Meet the Instructors
Want to know a little more about your instructors? Scroll down for a short bio and brief list of applicable certifications for each of our current instructors.
Greg is the founder of the Tactical Training Academy and best-selling author of Forged Through Fire: Developing Preparedness for the Perilous Encounter. He is a full-time Emergency Manager at a WA State school district.
Greg is a survivor with a first-hand perspective, filtered through his educational background in psychology, the love he has for his family and a desire for peace within his community. His own experience in active shooter and violent circumstances have created a passion to empower others to effectively prevent & respond to violence.
He has conducted and structured countless training sessions, all-hazard risk and vulnerability assessments, drill and exercise programs, threat assessment teams for adults and children, and other emergency programs for businesses as small as your local house of worship and as large as foreign governments. He is adept at cultivating community by-in for emergency preparedness: engaging first responders, government agencies, and private businesses alike. He is also a confident speaker, experienced in running seminars and conferences for hundreds of managers at a time.
Jeff is retired after serving 25 years with the Washington State Patrol, rising to the rank of lieutenant in Snohomish County as well serving as the Assistant Commander for the agency's Rapid Deployment Force.
He is a professional and dynamic leader, adept at building teams for performance. He is passionate about people development and public service. His duties included leading a highly motivated work group that focused on proactive law enforcement, criminal investigations, public information, field training, recruiting, collision investigation and citizen assists.
He also assisted the statewide Rapid Deployment Force Commander managing the team's training, ordering, equipment, and responses to civil disturbances, terrorism, safety and security of state's infrastructure. He has worked for local school districts handling the duties of emergency preparedness, safety, security, and risk management.
As the TTA regional director for OR and CA, Steve has shared empowering seminars with a variety of audiences, conducting advanced active shooter and violence mitigation programs in law enforcement, educational, medical, and business settings. Steve joined the TTA with more than 20 years of experience as an instructor, presenter, and published author with his own business and other educational organizations.
Steve’s training in combat and de-escalation tactics help him effectively evaluate risk and develop implementable strategies for risk reduction, prevention, and mitigation.
Steve holds FEMA certification in emergency preparedness and has an in-depth background in Kodokan Judo and edged weapons. He is passionate about the growth and development of his trainees and their spiritual, mental, and physical preparedness for crisis response and full-life.
Jeff is the Tactical Training Academy’s Risk Analysis Officer and primary Firearms Lead, developing risk assessment data, teaching our main tactics courses, and delivering firearms instruction. Jeff oversees all safety monitors for our training activities, promoting an educational environment that poses the least amount of liability to participants. Jeff also uses his professional background as an aerospace analyst to develop quality analytical tools for the TTA risk assessments and hazard evaluation teams.
Jeff is an avid firearms student, utilizing his engineering experience to master the nomenclature and fundamentals of ballistic performance and firearm function. He is adept at long distanced scoped operator instruction and CQB function.
Jeff is also a defensive tactics volunteer instructor, assisting TTA master instructors and instructors with one-on-one personalized instruction during high-volume training environments.
Dave is a proficient and motivating speaker, bringing a unique background of teaching experience within the public-school system and law enforcement work.
Dave earned his master’s degree in education, spending the first half of his career working with students before transitioning into full-time law enforcement. Dave specialized on the hostage negotiations team, special investigations, and DUI enforcement, being awarded honors as a Master Patrol Officer and as the DUII enforcement officer of the year. Dave brings a passion for motivating students of all learning types and vast experience teaching in the field as a Field Training Officer and as a classroom teacher.
Dave now works exclusively with the Tactical Training Academy and a host of businesses, agencies, and local organizations across the United States. Dave specializes in our Violent Intruder programs, empowering managers and students to prevent and act upon early signs of violence. Dave also teaches a host of other
courses, from reasonable suspicion classes to incident command to de-escalation.
Melissa is the TTA's marketing and development coordinator. She brings over seven years conducting sales and marketing practices for non-profit organizations to the TTA team, along with a background in business, communication, and firearms.
You'll find Melissa assisting our clients, coordinating TTA volunteers, and making every student in the TTA program understand their story is important.