An industry professional since 2012 and a member of the West Coast Armory team since 2015, Adam brings a refreshing civilian-oriented perspective to firearms training and use, with a particular emphasis on handguns and their related gear. As a dedicated concealed carry practitioner for more than 18 years, and having a lifelong passion for the shooting sports, he has had the opportunity to steadily hone skills and practical perspectives under a variety of qualified instructors, and offers a teaching style that is personable, patient, and cognizant of individual learning differences.
In addition to being a certified member of the Bellevue Gun Club instruction and coaching staff, Adam is a full time NRA-qualified Range Safety Officer at Bellevue Gun Club.
Outside of the company, he is a classically trained musician on several instruments and enjoys the arts, philosophy, psychology, and film.
Brett Bass is the Safer Homes, Suicide Aware Program Coordinator. He joins Forefront after years of volunteering on the Firearms Subcommittee of the Safer Homes task force. Brett enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 2006, completing Military Police School in 2007 as the Honor Graduate of his class. He reported to MWSS-473, Det. A in Fresno, CA shortly thereafter and was mobilized to active duty. Upon moving to Washington, Brett transferred to H&S Co. 4th LSB out of Ft. Lewis. He deployed to Latvia with his battalion in 2010, Kuwait (from 2011-2012) and Afghanistan (from 2012-2013) as an individual augment with MARCENT.
After returning to the United States, Brett began his career in the firearms industry after many years of civilian work in private security. He currently holds Range Safety Officer, Chief Range Safety Officer, pistol instructor, and rifle instructor certifications from the National Rifle Association as well as CPR, AED, & basic first aid instructor certifications from the Health & Safety Institute. Brett has trained under some of the world’s most respected defensive shooting instructors, including Ken Hackathorn, Larry Vickers, Daryl Holland, John Holschen, Zach Harrison, David Sanders, and Chuck Pressburg. He has trained thousands of students in the safe, responsible, and effective use of firearms.
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Colleen Morgan, a northwest native, developed an interest in firearms at a young age. Colleen’s grandfather was an avid hunter in Georgia. After completing her hunter education certification at the age of 12, Colleen and her father would fly to Georgia each year to hunt on family land with her grandfather and cousins. This tradition continues today.
While in high school, Colleen was a member of the United State Marine Corps JROTC Rifle Team and won a variety of target shooting medals. Colleen later attended Central Washington University earning a double major in Psychology and Law.
Today Colleen continues to hone her firearm skills and is an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, Rifle Instructor, Shotgun Instructor and Range Safety Officer.
Colleen thoroughly enjoys instructing and sharing her expertise on the safe and practical use of firearms. She is known for being an approachable and compassionate instructor who spends whatever time necessary to explain the safe use of firearms. Colleen is passionate about teaching individuals who have never used a firearm and is very involved with spearheading and developing many of the women’s programs at Bellevue Gun Club.
Colleen is an adept problem solver who enjoys spending time with friends and family and has a passion for the outdoors, music, and yoga.
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Erik Schmidt is a former US Marine and a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He served as a Federal Narcotics Detection K9 Officer for three years before becoming a local policeman in the Seattle area from 1999 to 2007. While serving in his law enforcement capacity his specialties included:
Narcotic Detector Dog Handler, Police Mountain Bike, Firearms Instructor (Pistol, Submachine Gun, Patrol Rifle), Defensive Tactics Instructor, Undercover Narcotics Interdiction, Civil Disturbance Cadre (Deployed during the WTO, N30 and Mardi Gras 2001 riots)
Today, Erik operates in the both the public and private sector for the US Marshal Service, providing uniformed and plain clothes protection details for foreign and domestic dignitaries, entertainment figures, fortune 100 clientele and federal judges.
Erik provides firearms instruction, personal safety consulting, executive protection, weapons/tactics consulting for several video game projects; and teaches defensive tactics/ martial arts through his company Pathfinder Combatives. Additionally, he assists with training events, High Value Asset Transport, special activities, and executive protection details internationally.
Currently a 5th degree black belt; Erik was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame in October, 2017.
He has been trained and certified to operate as part of an Anti-Piracy Security team through the International Maritime Security Network for anti-piracy/ counter terror operations in East Africa. Holds a Maritime Captain License (OUPV/ Master 100 Ton) providing Anti Terror/ Force Protection for the US Navy aboard an armed civilian patrol boat. And is also a certified tactical tracker through the Tactical Tracking Operations School. (Rural Law Enforcement Academy, 2014)
“Drake”, a US MARINE CORPS Veteran, currently works as an Executive Protection Agent, and contractor for Department of Defense and the US Marshal. He is the Lead Law Enforcement Instructor for Next Level Training (SIRT Pistols) and Primary Instructor for the nationally recognized defensive tactics training group ARRESTLING. Drake trains Law Enforcement officers, military personnel and protection teams. He started his law enforcement trainer career more than 30 years ago all the while building his own career in SWAT, as a Narcotics Detective and a K-9 handler.
Drake has been a Firearms instructor since 1988 and holds numerous certifications for many categories of firearms. He started Martial Arts at a young age and has trained in many styles. Drake was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2016 as Law Enforcement Trainer of the Year. He has been featured in law enforcement, martial arts and shooting magazines and is a nationally recognized trainer and speaker.
Joe is a retired Police Officer with 32 years of experience in Law Enforcement. During his time as a Police Officer Joe was a Tactical Team Leader in his departments Disorder Response Team, Firearms Instructor, specializing in Washington State’s Use of Force Continuum, Handgun and Rifle Tactics, Weapon manipulations and Marksmanship. Joe is also a Taser Instructor, Pepper Spray Instructor and Reality Based Scenario Instructor. Mr. Bundy has Trained Elite Agencies such as the FBI, The US Military Branches, US Customs and The Central Intelligence Agency of Qatar (QIASS) on Firearms Handling, Less Lethal Tactics and Disorder Response. Mr. Bundy has recently acquired his State of Washington Private Investigator Firearms Instructor Certificate.
Joe is a skilled events and tactical coordinator due in part to his training in: Response to Civil Disorder, Advanced ICS Training and his experience in leadership roles while working as a Police Officer. Joe lives by the motto…Show up and pay attention. Mr. Bundy is trusted by several Fortune 500 companies with the responsibility of Executive and High Value Asset Protection. Despite Mr. Bundy having the ability to be a formidable presence, he also has the skills to diffuse tense situations with sincerity and a problem-solving attitude.
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Josh Sandoval is one of Bellevue Gun Club’s range managers. He was a Team Leader in the United States Army before being honorably discharged. Josh enlisted in 2014 as an Airborne Light Cavalry Scout, specializing in reconnaissance operations and small team tactics. He graduated OSUT training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia and was later stationed at Joint Base Richardson-Elmendorf (JBER), in Anchorage, Alaska. At JBER, Josh was trained in Arctic Survival, Airborne Operations, and Mounted/Dismounted maneuvers. Throughout his military career Josh participated in two JRTC’S, over fifteen fixed-wing and rotary jumps – in arctic climates and also served in both Kosovo and Afghanistan. While deployed and in garrison, Josh led classes on marksmanship with the M9, M4, and .50 Cal machine gun platform.
Josh is certified by the NRA as a Range Safety Officer, Rifle Instructor, and Pistol Instructor.
Julia Valencia, a northwest native, is an accomplished, well-respected law enforcement officer and trainer. She is a premier defensive tactics and combatives instructor who provides training at local police agencies, the police academy, even instructing security teams outside the USA.
Julia was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2016 for her instruction in tactical training and women’s self-defense. Julia is the only female primary instructor for the nationally known defensive tactics training group ARRESTLING.
In 2018 she earned the title of “Officer of the Year”. Julia is currently assigned as a collision investigator with her agency and is the first women motorcycle officer there. Julia has recently taken a position at Bellevue Gun Club helping citizens understand firearms and the legalities of handgun ownership.
Julia is passionate about personal safety, community service and family. She enjoys motorcycle riding, outdoor activities like trail running and sparring with anyone who is willing.
Luciano Oyharsabal is a security specialist with executive protection, physical security, military, and weapons/tactics experience.
After joining the military and working in the special operation community, he rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class putting him in the position as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant. In that time, he had deployed to combat theaters of operation to Iraq and Afghanistan. He received several medals of commendations for his service including the Bronze Star. When he ended his enlistment in the military he served as an Afghanistan Border Police Instructor, Warfighter ANA Special Operation Training Instructor, Department of State Worldwide Protective Services contractor, and Special Operations Consultant working with Blackwater overseas.
Luciano has over 20 years of experience including the U.S. Department of State National Security Services, Federal Protective Services, Director of Security/Executive Protection, and is P.O.S.T certified through Contra Costa County Sheriff Office Law Enforcement Training Center. Luciano has been a certified firearm instructor through the Bureau of Security & Investigative Services, NRA Law Enforcement Training Division, and the Department of Justice.
Paul Terrenzio is a member of the instructor staff at Bellevue Gun Club. His career as a firearms instructor began as a summer camp counselor, and his passion for teaching the fundamentals of marksmanship continues to this day. He brings nearly two decades of experience as a competitor and safety officer in the practical shooting sports to the role, as well as defensive firearms training from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and many nationally-recognized instructors.
Paul is an NRA Certified Rifle Instructor, Pistol Instructor, and Range Safety Officer. He has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Washington. His teaching style draws from influences as wide-ranging as mythology professor Joseph Campbell, martial artist Bruce Lee, and the Urban Rifle doctrine of Clint & Heidi Smith.
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Zach He is one of Bellevue Gun Club’s range managers, who studies, trains and teaches high performance concepts when applied to accuracy, precision and speed with a firearm. He has coached and co-instructed BGC courses over a two-year period, working closely with senior members of the L.E. and military communities outside of his own training conducted in the mountains of Washington State. Zach brings a trained civilians’ experience to the table, providing a relatable and knowledgeable curriculum to his students.
Being fluent in both Mandarin and English, Zach helps bridge a communicative gap that may otherwise exist or prove a barrier for some in our community. Zach’s primary focus, as a firearms instructor, is teaching new/newer shooters safety, entry level basics and fundamental concepts of shooting.
Outside of work, Zach is a local, semi-pro break-dancer, having toured and competed all over the world.