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 12 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, and is now an NRA Certified Instructor.
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 had 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; he attempted to swim with the whale sharks in Belize, and also toured the US Naval Base at GTMO. Bret is vigorously pursuing his education to enhance his own training abilities with the following training entities: Front Sight, American Warrior Society, Martial Blade Concepts, Atomic Athlete, Dark Angel Medical, Active Self-Protection, and ShivWorks ECQC. 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.
David S. is currently an active-duty US Marine. He has nearly twelve years of service in the infantry. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) is 0369 Infantry Unit Leader. In that time he has deployed overseas five times, including twice to Al Anbar Province, Iraq. His experiences in the Scout Sniper platoon early on have greatly assisted and shaped his first experiences within the Corps. He has led Marines overseas as a team leader, squad leader, and platoon sergeant. His most recent billet was the Battalion Assistant Operations Chief for 2d BN 3d MAR. He has nine years of platform instructional experience, and is currently serving on his second tour as a Combat Instructor, teaching all manner of small unit tactics and infantry organic weapon systems, up to, and including, medium machine guns and grenades. He is a certified Master Instructor, Curriculum Developer, Combat Marksmanship Trainer, Range Safety Officer, as well as a 2nd Degree Martial Arts Instructor Trainer. He has been married for eight years to his lovely wife, and they are now expecting their first child.
Dominic’s interest in law enforcement began when he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1979 and became a military policeman and a MP Liaison Officer for the U.S.M.C. and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Shortly after his end of active service, Dominic was hired as a Deputy Sheriff for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, where he served from 1985 through 2012.
Dominic worked in Patrol Operations, serving the cities of Lake Forest, Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano and was a Field Training Officer (FTO). Dominic was selected for various assignments, including his selection as Tactical Officer, assigned to the Orange County Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy. He worked on the Tri-City Directed Enforcement Team (TCDET) and was a member of the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). Dominic was working a detail with the Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA), when he was promoted to Sergeant. He was selected as a Tactical Sergeant and transferred to the Orange County Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy. Dominic was then selected as a SWAT Sergeant and is an Academy Instructors Core Course (AICC) Certified Instructor. He is also a POST Certified Instructor for the following courses: Patrol Operations, which includes officer safety during car stops, investigative stops and felony or high risk stops. He also provides instruction in Building Searches and Crimes in Progress. Dominic is also an POST Evaluator at the Basic Academy, testing the proficiency of each recruit in their final stages of testing. He served as Vice-President for the Orange County Training Manager’s Association (OCTMA), and developed and maintained many contacts in the training community.
Dominic continues to have a deep devotedness to training, and although he is now semi-retired, he continues to train academy recruits at the Orange County Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy.
Dominic is very involved in ministries through his local church and devotes his efforts to Bible study, outreach programs and an Orange County Law Enforcement Ministry.
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 has served 16 years in the United States Marine Corps and has extensive experience in weapons training. John has specialized in foreign military advisor training, certified by Special Operations Training Group in advance Carbine and pistol training, foreign weapons, force protection, defensive/tactical driving, survival and evasion techniques, intelligence collection, water survival, and first responder medical techniques training. John currently works as a Residence Security Officer Supervisor with Snap Inc.
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.
After medically retiring, he worked part-time for a major defense contracting company deployed to the Middle East as a Firearms, Resources, and Special Tactics Instructor to former U.S. Military personnel deployed throughout the world on U.S. State Department contracts. He is a P.O.S.T. Certified, U.S. Department of State, Department of Defense, and NRA Certified Instructor.
Kavon is a Glock Certified Armorer and NRA Certified Instructor 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.
Kia will soon have his AS degree in Administration of Justice, and hopes to earn a BS degree in Criminal Justice, preferably with a focus on Law Enforcement Supervision.
In addition to ADI, Kia currently works part-time for a local police department as a civilian, assisting with police operations, investigations, dispatch, parking/traffic, and has also worked for Laguna Beach Police as a civilian in the past.
Kia holds a PC 832 certification, a certification in Sovereign Citizen Extremists from Ben Clark Training Center, as well as a cerificationt in Emergency Call Taking to aid in covering as a dispatcher.
He has training in Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Jiu Jitsu, American Wrestling, and American Boxing; Kia is a fan of martial arts, in the sense that he enjoys learning the multiple ways of completing an objective in terms of self-defense and offense.
His shooting interests began in 2014 in order to compete in firearms competitions with the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA). Kia's passion for firearms, training, and law has skyrocketed since then. Soon after learning how to shoot, he earned the position of Shooting Team Captain. He also has assumed the responsibility of disassembling the team guns in order to clean them, but was more interested in the internal components. Kia desired to understand how the pistol works from the inside out. He has been competitively shooting for ACJA for about 3.5 years, and that sparked his interest in rifles. Kia spent 2.5 years researching, and saving up money to build a rifle from the ground up, customizing it to exactly how he wanted it.
Currently, Kia has taken multiple courses with Firearms Training Associates, FAST OC, ADI, as well as private sessions with retired officers. He loves educating himself in the field of firearms tactics and ballistics; he approaches his study from a martial arts persepective. Kia believes the tactics, mindset, and fundamentals overlap with traditional martial arts very well. He has also been certified in Range Safety Officer by NRA - to call the line and host firearms competitions with ACJA.
In addition, Kia likes to volunteer his time with chapters of the American Criminal Justice Association. He has also worked with Irvine Police Department and others to help host and promote BootCampaign/Pushups for charity events. Pushups For Charity is Boot Campaign’s annual fundraising initiative that raises awareness of the challenges military service members and veterans face, and raises money to support their unique needs. If he has any other free time, Kia loves taking new shooters and friends out to the range to teach them how to shoot safely. Educating people about firearms and the mechanics behind the operating system is a growing passion. I hope to one day have enough training and experience to earn the position of Instructor with ADI.
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 NRA Certified 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.
Leo was born and raised in San Francisco. His extensive career includes working in the San Francisco District Attorney's office of Criminal Investigations and being a First Responder as a County of San Mateo Airport Operations Specialist. Leo also enjoys flying, and is a Private Pilot for a single engine fixed wing aircraft. More of Leo's certifications include NRA Basic Pistol Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer, FSC Instructor and Basic Academy EVOC Instructor (RET).
Ray has recently retired with 25 years of U.S. Naval Service. His extensive experience in the use-of-force includes 19 years as a Range Safety Officer, Small Arms Instructor (Train the Trainer), Firearms Rangemaster, Close Quarter Combat, Edge Weapon Awareness, Non-Lethal and Defensive Tactics Instructor.
During his military career, he was deployed 12 times, including two deployments to Haiti during the 1994-1995 Coup d’etat for Operation Uphold democracy and four deployments to South America to support International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INLE) conducting counter-narcotics operations.
Ray is also a certified Wilderness Survival Instructor; he is a former instructor at the U.S. Navy & U.S. Marine Corp. Survival, Escape, Resistance, & Evasion School.
During his last seven years of Naval service, Ray was the lead Expeditionary Combat Firearms Instructor for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit GROUP ONE; San Diego, CA.
Ray is a certified Rangemaster and certified armorer for Colt 1911, Sig Sauer P228 & P229, Beretta 92FS, Colt AR-15 Platforms through M16E2, Stoner M-4 Carbine, FN SCAR-L & FN SCAR-H, Barret M82 & M182 Sniper Rifle, McMillian TAC-50 Sniper Rifle, Mossberg M500 Shotgun, & Winchester M870 Shotgun.
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.
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.
Steve has been a Federal Law Enforcement Officer/Special Agent for 17 years, and has over 29 years of military service. During this time he has gained a considerable amount of experience instructing firearms employment and tactics.
"A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined..." - George Washington, First Annual Address, to both House of Congress, January 8, 1790
Steve's enjoyment of firearms began as a young boy plinking at soda cans with a BB gun in the backyard of his home in Colorado. His first firearm, a shotgun, was given to him by his father for their first pheasant hunting trip together.
It wasn’t until 2015 that he purchased his first handgun, a Glock 19, and attended his first self-defense firearms course at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute in Nevada. Within a year he had achieved Distinguished Graduate status in handgun, shotgun, and rifle. He has since continued on to complete Front Sight’s more advanced courses, like Tactical Scenarios and Handgun Combat Master Prep.
On most weekends, Steve spends his time competing at a high level in shooting sports like IDPA, USPSA, and 3-Gun. He is consistently a top finisher and has won several local matches (as well as many “friendly competitions” here at Artemis).
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; she is now a NRA Certified Instructor. 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.