I am a certified USCCA Firearms Instructor, NRA Instructor and Range Safety Officer, as well as a Well Armed Woman Instructor. I am also a co-leader for the Eugene, OR chapter of The Well Armed Woman.
Although I didn’t grow up around guns, I remember watching TV westerns with my dad and wearing the whole outfit: cowboy hat, boots, fringe jacket, holster, and revolvers. My dad even made me a wooden rifle that shot thick rubber bands. It wasn’t until I was an adult, however, that I got to handle a real gun: a shotgun for trap shooting. Thus, the seed was planted, but it remained dormant for many years.
Fast forward to 2007, when I left my career as a patent attorney and moved cross country to start my dog training business. After moving to Oregon, I discovered The Baron’s Den, an indoor range in Eugene, and a new door opened for yet another adventure.
I purchased my first gun, a Glock 19, in 2012. What started out as a hobby turned into a passion for the sport. And as any gun owner knows, once you have one, more will follow! I purchased a Glock 34, among others, which is still my favorite.
I competed in The Baron’s Den league and currently compete in steel matches, IDPA, and GSSF. I have since become a certified USCCA Firearms Instructor, NRA Instructor (Basic Pistol, Home Firearm Safety, Refuse To Be A Victim) and Range Safety Officer, and a Well Armed Woman Instructor. I also became a co-leader for the Eugene, OR chapter of The Well Armed Woman. Most recently I volunteered to be the Secretary for the Izaak Walton League’s Board of Directors.
I have always had a passion for learning and I continue to increase my knowledge and skill set through constant and consistent training. I graduated Andrew Branca’s Law of Self-Defense Instructor Program and I completed Tom Givens’ Combative Pistol Course. While my main proficiency is with handguns, I have added a few rifles and shotguns to my collection and intend on becoming proficient with them as well.
When I’m not shooting, you can find me at the gym with my personal trainer or engaging in fun activities with my dog.