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Matthew Parker, ATO, DPS, PI

Matthew Parker, ATO, DPS, PI
CEO, Owner
Independent Security Advisors
315-486-7854

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

Carl Persons, PPS
Service Star Consulting, LLC
servicestarconsulting@gmail.com

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
CPP, CFE, PI
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 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.

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Denida Zinxhiria
Athens Greece & United States
https://www.linkedin.com/in/denida-zinxhiria-15959a14/

Ms. Zinxhiria she is one of the most accomplished women in the executive protection industry.  Ms. Zinxhiria is the founder & CEO of Athena Worldwide LLC, the Athena Academy & Nannyguards® as well as a special adviser and adjunct instructor with the ISA training division.  A highly motivated professional with over  14 years of experience in corporate security, she has taught for nationally known EP training schools in the US and in Europe.

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Raffaele M. Di Giorgio, RRDD

Raffaele M. Di Giorgio, RRDD
Raffaele@GOS911.com

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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Dennis M. Atkinson

Dennis M. Atkinson
Bowie MD, 20715
Dennis serves as the ISA Director of Operations in the DC region.

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.

Dennis is an active EP agent who has served as a detail member, driver, and team leader for celebrities and diplomats and is presently an instructor candidate with the ISA Training Division.

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Cynthia G Moy
Chicago, Ill 
cynthiagmoy@gmail.com

Ms. Cynthia Moy is a special adviser to ISA on first responder medical response, an AED, CPR & First aid instructor, our former lead role player, and a senior training evaluation specialist. A federal police officer with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She has worked as a first responder, and in executive protection since 1990.   

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Joe Autera
Avenel, NJ 07001
732 738-5221
info@vehicledynamics.net”

Mr. Autera is the president and CEO of the Vehicle Dynamics Institute and is widely recognized as Tony Scotti’s protégé. Mr. Autera is a special adviser to the ISA training division on matters of program management and standards, as well as a mentor to the director and CEO of ISA.

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Instructors and Training Staff

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.

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