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Matthew Parker, ATO, DPS, PI
CEO, Owner
Independent Security Advisors

Matthew Parker is the Owner and CEO of Independent Security Advisors, a certified disabled veteran-owned company based in Maryland that provides consulting, training, and other services on matters of national security & terrorism, extremism, domestic violence, and executive or diplomatic protection.

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Carl Persons, PPS
Service Star Consulting, LLC

Mr. Carl Persons is the senior adjunct instructor for the ISA Dignitary and Executive Protection Training program, and a certified law enforcement instructor specializing in dignitary protection accredited by the State of Maryland.

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Jerry D. Lucas
Greensboro, North Carolina

Mr. Lucas is the owner of Strategic Performance International, LLC, and a graduate of Old Dominion University. A mentor to the ISA CEO, Mr. Lucas is also a special adviser to the ISA training team and a senior adjunct instructor. Mr. Lucas is a military veteran and has over 30 years of experience in executive protection, law enforcement management, corporate global security operations, and private investigations. Read More


Raffaele M. Di Giorgio, RRDD

Mr. Raffaele M. Di Giorgio is a special adviser to the EP medical training program for ISA and a master medical instructor.
A successful author, medic, and protection specialist, Mr. Di Giorgio has provided security and medical services in the United States and overseas in such places as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa.

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Vernon L. Dallas Jr.

Mr. Dallas joins ISA as the new Metro DC regional operations manager and will be responsible for marketing, business management, and staffing of the ISA Private Investigations and EP operations teams.
A Dignitary Protection Specialist fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice, he holds the Personal Protection Specialist (PPS) credential and is a private investigator in Maryland.

Currently serving as an officer in the US Army Reserve Military Police, Vernon’s civilian experience includes working with the Department of Homeland Security as a Program Analyst & Team Lead, and with the US Department of State.

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Charles Reinhold
Adjunct Instructor 

Chuck Reinhold is an accomplished marksman and National Rifle Association certified pistol instructor with over 20 years of professional firearms training and competition.  He has received numerous awards and citations for his service as well as for marksmanship, including the Army’s medal Expert in Combat Marksmanship – Rifle (in bronze).  He is a credentialed Armed Personal Protection Specialist, and Private Detective.

Chuck currently provides CCW and basic firearms training to ISA students.

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Stephani Rodriguez LVN
CPR/AED/First Aid

Ms. Rodriguez has served as a US Navy Reservist for almost 15 years. Graduating from nursing school and earning her LVN in 2003, she went on to provide care to patients in Mental Health & Plastic Surgery clinics, and for over the last decade, she has been providing Pediatric Homecare. Ms. Rodriquez became a CPR Instructor about 10 years ago and has a passion for teaching people how to save lives!

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Instructors and Training Staff
“Knowing something really well doesn’t mean you can teach it well” – Small Pond Science

All ISA Instructors are vetted and their training, operational experience, and credentials are regulated and subject to audit.

ISA requires all of our staff to have real-world operational proven experience in the material they teach.  Instructors must attend continuing education courses and instructor development training to stay with our program.