Meet The Team

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Canaan Heard MS, CSCS, CPT

CEO/Founder Protac Fitness and Protac Foundation

Canaan’s passion for helping individuals and groups train began during his undergraduate career at LSU. While at LSU he volunteered as an assistant strength coach in the weight room, working directly with LSU football and LSU baseball players. Also as an undergraduate at LSU, and as a member of the US Marine Corps Weapons Company 3/23, he conducted an undergraduate thesis on combat conditioning, based on his experiences in the field. The study showed Canaan’s program increased physical fitness.

Canaan has taught classes to and trained US Marines, Louisiana National Guardsmen, Mississippi National Guardsmen, US Navy, local law enforcement, and athletes from all backgrounds. He has been a guest lecturer and presenter at AMSUS (2014 Annual Conference), Pennington Biomedical Research Center, the War Related Injury and Illness Study Center in East Orange, NJ, CAOCL (United States Marine Corps) and Marine Corps University. He has evaluated combat conditioning programs and injury prevention for the US Marine Corps. Canaan has been published in the Journal of Military Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Tactical Strength and Conditioning Report and the Marine Corps Gazette.

Canaan has a Master’s of Physiology from Tulane School of Medicine and currently does research in the areas of human performance, exercise physiology, human physiology, and post deployment health.

Lt. Col. Drew Ralston 

ralstonDrew has over 20 years experience leading Marines, including service as an instructor at The Basic School, in command at the Infantry Battalion, and Force Reconnaissance Company level, and as a Foreign Security Forces Advisor to both the Afghan National Army, and the Jordanian Armed Forces. A native of Paoli, PA, he attended West Chester University of PA where he majored in Public Administration, and lettered four years in Rugby. After leaving active duty, Drew attended law school at Louisiana State University, and represented the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and Farm Bureau as a trial attorney before returning to service in the Marine Corps Reserves. Additionally, Drew is a Certified Personal Trainer, and has completed seven full-distance triathlons.

 

Daryl Cuquet

Served in the United States Marine Corps infantry for 5 years. Daryl has been to the following schools:

Assault Climbers Course

Scout Swimmer Course

Corporals Course

Jungle Warfare Training

Mountain Warrior

Non-Lethal Weapons Course

Mountain Warfare Training

Mountain Advanced Mobility

Combat Life Saver

 

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Lee Ross

Law Enforcement Program Advisor

Lee Ross began his career in 2004 when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served for 7 years as an Anti-Guided Missileman with 3d Battalion, 23d Marines.  During his time with the Marine Corps, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, and the Iraqi Campaign Medal.  Before his time with the United States Marine Corps ended, Lee began his career in law enforcement in 2009.  He has worked for departments in both Oklahoma and Texas and currently works for the Fort Worth Police Department.   Lee has attended numerous trainings and currently holds his basic instructor and firearms instructor certification for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).  He has also participated in the development and presentations of department trainings for verbal conflict resolution for the Irving Police Department as well as Texas educators.

Lee currently resides in the beautiful city of Fort Worth, TX with his wife Amber and daughter Addison.

 

 

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Dr. Penny Wilson

Dr. Penny Wilson is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She works with athletes to perform their best in racing and in life. She also enjoys working with non-athletes to help them learn to use the eating and food tricks of athletes to fit healthy food and eating habits into their lives. Through her private Sports Dietetics practice – Eating for Performance- she works with endurance athletes and their coaches from across the nation and internationally to help them reach their goals and personal bests on the field and off.  She was the Dietitian for the Houston Rockets and the Sugar Land Skeeters. In addition to her work with athletes, Penny taught Sports Nutrition at the University of Houston for six years. Penny is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association.
 In addition to working with athletes, Penny is an avid age group athlete.  She has completed five marathons, including the Paris Marathon, the New York Marathon, and the Goofy Challenge.
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Mike Liuzza

Mike is a New Orleans native. He attended and graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2014. While in Alaska he was a member of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Rifle Team. He is a 4 Time NCAA All-American. Currently he is a member of USA Shooting Team and a resident Athlete at Colorado Springs US Olympic Training Center. He has been a competitive shooter since 2006. Mike will be teaching shooting courses.

Advisory Board 

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Tony C. Fazzio was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is a graduate of St. Louis Catholic High School. Tony holds a Biological Sciences degree from Louisiana State University. He attended the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law School where he graduated Cum Laude.  Tony is currently an attorney with The Sanchez Law Firm in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  Previously he was an attorney with the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office where he held various positins including Misdemeanor Section Chief, Juvenile Section Chief, and Drug Court Prosecutor.  He was also a Judicial Law Clerk at the 14th Judicial District Court in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  Tony is volunteer youth soccer coach for the Calcasieu Soccer Club. He attends Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, where he is a lector and member of the Pastoral Council.