Pacwest CEO and Instructor
Lisa is like many of those in the Pacific Northwest who grew up in a family with guns in the home. As a young adult, Lisa purchased a handgun and shot occasionally throughout her life. However, in 2010, after multiple close call situations, while living in the Portland area, Lisa decided to purchase a handgun for personal protection and everyday carry. She began training with her firearm and eventually came across a ladies-only group that she began shooting with. After shooting for a few years, Lisa began teaching friends how to shoot. Lisa quickly realized she had a knack for working with people and a passion for helping others learn to protect themselves. She decided to focus her energy on teaching other civilians how to defend themselves.
In 2018, Lisa began working as a range safety officer and instructor at a local gun club, actively teaching with the club’s practical application team. She helps teach a new member evaluation class that focuses on marksmanship and safety, as well as Handgun Fundamentals, Action Shooting Fundamentals, Action Range Certification classes, Concealed Handgun Classes, and Introduction to Kubotan Self Defense. In 2019 Lisa began volunteering her time as a co-leader with another female instructor for her local ladies-only shooting group.
In May 2020, Lisa began working full-time as the Chief Range Safety Officer at the same gun club. She now manages a team of 15 RSO's and has brought multiple women into that team.
Lisa's credentials include:
NRA Range Safety Officer, Chief Range Safety Officer, Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor, Basic Pistol Instructor, Basic Rifle Instructor, Refuse to Be a Victim instructor. She is also a USCCA Defensive Shooting Instructor, and a Rangemaster Certified Instructor. She is also certified by the Utah BCI to teach Utah non-resident CHL classes, and currently offers Oregon, Washington, Utah, and Arizona Concealed Handgun License classes. Lisa teaches multi-state CHL classes and offers private lessons at local ranges in the Pacific Northwest. In addition, Lisa has obtained advanced medical training and is certified in Bleeding Control, First Aid, CPR and AED.
In 2021 Lisa became a Chapter Facilitator for A Girl and a Gun where she hosts sessions in Sherwood, OR.