Defencify was founded in 2017 and created by a team of board-certified, experienced security professionals, consultants, and instructional design experts passionate about delivering high-quality security courses to learners everywhere. We exist to deliver dynamic, knowledge-based, online training courses to increase access to high-quality security courses for the private security industry.
Have you ever been interested in starting a career in private security? Maybe you’re currently studying criminal justice and would like to gain some real-world experience? Maybe you’re just looking for a side-gig to make some extra money. Whatever your situation, we welcome you.  Students come from all over the U.S. to earn their state security officer license! Whether you are looking to obtain a state guard license, earn Continuing Education Units to maintain your license, or just looking to enhance your knowledge on security, Defencify’s Online Training School is available 24/7.
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Russell Willmon


Russell Willmon moved to Salt Lake City from Anaheim, California in early 2010. He studied Economics and German at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Georg-August University of Göttingen. He started his career in a demanding position as a branch manager, working in an upscale environment, managing security services for gated communities in Orange County, from Sunset Beach to San Juan Capistrano. Eager to take on more challenges in the security industry, he transferred to Salt Lake City to work on a larger, more diverse portfolio which included companies listed in the Fortune 500, and which spanned most industries including: financial, manufacturing, high-tech, logistics, commercial, government, residential, mining, energy, and more. After a decade of working in contract security management, as a senior portfolio manager and a state qualifying agent, Russ saw an opportunity to improve the industry and ventured into independent consulting. Russ has a Bachelor of Arts in Global Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is board certified in security management through ASIS International and currently serves as chair of the Utah chapter. He is also a board member of the Security Licensing Committee for Utah’s Department of Professional Licensing.

David Corrington

Advisory Board Member

David Corrington is a former U.S. Federal Agent with the US Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General. Prior to becoming a Federal Agent, David was a Criminal Defense Investigator for the Federal Public Defenders Office in Washington. In addition to Federal criminal investigations, David has managed corporate security for several fortune 500 companies. For the last decade, David has worked as a corporate security manager for Comcast and has extensive experience in physical security assessments, contract security management, and internal investigations. Additionally, David conducts background clearance investigations for various US Federal Agencies. David received his Bachelors of Science in Justice Studies from Arizona State University and received a Master Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas. David speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese and has international investigative experience in Latin America and Europe.

Anneke Garcia

Advisory Board Member

Anneke is an instructional design consultant and a team leader for the Client Learning Team at Optum, where she heads up the creation of eLearning and video learning tools for clients in the healthcare and medical coding fields. She has previously worked for LDS Publication Services where she created training materials and educational innovations for a wide range of topics, from HR management modules to health and safety courses for the food processing industry.

Anneke holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Psychology and Technology and started her career teaching university courses in Educational Psychology and working at a high school in Taiwan where she taught communicative language teaching methods to the English teaching department. She specialized in education for second language acquisition, enriching her own linguistics studies by working to become fluent in Japanese and French and learning a useful level of Chinese and Spanish. She holds undergrad degrees in French and Graphic Design and loves to bring her various academic interests together to produce excellent, engaging, professional learning tools.

Anneke lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and two boys.

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Peter Callister

Advisory Board Member

Mr. Callister is an experienced finance and operations executive, having spent several years in lead financial, operational, and strategic planning roles. Most recently, Mr. Callister served as Chief Operations Officer at VentureCapital.Org.  Prior to VentureCapital.Org, Mr. Callister served as President and Chief Operations Officer at Mommi, a manufacturer and marketer of nutritional products for women. Prior to Mommi, Mr. Callister was General Manager for the SLC Angels, where he led financial processes including analysis, due diligence, and investment activities.

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Nate Swanson

Advisory Board Member

Nate has 20+ years of experience working with emerging growth companies, primarily in the areas of education, technology, and human capital management. He most recently served as Chief Operations Officer at Career Step, the leading provider of certificate-based healthcare education, software and consulting services. Prior to Career Step, Nate served as COO at American InterContinental University, managing both online and brick-and-mortar campuses in the U.S. and London. Prior to his career in operations, Nate spent 13 years in investment banking, advising emerging growth companies and investors within the software, education and business services sectors.


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