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Meet the Team

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Judi
Judi

Owner & Staff Instructor

On Guard Defense is female owned and operated by Ohio's "Gun Gal" Judi Phelps.  She designed the business with the female and new shooter in mind to make it safe, comfortable, affordable, and accessible.

Judi holds various certifications including NRA Instructor, NRA Chief Range Safety Officer & Commando Krav Maga Level 2 Smart Safe Instructor.

Scott
Scott

VP of IT & Staff Instructor

Scott is Judi's "right hand man" and hubby.  He is a proud military veteran and an On Guard Defense Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer, and NASP Basic Archery Instructor (BAI).

Scott's day job is in Information Technology, so he is right at home solving the daily IT issues that arise in every small business when he's not helping in the classroom or on the range.

Caleb
Caleb

Operations Manager & Staff Instructor

Caleb manages daily operations of the range & training campus and is responsible for everything from running a class to maintaining the firearm rental inventory.  He is an On Guard Defense Instructor & Range Safety Officer.  He is also an active duty soldier with the United States Army & Ohio National Guard.  

Katie
Katie

Staff Instructor

Katie is an On Guard Defense Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer and Commando Krav Maga Level 2 Smart Safe Instructor. She takes the lead role in our unarmed self-defense classes, and is committed to teaching men & women how to build the skills necessary to keep them & their families safe.

She is always sharpening her skills and is currently working toward her Instructor credential in Martial Blade Concepts (MBC). 

Mike
Mike

General Counsel & Staff Instructor

Michael R. Moran, Esq. is a private practicing attorney with a firearms/self-defense focus for over two decades.  He has a passion for teaching a variety of firearms, self-defense, tactical & wilderness emergency care courses for which he holds multiple certifications.

Jeff
Jeff

Staff Instructor

Jeff is an On Guard Defense Instructor, NRA Pistol Instructor & NRA Range Safety Officer. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, and then retired honorably from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.  His attention to detail and real-world skills make him a valuable asset to our team.

Bill
Bill

Staff Instructor

Bill is a United States Army combat veteran having served for 10 years as a Military Police Officer. He hails from neighboring West Virginia where he runs his own firearms instruction business.  We are fortunate to have him assist at On Guard Defense in an Instructor & Range Safety Officer capacity when he is available.

Justin
Justin

Range Safety Officer

Justin served as an Infantry Machine Gunner Team Leader in the United States Marine Corps. He is currently employed as a law enforcement officer in SE Ohio.  Justin is an NRA Range Safety Officer & works at On Guard Defense whenever we can get him.

Mark
Mark

Staff Instructor

Following his service in the United States Army, Mark served as a police officer throughout the state of Ohio and held various firearms instructor certifications for law enforcement officers throughout his 25-year tenure. He is an On Guard Defense Instructor & NRA Certified Instructor for Pistol & Home Firearm Safety.

Jeremiah
Jeremiah

Range Safety Officer

Jeremiah is our esteemed Vinton County Clerk of Court by day and works as an NRA Range Safety Officer on weekends. He rarely has idle hands as he also serves as a volunteer firefighter in our local community.

Mark V.
Mark

Staff Instructor

Mark is an On Guard Defense Instructor & NRA Range Safety Officer. He teaches defensive rifle classes, assists on the range & makes himself available as a punching bag for our Krav Maga classes.  Mark also serves as a volunteer firefighter in our local community.

Jon
Jon

Range Safety Officer

Jon is an NRA Range Safety Officer & life-long firearms ethusiast and hunter.  Jon loves to help new and skilled shooters embrace all kinds of shooting sports and teaches them how to become more confident & efficient gun operators. 

Debbie
Debbie

Range Safety Officer

Debbie is an NRA Range Safety Officer and retired from the medical field having served 27 years as a Paramedic & 13 years as a Registered Nurse. She assists with all types of range activities especially those including ladies & kids.

Willow
Willow

Range Security

Willow’s friends call her “Boo-Boo”. She was rescued as a pup in the Wayne National Forest nearly ten years ago and she has been our loyal & loving fur baby ever since. But don’t let her pretty face fool you, if she senses a threat she will take it out – much like her mama!!