Meet the Instructors
CRPA Instructors teach with a California specific focus, best supporting the needs, goals, and interests of California gun owners and general public. In addition to our core group of instructors, CRPA brings in many supplemental instructors.
All instructors are discipline-specific experts and are well-versed in California laws pertaining to their expert subject area.
Jerry Clark, CRPA Director of Training
Jerry has been educating youth and adults in firearm safety for over ten years through his volunteer involvement with Boy Scouts of America, OC Sharp Shooters and CRPA. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge in safe gun handling with others, especially future firearm safety educators and those new to firearms and gun ownership. He is a fierce advocate for preserving the shooting sports in California for future generations. Jerry is a Chief Range Safety Officer, Gun Shot Wound, CPR and First Aid certified and holds several instructor credentials in firearm disciplines including Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Reloading, Personal Protection Inside and Outside the Home, Defensive Pistol, and Concealed Carry. Jerry enjoys spending time with his wife, son and daughter, volunteering on the range, loves to cook for his friends and family and believes that honesty is always the best policy.
Elizabeth Azubuike, CRPA Training Admin
Liz joined the CRPA Team in February 2022. Since then, she has become a Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun instructor as she is passionate about providing educational opportunities to those interested in gun safety. She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside, and is excited to continue to educate others on safety within the firearms community, and beyond!
Jerry Johnson, CRPA Regional Trainer
Jerry believes that there is no excuse for accidents. His #1 goal as a firearm safety instructor is to impart on all students how to keep everyone safe. Jerry is a Chief Range Safety Officer, Gun Shot Wound, CPR and First Aid certified and holds several instructor credentials in firearm disciplines including Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Personal Protection Inside and Outside the Home, and is a California Hunter Safety Instructor. Jerry is passionate about the passing on of knowledge and wisdom and is a fierce advocate for Hunting and Wildlife Conservation. He is an award-winning sculptor and enjoys many pastimes including shooting, art at many levels such as stone and wood carving, painting, drawing, playing guitar, fishing, and hunting. One of Jerry’s life motto’s is “Do unto other as you would have done upon yourselves.”
Rick Travis, CRPA Regional Trainer
Rick’s passion for the Second Amendment is evident through his work with hunters, youth organizations (Boy Scouts of America, FFA, 4-H and Church youth programs), clubs, ranges, and National Organizations. Rick is a certified Training Counselor and Instructor in multiple disciplines covering firearm safety and proficiency, advanced hunter education, wilderness survival and lifesaving skills with over 25 years of experience in that capacity. He is also a Chief Range Safety Officer, and is Gun Shot Wound, CPR and First Aid certified.
Eric Johnson, CRPA Regional Trainer
Eric is a Chief Range Safety Officer, is Gun Shot Wound, CPR and First Aid certified and is a credentialed Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun and Firearm Safety in Your Home Instructor. Eric with his wife of 39 years raised four children, and now has three grandchildren. His original reason for passing on his firearm knowledge was to help keep alive the 2nd amendment for his grandchildren and beyond. He now realizes this knowledge should be responsibly shared with all, even with those who have different opinions. Eric finished his 32 year career serving in the public sector as a Deputy Superintendent of Public Works. With a strong working knowledge and hands on approach in a wide range of subject experience and training, he enjoys the opportunities that teaching provides as another outlet to retirement. If you want to know more, you will have to ask Eric.
Jacob Zalusky, CRPA Regional Trainer
Jacob is passionate about firearm education and wants nothing more than to see it passed on for many generations to come. Jacob is a Chief Range Safety Officer, Gun Shot Wound, CPR and First Aid certified. He is proud to be a certified instructor in Shotgun, Rifle, Pistol, Reloading (shotgun and metallic), Black powder, Archery, Personal Protection Inside and Outside the Home, and Concealed Carry. Jacob has spent the last 22 years of his adult life as a gun shop owner / operator, gunsmith, and firearms instructor. He holds two degrees and six certifications from the Lassen Gunsmith Institute and received his criminal justice degree from Cuesta College. Jacob is an NHRA Professional/Nostalgia Series Funny Car and Dragster mechanic for multiple cars and teams. His pastimes include spending time at the lake, gardening, and BBQing with friends and family. As Jacob would say, “Let’s shake hands and say hello.”
Rick Rogers, CRPA Master Trainer
As a firearm safety educator, Rick wants everyone to enjoy the shooting sports safely as much as he has, for as long as he has and wants his students to know that “you can do anything you want to do, if you want to do it badly enough.” Rick is a Chief Range Safety Officer, is Gun Shot Wound, CPR and First Aid certified and is a credentialed firearm instructor in several disciplines including Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun and Personal Protection Inside the Home. Rick is a retired aerospace engineer and has a background teaching explosive handling and safety, and High School small engine repair. His father introduced him to hunting and shooting sports at a very early age and he enjoys sharing his passion by helping others meet their potential and enjoy their accomplishments with firearms. Rick enjoys teaching both youth and adults firearm safety and marksmanship, hunting, fishing, traveling, and making fine jewelry. One of Rick’s life motto’s is, “Be safe, shoot straight, and keep yer powder dry.”
Jim McKeighan, CRPA Master Trainer
Firearm safety is important to Jim because he wants to build community awareness around sensible shooting sport activities, and safety. He especially enjoys working with first-time firearm owners and beginners, and wants all students to “be safe, shoot straight, and have fun!” Jim is a Chief Range Safety Officer, is Gun Shot Wound, CPR and First Aid certified and is a credentialed firearm instructor in several disciplines including Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Personal Protection Outside the Home, and Reloading. He retired from his career as a realtor and manufacturing engineer and continues to pursue passions including Cowboy Fast Draw Single Action Shooting, writing music, building, and playing guitars and is an aspiring pilot. At a young age, Jim’s father taught him how to shoot, clean, and respect firearms. But Jim’s affinity for learning didn’t stop there; one of his favorite life mottos is “cease not to learn, until you cease to live.”