Board of Directors
Judy Rhodes – Founder
Judy Rhodes is a visionary, the voice of women in the outdoors and inspiration to women worldwide. Developing shooting and outdoor programs within DIVA WOW has encouraged women to find their outdoor passions.
Judy acquired her love of outdoors the old fashion way…she lived it. Judy, daughter of East Texas ranching parents, recognizes her passion of the outdoors from punching cows, riding horses and hunting wild game along the sides of her brothers. Sam, husband of 42 years, and Judy have introduced their two sons, Marcus and Harrison to conservation and outdoor experiences worldwide.
In 1999 conservationists and outdoorsmen said Judy‘s vision of an outdoor, women-only organization was an ’impossible‘ dream. With Sam’s encouragement, guidance and devotion, Judy created the first woman ONLY shooting and outdoors organization devoted to bringing more women to the outdoors and shooting sports, and gave new meaning to women having a voice and new experience in the outdoors. Judy learned from generations of outdoor women before her…inspire and develop talents of women in the outdoors while living the life you are suppose to live!
Many women have developed outdoor skills through Judy‘s leadership in and out of the field. While teaching hundreds of women to shoot through DIVA WOW clinics and giving them the skills and confidence to acquire their CHLs…her next challenge was how to sharpen women’s skill on the range. Judy, with DIVA WOW Director of Leagues Marietta Johnson, was the FIRST in the nation to define and develop women only handgun leagues. Women‘s awareness and participation in the great outdoors has increased significantly under Judy’s leadership, her alliances with outdoor industry and by sponsoring women’s programs, clinics and organized hunts.
Judy has pioneered many FIRSTS in the outdoor industry through DIVA WOW that many model today. She was the first to create women only clinics encompassing pistols, rifles, and shotguns, archery clinics, gun dog training clinics, and most recently, the first to develop a holster clinic. Judy’s successes have launched a multitude of firsts for many other women who follow in her footsteps. New businesses, some founded by women in the outdoors, others capitalizing on a growing market, spring up almost daily to support the growing number of women involved in the shooting and outdoor industry. A booming industry full of women – and Judy paved the way.
Judy hosted DIVAS in the Outdoors TV show and brought awareness of the ever-growing sisterhood of passionate women in the outdoors. She has been featured on ABC, NBC, FOX, NPR, TELEMUNDO, featured on Associated Press outdoor issues in print and TV, Travel Channel, Samantha Brown, and guest appearances on many outdoor tv shows. Judy can be heard regularly on Big Billy Kinder Outdoors Radio Show supporting women‘s issues and outdoor activities. As founder of DIVA WOW, Judy has remained true to DIVA WOW’s Mission: To provide educational opportunities and awareness for women and youth in the outdoor sports.