Kathie Ferguson-Avery

PSA PRO TEAM Member and PSA PRO STAFF Instructor 








Kathie brings nearly three decades of multi-sector experience in organizational development, training, and performance systems management.  Currently serving as Southwest Area Manager and Tribal Liaison for the Corporation for National and Community Service (an independent federal agency), she manages 26 staff in nine states, with an ongoing budget of more than $50 million.  In 2005, she agreed to serve temporarily in Washington, DC for nine months as the Acting Director of AmeriCorps*VISTA, and was responsible for implementing this national $98 million dollar program.

Kathie’s 29 years of experience in training, organizational development and strategic planning includes 13 years in the private sector, three years in state government, and 13 years in the Federal government.  She is also the owner of Northstar Performance Systems, LLC, and has successfully managed her own training/evaluation consulting business since 1986.

Kathie began shooting in 2001, and has earned many awards including eight-time Colorado State Practical Shooting Ladies’ Champion, five-time Mile-High Showdown Top Lady, five-time Eastern Colorado Section Top Lady, four-time NM Sectional Top Lady Limited Division, and 8th Lady Overall Limited Division 2008 USPSA National Championships. 

In addition to competing, Kathie is a certified Advanced Handgun Skills instructor of the Practical Shooting Academy, and has co-taught courses with Ron to Secret Service view, law enforcement firearms trainers and officers, and civilian clients.  She is also an NRA certified handgun, home firearms safety and personal protection instructor. Her specialized work with PSA clients also includes organizational change management, instructor development, curriculum development, and managing and sustaining effective programs.