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Dave Kopp (2/24/66—8/24/2022)

Dave Kopp (2/24/66—8/24/2022)

President Emeritus, Co-Founder

Dave Kopp is the co-founder and President of the Arizona Citizens Defense League and the AzCDL Foundation. He is an East Coast transplant, a former computer programmer, and a family man. Dave spends his time restoring and protecting the right to keep and bear arms through legislative lobbying. He is a strong voice protecting Arizonans against anti-rights groups and legislation that seek to limit our freedoms. Dave works closely with the legislature to get strong pro-rights bills written and passed into law, while stopping freedom restricting bills, earning Arizona the reputation for being the friendliest state for gun owners. Significant amongst AzCDL’s many successes was the 2010 “Constitutional Carry” bill, restoring the ability of law-abiding adult citizens to carry openly or concealed without government permission. Dave is passionate about the work he does and is a sought-after speaker and knowledgeable resource in the firearms community. One of his favorite quotes explains why Dave is a dedicated and driven champion for Arizona firearm owners: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”– Edmund Burke

Cheryl Todd

Cheryl Todd

President, CEO, and FASTER-AZ Coordinator

Cheryl Todd is the Executive Producer and Co-Host of Gun Freedom Radio, owner of AZFirearms Auctions, Pot Of Gold Auctions and founder of the grassroots movement Polka Dots Are My Camo. She is a wife of 36 years, mother, and grandmother. She has a master’s degree in organizational leadership, an undergraduate degree in psychology, and is an avid reader. Cheryl is passionate about safety and our freedoms and travels the country speaking as a champion for our Second Amendment Rights. Cheryl is the Arizona State Director for The DC Project and serves on several boards including the Arizona Citizens Defense League Foundation, the Arizona Association of Women Law Enforcement Officers, and the East Valley Second Amendment Coalition led by AZ Congressman Andy Biggs. She is a regular contributor on several gun-related news platforms and has won multiple awards for her work as a driving force in preserving the Legacy of Freedom for generations to come.

Cheryl@GunFreedomRadio.com

David Laird

David Laird

Vice President, Social Media Director, FASTER-AZ Liaison

David Laird is the owner of Dynamic Combative Solutions LLC and is passionate about firearm safety, training, and firearms owners being properly prepared to protect themselves and those around them. He has been a self-defense and firearms instructor for over 20 years and is an avid supporter of the Second Amendment and our unalienable rights. Some of his certifications include NRA Training Counselor, NRA Carry Guard Instructor, and an Active Self Protection Certified Instructor. Dave recently completed the FASTERSavesLives training and is working towards bringing FASTER to our Arizona Schools. He served overseas as a civilian contractor and volunteered for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department for 4 years. He has studied martial arts since the age of 10 and currently holds black belts in Tae-Kwon-do, Moo-Duk-Kwan-Tang-Soo-Do, Tai-Chi, Aikido, and has studied various other styles. Dave is 10th generation Army, serving with the 82nd airborne division in the infantry. Dave is a husband of 20 years, father of 7, grandfather of 2, and is a man of great faith.

instructordave240@gmail.com

Kim Bishop

Kim Bishop

Treasurer & Secretary

Kim is the Public Relations and Marketing Manager for Gun Freedom Radio, AZFirearms Auctions, and Pot Of Gold Auctions. She is a passionate gun rights advocate and supports several pro-gun and safety organizations such as The DC Project, Polka Dots Are My Camo, The Well Armed Woman, FASTERSavesLives, Eddie Eagle, and Refuse To Be A Victim. Before she joined the Board of Directors, Kim was a lifetime member of the Arizona Citizens Defense League and volunteered to organize and support their events and the important work they do. She is on several planning committees throughout the valley for pro-freedom events such as Celebrate and Protects the Second Amendment 2A Rally held at the AZ State Capitol every year. Kim is an avid supporter of our first responders and sits on the Board of the Arizona Association of Women Law Enforcement Officers which is focused on donating lifesaving body armor to departments in need. She is very close with her family and enjoys range time with her nieces and nephews. She is a huge dog lover and one of her next goals is to raise the resources for body armor for all K-9 officers.

 Kim@GunFreedomRadio.com

Mark Zilinskas

Mark Zilinskas

School Liaison

Mark, a husband of 30 years and father of 3, relocated to Arizona after retiring from a 30-year career as a high school teacher and football coach in Indiana. Mark became greatly aware of the vulnerability of schools after the Sandy Hook massacre and has dedicated his time to making a difference. He has educated himself and others on how to make our schools and children safer. Mark became a volunteer assistant instructor for FASTERSavesLives, and a certified instructor for ALICE (Active Shooter Response Training), Stop The Bleed and has testified before the PA Senate and House on behalf of FASTER. He has been a contributor on various media platforms including NPR’s “All Things Considered” and was a guest panelist for PA’s Governor Tom Wolf regarding school safety. Mark is not only a certified NRA pistol instructor but competes in USPSA action shooting and is a mentor for new shooters in the AZ Cactus Combat League USPSA. He is instrumental in helping bring FASTER to AZ schools through the AZCDL Foundation and is also a sought-after speaker for the various school safety organizations he is so passionate about.

mzilinskas@comcast.net

Mark Russell

Mark Russell

Director

Mark has been a Preventive Medicine physician for 37 years and has a master’s in Public Health. He has a lifelong involvement in the shooting sports with family members, many of whom are gunsmiths. Mark enjoys all outdoor activities with his family, a favorite is competing in automobile road racing with his sons. Mark is a board member of Heirs of the Republic, a non-profit organization dedicated to the principles of freedom and liberty that were set forth in our country’s founding documents. He is passionate about organizations that protect our gun rights and is a proud lifetime member of Arizona Citizens Defense League, Gun Owners of America, the Second Amendment Foundation, the NRA and a member of Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership. Mark is driven to use his voice for our gun freedoms and is a firm believer that without the Second Amendment, no other rights would survive. The God given right to protect our one and only life and the lives of those we love unites us and is the backbone of the Bill of Rights.