There are several women’s shooting organizations, but the AG & AG Leadership Team is the reason this league is different:
Our Facilitators are all Certified Instructors. This is important because members can be assured that all events are run by someone who has made an investment in her training by attending professional classes to learn safe gun handling and accuracy drills. This is more than a fun group; we have a mission to ensure that our members learn correct techniques while having fun.
Our Facilitators are all women. We love spending time with our husbands, boyfriends, sons, and other guy friends at the range; however, we take time to get away and enjoy girl talk, too! This girl-friendly environment has a different feel to it — and can often be less intimidating to new members. We share tips about posture, grip, and maneuverability that are all unique to a woman’s physical characteristics. While there are wonderful male instructors, it can greatly benefit women to learn from other women.
Our Facilitators are “everyday” women. We are not pin-up models, hard-core athletes, or tactical soldiers. We are normal women who enjoy trying new things and feeling empowered. We welcome women of all ages and abilities — from the fitness pros to the cuddly grandmas — who want to improve self defense skills and try a competitive match. Anyone can do what we do, and we cheer for each other along the way! Our Facilitators help women achieve their goals every day.
Julianna Crowder, Founder
Julianna Crowder is a dreamer, teacher, and leader. She empowers women to take personal responsibility for their safety by learning the proper handling and use of firearms. She invites women to participate at the shooting range. She creates opportunities for women to grow their own businesses and make their dreams come true. Although she was raised around firearms and married a Marine, it wasn’t until 2004 that Julianna developed an interest in competitive action shooting, hunting, and self defense. She participated in IDPA, but grew tired of being the only woman at a match. She would see women there with their husbands, but always sitting on the sidelines. Trying to get women to participate, Julianna would host ladies-only self-defense classes or safety seminars, but no one came. On Feb. 28, 2011, she held her first Girl’s Night Out, a casual, unintimidating event on safe shooting followed by “girl talk” at a restaurant afterwards. Only a few girls showed up, but each week a few more would come. Using this simple format, she has helped bring thousands of women into the shooting community. Julianna is a passionate speaker on women’s issues as gun owners, concealed carry and 2nd Amendment issues, action shooting sports, and firearm education and resources. She has been featured on The Blaze, Huckabee, CNBC, NBC, NPR, and many local affiliates. She is regularly invited to speak on Cam and Co. on NRA News, and was Ms. September in the 2012 Bond Arms “Fight Like A Girl” charity calendar. As Founder, Julianna continues to share the mission of A Girl & A Gun. She manages strategic partnerships with industry leaders, and hosts regional and national events. She is a Certified NRA Instructor, Rangemaster Level 1, Certified License to Carry Instructor for the State of Texas, and served on the national NRA Education Committee.
Robyn Sandoval, Executive Director
Robyn Sandoval is a converted anti-gunner. She was raised in a large city, and always assumed that first responders were only a phone call away and grocery stores would have needed supplies on hand. Her paradigm shattered when she saw on the news a desperate mother at the Super Dome in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina hand her small children to strangers boarding a bus to Houston for safety. Robyn questioned aloud, “What do I have to do so that is never me?” She began to casually store food and water for her family to shelter in place together in case of a disaster in her community. Her husband asked, “If something happens, and people are desperate, how are we going to stop someone from kicking in our door and taking the supplies that you’ve stored for our kids?” After years of arguing for gun control, Robyn found herself with no argument. In late 2010, she finally decided to purchase a firearm for home defense. She wanted training and confidence, so she nervously attended a Girl’s Night Out, only the 3rd event for the new A Girl & A Gun league. In October 2012, Robyn joined the A Girl & A Gun executive team as Technology Director and built the infrastructure and operating procedures from the ground up to enable the organization’s rapid growth (650% in 26 months). Today she serves as Executive Director and manages the day-to-day operations of the organization, which has members in 48 states and hosts Girl’s Night Out at more than 190 ranges nationwide. Robyn is an NRA Certified Instructor, Range Safety Officer, GLOCK Operator, and GLOCK Armorer. She is a member of the Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America, and an NRA Endowment Member. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude from St. Edward’s University.
Tatiana Whitlock, Training Director
Tatiana Whitlock is a nationally respected instructor who works with men, women, and youth to establish a real-world foundation of firearm skills, safety, and situational awareness. A lifelong interest in martial arts resulted in the inevitable introduction to firearms as a means of self and home protection. She is a dedicated student as well as an instructor and travels to peruse training across the country with top names in the industry. As a mother of two, Tatiana takes the safety of her family seriously and knows that in a worst-case scenario the first responder on the scene is herself. Tatiana is a NRA BPI, RSO and Refuse to Be a Victim instructor in addition to being a featured host & instructor on Trigger Time TV airing on the Pursuits Channel. In addition to serving as the Director of Training for AG & AG, she is Director of Training at Howell’s Indoor Range and Shooting Academy in Gray, Maine, and the AG & AG Chapter Facilitator. She is a contributing author for numerous industry publications and the NRA Women’s Network
The volunteers at AG & AG Headquarters work tirelessly for our members, facilitators, vendors, sponsors, and friends.
- Sandy Kozero, Leadership Onboarding Director
- Beth Duckworth, Quarterly Match Director
- Dawn Buccafusco Rodriguez, Art & Licensing Director
- Morgan Schmidt, Range Coordinator
- Jana Yarbrough, Vendor Program Coordinator
- Wendy Hayes, Partner Services Coordinator
- Melissa Devorsky, Merchandising Coordinator