakley (2013-2014)
Larry Feille (2010-2013)
Kathy Pena (2009-2010)
Bill Titus (2008-2009)
Ed Benyon (2007-2008)
Christopher J. (Chris) Bird (2004-2007)
Larry Arnold (1997-2004)
This office was split into Recording Secretary and Membership Secretary
Bill Titus (2009-2012)
James Zipperer (2008-2009)
Kathy Gilchrist (2007)
Kathy Pena (2004-2008)
William D. (Bill) Slater, Jr. (1997-2004)
A History of TCHA Directors
Board of Directors
Deborah L. Wardlaw (2016-present)
Robert Lovelace (2015-present)
Susie Tackett (2014-present)
Bobby Clakley (2013-present)
Austin Davis (2012-present)
Rick Mackey (2008-present)
Bill Titus (2008-present)
Larry Arnold (1997-present)
Directors’ Terms of Office
Mark Gillespie (2015-2016)
Erwin Ballarta (2010-2015)
Larry Feille (2010-2015)
Ron Ryle (2010-2014)
Mike McNeely (2008-2010)
Frank Niemiec (2008-2011)
Merle Niemiec (2008-2011)
Bruce Gilchrist (2007-2008)
Dean McCormick (2007-2012)
Kathy Pena (2006-2008)
Antonio Orozco (2005-2008)
Bill Carr (2004)
Gene Schiller (2003-2009)
Judd M. Earley (2002-2008)
George (Bulldog) Pena (2000-2008 2009-2014)
Matthew (Matt) Billingsley (2000-2005)
John Ridlehuber, III (2000-2007)
Chris Bird (1999-2013)
Dr. Charles C. Harris (1998-1999)
Ed Forrest (1997-2002)
Hanan Yadin (1997-1999)
Dan West (1997-2004)
Bill Slater (1997-2004)
Bruce B. McMahan (1997-2003 2004-2006)
Karl Rehn (1997)
Elsie M. Allen (1997-1999)