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Program Chair School of Firearms Technology

SDI Time

SDI Faculty since 2018

Courses Taught

Introduction to Firearms Technology

Firearms Inspection and Troubleshooting

Sights, Optics, and Accuracy

AR-15 Advanced Armorer

AR-10 Advanced Armorer


Associate in Gunsmithing – Colorado School of Trades

Bachelors of Science in Education – Brigham Young University-Idaho

Masters of Science in Education – University of Idaho

Professional Background

Since 2008, I have acquired diverse professional experiences within the firearms industry, including gun store retail and shooting range operations, military machine gun manufacturing, civilian gunsmithing, advanced and reality-based force-on-force firearms training, and facility and personnel management. During this time, I have endeavored to meld together both my passion for higher education and my passion for firearms and the shooting sports. In this mission, I am most grateful for the opportunity to unite with like-minded colleagues at Sonoran Desert Institute, a trailblazing organization committed to providing students with firearms industry-driven higher education programs. Now, I enjoy witnessing students’ empowerment to become responsible innovators within the shooting sports.

Professional Group Memberships, Certificates & Certifications

National Rifle Association (NRA)

United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA)

National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

U.S. Center for Safesport


I enjoy a variety of outdoor sports, including the shooting sports, hunting, mountain biking, snowboarding, rock climbing, hiking, and time with family and friends.