Instructors

The Crucial Help We Couldn't Do Without

Carla Young - Range Logistics Officer, Lead Instructor, Chief RSO
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She has been a Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Inspector General since 2001. She specializes in white collar crime, government fraud, employee threats, assaults, misconduct, workplace violence, animal fighting, and agricultural smuggling. She is certified by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center as an instructor in multiple defensive disciplines. Carla keeps herself physically fit with circuit training, Zumba, Pilates, and yoga. She enjoys hiking, camping, mountain biking, target, and sporting clay shooting. She is here to help her students overcome challenges, help them feel safe, and hopefully have some fun. 
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• NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
• NRA Certified Rifle Instructor
• NRA Certified Personal Protection in the Home Instructor
• NRA Certified Personal Protection Outside the Home (CCW) Instructor
• NRA Certified Refuse to Be Victim Instructor
• Certified in Adult/Infant CPR/AED/First Aid
• Trained in Tactical First Aid
Running a shooting line on the range takes careful planning and execution so that proper safety protocol and expectations are met and each participant walks away with a fun, eventful experience.  That would not be possible without the help from our core volunteer NRA-certified Range Safety Officers and Instructors.  They are dedicated, professional, courteous, and strive to accomodate each participant's shooting needs.  Check out their backgrounds and unique stories.  And when you're at one of our remarkable events get to meet and learn from them.  They even offer private lessons!   
In 1996, Carla took her first self-defense class with Impact Personal Safety. As a woman socialized to be a people pleaser she found it a life changing and empowering experience. She has been teaching self-defense since 1997 and in 2014 helped start Impact’s firearms training program. She teaches using positive reinforcement and layering of techniques. Her goal is to make the class a safe, supportive environment, and help each student reach his or her potential. She would like her students to walk away with an increased sense of personal safety and empowerment. She believes nobody has the right to hurt you or make you feel afraid. Carla’s own spinal and joint issues prompted her to seek training solutions for her students and she is adept at modifying techniques.

Available for private lessons

Gus Themaras Jr. - Line Boss & Lead Instructor
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Gus teaches pistol classes for Impact Personal Safety, a non-profit dedicated to teaching personal safety to men, women, and, children. He volunteers his time with other shooting groups with the purpose of introducing people to the shooting sports. He loves to see the empowering effect learning has on students. His focus is on helping new students overcome fears or barriers they may have surrounding firearms and helping everyone improve on marksmanship. He is known for being patient, humorous, motivating people through positive reinforcement, and his extensive knowledge of different types of firearms and ammunition. Basically he enjoys shooting, teaching, and helping people. He keeps his knowledge on firearms current by self-practice, reading firearms related material, competing in shooting tournaments, and remaining a student by taking classes himself. He is a night grocery manager at Ralph’s and in his free time enjoys weight training, trying new buffet restaurants, listening to music, and making his own ammunition.
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• NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
• NRA Certified Rifle Instructor
• NRA Certified Personal Protection Outside the Home (CCW) Instructor
• NRA Certified Metallic Cartridge Re-Loader
• Trained in Tactical First Aid

Available for private lessons

Gus is a nationally certified pistol instructor who became fascinated with the art of firearms when he took his first pistol class. He was hooked and began a journey pursuing this passion by constantly trying to perfect his skill using different firearms platforms. He consistently is a top scorer in competitive and class shooting events due to his knowledge of firearms, understanding the principles of marksmanship, and his ability to apply both. This is manifested in his combination of speed and accuracy. He expanded his focus on improving his own skills when his sister, who works nights, had a scary event in her life. She was left feeling threatened and vulnerable. She asked him to teach her to shoot for self-defense and he came to realize how rewarding it is to empower students to learn to shoot and see them walk away with new found knowledge and confidence.
Bill Gay - Instructor
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Bill Gay has been a Pistol and Rifle Instructor and Range Safety Officer for over six years. When he is not at the range, he practices corporate and securities law with a regional firm. He lived and worked in Tokyo for several years, speaks Japanese, and represents many clients in international transactions. He first became certified as a Firearms Instructor when he found that he was frequently taking clients shooting, instead of golfing. He enjoys shooting with his wife and son, and he and his son occasionally build custom AR rifles in various calibers.

• NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
• NRA Certified Rifle Instructor
Erik Sawiak - Instructor
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Erik holds NRA certifications as an Instructor for Pistol, Personal Protection Inside the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home and Range Safety Officer. Erik was first introduced to firearms over 45 years ago, when his father taught him to shoot trap, skeet and rifle. Later, as a business owner, Erik realized the need for a CCW permit, and obtained training through AllSafe Defense.   

In addition to volunteering with the Ladies Shooting League, Erik also volunteers as an instructor with AllSafe Defense, Bullets and Bagels, and as time permits, an RSO for the Boy Scouts. His motivation for volunteering this much of his time?  Helping others become confident, competent and well informed firearm owners.
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• NRA Certified Personal Protection Outside the Home (CCW) Instructor
NRA Certified Personal Protection in the Home Instructor
• NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
• NRA Certified Range Safety Officer

Available for private lessons

Available for private lessons