Hello. I'm always happy to meet new people. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I was raised on a farm in a small rural town in upstate New York, learning the value of hard work at an early age. I am a professionally trained vocalist, a published author, and I was a nanny for three years. I graduated from Syracuse as a medical secretary, and worked in Equine Research at Cornell University assisting in the O.R. as a surgical nurse, developing Wang calculator programs, running lab equipment, and performing a host of other duties. After a short stint at a Volkswagen dealership, I finally settled down at a local utility where I did all sorts of interesting jobs. My most favorite job was buying coal and scheduling trains for the generating stations ('cause I LUV trains). I retired—comfortably and happily--in 2007 with over 38 years of service. I am happily married, and am 18 credits away from an A.S. in Marketing, Management, and Sales. At this stage of my life, I will probably always be 18 credits away. I have other things I would rather learn to do, including become an NRA Instructor.
I believe that we humans should never have to live in fear of another human being. To that end, I believe that every man, woman, and child should become educated and proficient in some manner of self-protection, and that each should seek out the best possible training to achieve that goal. I have owned long guns since I was 18, but started pursuing my New York State pistol permit in February of 2008 through the Pre-Licensing course Rochester Personal Defense (RPD, LLC). Since then, I have taken five additional courses with Dave, Ian, and Wendy, who have become my friends as well as my teachers. I was happy to step out of retirement and come on board in April 2009 to become the voice of Rochester Personal Defense. My goal is to serve you all well.
Don't walk into the daily fray leading with your chin, lead with your training... and Practice, Practice, Practice!!! There are very few second chances to redeem yourself once an encounter has begun, so you must be prepared for worst and hope for the best.