Women Teaching Women
AWSA Staff
OFFICERS

President/Founder
Carol Ruh
NRA Training Counselor
NRA Certified Instructor
Director of Women's Division
Arizona State Rifle & Pistol Association

Vice President
Marie Thompson

Secretary
Kim Campagna
NRA Certified Instructor

NRA INSTRUCTORS

Carol Ruh
Marie Thompson
Kim Campagna
Betsy Kavash
Dave Osborn

Carol Ruh
President/Founder
NRA Certified Instructor
In 1998 Carol started working at an indoor range in Phoenix opening a new world of opportunities. She saw the need for women instructors and accepted the challenge becoming and NRA instructor, and in 2009 a Training Counselor.  More recently she has become the Women’s Director of the Arizona State Rifle & Pistol Association’s Women’s Division.

Carol has worked hard throughout the years studying not only to become a better shooter, but also to pass along what she learned. She feels that every woman should have the opportunities to learn and become more confident and not depend on another for her safety or her families.

“If a woman can teach another woman the importance of this sport, she would be willing to pass this to her children ensuring the future of the shooting sports. The key is education”.
Marie Thompson
Vice President
NRA Certified Instructor
Marie moved to Arizona in 1989 after accepting an offer for a new position from her employer. 

"After visiting Ben Avery and participating in an introductory firearms program presented by Ben Avery, I became interested in learning more about firearms and what programs were available to women. 

A brochure from the Arizona Women’s Shooting Associates (AWSA) provided the perfect information and schedule for courses to further my interests in pistols while building firearm confidence and knowledge.

Practice sessions provided many different shooting scenarios while fostering the greater depth of knowledge and confidence I was looking for.  I have also expanded my experiences into occasional recreational skeet shooting and rifle target shooting.

I continued my firearm education with AWSA and received my NRA Certified Pistol Instructor Credentials in 2019. My vision is to continue my firearms education with AWSA and pass on my knowledge and help to other women".
Kim Campagna
Secretary
NRA Certified Instructor
Kim was born in Portland, Oregon, and moved to Arizona in 2001. After moving to Arizona she purchased a handgun and got her CCW.

Still wanting to learn more about firearms, Kim took a class on "Personal Protection in the Home" through Arizona Women's Shooting Associates and became a member in 2016.

"Once I started attending the pistol and rifle practice nights, I gained a lot of confidence in my ability to react and shoot my firearms in different scenarios. Each practice night was very informative and I learned something new each time".

"Continuing my firearm education with AWSA in 2017 I became an NRA Certified Instructor in several disciplines. I would also like to see more women build their knowledge and skill using firearms for personal protection and enjoy the sport of shooting".


Instructors
Betsy Kavash
NRA Certified Instructor
A new job brought Betsy to Arizona in 1996 from the Northeast. 

"Although I never thought about or ever held a gun before, something about living in the Southwest led me to sign up for the ‘Women on Target’ clinic taught by Carol Ruh at the Ben Avery Shooting Range in 2016.

This hands-on class of firearm safety and orientation to marksmanship, encouragingly taught by Carol and the other women on her staff, made it comfortable and safe for me to learn a new skill and eliminated any misgivings or fear I had about guns and shooting.

I liked shooting targets and started attending the bi-monthly pistol and rifle practice nights run by the Arizona Women’s Shooting Association (AWSA). It was during these sessions that I gained experience and confidence in my shooting ability.

I joined the AWSA and the women’s division of Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association (ASRPA) and planned to continue improving my skills. Since then, I have taken more classes through AWSA and became a certified NRA Pistol Instructor".

Dave Osborn
NRA Certified Instructor
Dave is an NRA certified, rifle instructor. He has been teaching with the AWSA since September, 2007 and has enjoyed every moment, fulfilling his goal of passing along safe, rifle handling and shooting skills.

"For the past 40 years, I’ve shot recreationally and competitively for 20 of those years. I compete in High Power and 50BMG 1000yd. Benchrest, Small Bore and High Power Rifle Silhouette as well as Service Rifle matches."

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