Students for Concealed Carry’s Board of Directors

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Crayle Vanest – Assistant Director of Development

Crayle is currently the Assistant Director of Development and Midwest Regional Director as well as Director of Public Relations for Students for Concealed Carry Foundation, the (c)3 organization that works with Students for Concealed Carry. She started working with SCC as the campus leader for University of Indiana and also held the position of Indiana State Director. She is heavily involved with the Leadership Institute as well as networking with other organizations with goals similar to SCC.

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Zachary Zalneraitis – Director of Public Relations

Zachary is currently the Central Regional Director overseeing Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and North and South Dakota. He is also serves as the National Director of Public Relations for Students for Concealed Carry and is responsible for media relations as well as the social media presence of the organization. Zachary began as a writer for Students for Concealed Carry in 2010 before founding the University of Florida chapter after the 2011 National Conference. After passing on leadership in that group, he assumed the role of Southeast Regional Director before moving to Kansas and taking over the then-inactive Central Region. He was appointed to the Public Relations position in the summer of 2014.

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Zachary Zalneraitis - Director of Public Relations

Jason Silva – Product Development

Jason is a senior at Brigham Young University majoring in recreational therapy. Jason intends on pursuing a graduate degree in social work and working as a therapist with at-risk youth. Jason works in the mental health field mentoring teenage boys with various emotional disorders living in residential treatment and also works on the rec therapy staff at an inpatient substance abuse treatment center. Jason started with SCC in 2008 as a campus leader, became the Utah state director in 2009, and in 2010 became the Rocky Mountain Regional Director and joined the national board of directors. Jason  is an NRA certified instructor and a Utah BCI certified concealed firearms instructor. Jason enjoys defensive firearms training, competitive shooting, rock climbing, photography,  and mentoring troubled teens.

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Reid K Smith, M.D. – Director of Development

Reid K Smith serves as the Director of Development for Students for Concealed Carry. Previously, he was the Midwest Regional Director and Michigan State Director. Reid joined SCC shortly before the first Empty Holster Protest in 2007, later becoming the Campus Leader at Albion College. In March 2009, he became the Michigan State Director, assuming his position as Midwest Regional Director in May 2010, and Director of Development in December 2012. Reid is an Emergency Medicine physician in Downtown Detroit. His wide interests include wilderness medicine, the impact of firearms on public health, the outdoors, backpacking, history, and baseball.

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Erik Soderstrom – East Regional Director

Erik Soderstrom became involved with SCC when he started a campus chapter at Vanderbilt University in the fall of 2008 and became a campus leader. After transferring schools, Erik was appointed State Director for South Carolina in the Fall of 2009.  In April 2011, he assumed his current position as East Regional Director.

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