Meet the Team

Adam Painchaud
Adjunct Instructor

Adam is a retired military criminal investigator/special agent. He is a current police detective and SWAT team leader. Adam is a career master firearms and tactics instructor who is a widely known subject matter expert in all aspects of armed defense.

Scott Kenneson
Adjunct Instructor

Scott comes to White Birch with over 30 years of experience training Law enforcement, military, and civilians in the safe and efficient use of firearms. A 20-year retired law enforcement officer, Navy veteran, and civilian instructor, Scott enjoys working with new shooters and diagnosing and correcting shooters with problems. Scott enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his growing family.

Dan Gebers
Adjunct Instructor

Dan comes to White Birch with 33 years of Law Enforcement experience teaching various disciplines. He has taught both police officers and civilians firearms skills for 27 of those years.   Dan is a recent retiree of the Dover Police Department where he was a patrolman, former SWAT Operator, and Sniper.  Dan is the Head Coach for the University of New Hampshire Shooting Sports Team, is a competitive clay target shooter, and enjoys competing regionally. When not at White Birch, Dan enjoys boating and camping. 

Jamie Fellows
Adjunct Instructor

Jamie joins WBA while currently serving as a patrolman for Alton PD and operator for the Belknap Regional Special Operation SWAT team. He has been instructing firearms education and certifications for over 16 years with specialty in pistol, rifle, and shotguns. He was previously the owner and operator of a MMA gym where he coached pro/am MMA fighters, boxers and grapplers. When not instructing or while on patrol, he enjoys spending time with his family.

Heather Cote
Adjunct Instructor

Heather is a twenty year law enforcement veteran who specializes in women’s classes and entry level courses. She enjoys bringing new shooters to a comfort level that creates a lifelong shooter.  As a recent retiree, she enjoys long distance mountain running, camping, long hikes and spending time with her animals.  Heather is a trained crisis negotiator, spending the last several years as a negotiator with a local SWAT team.  She still works as a part time officer when she isn’t at White Birch or deep in the woods.


Bill Blais
Adjunct Instructor

Bill comes to White Birch with nearly 20 years of law enforcement experience and is currently a police sergeant.

With a passion for firearms training, Bill’s patience helps new shooters reach their goals.

When not on the range at White Birch, Bill enjoys spending time outdoors running, hiking, snowboarding, and spending time with his wife and daughter out on the lake.


Ben Reese
Adjunct Instructor

Ben Roberts is a seasoned executive protection and resiliency professional. His diverse experience in crisis management, leadership, and security have gained him high regard from his clients including high-risk / high-threat individuals, ultra-high-net-worth, C-suite executives, and celebrities. Ben has an extensive training record from the Department of Defense and several private sector organizations, including the crisis management course at MIT. Ben has successfully developed, managed, and implemented programs in tactics, cyber security, business continuity, crisis management, and business operations and is an expert in staff, property, and fleet management.

Kevin Williams
Adjunct Instructor

Kevin comes to White Birch Armory with a combined 30 years of law enforcement and military service.  Kevin served 8 years as an Infantryman with the U.S. Army. He spent 15 years as a senior firearms instructor and armorer for a federal law enforcement agency. Kevin is certified as an NRA Instructor, First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor and Hunter Ed Instructor. Kevin volunteers with the NH 4H Shooting Sports Program and Hometown Hero Outdoors. When not teaching, Kevin enjoys hiking and fishing with his wife, hunting and spending time with his family. 

Dean Lischke
adjunct instructor

Dean has over 32 years of experience serving in the US military and as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer, and has served for 23 years as a Firearms Instructor and Defensive Tactics Instructor. Dean has several instructor certifications to include Master Firearms Instructor (SIG SAUER Academy), Firearms Instructor (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center), Baton and OC Instructor (ICE), and Law Enforcement Defensive Measures Instructor (Department of Homeland Security). A former Marine and a retired Air Force reservist, Dean served as the Training Officer for a Federal Law Enforcement Organization prior to his recent law enforcement retirement.