Meet The Team

Canaan Heard MS, CSCS, CPT

headshot-canaan-heard-small

Founder & CEO 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.

 


 

Kurt Strange

Chief Operating Officer

kurt_strange-1Kurt Strange is a retired Marine with 20+ years’ experience and a background in contract aviation, operations, and logistics. After retiring from the marines, Kurt spent 3 years with DynCorp International as lead pilot and manager for the Afghanistan helicopter program. While at DynCorp, Kurt also served as tactical lead and support for the DEA and special forces, and coordinated daily logistics operations for the US Embassy and aviation training program.

Kurt received his MBA from LSU, and joined the Protac team in 2017, bringing a wide range of experience in division leadership, operations, logistics, aviation, and safety as Protac’s Chief Operating Officer.

 

 


 

Carlos Yingst

Chief Contracting Officer

carlos-200Carlos was an accountant in his early professional career (17 years), mostly with Lockheed Martin. There, he advised on issues related to the Government Cost Accounting Standards and the Federal Acquisition Regulation. He was also responsible for federal, state, and local tax matters and managed business incentives. Mid-career, Carlos transitioned to contracts where he served nearly 14 years. His primary focus was the NASA Space Shuttle External Tank contract in New Orleans, LA. He also managed contracts with the Missile Defense Agency in Huntsville, AL and the United Launch Alliance and Sierra Nevada Corporation in Denver, CO. Carlos holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.

 

 

 


 

Lee Ross

Law Enforcement Program Advisor

lee-rossLee 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.