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Jody A. Salerno


Jody is the founder and head instructor at Personal Safety Alliance, and proprietor at Elite Firearms &Training. Founder of the Woman’s Warrior Weekend Retreat Professional Speaker, Educator, and Media Contributor. She offers safety training's nationwide on the topics of personal safety, and conflict resolution to corporations, universities, realtors, healthcare workers, and businesses. She teaches you to recognize the skills and abilities needed to formulate and lead your own plan of action for personal safety.

Professional Training Credentials:

  • Lead Instructor Elite Firearms & Training

  • Lead female instructor Washington County Tactical Range

  • PA Brand Ambassador at Tactica Defense Fashions

  • Member of IALEFI -The International Assoc Of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor

  • Instructor with the NRA’s nationally recognized Refuse To Be A Victim® Program

  • NRA Certified Firearms Instructor: Pistol and Personal Protection Inside The Home

  • Recognized spokesperson and facilitator for A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League

  • US Practical Shooting Association Range Officer

  • NRA Certified Range Officer

  • Certified SABRE Personal Safety Academy Instructor

  • SABRE Civilian Safety Awareness Program Instructor

  • SABRE College Safety Program Instructor

  • Sponsored Competitive Shooter

  • Weapons Master

  • USCCA ( United States Concealed Carry Assoc) Certified Instructor

  • Personal Safety and Awareness Instructor, Slippery Rock University, Community College of Allegheny

  • PA Dept of Health Personal Care Home Certified Train the Trainer Instructor


Professional Memberships:​

  • International Association Of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI)

  • International Defensive Pistol Association

  • US Practical Shooting Association

  • National Rifle Association

  • Collier Sportsmen’s Association

  • Pitcarin/Monroeville Sportsmen's Club

  • Pittsburgh Professional Women

  • Women’s Business Network

  • Women Speakers Association

  • Women's Small Business Association

  • Veteran's Breakfast Club - Volunteer


Completed Training:

2014: Girls and Guns NRA instructed basic pistol course, NRA Certified Pistol Instructor Course, Lethal Force- Utah Concealed Carry Class, 3 Rivers Tactical—2 Day Concealed Carry Course, NRA Certified Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor Course, Protective Shooting Concepts- pistol class, Robert Vogel- 2 day World Class Pistol Skills Class, 3 Rivers Tactical- 2 day Armed Citizens Response to the Active Shooter Course, Babes and Bullets Firearms Training Academy for Women, NRA Certified Personal Protection In The Home Instructor Course

2015: Next Level Training-Defensive Accuracy in 90 Minutes Course, Impax- Safety Awareness Course- Using everyday items as weapons, A Girl And A Gun Training Conference (Janna Reeves- Rifle Strategy Course, Brian Quick-Weapons Malfunction Course, Jennie VanTuyl - Low-light night shooting Course, Dorcia Meador-Advanced Female Tactical Training Course, Tatiana Whitlock-Real World Meets Range Lethal Engagement Techniques Course, BJ Norris-Drive the Gun to The Target Course-Rapid presentation, Multiple Shots on Target, and Efficient Reloading Course, Kathy Jackson-Running a Safe Firing Line Course, Jennie VanTuyl -IDPA Classifier Training, Gabby Franco- Precision Pistol Course)7/15
IDPA Virginia State Championship Division First place


2016: SABRE Personal Safety Academy Instructor Course, NRA "Blended" Pistol Instructor Course,
Concealed Carry Gun Law Course, NRA Range Safety Officer Course, E.J. Owens – Counter Violence- How to defend and survive a violent encounter, Larry St. Clair - Knife Defense, Jordan Blake - AR-15,
Brian Quick – Combative Pistol, Karl Rehn - Back Up Gun - Defensive Pistol Skills, Mark Passamaneck - Advanced AR-15, Mark Passamaneck – Shotgun
Rudy Projects USA Shooting Team Member


2017: Weapon’s Master – On set filming of “Rogue”
USCCA (United States Concealed Carry) Instructor Course
Tom Givens Rangemaster’s 3 Day Instructor Development Course
I.C.E. Concealed Carry Course                       


2018: Inspiring Lives Global Award Nominee
Speaker for: PA State Representative Matthew Dowling
PA Senator Rick Saccone 

Host of The Women’s Warrior Weekend Retreat. A first of its kind event to educate and empower women. 

Full Circle Karate - Kubaton Defense

Angel Trauma Solutions      

Advanced Bleeding Control

Opened Elite Firearms & Training
10 Lane indoor shooting center, pro shop and training facility                     

2019: Pittsburgh Business Choice Award Nominee


Media Appearances

WTAE TV Pittsburgh 

WQED TV Pittsburgh

KDKA TV Pittsburgh  

BIZ TV SHOW        

WPXI TV Pittsburgh 

RUPLY TV PITTSBURGH TODAY LIVE                         






Jody continually improves her firearms competency

  • Ongoing training to compete in an upcoming Steel Challenge and 3 Gun Competition.

  • Open hand self-defense training

  • Weekly Pistol self-defense training

  • A Girl and A Gun Annual Training Conference

  • A Girl and A Gun 3 Gun Training Camp and Competition

  • Jody Salerno is a graduate of Babes and Bullets firearms training for women and Pittsburgh Professional Women’s Leadership Academy. She is the mother of two boys and resides in Washington, PA

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