Instructor: Women's Training Division
Brief info

Born and raised in the Southern Tier of Western New York, Granddaughter of a hunter sportsman on one side of the family and a WWII Normandy Vet, career firefighter and licensed gun dealer on the other, firearms were never glorified or vilified. They were a tool. We were raised to be self-reliant, patient and respectful. To have perseverance in obtaining an objective and to minimize fear and anxiety by increasing our awareness of the world around us and how to interact in it with confidence. We were taught to approach areas of concern in a levelheaded, practical way rather than succumbing to irrational unsubstantiated fears.

I live in the realm of "what is" not in the world of "what ifs". I do not live in the world of worry. I feel it is a useless emotion that prevents a person from being fully engaged in the present.

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!


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

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.


Mon - Sun: 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

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