KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE, ABILITY
"Teamwork is a strategic decision"
WHO WE ARE
Covered 6 is a group of highly experienced trainers and consultants with backgrounds in law enforcement, military, legal community and corporate security. Many of our cadre have gained their experience in austere environments, real life combat scenarios, and major crisis management, both stateside and abroad.
We have pooled this talent to provide the best possible resources available for our exclusive clients and organizations. For information on the background of the instructor or consultant for a specific course or service please contact us and we will release that information on a "need to know" basis. Many of our subject matter experts are currently working in sensitive assignments or deployed with the military.
Principal - Founder
Our director served in the US Army as a decorated Military Police Investigator, Special Reaction Team point man/sniper (SRT), Air Assault and protective services detail member (PSD). Chris later joined the LAPD, where he achieved "Honor Graduate" of his academy class. Chris served as a member of an East LA anti-gang unit (CRASH) and team leader of a Special Problems Unit (SPU).
In 1998, Chris was awarded the Medal of Valor "For courage under fire". Chris was also honored with the national Top Cop Award, presented by President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office of the White House. During his Law Enforcement career Chris has served as Field Training Officer, Special Response Team (SWAT), POST Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor, undercover narcotics detective, and Special Enforcement Detail (SED) investigator. He was again recognized in Washington by receiving a OCDETF Award from US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Chris is a black belt in Tang Soo Do, a P.O.S.T. certified Krav Maga police instructor and holds various firearms, less lethal and tactics instructor certifications. At Covered 6, Chris has taught and certified thousands of public safety personnel, law enforcement officers, teachers, instructors, and responsible armed citizens. He is the founder of the ADAPT programs and teaches this program at several Southern California universities. He is also the inventor/designer of the Savior MTS Shield, RTD Weapons security systems, tactical nylon apparel/gear and other patented public safety products.
In 2018, Chris accomplished his long time goal of establishing a national standard in the private security industry. The US Department of Labor awarded Covered 6 the first National Program Standard for both physical and cyber security programs. Chris currently consults, trains and develops policy for major studios, aerospace companies, universities, private schools, national private security companies and fortune 100 organizations.
Team Members and AdvisOrs
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER | OMAR HERRERA
During a vast and decorated 25 year law enforcement career, our COO successfully investigated hundreds of high profile and sensitive cases. He held law enforcement ranks of Officer, Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant, and was assigned to Crimes against Persons, Major Narcotics Enforcement, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism. Assigned as an undercover operative for more than ten years, he was assigned to numerous local, state and federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the California Department of Justice. He served throughout the U.S., Mexico and South America. He is a recognized expert in undercover operations, urban surveillance and the methodologies of narcotics traffickers. Following his distinguished law enforcement career, our COO became a licensed Private Investigator, collaborating with law firms representing major corporations and manufacturers. He has developed extensive worldwide resources, and has proven ability to provide consistent quantifiable results for our clients. He holds an undergraduate degree in Administration of Justice and a graduate degree in Organizational Leadership.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER | CARMELINA RUIZ
Carmelina Ruiz has over 20 years of experience in business management and education. She specialized in healthcare administration for over 10 years which involved, hiring, training and supervising senior staff from all departments. Mrs. Ruiz has also worked directly with students as an instructor in the field of education. Currently, Mrs. Ruiz directs all financial matters related to our institution. Mrs. Ruiz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Neurophysiology from UCLA.
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS | GINA RODRIGUEZ
Gina Rodriguez has over 18 years experience in the field of education. She has specific expertise in working with disabled persons and is adept in designing instructional programming that is individualized to meet the needs of the student. Mrs. Rodriguez has held key education administrative positions and has received numerous awards and commendations at the local, state and federal levels for professional excellence. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education, and has Administrative, Education Specialist and Multiple Subjects Teaching Credentials. Mrs. Rodriguez leads education programs, nationally, ensuring instructional programming meets requirements in accordance with local, state and federal regulations, to attain the highest caliber of training that is the standard at Covered 6.
STRATEGY AND RISK | BRYCE EDDY
With an extensive background in Business Insurance and Risk Management, Bryce brings a unique perspective to Covered 6.
As an Agency President for Tolman Wiker, an Assured Partners Company, Bryce Designs and manages Risk Management and Employee Benefit Programs for leading companies throughout the United States. As a combat sports athlete, Bryce holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the legendary Jean Jacques Machado and is a CrossFit Coach (CF-LC1). In addition to his executive duties at Covered 6, Bryce is key team member in developing and honing our Defensive Tactics, Arrest & Control Techniques, Active Shooter Defense Systems.
Bryce lives in Southern California with his wife and three daughters, all of whom are accomplished violinists and singers. Bryce has a true passion for life, fitness, and personal development and understands the focus and commitment required to achieve one’s goals.
GLOBAL OPERATIONS | CAPTAIN CRAIG POWELL (RET)
Craig has served as the Deputy Commander of SOCPAC (Special Operations Command Pacific), SEAL TEAM 6, Intelligence Community and a Defense Attache. Craig is one of the most accomplished special operations leaders in the community. His extensive experience in real world operational planning, mission execution, resource management and assessment at the highest level is an incredible resource. Craig was at the Pentagon during the attacks on September 11, 2001, where he was injured and continued to save lives. Craig also has a degree in Aerospace Engineering.
MILITARY PROGRAMS | RICHARD RUSSELL
Richard served eight years in the U.S. Army. First as an Infantry/Scout/Sniper Platoon Leader in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), then as an ODA Commander with 5th SFG(A). He has four combat tours to Iraq culminating in extensive experience in leadership and strategic operational planning at the highest levels. Originally from Tennessee, Richard attended the very first Physical Security Specialist Academy at Covered 6 in February of 2018. His love of Covered 6’s mission and esprit de corps led him to decide to call California and Covered 6 his new home. Richard’s passion is giving back to Veterans; allowing them the same opportunity at a successful and rewarding career as he has experienced since coming to Covered 6. Some of Richards’ Degrees and Decorations include: Bachelor of Science in Criminology, Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Airborne and Air Assault Wings.
DIRECTOR OF TRAINING | KEVIN LEWIS
Kevin is a trainer's trainer. With over 30 years of Martial Arts and Defensive Tactics experience under his multiple black belts. Kevin started in the US Navy EOD program and then became involved in personal fitness and martial arts. Kevin has owned and operated multiple fitness centers and studios. He joined the ranks of Krav Maga Worldwide and served as a Vice President of Special Projects for 13 years. During that time Kevin is responsible for developing and shaping DTAC programs for numerous law enforcement and military teams. Having trained thousand of professionals, Kevin is responsible for officer safety on a global scale. In 2010, Kevin was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Kevin holds multiple black belts in different arts and is certified in numerous executive protection programs, evasive driving, counter terrorism and Active Shooter. Kevin has developed branded programs like "Get off the X" and "Defensive Edged Weapons" currently taught all over the country. He is a published author and proud father.
EXECUTIVE PROTECTION PROGRAMS | CRAIG RAMSEY
A military veteran with service in Special Operations in both the Army and Air Force, Craig first performed large-scale, focused protective services for government clients in Iraq and Afghanistan as a contractor after departing active-duty in 2004. Craig excelled in this role as an Advance agent, Shift Leader, Agent-In-Charge (AIC) and Detail Leader. Following these experiences as a contractor, Craig was hired by the government to work directly as a government employee in 2011 as a Security Protective Specialist. He served in this role in many positions, culminating as a US State Department AIC of the US Ambassador to Iraq’s protective detail. Returning to the US in 2014, Craig was hired to work as the Program Manager for a program teaching surveillance and counter-surveillance to Special Operations and select Government Agency personnel. Craig departed that position in 2016, going on to perform Executive Protection and Security Driver duties within the US and in travel abroad. Craig has attended driving courses through Blackwater, the US State Department and BSR/Summit Motorsports Park and numerous training events within his former military and government units. Craig earned a Bachelor of Science, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He is also a graduate of the State Department’s High Threat Tactical Training Course, Blackwater Security Academy and several Executive Protection courses, in addition to the US military Special Operations Medic Course, US Army Instructor Course and the Advanced Land Navigation Course. Craig is also National Association of EMT certified in Tactical Emergency Combat Care (TECC).
OPERATIONS MANAGER | AMY HILLENBRAND
Amy is an accomplished athlete and coach as 4-time National Champion, 4-Time All-American, and 4-time All Pac-12 selection during her college softball career at the University of Arizona. In 2017, Amy was selected to the Pac-12 All-Century Team. Following her college playing career, Amy coached collegiate softball at The University of Arizona as well as continuing to play for USA Softball, winning a Gold Medal in the World Championship. She remained in the athletics industry, working for USA Softball, serving on their Executive Board. She also worked as an Athlete Advisor to United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors. Additionally, Amy owned and operated a small business in Southern California.
Working as a team player is the essence of who Amy is. She graduated from The University of Arizona with an Exercise Science Degree and received a Masters Degree from Northern Arizona University in Leadership Education. She is the proud mother of two teenage children.
EXPLOSIVES AND ORDNANCE | NARBEH HARTOONIAN
Narbeh is a former US Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team Leader with combat experience and has over 15 years of experience in explosives security, IED risk mitigation, and security management for the U.S. government. Having performed hundreds of EOD missions and survived several direct explosive attacks by the enemy, he is an expert in all aspects of IEDs and homemade explosive materials. Narbeh is a leading subject matter expert and has instructed thousands of extensive explosives and IED awareness courses.
TACTICAL MEDICAL PROGRAMS | PATRICK CHAPMAN
Patrick was born and raised in Southern California, where he enlisted in the US Army, as a medic in 2002. With assignments bringing him all over the world to places such as Fort Bragg, NC, South Korea, and Central America where he participated in numerous country drug and humanitarian missions. Patrick successfully assessed and was selected to be a member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), the legendary Night Stalkers, as a Special Operations Flight Medic. Following completion of the rigorous training pipeline Patrick served the Regiment in many positions including Special Operations Flight Medic, Special Operations Flight Medic Flight Instructor, Special Operations Flight Medic Standardization Instructor, Lead Instructor, Trauma Management Instructor, First Responder Instructor and Special Operations Flight Medic Squad Leader. Patrick was honorably discharged from the Army in December of 2014 as a Staff Sergeant, and completing 8 deployments in support of the Global War on Terror, 2 restricted tours and accumulating over 300 direct action combat missions, 1500 hours of rotary wing flight time and more parachute jumps than his knees care to remember. Patrick is a recognized expert in tactical emergency medical management and austere/remote medicine. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors Science of Nursing with plans of obtaining his Masters as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND BRANDING | JUSTIN ROVTAR
After graduating high school Justin earned the title of United States Marine and served in the Marine Reserves from 1993 to 1999, ending his service with Weapons Company 2nd Battalion / 23rd Marines. He used his military experience as a springboard to jump into the world of self-employment and business ownership. With over two decades of business operations experience, he has worked in the trenches in several different industries including creative design / web development, fitness, video production, and product development. He also has experience teaching self-defense as an instructor for Krav Maga Worldwide, maintains certifications as a NRA Pistol Instructor & Range Safety Officer, is an FAA licensed UAV pilot, completed his EMT certification, and serves his community as a member of the Ventura County Sheriff Search and Rescue team.
SPECIAL PROJECTS | BRENDAN MCCONACHIE
Brendan is a former Los Angeles County custody Deputy. Brendan works as a PSD team leader, global projects manager (Africa Region), and R&D team member for Condor Elite. Prior to our team, Brendan was a part of the Kawasaki race team Research and Development team. He is a certified EMT, Rotary Wing Pilot and serves as a tactical firearms instructor. Brendan also currently is a reserve police officer.
VOCATIONAL ADVOCACY PROGRAMS | GUS PENA
Gus has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Gus is a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and has furthered his studies by completing programs in Paramedic Studies (Didactic and Clinical), Fire Prevention Technology, and Fire Behavior and Combustion. He is a certified Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator who provides personal, strength and conditioning training to professional boxers and athletes. Additionally, Gus is a firearms and security operations trainer who manages private security teams, coordinates the transportation of highly sensitive aerospace materials and investigations. During Mr. Peña’s eight year experience, he has done work in surveillance, plain clothes undercover operations, and specialized investigations.
FIREARMS TRAINING PROGRAMS | CURRENT LAW ENFORCEMENT
Our lead instructor has over 25 years in law enforcement. He is currently a tactical firearms (Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun) and "Less Lethal Munitions" instructor for an elite unit in a major Southern California police department. As a POST certified instructor, he has trained thousands of police officers in tactics, weapons, officer survival and mobile field force operations. He has also served as a Vice Investigator, training officer and SWAT Armorer and SWAT CNT Certified.
Nicole Landon | Security Operations Manager
Vickie Blackwell | Human Resource Manager
Robert Pena | Student Services Coordinator
Adam Culbertson | Quartermaster
Joel Luna | Special Projects