Meet the team

Our team has over 50 years of law enforcement, special operations, and 911 experience. We have come together to make this world a safer place for women by examining real cases of women who were in extremely dangerous situations and came out of it alive.

Close Call Academy Staff
Jamie Bridges
Assistant Director

Jamie Bridges has been involved with the Academy since September 2016 and is currently the Academy Assistant Director. She has always had an interest in how the criminal mind works, law and the criminal justice system as well as women's issues. Jamie is also a Certified CC InstructorTM



Monica Kluger
Senior Instructor

For almost two decades, Monica has been a proponent of teaching women how to be safe, first as a martial arts instructor and then as an NRA Basic Pistol instructor. She feels strongly about encouraging women to value and prioritize their lives by doing simple things like paying attention to their surroundings and acting on their intuition when there’s a potential for danger instead of choosing to “be polite” instead. Becoming an instructor for the Close Call Academy was a natural fit for Monica and she is excited to bring this program to as many people as possible.

The Instructors
Katy Brown

Katy began her journey in personal safety in 2014. Katy's dedication grew stronger as she began to teach women how to handle firearms. She quickly realized she had a passion for keeping people safe and giving them the confidence to be their own hero's. She is now the owner of a personal safety company called Defensive Reality as well as a Certified CC Instructor. She is married with two kids and resides in Eastern Washington.

Alexandra Nikolov

Alexandra Nikolov has began her personal safety education in martial arts in 1997, began firearms training in 2012, and became a Certified CC Instructor in 2016. Her tenacious personality and safety background, along with her many qualifications, make her a top top instructor for the Close Call Academy.

The Interns
Ms. Hatten
Senior Intern

Ms. Hatten came to be an intern at Strider Lab in May of 2017 and quickly excelled in case analysis and team leadership. Within weeks she became the Senior Intern, leading sessions with college women to analyze real crime cases from anonymous sources to better our understanding of sexual violence on college campuses. Melissa is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Criminal Justice

2017 Interns

Ashley Bauckman

Carina Rodriques
Casey Purcell
Karishma Singh
Laura Smithberger
Marissa Martinez
Matte Harmon
Michelle Kaneshiro
Shantel Frederick

Our Founders
Connie Hartsfield
Co-Founder

Connie Hartsfield is a former Lieutenant with the Texas Department of Public Safety (State Police) with nearly 30 years of experience. She served in patrol, investigations, governor detail and finally internal investigations. She is currently the Director of Close Calls and Chief Operating Officer at Strider Lab. She leads the team of investigators which has examined over 200 cases of violence against women, searching for new solutions that work.

Dave Amis
Co-Founder

Dave Amis is the creator of the Close Call Method. Previously he served as a Reserve Sheriff's Deputy, a Colorado Ranger, a Police Academy Instructor, and a 911 Vice-President.

Board Members Coming Soon

 

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