Meet Our Staff
At Archery Addictions, our trained staff is committed to providing the region’s most comfortable, accessible shooting experience.
We pride ourselves in helping you get the most out of the sport; no matter your age or experience level, we’re here to improve your competition score, tune your hunting game – or just have a great time.
Shooting is more than a hobby for Archery Addictions co-founder A.T. Gillespie. It’s his life.
Gillespie first picked up a bow as a teenager, and was immediately hooked. As the years passed, he kept shooting – eventually becoming a decorated competitive shooter, an avid hunter and a certified bow technician and JOAD instructor.
The only way Gillespie could have become more involved with the sport was to make it his livelihood. So he did, leaving his old job and founding Archery Addictions with Lisa Folajtar in 2011. Months away from its July 2012 grand opening, the sprawling Walnutport, Pa., shooting center is already shaping up as the region’s ultimate archery destination, with target lanes, indoor and outdoor 3D ranges, virtual video hunting, a full-service pro shop and more.
“What really sets Archery Addictions apart,” Gillespie says, “is its focus on customer service. From its professional staff to its completely climate-controlled facilities, Archery Addictions prides itself on being a place where archers want to come back, again and again.”
For lifelong archer Gillespie, Archery Addictions is a labor of love. And it shows.
A few years ago, Lisa Folajtar was leaving an indoor shoot when she made the joke that would change her life.
The springtime competition was held in an aging, traditional archery center. The heat inside was sweltering; it was like shooting in an oven. As Folajtar walked out, she turned to friend A.T. Gillespie and, laughing, said, “My archery center will have air conditioning.”
Three years later, she actually has an archery center – Archery Addictions in Walnutport, Pa. And it does indeed have air conditioning.
Folajtar came to the sport late in life, but took to it immediately – “jumping in with both feet,” she says. She’s become one of the top female masters target shooters in the region, a JOAD instructor, a hunter and the vice president of the FITA Archers of Pennsylvania.
Folajtar enjoys watching her grandchildren shoot – and she loves owning her own archery center. Archery Addictions may have sprouted from a quip, but it’s become the facility its founders always dreamed of.
Archery Addictions technician and instructor Tom Homan calls himself “an archer helping archers any way I can.” He’s been actively involved in the sport since an outing with his father at age 7. Since then, he’s grown to love working on bows nearly as much as actually shooting them.
Now, Homan has an 8-year-old son of his own. True to form, he’s passed his love of the sport down – and prides himself on helping archers as Archery Addictions’ resident expert in the latest bow technology.
Bob Mitchell, a certified JOAD instructor, runs Archery Addictions’ youth shooting program.
Mitchell began shooting late in life, but his natural talent and patience led him on a mercurial rise up the local ranks. He currently holds the FITA Archers of Pennsylvania male masters outdoor compound record.