The Team

Our Instructors

I started Rochester Personal Defense after discovering that there is a need for someone versatile to fill the gap between the small, feel good seminars and the martial arts dojos.

My interest in self defense started in 1993 when I was ‘introduced’ to the world of firearms by my father, who was the organizer of a pistol match at one of our local gun clubs. Right from the beginning, I felt I wanted to learn everything and anything about how to shoot my best and the legal rights and responsibilities of carrying a firearm. Under my Dad’s watchful eyes, I quickly worked my way up from the most basic levels to an intermediate point where I felt confident and secure with my skills. I started developing the mindset for carrying a firearm for self defense fairly early and it has since expanded as my skills have grown.

It did not take long to figure out that I was learning one solution of a wider set of problems. I started looking into other forms of self defense, such as hand to hand, sprays, impact type weapons, etc. I found myself attending many different schools as I learned. I went through a police academy and received a New York State Police Certification. I went to training facilities around the East Coast and took classes in personal combatives, tactical operations, SWAT training, baton, pepper spray, edged weapons, firearms, and evasive driving. All of the training and experience that I received from those classes has been whittled down and separated into what I offer in the classes I teach.

Philosophy

The basic idea that I believe in is simple: I want to be able to live my life without the threat or fear of something bad happening to me. I have taken steps to ensure that I will have a better than average chance of prevailing in any encounter or situation I run into. I will win and I will go home every night, no matter what the odds, no matter what the situation. This statement may sound aggressive or harsh, but it is true and it is the attitude that you should have or should start developing in your life.

I believe in the “why” behind the “what” in my training. For instance: when I am attending a class, I learn better and faster by knowing WHY I am doing a skill or tactic, WHY it will make me safe and WHAT that skill or tactic will do to get me my end result. I can translate this into my teachings. For instance: when I am showing a student how to counter a punch, I also show them how to set yourself up to counter a secondary attack as well as set up your own defensive attack. As the skill (the ‘what’) is explained, I also add in the ‘why’ which puts the skill into the proper context thus the student actually will learn faster and better.

Women and Self Defense

I have been teaching shooting skills and combative skills since 1998, and in the past three years have started to gravitate towards working with more and more women that are looking for self defense and protection training. In my teaching experience, I have found that it is difficult for women to even begin looking for an instructor or even somewhere to go to learn self defense.

Most women are restricted by society’s view that they should not have to protect themselves so they do not actively seek any training. They tend to face a multitude of barriers or hurdles; the biggest one is actually locating a facility for quality, common sense training, and then finding a competent, easy going, professional trainer that knows what to present and how to present it to the female student without seeming demeaning or pompous. The latter condition is the most important.

Just remember: You’re safe until you’re not safe. 

  • 1995. NY State Peace Officer Training. Served with the Town of Greece Special Police Force.
  • 1995. Certified with the National Rifle Association as Instructor for Basic Pistol, Home Firearms Safety, FIRST Steps, and Personal Protection Inside The Home
  • 1995. Obtained Glock, Inc. Armorer certification.
  • 1995. Range Officer status with the Rochester Defensive Pistol Associates.
  • 1995. Certified with Sig-Sauer Arms as Armorer.
  • 1997. Became an Instructor with Rochester Defensive Pistol Associates.
  • 1997. Certified as a “First Responder” for medical emergencies and trauma situations.
  • 1998. Police Officer Academy Training. Certified as a Deputy Sheriff by New York State Bureau of Municipal Policing.
  • 2000. Named Assistant Rangemaster and Lead Instructor for Rochester Defensive Pistol Associates, LLC.
  • 2002. Completed the “Unarmed Self Defense” course by Insights Training Center.
  • 2003. Completed “Defensive Folding Knife” by Insights Training Center.
  • 2003. Coach and attended “Unarmed Self Defense” course with Insights Training.
  • 2004. Coach for “Unarmed Self Defense” and “Defensive Folding Knife” for Insights Training Center
  • 2004. Completed “Close Quarters Confrontations” from Insights Training Center.
  • 2005. Completed “Intermediate Defensive Handgun” From Insights Training Center
  • 2005. Completed “Vehicle and Street Tactics” At Insights Training Center
  • 2005. Completed “General Defensive Handgun” from Insights Training Center.
  • 2005. Completed “Low Light Handgun” instruction from Insights Training Center.
  • 2005. Coach for “Unarmed Self Defense” and “Defensive Folding Knife” for Insights Training Center
  • 2005. Completed “Handgun Retention and Disarm” class from Insights Training Center.
  • 2006. Named Rangemaster for Rochester Defensive Pistol Associates Tuesday Eve Concealed Carry match and training class.
  • 2006. Completed “Intensive Handgun Skills” From Insights Training Center.
  • 2006. Assistant Instructor for “Unarmed Self Defense”, “Defensive Folding Knife”, “General Defensive Handgun” From Insights Training Center.
  • 2007. Completed “Concealed Carry Handgun” Training from Sig-Sauer Academy
  • 2007. Coach for Intermediate Defensive Handgun, from Insights Training Center
  • 2008. Completed “General Defensive Rifle” from Insights Training Center.
  • 2008. Completed and coached “Handgun Retention and Disarm” from Insights Training Center.
  • 2009. Completed Unarmed Self Defense II from Insights Training Center
  • 2009. Certified by the NRA as Training Counselor
  • 2009. Co-Instructor for “Close Quarters Confrontations” from Insights Training Center.
  • 2010. Completed “High Risk Driving and EVOC: at Blackwater USA
  • 2010. Completed “Custom Home Defense Pistol” training course at Blackwater USA
  • 2010. Completed 2 day “Custom Rifle/AR Skills” course at Blackwater USA
  • 2010. Completed “Shooting On The Move” From Sig Academy
  • 2010. Completed “Shooting Outside Your Comfort Zone” from Sig Academy
  • 2010. Completed “Defensive Folding Knife II” from Insights Training Center
  • 2011. Counter Terrorism Driving Course from US Training Center/Blackwater USA
  • 2011. Custom Defensive Handgun at US Training Center/Blackwater USA
  • 2011. Certified RAAP Instructor for American Women’s Self Defense Association
  • 2011. Custom Defensive Rifle at US Training Center/Blackwater USA
  • 2012. Sig Sauer Academy – 2 day Defensive Shotgun
  • 2012. Certified GLOCK Armorer
  • 2012. Sig Sauer Academy – Skill Builder Rifle
  • 2012. Sig Sauer Academy – 3 day Defensive Shotgun Instructor Training
  • 2013. Combat Focus Shooting from Rob Pincus of ICE Training
  • 2013. Rory Miller: Introduction to Violence: Dealing With Assault
  • 2013. Rory Miller: Introduction to Violence: The Essentials
  • 2014. Certified SABRE Personal Safety Academy Instructor
  • 2014. Completed Ret Lt Col Dave Grossman’s “Officer Involved Shooting/PTSD/Combat Mindset”
  • 2014. Completed Ret Lt Col Dave Grossman’s “Active Shooter Defense”
  • 2014. NRA Advanced Defensive Pistol Instructor Rating
  • 2014. Custom Rifle from Academi
  • 2014. Custom Defensive Pistol from Academi
  • 2014. GLOCK Certified Pistol Instructor
  • 2015. Custom Rifle course from Academi
  • 2015. Custom Defensive Vehicle Operation course from Academi.
  • 2015. Custom Defensive Handgun course from Academi
  • 2015. Appointed State Master Instructor for the Second Amendment Fundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Defensive Handgun 1 from The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Sig Sauer Academy – Bullets on Vehicles course
  • 2015. Defensive Folding Knife 2 from InSights Training Center
  • 2015. Defensive Folding Knife 1 from InSights Training Center
  • 2016. GSSF Civilian class winner. Twin Tiers Regional Classic. Pine City NY
  • 2016. TECC Advanced Medical Response course with EMS Tactical
  • 2016. USCCA Certified Training Counselor
  • 2016. USCCA Certified Instructor
  • 2017. Academi – Custom Instructor Training Development Course
  • 2017. USCCA’s Countering the Mass Shooter Threat Instructor
  • 2017. Completed the GLOCK Armorer’s Course
  • 2017. Completed the GLOCK Operator’s Course. Level 4
  • 2017. GSSF Civilian class winner. Empire State Regional Classic. Fulton, NY
  • 2017. GSSF Civilian class winner. Twin Tiers Regional Classic III . Pine City NY
  • 2017. Master Pistol Instructor course from Sig- Sauer Academy
  • 2017. National Safety Council Instructor – First Aid/AED/CPR
  • 2018. Completed Gabe White’s Pistol Shooting Solutions 2 days course. Dark Pin awarded
  • 2018. Completed the NRA CCW Instructor Training course.
  • 2018. Completed ALICE Active Shooter Instructor training
  • 2018. Completed Rangemaster’s Instructor course from Tom Givens
  • NRA First Steps, Home Firearm Safety, Basic Pistol, Personal Protection In the Home /Outside the Home, Rifle classes.
  • NRA Training Counselor for Pistol, Rifle, Personal Protection, Reloading, Range Officer training
  • Private and multiple student lessons teaching everything from firearm safety to advanced pistol shooting and techniques.
  • Private and multiple student lessons teaching awareness and safety skills including unarmed combative response training.
  • Personally developed a curriculum to instruct personal defense and safety awareness and skills. Classes involve male and female students.
  • Host of a once monthly class for women’s self defense with 8 to 15 students at a time.
  • Personal trainer for private self defense instruction upon client request
  • Developed a program to qualify Retired Law Enforcement personnel under HR-218 Federal Law
  • Oversaw development of safety traiing curriculum for multiple ranges and educational facilities.
  • Involved in creating and rewriting the national standard trainign curriculum for the Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division.
  • Regular involvement with local licensing offices and law enforcement agencies for civilian interaction and concealed carry requirements.

 

  • Coach for Greece Girls’ Soccer league 2001-2007
  • Volunteer with Daughter’s Girl Scout Troop 1997-2007
  • Volunteer leader for Son’s Boy Scout Troop 2003-2007

 

I have taken many of RPDs personal defense courses, as well as Insights Unarmed Self Defense and Defensive Knife Class. I cannot stress enough that you need to have unarmed skills because you will not always be able to have your gun with you or maybe even get the chance to deploy and/or use it. I started taking more training with Insights, Sig Academy, and was even fortunate enough to go to Thunder Ranch. With some encouragement by Dave Jenkins, three years ago, I became an NRA Instructor. Soon after, I became an instructor with Rochester Personal Defense, LLC. After gaining more experience in teaching, I am now the Lead Instructor in the Womens Training Division for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC. I truly enjoy teaching firearms and unarmed defensive skills. There is nothing better than teaching someone a new skill, then watching them perform the skill with confidence. I also am always learning new things from my students. I strive to teach at the highest level possible. In order to achieve this, I attend as much training every year as my schedule, and finances, will allow. I do not believe that just because you are now certified in an area that means you do not have to continue training and learning. Every one of us can learn something new. I also am afforded the chance to help plan new classes and training for the Rochester Personal Defense, LLC curriculum.

Philosophy

The world is an ever changing place. My attitude is to always hope for the best, but always be prepared for the worst. I want to do all that I can to avoid being preyed upon, and I achieve that mindset through knowledge, skills, practice, AND lots and lots of training.

  • 2006. NRA Basic Pistol
  • 2006. Rochester Personal Defense Basic Self Defense
  • 2006. Rochester Personal Defense Intermediate Self Defense
  • 2007. Insights Defensive Folding Knife
  • 2007. Insights Street and Vehicle Tactics
  • 2007. Insights Intermediate Defensive Handgun
  • 2007. SIG Concealed Carry Pistol Course
  • 2008. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: Defensive Pistol Skills, 102
  • 2008. Thunder Ranch
  • 2008. Insights General Defensive Rifle
  • 2009. Insights Unarmed Self Defense
  • 2009. Insights Close Quarters Confrontation
  • 2010. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training and Development Program
  • 2010. Blackwater 1 day Custom Force on Force Simunitions training
  • 2010. Blackwater High Risk Driving
  • 2010. Blackwater/US Training Center 4 Day Custom Defensive Pistol
  • 2010. NRA Range Safety Officer
  • 2010. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: Defensive Pistol Skills 301
  • 2010. Insights General Defensive Rifle
  • 2011. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2011. Custom Defensive Rifle at US Training Center/Blackwater USA
  • 2011. Custom Defensive Handgun at US Training Center/Blackwater USA
  • 2011. Counter Terrorism Driving Course from US Training Center/Blackwater USA
  • 2012. Sig Sauer Academy – Skill Builder Rifle
  • 2012. Sig Sauer Academy – 2 day Defensive Shotgun
  • 2012. AWSDA (American Women’s Self Defense Association) Rape Awareness And Prevention Instructor
  • 2012. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2013. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2013. Rory Miller: Introduction to Violence: Dealing With Assault
  • 2013. Rory Miller: Introduction to Violence: The Essentials
  • 2014. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2014. Custom Defensive Pistol from Academi
  • 2014. GLOCK Certified Pistol Instructor
  • 2014. Custom Rifle from Academi
  • 2014. Certified GLOCK Armorer
  • 2015. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2015. Custom Rifle course from Academi
  • 2015. Custom Defensive Vehicle Operation course from Academi.
  • 2015. Custom Defensive Handgun course from Academi
  • 2015. Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Defensive Folding Knife 2 from InSights Training Center
  • 2015. Sig Sauer Academy – Bullets on Vehicles course
  • 2015. Defensive Handgun 1 from The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. Custom Pistol Instructor Development Training from Academi
  • 2016. Custom Shotgun Instructor Development Training from Academi
  • 2016. USCCA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • 2016. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2017. Completed the GLOCK Armorer’s Course
  • 2017. Academi Instructor development training
  • 2018. USCCA Training Counselor
  • 2018. Completed Gabe White’s Pistol Shooting Solutions 2 days course.
  • Range Officer for Rochester Defense Pistol Associates, LLC
  • NRA Certified Instructor for Basic Pistol, In Home Firearms Safety and Personal Protection in the Home
  • Women’s Training Division Lead Instructor for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • Assistant Instructor Florida Non-Resident Permit Training
  • Instructor for Rochester Personal Defense LLC DPS 101, 102, 201, 301 Pistol series training
  • NRA Certified Instructor for Personal Protection Outside the Home Basic and Advanced
  • Instructor for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC’s Low Light Pistol Operator training
  • Instructor for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC’s Defensive Rifle/Carbine Operator training

My philosophy always has been not only to survive the confrontation but to survive the mental stress that eventually sets in after. During my career, I worked in the Training Division part time with my friend that shared the same passion for good, solid training, whether it be firearms, defensive tactics, or officer survival, as I did. Together we introduced many new and innovative ideas to the Department and to other Broome County Law Enforcement Agencies. In 1986, I introduced reactionary steel targets and moving targets. This was unheard of in those days when most shooting was done on paper targets only. I brought each Agency together making firearms and other training a county wide task instead of each doing their own. Members of each Agency enjoyed this and looked forward to future training sessions. This style training works very effectively when there are high stress incidents which involve several agencies at one time. During my time with the Binghamton Police Training Division, I trained nearly 100 officers to become New York State Certified Firearms Instructors. In 2000, my duties changed to our Traffic Division. I remained committed to training and attended many seminars on my own time. In August 2008 after more than 28 years, I retired from the Binghamton Police Department but currently am employed as a part time officer with a local village police department. Also, I run my business installing emergency lights other equipment on police and fire vehicles, which I started in 1989.

Philosophy

I have one simple rule survive. The simplest thing one can do is stay aware of his or her surroundings, make adjustments as the situations dictates, and avoid a dangerous event before it happens. If this does not work then you must have the best skills possible to survive a deadly encounter and deploy those skills without hesitation or reservation. Over the years, I have trained over 500 men and women of law enforcement, along with many civilians, to survive deadly encounters. Police must not retreat and are held to a higher standard but it is civilians who suffer in greater numbers at the hands of criminals. I bring nearly 30 years of survival/firearms training and experience to Rochester Personal Defense and for this reason I am committed to teaching both men and women the proper skills in the use of non-lethal and lethal force, thus making them more confident to survive

  • . NYS Certified Police Officer by Municipal Police Training Council (MPTC)
  • . ASP Baton Training Program by ASP, Inc.
  • . Glock Advanced Armorers School by Glock, Inc.
  • . ASP Instructor Training Program by ASP, Inc.
  • . Firearms Instructor Course by FBI Academy
  • . Law Enforcement Armorer by National Rifle Association
  • . Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness by NYS Fire Academy
  • . Advanced Firearms Training by FBI Academy
  • . Advanced Firearms Instructor by New York State Police
  • . S&W Handgun Armorers Course by S&W Academy
  • . Surviving Sudden Life and Death Encounters by Broome County Academy
  • . Advanced Pistol Skills by Jerry Barnhart
  • . Intermediate Defensive Handgun Skills by Insights
  • . Narcotics Control Technical Assistance Program by U.S. Dept. of Justice
  • . Glock Advanced Auto Pistol School by Glock, Inc.
  • . NYS Certified Firearms Instructor by MPTC and FBI Academy
  • . NYS Certified Police Instructor by MPTC
  • . NYS Certified Instructor Evaluator by MPTC
  • . NYS Certified Master Instructor by MPTC
  • . Advanced Training Skills for Firearms by Ohio Law Enforcement
  • . NYS Certified Field Training Officer by MPTC
  • . Highway Drug Interdiction by MPTC
  • . Transition to Semi-Auto Pistol by FBI Academy
  • . Glock Armorers Certification by Glock, Inc.
  • . Advance Defensive Pistol Skills by S&W Academy
  • . Remington Shotgun Armorers Course by Remington Shotgun Armorers
  • . Defensive Pistol Skills by S&W Academy
  • 2013. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2014. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2015. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2016. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2017. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • Instructed firearms for my department for over 20 years
  • Instructed firearms for other agencies for 10 years
  • Instructed firearms and other related topics, for 19 consecutive Recruit Schools
  • Designed curriculum on firearms training for the Binghamton Police Dept. which is still in use today.
  • Taught officers to become firearms instructors for 3 years
  • Range Officer for many local IPSC matches
  • Assist Dave Jenkins since September 2008
  • I give personal instruction in the use of handgun shooting upon request at the basic, intermediate, and the advanced level.
  • Instructor for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC’s Low Light Pistol Operator training
  • Instructor for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC’s Defensive Pistol Skills 101, 201 series classes

Over the next ten years I began to expand my knowledge about Firearms and began to collect various Historical guns. My passion for Firearms and History lead me to a History Major in College and then a brief career as a teacher. After several years in teaching, I decided to follow a different path; one where my love of firearms and background as a shooter would play a part. Over ten years ago I began a career in the Private security Industry. As part of my Job I have trained in various skills such as Close Quarters Tactics, Precision Rifle shooting and handgun Tactics. As well as Participating in several force on force exercises.

Outside of work I have sought to expand my skill as well, attending several rifle and pistol classes. I am now looking to merge both my Education background and my shooting and security skills into being Professional Firearms Trainer.

Philosophy

My goal is to bring the skills of an educator to the shooting range.  I want people to learn in the best way they can from me in a firearms class.  Real world instruction for the armed citizen in a way that is easy to digest and allows the student to achieve their goals.

  • 2001. Bahelor’s Degree in History and Education
  • 2004. To current. Private Security Training
  • 2008. MDTS Carbine 1
  • 2009. Defensive Pistol Skills 101 from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2010. Tactical Response Fighting Rifle
  • 2011. Defensive Carbine Skills with InSights Training Center
  • 2016. FAST Handgun Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. Range Safety Officer rating for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2021. Defensive Shotgun with InSights Training Center

Approximately six years ago a couple of coworkers told me about a defensive pistol league they participated in, so I checked it out and this is where I met Dave Jenkins. I became a regular participant and was overwhelmed by what I learned I didn’t know about defensive tactics and techniques that Dave was teaching. I started taking training classes, became a range officer, and an NRA instructor. I am presently involved in pursuing more instructors training through the NRA and Dave and am assisting Dave and the other instructors at Rochester Personal Defense. I am a strong advocate of the safety aspects that Dave brings to his training courses. As an instructor I learn things from the participants as well and feeling grateful for the opportunity to work with individuals to help them become more confident and skillful as I have since becoming involved with Rochester Personal Defense. Dave has designed the courses to instill knowledge, skill and self confidence in an enjoyable and safe environment. We look forward to seeing you.

Philosophy

Pursue a life you will enjoy. As we strive to attend school, go to work, play, discover hobbies and relax, pursuit of these endeavors need not be hampered by fear. By acquiring and developing the awareness, knowledge and skills to protect ourselves and families to the best of our ability we will be better prepared to fulfill our dreams.

  • . NRA – First Steps Instructor
  • . NRA – Basic Pistol Instructor
  • . NRA – Personal Protection in the Home Instructor
  • . NRA – Range Safety Officer
  • . Utah – Non-Resident Concealed Firearms Instructor
  • . RPD – Defensive Handgun 101
  • . Insights – Folding Knife I
  • . Insights – Intermediate Defensive Handgun
  • 2010. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training and Development Program
  • 2011. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2012. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2013. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2014. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2016. Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. Range Safety Officer rating for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. FAST Handgun Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • Utah Certified Instructor
  • Certified Instructor for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC handgun training courses
  • Certified Instructor for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC shotgun training courses
  • Certified Instructor for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC rifle training courses
  • Teaches NY Legalities courses monthly for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC

Simple practical defensive handgun shooting, not choreographed – jump here pirouette there – just be safe and get-er done. That is where I met Dave and the crew. Right in my own back yard, a group of shooters with good experience, safety minded and willing to share there experience in a fun way to help me be a better safer shooter. How can you not want to be a part of that?

Philosophy

Take responsibility for your actions, we all make mistakes, learn from them and move on. Consider the long term consequences of your actions before you commit to them. Be respectful, helpful, do your best and always look for ways to improve. God Bless America and the Republic for which it stands.

  • . Rifle Small Arms Firing School Camp Perry
  • . Glock Certified Armorer
  • . NRA Range Safety Officer
  • . NRA Personal Protection in the Home
  • . NRA Home Firearms Safety
  • . NRA Basic Pistol
  • 2010. NRA Metallic Cartridge Reloading Instructor
  • 2010. NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor
  • 2010. NRA Rifle Instructor
  • 2010. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training and Development Program
  • 2011. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2011. Red Cross Standard First Aid Certified
  • 2011. Red Cross CPR/AED Certified
  • 2012. Sig Sauer Academy – Skill Builder Rifle
  • 2012. Sig Sauer Academy – 2 day Defensive Shotgun
  • 2012. Intensive Handgun Skills with InSights Training Center
  • 2012. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2013. Combat Focus Shooting from Rob Pincus of ICE Training
  • 2013. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2013. Rory Miller: Introduction to Violence: Dealing With Assault
  • 2014. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2014. Precision Rifle 101 & 102 with Long Gun Training, LLC
  • 2014. First Aid for the Range Officer/ Range Safety Officer/ Instructor
  • 2015. Project Appleseed, Ontario Rod and Gun
  • 2015. Project Appleseed in Burlington Flats
  • 2015. Precision Rifle 103 with Long Gun Training, LLC
  • 2015. Range Safety Officer rating for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Defensive Handgun 1 from The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Defensive Folding Knife 1 from InSights Training Center
  • 2016. FAST Handgun Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • NRA Basic Pistol
  • NRA Basic Rifle
  • NRA Basic Shotgun
  • NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home
  • NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • NRA Home Firearms Safety
  • NRA Metallic Cartridge Reloading
  • NRA Range Safety Officer
  • Concealed Carry Basics for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • Concealed Carry 1 for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • Concealed Carry 2 for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • Concealed Carry 3 for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • Defensive Handgun 1 from the Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • FAST Handgun from the Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)

RPD instructor Ian Scott happens to also be a member of the Dansville Fish & Game club, and it was there that he told me about Rochester Personal Defense.  It didn’t take much persuasion to get me enrolled in Defensive Pistol 101.  I knew immediately that I was among kindred spirits and that I wanted to become a member of the “family”.  Along with shooting and hunting, I love to go skiing, cycling, kayaking and horseback riding particularly with any of my three sons, daughter and wife of 35 years.

Philosophy

Live life to the fullest.  Help others when you can.  Teach them to do the same.  (And a little adrenaline never hurt anybody).

  • . NRA Certified Basic Home Firearm Safety
  • . BSA Lifeguard
  • . First Responder, NSC
  • . RPD, LLC Trained in DPS 101, 201
  • . Insights Defensive Folding Knife I
  • . NRA Certified Basic Handgun Instructor
  • . NRA Certified Basic Shotgun Instructor
  • 0000. Red Cross CPR, AED, Blood Born Pathogen Training
  • 2011. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training and Development Program
  • 2012. John Farnam: Urban Defensive Rifle
  • 2012. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2013. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2013. Rory Miller: Introduction to Violence: Dealing With Assault
  • 2014. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • Cub & Boy Scouts of America leader
  • HS wrestling volunteer coach
  • HS substitute teacher, history/science
  • DEC Hunter Safety Instructor
  • Personal Financial Planner
  • Instructor for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC’s Self Defense/Unarmed Defense training
  • NRA Basic Pistol
  • DEC Hunter Safety, Firearms & Archery
  • VP Dansville Fish & Game Protective Association

During my time as a firearms instructor, I introduced many new innovations in firearms training to my agency as well as the surrounding police agencies. We came a long way from the old static line shooting. I have been an instructor in the Otsego County NY  Law Enforcement Academy since it was started and continue to be a staff instructor. I have taught Law Enforcement Officers from all over Upstate New York in all aspects of shooting skills and the use of force, including deadly force. I was an active member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers and had the privilege of attending firearms specialty courses from the NRA to the elite Law Enforcers in this Country. I continue to be an active member of police service and I currently hold the position of Police Chief in a small village just East of Binghamton, NY.

Philosophy

As an instructor I have personally specialized and studied the use of force and its relation to survival skills. The complicated issues of use of force are difficult to explain and much harder to understand. These issues, play into training people to use a defensive handgun. I have trained both law enforcement and civilians to shoot handguns for many years. I share the same philosophies as Rochester Personal Defense, LLC with the instruction of shooting skills and I am committed to making hand gun shooting a great experience.

  • Staff Instructor for Otsego and Broome County Police Academies
  • NYS Fire Police Instructor
  • ASLET- (American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers) firearms instructor
  • Caliber Press “Street Survival” Instructor
  • VP Dansville Fish & Game Protective Association

As I started to acquire the “winning mindset” I thought it was important to have more than just firearm skills, Self defense and retention training followed. Somewhere along the line I purchased my first AR-15 and enjoy shooting the rifle just as much as the pistol. Both my sons are also interested in firearms and I thought the best way to teach them was to become a firearms instructor myself, I became an NRA certified Instructor in 2010 to make sure I was bringing them up the right way. I soon realized that I really enjoyed teaching and pursued an instructor position with Rochester Personal Defense, LLC.

Philosophy

Be Prepared!

  • 2009. NRA Basic Pistol class
  • 2010. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training and Development Program
  • 2010. NRA Range Safety Officer
  • 2010. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: Defensive Pistol Skills 101
  • 2010. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: Basic Self Defense
  • 2011. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: Defensive Pistol Skills 201
  • 2011. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: Defensive Rifle/Carbine 101
  • 2011. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: Handgun Retention
  • 2011. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2011. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: Defensive Pistol Skills 301
  • 2012. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2012. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: Defensive Shotgun Skills 101
  • 2012. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: Low Light Handgun Skills
  • 2013. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2014. NRA Certified Shotgun Instructor
  • 2014. Custom Rifle from Academi
  • 2014. Custom Defensive Pistol from Academi
  • 2014. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2015. Custom Rifle course from Academi
  • 2015. Custom Defensive Vehicle Operation course from Academi.
  • 2015. Custom Defensive Handgun course from Academi
  • 2015. Range Safety Officer rating for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Defensive Handgun 1 from The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. FAST Handgun Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. Custom Pistol Instructor Development Training from Academi
  • 2016. Custom Shotgun Instructor Development Training from Academi
  • Range Officer for Rochester Defensive Pistol Associates, LLC
  • NRA Certified Instructor for Basic Pistol, Rifle, & Shotgun
  • Instructor for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • BSA Rifle and Shotgun Merit Badge Counselor
  • BSA Range Officer

I was deployed to Taiwan China where I continued with my Martial Arts training and became a Black Belt in Karate. In 1969 I was sent to Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division and served a 13 month tour. Upon returning to the US I did teach Karate for a while but gave it up due to work and family obligations.

I completed college at SUNY Brockport and really wanted to teach Physical Education. The job market and economy led me elsewhere. I spent 24 years at Eastman Kodak as a Tool and Die Maker, then furthered my education to become an Engineering Technician, and finally a career with General Motors working on the development of Fuel Cells.

Through it all I have been an avid shooter and enjoy hunting and training with my guns. For a long time I was unaware of all of the great opportunities in the area to shoot and especially to train. Then I was introduced to IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) and then on to Rochester Personal Defense, LLC  with Dave and the guys. It has been a great and fun experience so far and I expect that it will only get better.

With all of this past training I did learn that though training was important, mindset and planning were critical elements for self- defense skills to be effective. I have continued to train in many aspects of firearms and self-defense and believe I will never stop. It is that important to me. I love teaching these skills and find that I always learn something new every time I teach a class.

Philosophy

I believe strongly that the best defense and the best chance that you have to survive a violent encounter is to have a plan and to have practiced that plan, so that you will know how to react and how you will react. Action is always faster than reaction.

  • 1967. US Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training
  • 1968. Black Belt Wado Style Karate
  • 1972. B.S. in Physical Education, SUNY College at Brockport
  • 1983. Journeyman Tool and Die Maker
  • 1985. Engineering Tech Degree RIT
  • 2006. B.S. Business Management
  • 2009. NRA Certified Instructor for Personal Protection Outside The Home
  • 2009. NRA Certified Instructor for Basic Rifle
  • 2009. NRA Certified Instructor for Personal Protection Inside The Home
  • 2009. NRA Certified Instructor for Home Firearm Safety
  • 2009. NRA Certified Instructor for Basic Pistol
  • 2010. NRA Certified Instructor for Refuse To Be A Victim
  • 2010. NRA Certified Range Safety Officer
  • 2010. Red Cross First responder (CPR, AED, Basic First Aid)
  • 2012. Defensive Shotgun Skills 101 Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2013. Combat Focus Shooting from Rob Pincus of ICE Training
  • 2013. Defensive Pistol Skills 201 Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2013. Combat Focus Shooting from Rob Pincus of ICE Training
  • 2013. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training and Development Program
  • 2013. Defensive Pistol Skills from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2013. Defensive Pistol Skills 301 Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2014. NRA Certified Instructor for Shotgun
  • 2014. Completed Ret Lt Col Dave Grossman’s “On Combat” Online certification
  • 2014. Custom Rifle from Academi
  • 2014. Custom Defensive Pistol from Academi
  • 2014. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2015. Custom Rifle course from Academi
  • 2015. Custom Defensive Vehicle Operation course from Academi.
  • 2015. Custom Defensive Handgun course from Academi
  • 2015. Range Safety Officer rating for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Defensive Handgun 1 from The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Defensive Folding Knife 2 from InSights Training Center
  • 2015. Defensive Folding Knife 1 from InSights Training Center
  • 2016. FAST Handgun Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. Custom Pistol Instructor Development Training from Academi
  • 2016. Custom Shotgun Instructor Development Training from Academi
  • Physical Education
  • Traditional Karate
  • Practical Karate
  • NRA Basic Pistol
  • NRA Basic Rifle
  • NRA Home Firearms Safety
  • NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home
  • NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • NRA Refuse to Be a Victim Seminars
  • Rochester Personal Defense, LLC defensive pistol and shotgun courses.

Growing up in the country, I was exposed to firearms and hunting from an early age.  I received my pistol permit many years ago but did not do much with it until I was introduced to Rochester Personal Defense.  My husband and I saw that the Utah/Florida permit class was being offered locally and we signed up.   I was so impressed with the training that I just continued to take classes until I was invited to become a member of the team.    I especially enjoy working with the Rochester Personal Defense Women’s Training Division.  My favorite part is seeing women so empowered after just an eight hour class day.

I have enjoyed developing the medical training/emergency response curriculum that we offer.  I truly believe that knowing CPR and basic First Aid are essential skills that can be built on by adding disaster response, active shooter, hazardous incident training and other classes that we have developed.

Philosophy

Having been involved in the emergency services more than half my life, having a good sense of situational awareness is now second nature to me.  This is important as an emergency responder and medical provider but just as important in everyday life.  As a caregiver and educator, it is a privilege to help students develop this skill set.  It is so important to train regularly, especially for high yield, low frequency situations.

My favorite quote explains my philosophy:

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” — Edmund Burke

  • 1995. New York State Dept. of Health Certified First Responder
  • 1995. -Present American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • 1995. -Present American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • 1996. -2013 New York State Dept. of Health Emergency Medical Technician
  • 2011. Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
  • 2011. Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservationist
  • 2012. Basic Disaster Life Support
  • 2012. Advanced Disaster Life Support
  • 2012. American Burn Life Support
  • 2013. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training and Development Program
  • 2013. Fundamentals of Critical Care Support
  • 2013. NRA Certified Instructor for Basic Pistol
  • 2013. Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) Instructor
  • 2013. New York State Dept. of Health Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic
  • 2013. NRA Certified Instructor for Personal Protection Inside The Home
  • 2013. NRA Certified Instructor for Home Firearm Safety
  • 2014. NRA Certified Instructor for Basic Shotgun
  • 2014. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2015. Masters of Physician Assistant Studies-Education
  • 2016. Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. FAST Handgun Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. Range Safety Officer rating for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • New York State EMS Certified Lab Instructor
  • New York State EMS Certified Instructor Coordinator
  • American Heart Association CPR Instructor
  • National Safety Council Instructor
  • Emergency Care and Safety Institute Instructor
  • Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) Instructor
  • NRA Basic Pistol
  • Ladies Handgun training courses with Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • Ladies only courses for handgun safety and training
  • Prehospital Trauma Live Support (PHTLS) Instructor
  • Volunteer Firefighter & EMT-Bergen Fire Department
  • Paramedic-Genesee Valley Emergency Medical Services
  • Member, Board of Directors, Society for Total Emergency Programs (STEP) Council of the Genesee Region, Inc

This class opened the door to an entire community of like minded individuals to share and learn from.  I was then introduced to the Tuesday Night Defensive Pistol shoot run by Dave and his father Stu. It was there that I discovered another interest I shared with my father, teaching. I decided to become a range safety officer on Tuesdays and started working with Dave to join his team of instructors at Rochester Personal Defense LLC. As I need little excuse to go to the range, I look forward to working with new and veteran shooters in order to develop the mindset, skills, and tactics for real world personal defense.

Philosophy

I want to help the good guys win.

  • 2012. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: Defensive Pistol Skills 101
  • 2013. NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor
  • 2013. NRA Certified Instructor for Basic Pistol
  • 2013. NRA Certified Instructor for Home Firearm Safey
  • 2013. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training and Development Program
  • 2014. Custom Rifle from Academi
  • 2014. Custom Defensive Pistol from Academi
  • 2014. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2015. Defensive Handgun 1 from The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Custom Defensive Vehicle Operation course from Academi.
  • 2015. Custom Defensive Handgun course from Academi
  • 2015. Custom Rifle course from Academi
  • 2016. Custom Pistol Instructor Development Training from Academi
  • 2016. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2016. TECC Advanced Medical Response course with EMS Tactical
  • 2016. Range Safety Officer rating for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. FAST Handgun Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. Custom Shotgun Instructor Development Training from Academi
  • 2013 – Instructor Trainee for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • NRA Basic Pistol
  • Basic Defensive Handgun for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • Certified Instructor for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC shotgun training courses

In 1989 I was the N.Y. State Rifle Champion breaking 3 state records & scoring 290 out of 300 in small bore .22 caliber competition

I have shot at Nationals at the Colorado Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in both 1988 and 1989.

1989 I scored 13th in the Nation at Nationals

I was invited to Olympic Try-outs in 1989

I have been through training offered by the Civilian Marksmanship Unit in Fort Benning GA

I was in June 1989 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine Faces in the Crowd article

Philosophy

Never stop learning. The only thing that separates you from someone that wants to harm you or your family is your ability to think. With that is practice. Practice like you will perform, always!! I have always wanted to share my passion for the shooting sports and have always wanted to teach others so that they too can have the security and the joys of what our Second Amendment right gives us.

  • 1984. -1989 Shot competitive .22 caliber and air rifle
  • 1985. Fort Benning GA Civilian Marksmanship Unit Shooting Clinic
  • 2013. Red Cross CPR, AED, Basic First Aid Instructor
  • 2014. NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • 2014. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training and Development Program
  • 2017. NY State Coaching License for Rifle
  • Red Cross First Aid, CPR & AED
  • NRA Basic Pistol
  • “Ladies Rule the Range” Handgun Safety and training event for women
  • 2009-Pop Warner Assistant Cheerleading Coach
  • 2010-2012-Pop Warner Head Cheerleading Coach
  • 2012-Pop Warner Board Member
  • 2014-present North Shore Sportsmens Board Member-Secretary
  • 2014-present 5th Judicial District Core Training Coordinator

The unarmed training, complimented the firearms training that I worked on. The more involved I became, the more it became clear to me that I wanted to continue to develop my skills and to share those skills with others. I look forward to helping others start their journey!

Philosophy

You can accomplish anything with focus and hard work.   You can minimize the risk of being targeted with situational awareness and overcome challenges with mindset!

  • 1994. Pace University School of Law Juris Doctor
  • 2005. Motorcycle Association of New York State Basic Rider Course
  • 2006. Motorcycle Association of New York State Experienced Rider Course
  • 2012. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC – New York Legalities and Firearms Safety
  • 2012. Utah, Florida, Arizona Multi State Carry Training from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2012. NRA Basic Pistol with Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2013. Defensive Pistol Skills 101 From Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2013. The EQUALIZER 1 From Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2014. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training and Development Program
  • 2014. Defensive Folding Knife 2 from InSights Training Center
  • 2014. NRA Certified Instructor for Pistol, Home Firearms Safety, Personal Protection in the Home
  • 2014. AWSDA (American Womens Self Defense Association) Rape Awareness and Prevention Instructor
  • 2014. Defensive Folding Knife 1 from InSights Training Center
  • 2015. Defensive Handgun 1 from The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. FAST Handgun Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. Range Safety Officer rating for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. Custom Pistol Instructor Development Training from Academi
  • 2016. USCCA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • 2016. Custom Shotgun Instructor Development Training from Academi
  • AWSDA RAAP course for women
  • NRA Basic Pistol
  • Concealed Carry Basics for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • Concealed Carry 1 course for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • NRA First Steps
  • NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home
  • Coordinator for Annual Hunters Hope Gala. 2004 to present
  • Board of Director member for AWSDA

The unarmed training, complimented the firearms training that I worked on. The more involved I became, the more it became clear to me that I wanted to continue to develop my skills and to share those skills with others. I look forward to helping others start their journey!

Philosophy

My philosophy is to cultivate a variety of disciplines and techniques thus preparing myself mentally and physically for realistic possibilities and then trust my training.

  • 1986. New York State Licensed Optician
  • 2011. NRA Basic Pistol with Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2014. American Women’s Self Defense Association instructor and board member
  • 2015. Defensive Folding Knife 1 from InSights Training Center
  • 2015. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training and Development Program
  • 2015. NRA Certified Instructor for Pistol and Home Firearms Safety
  • 2016. FAST Handgun Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. Range Safety Officer rating for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • Girl Scout Leader
  • Cub Scout Leader
  • Office Volunteer Coordinator: participated in Red Kettle Campaign, Salvation Army Christmas Adopt a Family, Relay for Life

We both decided we should take a class and I thought I wanted to conceal carry but did not want to do it recklessly. After taking my first class I was hooked on training and just started taking classes from and through Rochester Personal Defense, LLC. As my passion for defensive pistol shooting grew I decided to take up instructing as I get much satisfaction out of watching people learn and grow too.

Philosophy

I had fun once. It just has not stopped yet!

  • 2013. Defensive Pistol Skills N Drills from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2014. Defensive Pistol Skill N Drills from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2015. Handgun Skills and Drills course from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2015. Concealed Carry 2 course from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2016. NY Permit Legalities Course from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2016. USCCA Instructor Certification course from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2016. SAFTD Range Officer course from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2016. Handgun Skills and Drills course from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2017. Civilian Response to Trauma from EMS Tactical Group
  • 2017. Advanced Civilian Response to Trauma course from EMS Tactical Group
  • 2017. Handgun Skills and Drills course from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2017. Concealed Carry 3 course from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2018. SABRE Pepper Spray course from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2018. NRA Certified Pistol Instructor certification from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2018. Defensive Rifle 1 course from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • Handgun Basics course
  • Concealed Carry 1
  • NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting
  • USCCA Concealed Carry

After continuing with my training in the Syracuse area, there was not much that the area had to offer beyond the basic skills level. I again connected with Rochester Personal Defense, LLC to learn more about concealed carry and defensive shooting. I fell in love with training and got hooked on learning. After some time I decided that I would like to apply my teaching background as a special education teacher to firearms. I had learned so much as a female shooter that I wanted to share some of the information I wish I knew when I was starting out as a new shooter.

With the help of Dave, within the next year I was certified as a NRA and USCCA pistol instructor. I had the opportunity to help out at a few events such as Ladies Rule the Range and GSSF with the Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Team, and at that point I knew this was a company I wanted to be involved with.

I began teaching the Ladies Concealed Carry Basics in early 2017 and have not looked back since! Along with teaching for Rochester Personal Defense, I assist with the Onondaga County Pre Permit Handgun Safety course and serve as a Co-Leader of The Well Armed Woman Syracuse Chapter.

Philosophy

Always keep learning! You are never too experienced to refine and refresh your training.

  • 2016. Ladies Concealed Carry Basics from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2017. USCCA Countering the Mass Shooter training
  • 2017. NRA Certified Pistol Instructor certification course from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2017. NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2017. NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Phase 1
  • 2017. USCCA Instructor certification course from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2017. Full/Unrestricted Carry course from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2017. ‘Concealed Carry 2’ from Shooters Haven
  • 2018. EQUALIZER Ladies Self Defense course from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2018. Enhanced Concealed Carry course from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • Women’s Day on the Range, Trenton Triggers, Holland Patent NY
  • Ladies Rule the Range, Pathfinder Fish and Game, Fulton NY
  • Concealed Carry Basics- Ladies Only, Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • Range Officer, GLOCK GSSF Match
  • Onondaga County Pre-Permit Handgun Safety, Monthly course
  • The Well Armed Woman- Syracuse Chapter Co-Leader
  • USCCA member
  • NRA member
  • Syracuse Pistol Club
  • Baldwinsville Rod & Gun Club

In my day to day life, I work as a Calibration/ Validation Technician.  In my free time I enjoy spending quality time with my family, exercising and keeping a well-balanced diet, biking, hiking and camping.

Philosophy

As anyone, I have a desire to reach my highest potential.  For me, that is to engage myself fully in all day to day experiences so I will be my best at all times.  I am an all in type of guy. So, if you find yourself in one of my classes, you will get 100%, I can assure you of that.

If you Stand for Nothing you will fall for Anything 

  • 2009. Rochester Personal Defense LLC Defensive Pistol Skills 101
  • 2009. Monroe County Sheriffs office: Home Firearms Safety Course
  • 2011. Monroe County Sheriffs office: Home Firearms Safety Course
  • 2011. Rochester Personal Defense LLC Defensive Low Light Handgun
  • 2011. Rochester Personal Defense LLC Defensive Pistol Skills 201/301
  • 2012. Insights Training Center, Intensive Handgun Skills.
  • 2013. Monroe County Sheriffs office: Home Firearms Safety Course
  • 2013. Rochester Personal Defense LLC Defensive Pistol Skills 301
  • 2014. Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman. Bulletproof Mindset.
  • 2014. Rochester Personal Defense LLC Defensive Pistol Skills N Drills
  • 2014. Extreme Navy Seal Experience. Advanced Operator Training.
  • 2015. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training and Development Program
  • 2015. Red Cross First Aid, CPR, AED
  • 2015. Defensive Handgun 1 from The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. NRA Certified Instructor for Pistol and Home Firearms Safety
  • 2015. Custom Defensive Handgun course from Academi
  • 2015. Custom Defensive Vehicle Operation course from Academi.
  • 2015. Custom Rifle course from Academi

This was the biggest eye opener for me. Coming in as a 25 year old kid, shooting since I was young enough to walk, I thought what can there possibly be to learn? BOY WAS I WRONG! Chris and Lew were on me from the minute I walked into the class. After falling in love with personal protection with a hand gun I then took the second series of the class. This is when I decided that I wanted to take the next step and help teach those who have or had a similar attitudes that I did when I walked in to my first class. I’m a true believer that if you want to take that next step and carry concealed, you should take classes like I chose to in order to make sure your safety, and efficiency are at a level sufficient enough to carry. You are carrying something that could possibly save your life, your families life, or a friends life at a critical moment in time.

Philosophy

If your going to use something that can save your life, your families lives, your friends lives from someone who doesn’t value it the same way you do,  You should be able to act proficiently and safely enough to do so.

  • 2011. Bachelor Degree of Business Economics
  • 2011. AVET- Accident Vehicle Extraction Training
  • 2011. First Aid/CPR/AED training
  • 2011. Firefighter Survival
  • 2011. Firefighter Level 1 training
  • 2015. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC – Concealed Carry Basics course
  • 2015. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC – Concealed Carry 1 course
  • 2015. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC – Concealed Carry 2 course
  • 2016. SAFTD Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor
  • 2016. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC – Concealed Carry 3 course
  • 2016. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training and Development Program
  • 2016. Range Safety Officer rating for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. FAST Handgun Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. SAFTD FAST Handgun 1 Instructor
  • 2017. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • Firefighter with the Pompey Hill Fire Department since 2011
  • Volunteer with The Bread Run in Fabius, a group dedicated to raising money for schools

At Rochester Personal Defense, LLC we believe in training you, the average person, who wants to be safe. Self defense is just that - defensive, not offensive in nature.

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