Lead Instructor, Founder
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 20 RSO's and has brought multiple women onto that team.
In 2021 Lisa became a Chapter Facilitator for A Girl & a Gun where she hosts sessions in Sherwood, OR. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys shooting at local competitions, focusing primarily on Speed Steel and IDPA.
Lisa has trained under the following instructors:
Portland Police Women's Strength Program: Introduction Level, Intermediate and Defense Against Weapons, Terry Marles, Tatiana Whitlock, Tom Givens, Masaad Ayoob, Brian Hill, Shelly Hill, Steve Moses, John Murphy, Scott Jedlinski, Clint Smith, Mike Ox, John Farnham, Adam Winch, Nick Young, Chris Cypert, and more.
Lisa's credentials include:
NRA Range Safety Officer
NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor
NRA Basic Pistol Instructor
NRA Basic Rifle Instructor
NRA Refuse to Be a Victim Instructor
USCCA Defensive Shooting Fundamentals Instructor
Rangemaster Certified Instructor
Brian Hill Deliberate Coaching Instructor
A Girl & A Gun Facilitator
A Girl & A Gun Certified Trainer
Masaad Ayoob Group MAG 40 Graduate
Utah BCI Instructor
HSI: First Aid, CPR, AED and Bleeding Control
HSI: Active Violence Emergrency Response Training Instructor
Certified Glock Armorer
Currently enrolled in the Active Self Protection Instructor Certification Program, Cohort 6 (A master-level certification program requiring 120 hours of in-depth training.)