Knowledge Saves Lives Incorporated
President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Llanez
Paul has over 16 years experience as a police officer and 5 years of service as an undercover narcotics agent with one of the most prestigious task forces in California (MMNTF). Paul has been recognized as a subject matter expert on emergency preparedness and risk management training. In 2018 Paul was invited to be a speaker on emergency preparedness training at the National Conference on Bullying and The California Community College Safety Consortium. Paul was on the expert panel for the 2018 CASBO Conference regarding school safety and risk management. Paul will also be providing emergency prepardness training at the 2019 National Procurement Conference.
Director of products Phillip Anderson
Phillip has been the leader of products and research regarding school safety since 2010. Phillip provides the communication link between civilian contractors, law enforcement instructors and school employees. Phillip currently overseas research and development, product testing, and evaluating and coordinating site safety projects. Phillip also is the head of donations for our Charity Dodge Ball Event to benefit Children's Hospital of Central California.
Chief of staff Daniel Woods
Daniel is a 17 year law enforcement veteran currently working as a K9 operator and S.W.A.T. team member for the Tracy Police Department. Daniel has held many positions in his career including Field Training Officer, Range Master, narcotics investigator and currently a K9 operator. Daniel also has an extensive military background and is a United States Marine Corps veteran. Daniel has taken his knowledge of narcotics, criminal street gangs and firearm violence and applied his expertise to campus safety training.
Special projects supervisor Kristian Anderson
Kris began his career in the United States Air Force specializing in high value priority resource protection and security. He became an expert in weapons qualifications and was a fire team leader as well as squad leader. Kris has spent the last seven years as a correctional officer and was recently promoted to sergeant with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Kris has received extensive training in the field of firearms from the Front Sight Firearm Training Institute. Kris has brought his insight from military security protocol as well as safety policies from the California prison's system to help keep schools safe.
Chief of operations Preston Jelen
Preston is a 15 year law enforcement veteran with specific training and expertise serving as a School Resource Officer, Patrol Supervisor and S.W.A.T Team Leader. Preston is a P.O.S.T certified instructor for several law enforcement courses including Active Shooter and a Range Master. Preston has taught numerous law enforcement officers, teachers, school administrators and other professionals. Preston has also been appointed as a law enforcement training manager and firearms expert. Preston was awarded a Medal of Valor for a hostage rescue operation that took place in 2011.
Senior Consultant/team leader Mark Frontella
Mark is a 25 year veteran firefighter/engineer and has been a first responder to major incidents such as violent crimes with multiple victims and incident command center operations. Mark has also been assigned to several strike teams for major fires. Mark is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a FEMA certified instructor on Incident Command Operations and Major Incident Response. Mark brings his knowledge of responding and teaching others how to respond to a major incident such as an active shooter or other emergency on campus.
Instructor/Consultant Gregory Fillebrown
Greg is currently a full-time sworn police officer with the Los Banos Police Department assigned to patrol and proactive enforcement. Greg is also an active member of the United States Army National Guard, recently promoted to E-6 and has been overseas in combat deployments as a full-time veteran of the United States Army. Greg has specific expertise in undercover and narcotic investigations and has been previously assigned to the Merced Multi-Agency Narcotic Task Force (MMNTF).
Senior Consultant/team leader Jesse Diaz
Jesse Diaz has over 22 years of experience as an officer for the California Highway Patrol. He has worked in various capacities including the assignments of Narcotics Task Force, Commercial Enforcement, Field Training Officer, Drug Recognition Expert, Officer Safety Training and Background Investigator. Jesse has taught courses related to substance abuse and drug recognition to law enforcement agencies including the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Jesse has received training from the United States Department of Justice, California Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, Department of the Treasury and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Instructor/Consultant Cody Nelson
Cody Nelson has served as a volunteer captain firefighter/engineer since 2002. Cody has training and experience in explosive identification for first responders, auto extraction and confined space rescue. He has earned many certifications including, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Firefighter 1. Cody is also a member of the active shooter medical response team for the Los Banos Fire Department. He has been on several strike teams for major fires across California with his knowledge of wild land fires. Cody brings specific knowledge and ability to teach others how to respond to major incidents and incident command.
Senior Consultant/team leader Leslie "Rich" Howard
Leslie Richard Howard is a former United States Marine, where he served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Rich has served as a former United Nations Special Operations Chief in Kosovo, rescuing kidnapped and trafficked women from Serbian and Albanian organized crime syndicates and locating/apprehending war criminals. Rich has 20 years of law enforcement experience with 14 years spent with the Merced County Sheriff's Department. Rich was a Senior Sergeant and also served as a Patrol Supervisor, SWAT Team Leader for 10 years, K-9 handler, and a HIDTA and Drug Task Force Supervisor. Rich was awarded a Medal of Valor for a hostage rescue operation that took place in 2011.
Senior Consultant/team leader Albert Flores
Albert has been in law enforcement for the last 24 years. During his time he has served as a patrol officer, detective, street crimes officer, narcotics agent, gang investigator and criminal investigator. He has also been responsible as his agency's firearm's instructor and armorer. Albert has testified as a firearm expert and has been training law enforcement officers on firearms and tactics for the last 15 years. During his career he has instructed various law enforcement agencies and has provided firearms training to police recruits at the Ray Simon Criminal Justice Training Center as well as teaching civilians.
Instructor/consultant Kevin Warkentin
Kevin has served as a police officer and field training officer with the University of California Merced Police Department for over 10 years. Prior to working in the UC system Kevin was a traffic officer and grant writer for the Los Banos Police Department for over 5 years. Kevin has specific training on campus safety and emergency response safety measures. Kevin was a first responder during a terror attack resulting in multiple stabbing victims at a California campus.
Senior Consultant/team leader Brian Carr
Brian Carr has 29 years experience in law enforcement including 27 with the California Highway Patrol and 2 with the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office. Brian has received specific training and experience in terrorism threat assessment and site surveys at multiple state buildings. Brian has prepared reports and supporting documents on hardening target locations and emergency preparedness against threats of violence. Brian was recently promoted to the position of Patrol Sergeant with the California Highway Patrol.
Instructor/Consultant Anthony 'Tony" Escobar
Tony has 29 years of experience with the California Highway Patrol (retired), with specific expertise in complex investigations (background investigations, officer involved critical incidents, line of duty deaths, and truth verification). He is a current certified Advance Examiner in conducting Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) examinations. He also has extensive experience in dignitary protection, doing both personal body protection and conducting all types of motorcades. He has worked with allied agencies to safely move POTUS, VPOTUS, FLOTUS, and other high level dignitaries during visits to the Bay Area and Central Valley.
Meet our Professional Team
With more than 300 years of experience in the field of law enforcement, emergency response and violence suppression, our team knows what it takes to provide the highest level of professional safety training.
Instructor/Consultant steve cavallero
Steve has over 40 years in law enforcement including several assignments during his time as a California Highway Patrolman including patrol supervisor. His assignments include 14 years in the Central Division Protection Unit working with the United States Secret Service. Steve also spent time working for the Merced County Sheriff's Office in the background unit.
instructor/Consultant mike ortiz
Mike has over 33 years of law enforcement experience. During his career Mike has been employed with the California Highway Patrol, CA DOJ Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, U.S. Marshals Service, and is currently an Investigator with the Merced County District Attorney’s Office. Mike is a graduate of the Sherman Block Leadership Institute and is a certified instructor thru the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigations. During his career Mike was a certified defensive tactics instructor, senior range master, protection specialist with the U.S. Marshals, and was responsible for the management of numerous local, state, and federal units along with assigned investigators. Mike also served 6 years with the United States Marine Corps achieving the rank of Sergeant. Lastly Mike is very proud of over 25 years of working with youth sports and is currently the President of the Clovis Rockets Youth Softball Organization.
Instructor/consultant Jon Radus
Jon has been a police officer for over 16 years in Southern California. He has worked a variety of assignments during his career, starting as a patrol officer. He has been a Gang Detective, Narcotics Detective, Field Training Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Field Training Supervisor, School Resource Officer, Program Manager, and he currently serves as a Sergeant and his department’s Public Information Officer (PIO). Jon was a member of a Regional SWAT Team for 7 years. He has also been an Active Shooter Response Instructor, teaching police officers how to respond to active shooting threats. Coupled with experience managing school resource officers, his work as an Active Shooter Instructor gives him an exceptional understanding of the importance of school safety. He is also a Drug Recognition Expert - Instructor, educating police officers and community members from throughout the state on issues surrounding drunk and drugged driving, including helping to recognize the signs and symptoms of those under the influence of drugs.
Instructor/consultant David Webster
Dave began his law enforcement career in 2001 when he graduated from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy. Dave worked as a deputy for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in the Custody Division at the Pitchess Detention Facility-East Facility until 2004. Dave lateraled to the Ventura Police Department in 2004. David held many specialty assignments in his sixteen year law enforcement career including Field Training Officer, Investigations, SWAT team tactical member, and Scenario Based Training Instructor. Dave graduated with honors from UCLA with a B.A. in Economics and History. Dave is also a recipient of the Ventura County Peace Officers Association Medal of Merit for Valor.
Instructor/Consultant Tony Rios
Tony has over 22 years of law enforcement experience with the Fullerton Police Department. Early in his career he was a full-time DARE officer and spent three years as a School Resource Officer. He has worked as a detective in the Family Crimes Unit, a detective in a full time undercover surveillance unit, as well as a Field Training Officer. He supervised the Family Crimes Unit, Field Training Unit, and the Gang Unit before promoting to Lieutenant. He has been a part of the SWAT team for over 18 years- from operator, to team leader/supervisor, and now the commander.
Instructor/Consultant Rick Reyes JR.
Rick is a 20-year law enforcement veteran and former LAPD senior police officer and detective. Rick was assigned to uniformed patrol and selected to work various specialty assignments including gang enforcement, vice, narcotics, drug recognition expert (DRE) and counter-terrorism. He is certified as an instructor by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. After his police retirement he transitioned into the private security industry where he worked in a variety of management and executive leadership roles. Rick served on the Global Security Team for NBC Universal at Universal Studios Hollywood and as an executive/close protection specialist for many A-list celebrities and Fortune 500 families. Rick has performed high risk threat assessments and armed security duties at many domestic and international venues.
Southern California projects director Pasquale J. Guida
P.J. Guida comes to Knowledge Saves Lives, Inc. with 34 years of law enforcement experience in the Southern California area. He rose through the ranks of law enforcement, eventually promoting to Police Lieutenant with the Santa Monica Police Department. He is currently assigned as the Special Assistant to the Director at the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (L.A. IMPACT).
He began his career in law enforcement as a Forensic Specialist and worked various assignments to include Patrol, Community Relations, Public Information Officer (PIO), Internal Affairs, Youth & Family Services, SWAT, Narcotics (L.A. IMPACT) and various crime impact teams. In 2002, Lieutenant Guida was awarded the Young Police Officer of the Year Award for his work in helping establish the department’s first Youth and Family Services Division. P.J has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice – Management, a graduate of the FBI National Academy (#218) and the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training’s (POST) Command College.
Director of client services luiana irizarry
Luiana received her business administration degree from CSU Stanislaus. She brings more than ten years of experience from the Stanislaus Employee’s Retirement Association and speaks three languages.Luiana is in charge of employee payroll, client invoicing and training event evaluations.
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