Meet the Team

Canaan Heard, MS, CSCS, CPT

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President and CEO
PROTAC 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 now designs training programs to improve physical fitness, strength, and conditioning for people in military service and law enforcement, as well as athletes.

Canaan graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine with a master’s degree in physiology in May 2016. He earned his Bachelor of Science in biology in May 2011 and his Bachelor of Arts in sociology in December 2005 from Louisiana State University. He also is a certified personal trainer and strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His research focuses on human performance, exercise physiology, human physiology, and post-deployment health.

Published Articles

› Journal of Military Medicine
› NSCA’s Tactical Strength and Conditioning Report
› The Marine Corps Gazette

Presentations and Guest Lectures

› Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (2014 Annual Conference)
› Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
› War Related Injury and Illness Study Center in East Orange, New Jersey
› Center for Advanced Operational Culture and Learning with Marine Corps University


Retired Capt. Neal Moquin

US Navy
PROTAC, Director of Human Resources

Retired Captain W. Neal Moquin, CHC, U.S. Navy, a San Diego native, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English from San Diego State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Nashotah House Theological Seminary, Nashotah, Wisconsin. He is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), Combat and Operational Stress Control (COSC), Pastoral Counseling, and Life Coaching.

He held various Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard chaplain billets before retiring after 25 years of both active and reserve service in January of 2014. The billets included U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters (Washington DC), U.S. Pacific Fleet/U.S. Pacific Command (Pearl Harbor), U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific (Camp Smith, Hawaii), and 4th Marine Division (New Orleans). His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold stars), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.

As a civilian, he has served as a community college chaplain, parish pastor, and adjunct seminary professor of various Episcopal and Anglican parishes and institutions. He retired from active ministry in August 2010. He is on the Board of Directors of the PROTAC Foundation and volunteers as a Life Coach with the Honor Foundation, a nonprofit assisting Navy and Marine Corps Special Operators with the transition to civilian careers. He is married with three children.

 


Carlos Yingst

Chief Contracting Officer

Carlos 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, Louisiana. He also managed contracts with the Missile Defense Agency in Huntsville, Alabama, and the United Launch Alliance and Sierra Nevada Corporation in Denver, Colorado. Carlos holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.

 

 


Master Sgt. Jeremy A. Coppola

US Marine Corps
PROTAC, Director of Training

MSgt Coppola enlisted in the Marine Corps July 1995. He attended recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina. After graduation from recruit training PVT Coppola was assigned to the School of Infantry at SOI East Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he received the MOS 0331, infantry machine gunner.

From 1996 to 1999, PVT Coppola reported to 1st Battalion 6th Marines for duty and was assigned to Bravo Company Weapons Platoon. He served as machinegun team leader, machinegun squad leader and machinegun section leader while assigned to Weapons Platoon. While assigned to 1/6, he deployed to Okinawa, Japan as part of a UDP and was deployed to Guam to take part in Operation Pacific Haven. He took part in Operations Allied Force and Joint Guardian in support of the Kosovo Campaign while 1/6 was the Battalion Landing Team for the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He was promoted to Private First Class, Lance Corporal, Corporal and Sergeant while assigned to 1/6. From 1999 to 2003, Sergeant Coppola received orders to Weapons Training Battalion Quantico, Va. During his time at WTBN Sgt Coppola served as a range coach with Range Unit, and a Primary Marksmanship Instructor (PMI).

From 2003 to 2006, Sergeant Coppola received orders to 1st Battalion 6th Marines. Sgt Coppola served as the Alpha Company Weapons Platoon machinegun section leader until he was promoted to SSgt. He was then assigned as the platoon sergeant for the battalion’s scout sniper platoon. 1/6 deployed to Afghanistan in 2004 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as part of the 22nd MEU. During this time, SSgt Coppola was assigned as a section leader in the battalion’s combined anti-armor platoon. During this deployment, SSgt Coppola was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with combat distinguished device for his actions during an enemy ambush on his convoy. In 2005, the battalion deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During this deployment, SSgt Coppola was assigned as the platoon sergeant for the Battalion Commander’s personal security detail.

He attended the Marine Corps Combat Instructor Course (MCCIC) in 2006. Upon completion of MCCIC SSgt Coppola was assigned to the Infantry Squad Leaders Course at Advanced Infantry Training Company as an instructor. While serving at AITC SSgt Coppola was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant. Gunnery Sergeant Coppola was assigned to be an instructor at the Infantry Unit Leader’s Course (IULC). In 2009, Gunnery Sergeant Coppola was assigned to 3rd Battalion 23rd Marines as the Instructor & Inspector staff Operations Chief of the weapons company. He was also the platoon commander for the 81 mm mortar platoon during operations and exercises with the reserve Marines.

In 2012, GySgt Coppola received orders to 1st Battalion 9th Marines and was assigned as the Headquarters and Service Company Gunnery Sergeant. Upon his promotion to Master Sergeant in 2013, he was assigned as the Weapons Company Operations Chief. He held this billet until the battalion deployed to Afghanistan at which time he was assigned to be the Battalion Operations Chief. Master Sergeant Coppola held this billet while the battalion conducted combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In 2014, MSgt Coppola received orders to the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force. This was an experimental unit designed to test the viability of integrating female Marines into combat arms occupational specialties. MSgt Coppola served as the Operations Chief of the weapons company. From 2015 to 2016, MSgt Coppola served as the Group Operations Chief for the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group. In May of 2016, he was selected to serve as the Staff Non-commisioned Officer in Charge of the Marine Corps Shooting Team.

MSgt Coppola is married to the former Amanda Danielle Eavenson of Altus, Oklahoma. They have two children, Olivia Faye Coppola born 5 May 2011 and Annabelle Ruth Coppola born 24 December 2013. MSgt Coppola has two children from a previous marriage, Senior Airman Gavin Ellis Coppola (USAF), and Jaden Lysette Coppola, currently a student at the University of New Orleans.

 


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 US Marine Corps ended, Lee began his career in law enforcement in 2009.  He has worked for departments in both Oklahoma and Texas and now 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. 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.