GUARD·IAN | \ ˈGÄR-DĒ-ƏN
1: one assigned to protect or oversee another: such as a: a person or a body of persons on sentinel duty
2 a: a defensive state or attitude b: a defensive position
3 a: the act or duty of protecting or defending b: the state of being protected a: to protect from danger especially by watchful attention : make secure police guarding our cities
b: to stand at the entrance of as if on guard or as a barrier
c: to tend to carefully
Founder/Director of Training
Instructor J is currently a Certified POST peace officer and former police officer in North Dakota.
Following service with the USAF, where (as a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF’s Security Forces Academy), he was a member of the Tactical Response Force (TRF) providing Group- and Squadron-level Tac Team security for nuclear weapons convoys, “Rapid Response” to nuclear ICBM sites.
Instructor J is a Smith & Wesson M&P and Glock pistol armorer. Instructor J is also an POST certified Field Training Officer and POST certified General Instructor.
Instructor J is an NRA Certified Instructor for Basic Pistol, Home Firearms Safety, Refuse to be a Victim, and a Certified Range Safety Officer. Also, Instructor J is a DPS Armed Security Guard Firearms Instructor. In addition to his civilian firearms instructor certifications, Instructor J is an POST Firearms Instructor, POST Patrol Rifle (AR-15) Instructor, and DPS Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) Firearms Instructor. Lastly, Instructor J is a Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) Active Shooter Threat Instructor.
J is an instructor for Haley Strategic Partners.
Instructor J currently holds an Associates of Applied Sciences Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor's of Arts in Social and Criminal Justice. He is planning to start his Masters Degree program in fall.
Instructor J is also a SDI Open Water Certified Diver and enjoys traveling the country and world diving.
Instructor J has a passion for teaching. Whether it's teaching citizens in safe and responsible gun ownership, carrying, and/or self defense, law enforcement officers in sound tactics to ensure they return home safely or military personnel in combating terrorism, he loves learning from everyone all the time, from every opportunity whether he is in front of the class or in the student's chair. His goal is not to be an expert, but a master at his craft.
Founder/Chief Executive Officer
Karen, born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, is a veteran of law enforcement with a career in the Chicago Police Department and Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) respectively.
Now since making her home in Arizona, she has taken up real estate across the valley.
During her tenure with the Chicago Police Department she was assigned to Patrol, Plain Clothes Tactical Team (Tac Team), and finally with the Marine/Helicopter Unit. Karen is a PADI Certified Advanced Open Water, Dry Suit, and SCUBA Rescue and Recovery Diver as well as US Coast Guard Certified Merchant Marine Officer.
During her tenure at the Federal Air Marshal Service she traveled the world amassing over 2 million miles providing covert security and safety to countless passengers and airline crew.
In addition to an operational Federal Air Marshal, she was a Department of Homeland Security Certified Firearms Instructor, Law Enforcement Fitness Coordinator, Defensive Measures (Defensive Tactics) Instructor, and a graduate of the Law Enforcement Instructor Development Program and Reid and Associates Behavioral Recognition/Reid Interview Technique of Interview and Interrogation.
Karen, since leaving law enforcement, has continued her passion for teaching and serving as an NRA Certified Firearms and Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor by providing the lessons learned over decades of training and experience to clients of all backgrounds.
Her vast knowledge and experience of firearms, tactics, and laws is available to anyone willing to learn. Karen desires to be an ambassador to women who have aspirations of their first firearms experience and wish to learn more about the safe handling and carry of firearms.
She believes wholeheartedly in collaborative learning. She hopes to see you out on the range or in the classroom.
Lead Firearms/Tactics Instructor
Instructor C was born in Alaska and raised all over the United States. His love of firearms and their applications comes from a curiosity when he was younger.
He spent six years in the Oregon National Guard where, after a tour in Afghanistan in 2010, he became an advanced pistol and rifle marksmanship coach as well as an unarmed combatives instructor.
Since returning, he has spent time with various instructors learning things to both improve himself and to impart upon others. Instructor C has also returned to Afghanistan twice more as a armed security contractor for sensitive areas, where he gained a great wealth of knowledge on safety and security and proper use and implementation on a wide variety of firearms.
After that, Instructor C has settled down and decided to spend more time at home with the family, becoming an NRA Certified Basic Pistol instructor as well as a Glock and Smith & Wesson armorer.
He also competes regularly at local venues. Instructor C's love of teaching comes from wanting to help people overcome the fears and misconceptions of firearms and how they are used.
Director of Medical Operations
Tim began teaching First Aid and CPR in 1992 instructing classes for the community through the American Red Cross in Columbus, Ohio. That led Tim to a career in EMS which started in 1996 and he became a paramedic in 1999 and started teaching classes to other healthcare professionals in 2001.
Tim to this day continues to provide instruction and education to a broad spectrum of individuals from the lay public to law enforcement to EMS professionals to nurses to international military personnel and physicians to this day.
Professionally, Tim have worked across the healthcare spectrum from pre-hospital to in hospital to between hospital settings. As an EMT and Paramedic, Tim has worked in rural, sub-urban, urban and austere environments. He has worked on inpatient units at a Level 1 Trauma Center and in the Emergency Department at a Pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center. Tim has over twelve years as a flight paramedic on a civilian medical helicopter treating and transporting critically ill and injured patients from the scene of an incident or from an outlying hospital.
Tim has held instructor certifications with the American Heart Association, the American College of Surgeons through the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), the American College of Emergency Physicians, the National Disaster Medical System and the American Burn Association.
Tim has been recognized as a Special Topics Instructor by the State of Ohio Division of EMS and the State of Arizona Police Officer Standard Training (AZPOST) Board. Besides formal instructor certifications, he has served as a mentor and preceptor to new EMTs, paramedics, air medical flight crews and tactical paramedics. Tim has served as conference faculty and presenter at local, state and international conferences on a wide variety of topics. He continues to serve as committee member and on advisory boards for numerous local, state and national organizations.
Currently, Tim works as a pre-hospital coordinator in the Emergency Department of a Level III Trauma Center. While serving as a liaison between ground and air medical agencies and the hospital, he developed a training calendar of continuing education for EMS and provided an online delivery platform. Additionally for the hospital, he is the facility liaison for Emergency Management and provide formal instruction and micro-training for the Incident Command Team and other Emergency Management resource teams.
Tim also developed a robust medical program with a local police department with over 100 sworn police officers. Starting almost ten years ago by providing medical consultation and support with the SWAT team, now every police officer is trained in CPR, appropriate use of AED, life- saving first aid skills, management of suspected opioid overdose and prevention of hypothermia. Officers have access to a wide array of life-saving equipment including AEDs, tourniquets, hemostatic gauze, chest seals and Narcan.
With almost twenty-five years of broad field experience and teaching in a variety of environments, Tim understands adult learning styles and the importance of realistic training environments for skills retention and performance in emergency situations
Jim is a new Patriot in America from our neighbors to the North. Upon arriving in Arizona, Jim quickly seized his newfound American freedoms and the strength of The Constitution of the United States of America. With his first pistol purchase, a fire was lit to become as proficient as possible.
After working with a number of different instructors, he became an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor. His sole purpose stems giving back to the country that allows him these new freedoms by instructing firearm owners in the safe handling and proper use of their firearms.
Jim strives taking students from the basics to more advanced techniques.
Since Jim joining Guardian, he looks forward to teaching the phenomenal clients that grace Guardian courses.
Chase was born in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho then moved to Fountain Hills, Arizona at the age of 10. He participated in sports such as gymnastics for 6 years, competing professionally across the North and Southwest regions and winning several regional titles. During his junior and senior years of high completed two years of firefighter training, achieving both Cadet of the Year and a Fitness Award. He attended East Valley Institute of Technology in the Fire Science division and finished top of his class.
Chase volunteers every year with the Arizona Burn Foundation program, Camp Courage, which helps young adults and children that have been affected by fire injuries and events. This helps them to maintain a healthy relationship with themselves and others through the guidance of counselors and support staff that create a fun atmosphere for them to express themselves.
Chase is currently a Wildland Firefighter in Arizona, having worked across Arizona and other states on various fires. He is currently finishing an Associates in Applied Sciences Degree in Emergency Response and Operations. Chase has a passion for learning as well as teaching his knowledge with the hope of continuing his wildland firefighting career in both Arizona and Idaho.
Since Chase joining Guardian, he looks forward to teaching medical classes including CPR/AED, First Aid, and Stop the Bleed.
Instructor Kail grew up on a farm in Arizona. The importance of field medicine and his journey as a first responder started with his grandfather having his leg crushed by a combine harvester when Kail was 10 years old. Kail was able to act quickly by wrapping a piece of rope around his grandfather’s leg as an improvised tourniquet until the fire department arrived and saved his grandfather’s life.
Kail went on to play baseball for numerous colleges and was drafted by the Texas Rangers baseball team. After injuries sustained that sidelined his baseball career, he pursued his love of service to others by way of being a Firefighter and EMT.
Kail currently works for the Rural Metro Fire Department and now serving for 5 years. Kail is a Medical Instructor for Guardian teaching Stop the Bleed, CPR/AED, and numerous other disciplines.
Kail believes one of the worst feelings is not being prepared to save someone else’s life when you have the ability to do so. He believes in Guardian’s ethos: “What are you doing today to prepare for tomorrow?”