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SCI Houston Board of Directors

Welcome to our SCI Houston Board of Directors listings. Starting below are bios of all the members of the  2019-20 BOD.

Michael O'Day

President

Michael has been a lifelong supporter of Safari Club International along with various other conservation groups having served with the Alamo Chapter BOD on their Scholarship Committee and thus since with SCI-Houston as Awards Chair, Vice President, and President-Elect. Michael studied Wildlife Biology at Texas State University-San Marcos and now works in the oil and gas industry, living in Cypress with his wife, Christine, and baby boy Aiden.  Michael is an avid sportsman, conservationist, and just the type of guy who likes to get outdoors and have fun.  Having grown up in a family of hunters Michael was fortunate enough to have won SCI-National Young Hunter of the Year back in 1999. 

Scott Garrett

Vice-President

President of Chapter for the past two years, Scott Garrett has been the Fundraiser and Awards Chairman the past 4 years. Joining SCI in 2004, Scott has been a member of Chapter over 8 years and on the BOD over 6.  Both a National and Chapter Life Member, he is also a Life Member of RMEF, the Mule Deer Foundation, NRA, North American Hunting Club, North American Fishing Club and Houston Safari Club, serving on the BOD there for 6 years, including two terms as Vice President. He is also a member DU and past member of Trout Unlimited. Scott has hunted 6 continents,  approximately 170 species, and is the recipient of the 2008 SCI Houston Mike Simpson ‘Legends of Hunting’ Award and HSC’s 2009 International Hunter of the Year Award in addition to other SCI awards.

Jeff Lichon

Secretary

Jeff Lichon was born in 1978 and followed his Dad into the fields, marshes, and woods of Michigan early on. At 15 years old, an auto accident confined Jeff to a wheelchair, however that did not stop him from his pursuit of game and fish, He helped his Dad coordinate annual banquets for the Michigan Duck Hunters Association, spent 2 years on the Michigan state board of the NWTF, was a Chapter Vice President and Banquet Chairman for 5 years, and helped establish a new Chapter in Saginaw. Moving to Texas in 2013 he joined SCI Houston and has loved every opportunity to learn about this great state and all its natural resources. A freelance outdoor writer, Jeff’s writing reflects his experiences hunting with a disability, showing both able-bodied individuals and people with disabilities that nothing can stop you from doing what you love. Jeff is also a member of the NRA and CCA.

Oscar D. Taylor

Past President

Oscar D. Taylor, 52, was born in Vacherie, LA, spending his early years globetrotting with his Air Force parents until settling in Edgard, LA where he formed a life-long love for hunting and fishing in his pre-teen years. Joining SCI Houston in 2008, then the BOD in 2013. Oscar’s aspires to become an essential part of the conservation community, believing that “hunter conservationists” will be KEY in keeping our passion viable for generations to come!  He is a member of Lone Star Bowhunters, Pope & Young, RMEF, NWTF, and the Mule Deer Foundation. 21 years in a corporate setting garnered Oscar extensive training in marketing, sales and personal effectiveness that he is putting to good use with his own company now, Bonfire Wings, as well as our Chapter. He and his wife Denise have one daughter Jillian, a freshman at Auburn.

Dan Marcasol

Hunting Education Chair

Current Hunter Ed Chair Dan Marcasol is 45 years old, a native Houstonian and been a hunter, angler, and outdoorsman all his life. You can add avid bow hunter as well. You name it, he’s been a part of it!  Dan has helped organize, and been a part of, numerous outdoor organizations, company picnics, BBQs, cook-offs etc. for organizations like the Broken Bow Archery Club (where he was the founder and past President), Lone Star Bow Hunter Association, (serving as Magazine Editor) and several bass fishing clubs (charter member and officer of many). He is also a tournament fisherman and past columnist for Honey Hole Magazine (bass fishing magazine and tv show) and Bass Info Magazine.  Dan loves involving your as an organizer of multiple kid fish tournaments and served as the “Do-Dad” of his daughter’s Girl Scout troop. 

Kirk Waldron

Missions Chair

Born in 1941 Kirk Waldron is a lifetime Houstonian, member of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church and present Vestry member. He served in the Air Force for 6 years after graduating the University of Houston and was VP of Spaw-Glass Construction for 27 years before starting and running his own site work contracting business, Kirk Waldron Equipment, Inc., for the past 27 years. Kirk’s 65 years of hunting started in Texas with his Dad, and he has hunted most of the Western States, Eastern and Western Canada, Tanzania and South Africa. Kirk has been a member of SCI for 18 years, Life Member for 10 years, serving as Missions Chair for the last 10 years with stints as Fundraiser Chair as well. He is a member of RMEF (30 years, 20 as a Life Member), NRA (15 years Life Member) and NTWF (15 years).

Carl Godfrey

Fundraising Chair

One of our longest active members, Carl Godfrey joined SCI in 1995 and is an SCI First for Hunters LIfe Member. He lives in Katy where he owns and manages Live Wire Electric out of Cypress since 1984. Carl has been very active in the Chapter over the years helping out with Sensory Safari and our Youth Hunter Education Program, attending many functions and just rejoined the BOD in 2016 after taking some time off for business and family. We’re glad to have Carl back on the Board of Directors.

James Jefferies

Events Chair

 

Matt Roper

Awards Chair

 

Kerry O'Day

Board Member
Former Chapter President

Former Chapter President Kerry O’Day is 62 years old and has been hunting for over 50 years. He joined SCI in 1995 and been a Life Member since 2000. Kerry is also a Life member of Houston Safari Club (HSC), Dallas Safari Club (DSC), the NRA, Texas Bighorn Society (TBS), Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF), and others, Not only has he served as President of SCI Houston but Kerry has been on the Boards of SCI, HSC, and DSC. Kerry has won many awards too numerous to list here.  Kerry owns MG Arms Inc. with his wife, Carol (also a Chapter member and former Sables President) in Spring. They have two great children, Michael and Katie, and soon will be adding a grandson who will undoubtedly represent the third generation of O’Day hunters here in Texas.

Bill Pullen

Board Member
Former Chapter President

Native son Bill Pullen returned to Houston in 2004 after stints as President of the Orlando and North Florida (Jacksonville) Chapters, and after joining the SCI Houston BOD served as President from 2013-14.  A hunter since he was 16, Bill has been involved in a leadership role with DU and RMEF in Florida and first joined SCI in 1995.  He served six years on the By-Laws Committee; two terms as Region 28 Field Representative (Florida) and two terms as Region 15 Field Representative (Texas). He was SCI Houston Banquet/Fundraiser Chair for 6 years and is the current Shooting Sports Chair.  Bill works for Belden as a Channel Manager and Capital Projects Director and lives in Magnolia with his wife Tracy, sons Sean and Bryce, daughter Eryn and two dogs (Brenna and Finnin). 

Kent Robinson

Board Member
Former Chapter President

Kent Robinson is also known as the “Beer and Deer Guy”,  is a life member of SCI and twenty-year chapter member including terms as vice-president President,  Chair of our Hunting Exp,  Hunter  Education Heroes Outdoors, and Shiner “Big Bock” deer contest. He has also served on the Fundraising Banquet committee, Sportsmen Against Hunger and Sensory Safari committees. Kent is an avid Texas deer and exotic game hunter and has also hunted Africa,  Alaska,  Arkansas, and New Mexico. He is an official SCI Measurer and is also involved with HSCMulelr Deer Foundation, NRA and TTHA, Operation Game Thief and more.  In addition, on Kent owns Texafari Adventures and worked at Houston Distributing in Houston for 33+ years before recently taking on more challenges with Shiner Beer.  Married to Vicky for 25 years, they have three children: Janeice, Cody, and Carter.