MEET TEAM ARTEMIS
Do you remember one of Steven’s blog’s about a woman who chose, “The Wrong Gun” for her CCW permit? Well, that was written about Angela and her .44 Magnum. Angela first came to Artemis as a client who was pursuing her CCW, and decided to become part of the team because of her strong support of our Second Amendment and enthusiasm for the dynamic training at ADI.
Angela attended Chapman University in Orange as a single mom, where she obtained her BA in Social Science. Her love of History led her to pursue a Teaching Credential, where she would be able to share her enthusiasm of Social Studies with her students. She immediately began teaching middle school Social Studies at a private school in Temecula, and remained in that position for 11 years.
Her love of Harley Davidson’s led her to dramatically shift her career, and she got a job at Orange County Harley Davidson for four years. This is where she also met her true love, who quickly became her husband. After her time at OCHD, Angela joined Team Artemis.
Angela enjoys spending time with her family, especially her granddaughters. She loves being outdoors, where she clearly sees the amazing artistry of God. She also enthusiastically shares the healing powers of doTERRA Essential Oils, which you will often see her diffusing when you come in to Artemis to share the health benefits with all!
To summarize Angela: Jesus, Family, Guns & Oils!
Bret has an extensive and varied background in Law Enforcement for over 32 years from 1982 to 2015. As a member of the largest Sheriff’s Department in the country, Bret worked a number of custody, patrol, training bureau, and court assignments while receiving promotions from Deputy, Sergeant to Lieutenant. Bret has competed in the Police Summer Games as part of the Rifle Team and the Action Pistol Team, winning two gold and one silver medal. Bret worked throughout Los Angeles County, including: Firestone (Century), Carson, Lakewood, and Lennox. While at the Training Bureau, Bret was assigned to the Officer Involved Shooting Roll-Out Team to evaluate incidents as they were related to current training standards. Bret was also regularly part of a team charged with Annual Command Inspections, reviewing security facilities, testing personnel readiness, and providing in-service training. Bret completed and was certified by the State’s Police Officer’s Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) in Basic, Supervisor, Supervisory Leadership, Management, POST Academy Instructors Core Course, Force Options Simulator and Certified Firearms Instructor.
When not at work, Bret enjoys numerous activities with family and friends, such as volunteering to build homes with Habitat for Humanity, hunting (boar & dove), fishing, and competitive shooting (3 gun). Bret also enjoys traveling. He has been to Pamplona, Spain, where he participated in the Running of the Bulls. He also enjoyed climbing Mt. Fuji (12,388 ft.) in Japan, and touring the US Naval Base at GTMO. Rumor has it that he plans to swim with whale sharks in Belize (2017), and climb Kilimanjaro (2018). Carpe Diem, Bret!
Chaney, the youngest member of the ADI team, and a huge advocate for gun safety, started to participate in the shooting sport at the age of five. As the owner's (Steven and Sandy Lieberman) daughter, she has grown up surrounded by firearms and hunting, and loves to expand the shooting community by teaching others about these sports.
She currently holds a seat in the Classical Voice Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts, and is an explorer for the Orange County Sheriff's department. She is also a recipient of the John Hopkins University Academic Talent Search, also known as CTY. In addition, Chaney spends her time working on her non-profit organization she started herself called TACK, which stands for taking action centered on kids. Her group makes care packages for victims of human trafficking, and is comprised of other students she has recruited attending OCSA as well.
Iona is an enthusiastic Artemis Operator. She is an explorer for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, where she is a part of the competition team, and a United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps Recruit, where she earned her Sharpshooter qualification for marksmanship. She is actively pursuing attaining a nomination to attend one of the United States Service Academies, where she hopes to become a military officer. Iona loves working with the shooters and staff at Artemis, and hopes to improve her already skillful shooting.
Kavon is a Glock Certified Armorer with years of experience with many different weapons systems. After building his first rifle, he began delving deeper into the mechanics and working of firearms. Kavon also has a great aptitude for electronics and components.
Aside from his passion for firearms, Kavon spends his off time woodworking, and metalworking.
Jeremy’s experience with firearms started from a young age when he started plinking with an air gun, which eventually led to moving up through calibers. He joined the United States Marine Corps, enlisting in June 2001. During the course of his enlistment Jeremy participated in various real world operations in desolate parts of the world, where he would participate in humanitarian and combat operations which included counter-insurgency, anti-piracy and IED recognition and reduction.
Jeremy would later become part of the Battalion Landing Team 2/1, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). During this time, he took every opportunity to learn any weapon and sighting system available, and would serve as the platoon armorer during down time. He later deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 19, 2003 to serve as an explosives breacher and machine gunner for Fox Company 2/1. His second deployment to Iraq would be in January 2005, again with the 15th MEU as part of a U.S. led effort to ensure Iraq’s first free elections.
Since his time in the Marines, Jeremy has continued to pursue excellence in marksmanship by achieving the National Rifle Association’s Distinguished Expert in both pistol and rifle. He is also a well versed instructor and trainer certified to teach basic to advanced marksmanship. For fun he builds and tunes rifles, constantly seeking a higher level of precision.
Jeremy has been working in government for nearly 15 years, and describes his current position as a “Professional Prepper” in Emergency Management.
John, US MARINE
John has an extensive Firearms Instructor background starting in the US Marines from 1986-1992 where he was part of Desert Shield/Desert Storm in the Infantry and Light Armored Reconnaissance community. Upon returning he became a Primary Marksmanship Instructor for his unit. Between 1992-1994 he worked as a medic for a private ambulance company in Carson, Compton, and Long Beach, before joining the City of Buena Park Police Department. John worked from 1995 - 2014 as Police officer, motor officer, SWAT entry operator, entry team leader, field training officer, SWAT and department range master , and firearms instructor before medically retiring in 2014.
These days, he works part-time for a major defense contracting company as a Firearms, Resources, and Special Tactics Instructor to former U.S. Military personnel deployed through out the world on U.S. State Department contracts.
Katie is an NRA certified instructor. With her parents retired from law enforcement, Katie has shot firearms a good part of her life. She assisted Orange Police Department in their K-9 and Gang unit, she has been present during tactical operations as a civilian, and is a member of Front Sight. She has been an instructor here at Artemis since the opening, and brings a great attitude and approach to teaching and facilitating the training here.
When she isn't working, she is spending time with her young son, and training for a future in law enforcement.
Kyle's desire to tactically train and his love for firearms has led, and continues to lead him, on a path geared towards Law Enforcement. He started out as a Police Explorer for Post #449, and from there pursued his education at Cal State Fullerton, where he graduated with a BS in Criminal Justice. He is now a certified NRA pistol instructor and is currently looking into a career in law enforcement. He has been shooting for many years, and has been engaged in Airsoft MILSIM experiences for the past 14 years as well.
Kyle loves to enable and mold new shooters into responsible individuals who understand how to safely and properly manipulate a firearm whilst maximizing their own individual potential training at Artemis.
When Kyle is not at work he has a host of hobbies that he partakes in, namely building, modifying or fixing anything that the situation calls for which can range from his dappling in leather crafting, molding thermoplastics, wood work, metal work, costume design, and of course, firearms maintenance. He's been shooting for around eight years, and has been engaged in Airsoft MILSIM experiences for the past 14 years.
Lucas is a local writer and author of military tactics and combat, who currently works for the Department of Defense (D.O.D.) as a Military Tactics Analyst. He served 13 years as a United States Marine in the infantry, and is now serving in the USMC Reserves. During his Marine Corps career, he achieved the rank of a Staff Sergeant, and was deployed four times... three times to the Middle East, where he was awarded with Combat Valor. Lucas graduated from Military Operations in Urbanized Terrain (M.O.U.T.), Basic Urban Skills Training (B.U.S.T.), Weapons Handling and Coaches Courses for the M9 Berretta and M4/M16 weapon systems. He is also a 2nd Degree Black Belt Instructor Trainer in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. He is a certified NRA instructor, NRA pistol instructor, and Department of Justice (D.O.J.) Handgun Safety Instructor.
He was born in Randolph, Vermont and attended Vermont Academy, which is a division II Prep School. He holds a BS in Criminology, and as well is a certified and licensed Sports Nutritionist and a certified A+ computer IT technician.
Lucas enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and baby boy, golfing, swimming, shooting and working out.
Richard started his Law Enforcement career in 1993 with the OCSD after graduating from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. He worked six years in the Theo Lacy Facility. In 2000 he was transferred to patrol, and worked in Mission Viejo as a Field Training Officer (FTO), worked on the Special Enforcement Team (SET), and the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). He was transferred to Lake Forest, and was also on SET and CIRT teams.
Rich has received several MADD awards and also volunteered with MADD. He was a member of the OCSD DUI Task Force for over a decade. He was also an Explorer Advisor, Terrorist Liaison Officer (TLO), and an Administrative Deputy, working directly for the Chief of Police services, where he was responsible for all special events held in the city. In 2007, Rich developed and coordinated the El Toro High School Active Shooter Response Training for school staff, as well as Deputies working in south Orange County.
In 2014, he was promoted to Sergeant, and worked at the Men’s Central Jail. In 2015 he was transferred to the Katella Training Facility, where he is currently supervising the Tactical Training Center (TTC). The TTC is a County regional training facility, training thousands of Advanced Officers from local agencies. The training consists of Force Option Simulators, Driving Simulators, Simunition Force on Force Scenario Training, and other reality-based training classes.
He developed ADI’s POST CCW class, as well as the Intermediate and Advanced CCW classes held at ADI.
Richard is an AICC Certified Instructor. He is also a California Police Officer Standards & Training (POST) Certified Instructor for the following courses: Less Lethal weapons, Mobile Field Force, Driver Awareness, Driver Simulator, Driver Training Instructor for Emergency Vehicle Operation, and Active Shooter Response. Moreover he is certified by TASER as an Instructor.
He is a supervisor for the Sheriff’s Response Team (SRT). The SRT is responsible for Civil unrest and crowd control. He also has special training from FEMA, and is a supervisor for the Field Force Extraction Team (FFE). Most recently, Rich became Force Option Simulator trained.
It is clearly evident that Richard has a passion for training, especially being aware of your surroundings, and being prepared for situations that deputies and civilians may encounter in our ever changing society.
Sandy has long been a passionate advocate for education and learning, regardless of the field or subject one pursues. Her years of experience as the owner of the Academic Coaching Institute, her degree in Industrial Organization, as well as her background in hotel management, lends her ability to develop the business model for which the Artemis Defense Institute was founded upon.
During the early stages of Artemis, Sandy’s non-shooter status was a conscious effort in order to cultivate the program in which non-shooters could find as an entry into home self defense and the sport of shooting. Although, she is now NRA Certified, you will find her behind the desk or pounding the pavement as she continues to map out and develop the future of Artemis.
Sandy believes that food is the best way to learn about people and their culture... whether partaking in the experience, or learning the roles of food items during ceremony. In her spare time, you can find Sandy baking a loaf of bread, cooking up a storm, or watching a chick flick with her husband. She loves peanut butter chocolate ice cream and enjoys crocheting hats.
In his time away from Artemis, he works as a lacrosse coach at Aliso Niguel High School and enjoys seeing his players bring all they can to the game.
Originally from Northern California, Staci is an experienced registered dental hygienist (RDH) with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nutrition. As one might imagine, having been raised in a law enforcement / military household, Staci has a deep love of country and an affinity for firearms. Staci volunteers her time for Artemis Defense Institute by coordinating “Ladies' Night.”
Some of Staci’s other interests involve participating in Scleroderma, Alzheimer’s and ALS fundraising events. In her down time, Staci enjoys working out, spending time with her husband (usually cheering on the Los Angeles Kings) and their two French Bulldogs.
Steven’s shooting career began at the age of eight as a Boy Scout in the Anaheim Hills area. His love for the outdoors and shooting gave him the motivation to achieve the Eagle Scout status and was awarded a position as a Jungle Cruise Skipper at Disneyland.
An avid hunter and long distance shooter, he holds multiple instructor ratings through the NRA and has been an active member of the State Bar of California since 1995. His understanding of civil and criminal liabilities, and the limitations of lethal and non-lethal use of force, has been instrumental in the development of the ADI curriculum. Steven has also focused his training protocols to highlight the psychological and physiological responses to threat mitigation.
During Steven’s downtime, you can find him sitting in front of the fireplace, with a cup of coffee, a highlighter and pen... reading and annotating a book on combat (as his wife looks on hoping to watch a "chick flick" with him).
With over 13 years of experience in the customer service industry, Terra comes to us with a background in studio art. She earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree from California State University in Fullerton, and is actively pursuing her career in Art while managing our front office and learning about the gun world. With a talent for multitasking and an eye for detail, she also works as the lead artist for a vintage luxury design company based out of Los Angeles and Berlin while managing her own personal art.
In her free time she can be found, blowing glass, painting or relaxing at the beach. She also enjoys traveling, going to museums and participating in art shows.