Meet the Pretty Loaded Team

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.
-Margaret Mead

Pretty Loaded Team - situational awareness, self defnese, and personal safety

Meet Beth

Beth is the founder of Pretty Loaded. She has had specialized ICU and Sedation experience in numerous Children’s Hospitals as an RN, which has given her extensive experience performing under life and death moment stress. On a mission to install strength, awareness, and confidence, Beth began her journey as an educator and National speaker after a close encounter with a would-be predator. She has trained thousands of people in person, and through her online training around the world. Her safety videos reach millions globally! Beth is an NRA Pistol Instructor and an NRA Personal Protection in the Home Instructor.

She is responsible for starting National Situational Awareness Day and this was approved by the registrar of the National Day Calendar.

Beth has been featured on Consumer Reports, Elite Readers, BuzzFeed, ViralNova, and many more networks.

Beth loves spending her time reading, running, cooking, and painting. She is married and has four wonderful girls, organic chickens, teacup pigs, and lives on an organic produce farm and vineyard.


Meet Alex

Alex grew up in North Eastern North Dakota and attended the University of North Dakota.  While at UND Alex enlisted in the North Dakota Army National Guard and served as a CBRN (Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear) Operations Specialist and Combat Engineer for 12 years.  While in the military Alex conducted CBRN training at the Unit level and was trained and proficient in demolitions and urban breeching.  Alex attended the Lake Region Law Enforcement Academy in 2011 and began his law enforcement career.   

Since then Alex served with the Grafton Police Department rising to the rank of Deputy Chief and is currently employed as a Special Agent with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Bismarck ND.  During his time with the Bureau, Alex spent two years attached to a narcotics task force and is currently working general crimes covering a majority of the South East portion of North Dakota.  Alex is a trained crime scene reconstructionist as well as a firearms instructor and drone pilot for the Bureau.  Alex has worked multiple cases to include assisting on homicides, federal level narcotics cases, gross sexual imposition, and aggravated assaults. 

Alex spends a majority of whatever free time he can get with his family and his dog Kirby.

Meet Tricia

Tricia has always had a love for working with people and that passion has been instrumental to her success.  Her administrative and sales background, which spans over 15 years, provided a foundation for which to launch her own business as an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Always looking for a challenge, Tricia began her shooting career in June 2012 and hasn’t looked back.  She quickly earned her NRA Instructor Certification and a few short months later graduated from Rangemaster’s Instructor Development Program. Along with running her own business, Tricia is a Firearms Instructor with Fortress Defense Consultants. She teaches Women’s Self Defense Courses which focus on situational awareness and strategies to give women an advantage during a violent attack. She also teaches defensive pistol, defensive rifle, Force-on-Force and contributes to national speaking engagements for Pretty Loaded.

She’s a Staff Instructor with Defense Training International (DTI), and an IL Concealed Carry Instructor. She is a life member of the NRA, a member of the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network, Illinois State Rifle Association and Second Amendment Sisters. Her personal training and education are ongoing including Massad Ayoob’s 20 Hour Legal Course and The Moulage Medic’s 18-Hour TCCC Medical course.

Tricia is married and has one dog. She and her husband live an active lifestyle which includes traveling, backpacking, hiking, triathlons, rock climbing, gardening, cooking and baking pies!

Meet Vincent

Vince, formally a financial Advisor,  AMA Pro-Roadracer, Premier League Rugby Player, and a former candidate for State office in IL, has the ability to instruct and transfer knowledge to people of all skill levels and backgrounds, having trained everyone from average citizens to LEO, CIA, FBI and Military/SOF for over a decade.  He has taught the Lone Operator course, Improvised Weapons, fighting in and out of cars, empty hands, de-escalation, knife fighting, disarmaments, Counter Arrest Techniques, Defensive Pistol and Rifle, Force on Force, Foreign Weapons, Integrated Gun Fighting and Women’s Self- Defense. Vince is a National speaker for Pretty Loaded. He has been an instructor for John Farnam, Henk Iverson, Fortress Defense, and CUBIC/NEK as well as running his own training company Gemini. He has also trained with DTI, Blackwater (U.S. Training), and Massad Ayoob. Vince held an NRA Master qualification in High-power Rifle, winning a gold medal in the inaugural M1 Carbine match as well as silvers and bronzes in the Garand and Military Bolt rifle matches. He is also an NRA RSO, NRA instructor for Pistol, Rifle and Home Firearm Safety. Vince likes to road trip, travel to foreign lands, and is heavily involved in photography as well and has his work published and in galleries. He has patents pending in the personal safety and self-defense arena.

Meet Linda

Linda Yalen spent her career as a corporate paralegal, specializing in the areas of compliance, entity management, licensing and other areas of corporate structure. She is still active working part time for the Association of Corporate Counsel, Connecticut Chapter as a virtual administrative assistant. Back in 1979 when Linda was 23 years old, she was assaulted and spent 19 years in an emotional trauma, which led her to healing through energy medicine. In 2008 she became a certified energy medicine practitioner, and a Certified Health and Wellness Coach in 2015, and became certified as a Sleep Science and Recovery Coach, working with clients, law enforcement and athletes in optimizing their sleep through circadian rhythm modification, habits, rituals and stress reduction through a 12-week sleep makeover program.

Recently Linda became a Certified Home Safety Advisor with Age Safe America, a company that provides “age in place” services, including fall prevention education to homeowners. Linda is looking to work with local law enforcement to collaborate on personal safety awareness and the mindset of a predator through the Pretty Loaded program within their local community.

The Pretty Loaded program was recently approved by the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection to be offered to real estate professionals as a 3-hour program with 3 CE hours provided towards their yearly licensing requirements. Linda lives in Hebron, CT and is excited to be a part of the Pretty Loaded family and specializes in senior personal safety and real estate training. Please contact Linda if you are interested in scheduling a training class.

(860) 494-0488 (Office)

(860) 817-4134 (Cell)

Meet Rebecca

Rebecca was born and raised in rural Mankato. She grew up around firearms and has a love for hunting and the outdoors.
Dynamic Defense was born out of her desire to become a more educated, better trained, and a more prepared individual to share that knowledge with others.
Rebecca is certified through the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to teach firearm courses. She is a Gunsite Academy Graduate, NRA Certified Instructor, NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, United States Conceal Carry Association (USCCA) Instructor, and Well Armed Woman chapter leader. 
She continually attends instructor level training courses in a variety of disciplines so that the training you are receiving is relevant and up to date.

Meet Gary

Never having owned a firearm, but wanting to be as proactive about his personal safety as possible given that reality, Gary believes there are ways to avoid being a victim without using a weapon. He also knows there are many other people who either don’t desire to own firearms, or are not permitted where they live.

Gary is the owner of College Nannies in Scottsdale, Arizona, that employs temporary nannies who travel solo to various homes around the Phoenix metro area.  Nannies are the responsible guardians of the home while parents work, and they sometimes encounter complex interpersonal situations. Through Pretty Loaded, they get support, advice, and coaching that increases self-confidence to handle any situation where accountability and safety are a priority.

Meet Sarah-Marie

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou

Sarah-Marie grew up in Ohio where she pursued a career in nursing. She worked in critical care cardiology for 13 years and recently began work this year as a pediatric home care nurse. Sarah-Marie’s 14 years of experience in nursing honed her observational skills which translated easily into using situational awareness.

After moving to Colorado and leaving an abusive marriage, Sarah-Marie began training martial arts and self-defense in 2016. She joins the Pretty Loaded team with a passion to bring awareness to personal safety and self-defense to the public and corporations alike.

She is the Founder and CEO of M.A.P.S Project Defense. A company committed to the safety and thriving of victims and survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV).

When she is not nursing, or teaching self-defense, Sarah-Marie enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, camping and yoga.

Meet Lee

Lee’s main expertise is strategic communication, training, and facilitation. She’s founding owner of Zena Consulting LLC, which helps leaders develop and reach diversity goals. The firm is certified by the Washington state Office of Minority & Women Business Enterprise, (#W2F0023839.)

Lee became interested in self-defense decades ago, after being physically attacked and almost raped. She’s studied several martial arts, and taught Nia Dance and Vinyasa yoga since 2013, through her hobby business, Zena Wellness.

Lee’s approach to personal safety focuses on the different strengths and challenges females and men all over the world face in every phase of life. Lee is particularly interested in using cross-cultural skills to work with Pretty the minority, New American and diverse clients. Having also managed residential real estate, she’d like to prevent agents from taking needless and dangerous risks.

Lee is now learning Krav Maga at KMS Seattle.

Meet Christian

Christian has over 12 years of experience in the Safety and Security industry. He is very passionate about what he is doing, and he is always looking forward to his next challenge. He is currently in training to be a certified trainer for systemic anti-violence, conflict training, and de-escalation training. Christian also owns a company which provides First Aid training, Fire Protection training, and training for Security employees. Christian is the Pretty Loaded Affiliate instructor for Germany. Find out more at

Meet Miranda

Miranda has always had a passion for helping adults and children which has taken her on many different paths in her life. She has extensive experience in working with victims of abuse both adult and children at the Abused Adult Resource Center along with the perpetrators of assault victims. She also worked as a nanny for four amazing little girls, where her skills of situational awareness, protection, and being a great role model got exercised daily. She recently started her own business which provides her the flexibility to pursue her dream to help as many people as she can. Her formal education has earned her an Associate in Arts and an Associate in Science degrees from Bismarck State College.

Miranda is an NRA Pistol Instructor and a USCCA Affiliate Instructor. Miranda is married and enjoys many things including the outdoors, painting, drawing, and spending time with her friends.

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