Instructor Biographies

Mr. Jason McLendon, President and Manager

As a commissioned officer in the U.S. military and as a civilian, Mr. McLendon served as an Anti-Terrorism Officer as well as a law enforcement officer and security specialist. He has been responsible for anti-terrorism and protective programs in the United States as well as in high-threat theaters of operations overseas, including managing the training of personnel, developing plans and programs, and conducting threat and vulnerability assessments. He has also been responsible for the security of U.S. military nuclear assets as well as serving as the commander of a military Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team. During this time, Mr. McLendon also received extensive protective services training and served as an anti-terrorism instructor. His civilian experience in the field includes serving as a police officer at both the municipal and county levels, serving as a police instructor at the San Antonio College Law Enforcement Training Academy, working with several contract security agencies in both line and staff positions, working as a Protective Services Specialist (bodyguard), working as a private investigator, and serving as an Emergency Medical Technician. He is a protective services instructor, anti-terrorism driving instructor, first aid/CPR instructor, defensive tactics/baton/OC instructor, firearms instructor, less-lethal weapons instructor, martial arts instructor, hostage negotiator, TASER instructor, CBRNE-H instructor, Active Shooter/Active Killer instructor, and hazardous materials technician, to name a few. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Auburn University at Montgomery in Justice and Public Safety with a specialization in the area of Security Administration, and a Master's Degree from Webster University in Business and Organizational Security Management. Mr. McLendon also holds the coveted Certified Protection Professional designation from the American Society for Industrial Security.  Mr. McLendon is also an Eagle Scout and currently serves as a BSA adult leader.

Mr. Ken Lewis, Vice-President

Ken Lewis is a Range Master, Firearms Instructor, NRA Training Counselor, NRA Practical Coach Development Staff - Pistol, NRA/USA Shooting Shotgun Coach, Training and Range Consultant, a college professor with active security, military and law enforcement experience, and formerly a National Shooting Sports Foundation Range Action Specialist. His experience includes emergency management and disaster response, and working with numerous employers and enterprise-level corporate customers to manage and minimize risk through the application of periodic assessments, intelligence, and threat management techniques.  After retiring from 24 years in the US Air Force, and prior to joining the National Protective team, he was the Range Program Manager at UXB International Inc. and Concept Planner with AMEC Earth and Environmental. Mr. Lewis is the principle operational adviser in development of RATPAC™. He has held leadership and management doctrine positions, and worked a broad range of specialties throughout his career, e.g. communication systems, facility maintenance, law enforcement/security, Emergency Service Teams (SWAT), small arms training and repair, and instructing/teaching intellectual and mechanical skills. Mr. Lewis has extensive experience in project and program management. Noted speaker, writer and an Eagle Scout, he is a member of the NRA-Life, TCHA-Life, TSRA, IALEFI, ILEETA, and NSSF. He holds an A.A. in Security Administration from the Community College of the Air Force, an A.A. in Business Management from Wayland Baptist University, a B.S. in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University, and a Master of Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University. LinkedIn

Mr. Craig Porter, NPSI Instructor

Craig D. Porter Has a B.A in Mathematics/Physics from the University of South Dakota and M.S. in Mathematics/ Statistics from Montana State University, he has participated in Post Graduate Studies at the University of Iowa and Wright State University.  He has been on the teaching staff for several colleges (part-tiime).  Mr. Porter is a National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) Level 3 coach and has been coaching shotgunners for over 25 years. He is also on the NRA/USA Shooting National Coach Development Staff for Shotgun as well as a NRA/USA Shooting National Advanced Certified Shotgun Coach.  He has extensive experience with competitive shooting and has managed over 50 tournaments including the Texas State Sporting Clays shoot. He is a NRA CRSO. Refuse to Be a Victim® and Training Counselor.  In addition to managing competitive shoots, he has conducted shooting schools for both Remington and Beretta.  Mr. Porter has over forty years of experience in weapon effects modeling, Soldier Systems modeling and analysis, and Counter-Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) systems development. At DARPA, developed distributed systems for training a wide variety of combat functions and developed CONOPS for USAF, ARMY and Marines. Mr. Porter is a past Director of the Military Operations Research Society and a recipient of that organization’s Barchi and Rist prizes.  While on active duty in the U.S. Army, he was an instructor at the Field Artillery School, Ft. Sill, OK, Division Ammunition Officer 2nd Infantry Division and an Operations Research Officer supporting weapons development at Rock Island Arsenal. Mr. Porter is a life member of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), a Benefactor NRA life member, and is also a life member of the ATA, NSCA, NSSA, and TSRA. 

Mr. Dan Graeber, NPSI Instructor

Dan Graeber is a seasoned Firearms Instructor, NRA Training Counselor, First Aid Instructor, Ropes Course facilitator, and an Applications Engineer in the A/V world primarily working with Operations Centers. Dan has been training for over 26 years. Before going full time into business for himself and joining the National Protective team, Dan was the Worldwide Training Manager for Clarity Visual Systems. He has had the opportunity to travel the world, extensively in Europe, training mechanical skills, trouble shooting, problem solving, and engineering. Dan is a very successful team leader and "crisis manager" on an as needed basis domestically and overseas. The successes of his international training experiences give Dan some very unique understandings of how people accrue data and hence "learn". Dan has worked with various executive protection/operational groups. He has developed shooting curriculum for advanced and intermediate shooters. Dan continues to work with Boy Scouts, Venture's, and other youth groups as often as he can; developing tomorrow's leaders. Dan is an Eagle Scout, Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, NRA life member, and TSRA active member.

Mr. Jeffrey Saupp, NPSI Instructor

Jeff Saupp has over 20 years of experience protecting persons and assets across a broad range of industries.  He first joined the National Protective Services (now Institute) team in 2002. Having provided personal security for executives with Caterpillar, FMC, the Royal Saudi Family, Northwest Airlines, British Petroleum, the World President's Organization, actors, Federal Witnesses and others, Mr. Saupp has also protected the Dead Sea Scrolls, various satellites, works of art and other high-end or sensitive physical assets. He has held Security Director positions with several museums and entertainment venues and has been appointed as Security Project Manager for operations with ABC World News, Super Bowl XLI, post-hurricane Disaster Security Operations, and the Deepwater Horizon oil incident. Mr. Saupp has worked in and ultimately served leadership positions in all three sides of the Public Safety "Triad": Firefighting, Emergency Medical Services and Law Enforcement, most recently as Deputy Chief of Police for a distant suburb of Dallas, Texas. After training with Special Emergency Training Services (S.E.T.S.) and the FBI National Academy in 1993 (as a Tactical Medical Specialist) Mr. Saupp has worked on and served as an instructor for various Law Enforcement, military, and private sector Tactical Units, and has instructed Evasive/Counter-ambush Driving, Special Response Operations and Maritime Security. Mr. Saupp received his Corporate Protection Specialist certification from the Institute of Security & Technology in 1991, and is currently pursuing his Certified Protection Professional (CPP).    

 

Mr. Jerry Adams, NPSI Instructor

Jerry Adams brings wisdom to NPSI faculty and staff. 

Born in 1947, Jerry was orphaned at the age of 10 and placed into the care of Boles Childrens Home located in Quinlan, Texas. He was instructed at a very early age in the use of firearms by experienced WWII Veterans, and regularly went “varmint” hunting and deer hunting. All the deer harvested went on the table at the Home. While at Boles Home, Jerry was exposed to Vocational Printing as a class in High School. Seeing that printing had NO COWS, was INDOORS, had AIR-CONDITIONING he chose to pursue Graphic Arts / Printing as his vocation. He attended East Texas State University (Now Texas A&M Commerce) graduating in 1973 with a B.S. In Printing Management; working for nearly 45 years in the industry before retiring in 2007.
 
Jerry maintained his love and respect for firearms and was a regular “fun” shooter. After his retirement from printing, he become certified to teach firearms safety, crime avoidance, and personal protection. He is certified by the NRA to teach Chief Range Safety Officer, Home Firearms Safety, Basic Pistol, Basic Rifle, Refuse To Be A Victim®  (a crime avoidance class), Personal Protection In The Home, and Personal Protection Outside The Home. He is also certified by the State of Texas as a License to Carry Handgun (LTC) Instructor.
 
Jerry is appointed by the Constable of Precinct 3 as a Firearms Instructor, serves the Constable's Office as a Commissioner of the Civilian Advisory Board, and is also a Private security Program certified Classroom and Firearms Instructor.
 
Jerry currently is associated with National Protective Services Institute, a NON-Profit dedicated to teaching Security Officers, Law Enforcement Officers, and civilians appropriate skills needed for personal protection. Jerry currently serves as Training Coordinator and Firearms Instructor with NPSI.
 

Mr. Dennis Parker, NPSI Instructor

Dennis Parker brings a unique perspective to the understanding of investigative interviewing because of his diverse experience in law enforcement and insurance fraud investigation.  Dennis has more than 18 years of law enforcement experience from the municipal to the federal level.  He also graduated from several law enforcement training academies and other training courses designed specifically for police or investigative interviewing.  Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville Texas in 1985.

Dennis’ work experience includes 5 years as a police officer in and around Houston Texas and 13 years in the United States Air Force as an NCO and Commissioned Officer.  As an Air Force OSI Special Agent, Dennis led a group of federal investigators tasked with investigating felony criminal, major fraud and counter-intelligence cases.  His investigations included fraud, child abuse and child homicide investigations, one of which is highlighted in his 8 hour course.

Dennis also has more than 10 years experience investigating and managing insurance fraud programs.  During that period of time Dennis conducted more than 1400 “examinations under oath” or sworn statements usually in the presence of the interviewee’s attorney while investigating insurance fraud.  Dennis invented tactics specifically designed to deal with the differences and disadvantages between “police” interviews and interviews conducted in the opposing attorney’s office and control and shares these tactics in his class.

Dennis has provided classes to law enforcement, Children’s and Adult’s Protective Services, Probation departments and insurance investigators since 2009. He is also a regular speaker at ACFE events in Texas and a conference speaker at the annual Texas Adult Protective Services conference in San Antonio and South Padre Island Texas since 2009.