Meet Our Select Fire Training Center Instructors
Anne DePhillips – Owner/ Instructor
Anne brings to Select Fire Training Center a “woman’s touch”. Her mission statement as the Operations Manager is to have a business that has woman and family friendly atmosphere. She wants everyone to feel welcome. She is a very hands on owner and you can find her hard at work every day making Select Fire Training Center one of the best places to shoot and train.
Anne has a long interest in firearms and has spent over a decade enjoying shooting with her husband, Mark. She enjoys shooting a variety of firearms and has shot everything from 22 caliber pistols, rifles and the Sig Saur SSG 2000 7.6 sniper rifle. Nothing is too big or too small to try. Anne is also personally interested in the empowerment of women and their ability to defend themselves in any given situation. She strongly believes in the right to bear arms but also believes with this comes the obligation to train. She is an advocate of self-defense in general and is a long-standing student of Krav Maga out of Fight Fit Ohio in Middleburg Heights. Anne can relate to women of any age and welcomes the opportunity to share with them her knowledge and “yes you can” attitude.
Anne is one of Select Fire’s female NRA and American Firearms Training Certified Instructors. She is also a Certified A.L.I.C.E. Instructor (Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate) and has spoken to several audiences regarding the importance of preparing employees/staff, teachers and students in the event of an active shooter in their work facility, school or environment.
Mark DePhillips – Owner/ Instructor
Mark is a retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant after 20 years of service, a Cleveland Fireman assigned to the Arson Unit and a former TEMS paramedic for Cleveland SWAT. He recalls his first shooting experience with a shotgun on his grandpa’s farm. Mark joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve right out of high school where he began his first real training with a rifle. Qualifying Expert every time on the range qualified him for the Rifle and Pistol Instructor Course. There he earned his experience teaching how to explain and instruct hundreds of Marines, year after year, on rifle and pistol. Mark was selected for the Quantico, Virginia Scout Sniper Instructor Course and became the 5th Marine Reservist to graduate the course. His adult life was filled with great training experiences and a tour of duty provided by the U.S.M.C. but teaching was what he had a passion for. His first teaching job outside of the U.S.M.C. was as a Kempo Karate instructor. Mark is currently a Krav Maga Instructor and has completed his Black Belt test. He has the knowledge, skill and patience to teach both the first time shooter and the experience shooter to enhance both in marksmanship and safety. He is known for his warm personality and willingness to help.
Anthony Winfield – Manager/ Instructor/ Range Officer
Anthony served 13 years in the United States Air Force as Security Forces and completed multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. During his time, he has received an extensive amount of training in weapons, tactics and procedures. His last duty assignment before being medically retired was at Fort Dix, New Jersey where he served as the Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge of Contingency Skills Training for the east coast.
Anthony holds degrees in Criminal Justice and Instructor Technology of Military Science and has over 2000 teaching hours. Some of his certifications include: Combat Life Saver, Emergency Service Team, Designated Marksman, Combat Leaders Course, Modern Army Combatives LVL 1, Anti-Terrorism LVL 1, Active Shooter, Senior Instructor for the United States Air Force along with being trained as a Defenders Edge (DEFED) Instructor.
Anthony also is a certified Glock Armorer.
Jerry Cooper – Instructor/ Range Officer
Jerry is a former member of the United States Army assigned to 1st Battalion Airborne Rangers unit and scout unit. He received extensive firearms training during his military service. After the military, Jerry worked six years as a Training Officer for the Ohio Department of Corrections. During this time, he completed the firearms instructor certification course and frequently taught firearms training classes. Jerry also spent many hours running live fire training sessions as the lead trainer on the range. Classes he has taught include the use of handguns, shotguns and rifles.
In addition to the his Army and Training Officer experience, Jerry taught law enforcement and corrections techniques in Iraq on behalf of the U.S. government. He completed two teaching tours in Baghdad as a firearms instructor. During his time in Iraq, he taught weapons handling in the classroom and worked with Iraqi police recruits on the range during live fire training.
Jerry is a graduate of the Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff Academy where he received his peace officer certification. He completed firearms qualifications with semiautomatic handgun, shotgun and rifle during the academy training. Jerry is also certified through the NRA as a Pistol instructor, Personal Protection inside the Home Instructor, and as a Range Safety Officer. Additionally, Jerry has successfully completed the Front Sight Firearms Institute Instructor Development program.
Jodie Qualkinbush – Instructor/ Range Officer
Jodie is a special education teacher as well as a sign language interpreter. She has been shooting for several years and been one of Select Fire Training Center “GO-TO” instructors.
Jodie’s certifications include: NRA Range Safety Officer, NRA Basic Rifle, NRA Refuse to be a Victim and NRA Basic Pistol. She teaches our Introduction to Handgun classes, CCW courses, Ladies Nights as well as conducting private lessons.
Gary Wynalek – Instructor / Range Officer
Gary came to Select Fire after a 33-year career with the Lakewood Police Department. In addition to being OPOTA certified, he was a senior range officer and firearms instructor. Gary also served in the West Shore Enforcement Bureau’s (WEB) SWAT Team for 16-years, serving as a team sniper. Among his other accomplishments are the completion of armorer training from Colt, Glock, Heckler & Koch and Remington. He is also an avid hunter and shoots everything from handgun, rifle and shotgun sports.