Meet the Staff
We take pride in what we do.
Here are some of the key staff members at Advanced Security Systems:
Chuck Petrusha, President and CEO
Chuck has been the President of Advanced Security Systems since 1995 and has over 30 years of industry experience. His entrepreneurial spirit has helped to make Advanced Security Systems one of Northern California's most respected providers of Security, Fire, and Medical Alert Systems. Chuck is a civic leader, having served as the immediate past president of the California Alarm Association and currently serves as the secretary for the Redwood Alarm Association. He has additionally served as past President of Old Town Rotary Club of Eureka, past Vice President of the Humboldt Builders Exchange, and former board member of the Humboldt State University Area Foundation. Currently, he is a board member of Sacred Heart Parrish, Betty Kwan Chin Center BOD Member, and volunteers in the community as a coach for local children’s sports teams.
Rick Petrusha, Executive Vice President and General Manager
Rick is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Eureka Division with over 30 years of industry experience. Rick possesses invaluable technical and managerial skills. His role includes specifying products, training technical staff and coordinating select large-scale installations. He is an AutoCAD certified draftsperson for fire alarm design. Rick holds the distinction of Level II National Institute Certified Engineer Technology (NICET) Fire Protection Engineer. Additionally, he is a registered Fire/ Life Safety Technician with the Sate of California, and is a Certified Instructor for the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association. As a community leader, Rick has served as Lieutenant Governor of Division 20 Kiwanis and past President of the Henderson Kiwanis of Eureka. He is currently on the Henderson Center Kiwanis Board of Director and a proud member of the Redwood Empire Golf and Country Club.
Ian Schatz, Operations Manager
Ian is the Operations Manager for Advanced Security Systems. His role includes managing our 24-hour Monitoring Center, coordinating staff, upgrading software & hardware companywide and implementing standard operating procedures. He also oversees all projects and manages our administrative staff. Ian possesses more than 20 years of technical and customer service experience. Ian enjoys spending his free time with his family and serving our local and world communities through Rotary.
Nick Bowden, General Manager, Santa Rosa
Nick is the general manager for the Santa Rosa region. He oversees all technical activity for the region, as well as serving as the senior security consultant for industrial and commercial customers. Nick has nearly 20 years in the alarm industry, and he’s served in every role from running wires and installing systems, to sales, and senior leadership. Nick is married and has three kids, and enjoys getting outdoors whenever possible.
Blaine Bermers, Security Consultant, Eureka
Blaine is a Security Consultant for the Eureka Division with over 10 years of industry experience. His strengths include the ability to listen and understand the customer's needs. This allows him to custom design the best possible solution based on his customer’s needs. Blaine specializes in residential alarms including the design a new or upgrading an existing system. Blaine dedicates much of his time in the local community, supporting the Special Olympics, as member of the TIPS club, BNI and always lending a helping hand when needed.
Naomi Withers, Controller
Naomi comes to Advanced Security with over nine years of accounting and office administration, and over 15 years of management experience. As the Controller for Advanced Security Systems, her role encompasses payroll, accounting, and human resources functions for the company. Her extensive background in financial management helps keeps everything running smoothly. After living in Humboldt County for almost 20 years, she feels deeply rooted in the community and loves the small town lifestyle and natural beauty that Humboldt County offers.
Anders Carlson, Programmer
Anders is a Programmer in the Advanced Security Systems Monitoring Center. He has worked in the alarm industry for 4 years, most recently as a dispatcher in our alarm monitoring center. He handles remote programming of alarm systems, fields technical support calls for both technicians and customers, and sets up Total Connect accounts. Outside of our office, Anders enjoys contributing to local theater productions as well as a wide array of classically nerdy hobbies like video games, science fiction, anime, and collectible card games.
Angela Friedley, Accounts Receivable
Angela is responsible for managing the Accounts Receivables for Advanced Security Systems. She is very well versed in many administrative positions within the office. She has several years experience with previously running her own small business. This experience and dedication helps to serve our customers well. Angela enjoys staying physically fit and spending time away from the office with her three children.
Jarad Petroske, Business Development Manager
Jarad comes to Advanced Security Systems with 10 years’ experience in marketing, with a focus on content marketing and SEO. He’s responsible for the company’s marketing efforts, special projects, and customer retention efforts. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and reading. He’s deeply committed to lifelong learning and can often be found listening to a lecture series, or taking a professional development course.
Jessie Smith, Administrative Specialist
Jessie is an administrative specialist for Advanced Security Systems. Before taking on her current role, Jessie worked in the company’s Central Station as a dispatcher and as a service coordinator. Jessie makes sure every installation project meets the exact needs of our customers. When she’s away from the office, Jessie enjoys reading, hiking, and gardening.
Maria Medina, Lead Service Coordinator
Maria started her career with Advanced Security Systems as the receptionist at our Eureka headquarters in July, 2018. Since then she’s grown into her current role as a lead service coordinator, helping our great customers get the service they need. A former Marine, Maria was born in Miami and came to California as part of her deployment and never left! She’s studied communication in Sacramento and at Humboldt State University. In her free time Maria enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and taking her dog to the beach and the forest.
Rachel Koenen, Receptionist, Eureka
Rachel joined the company as a dispatcher in our 24/7 Central Station before taking an opportunity to become the receptionist for our office in Eureka. Rachel has now been with the company for three years and has a wealth of knowledge about burglar and fire alarm systems. When she’s not at work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her son and exploring the beauty of Humboldt County.
Robyn Petrusha, EasyCall Business Development Manager
Robyn is the EasyCall Business Development manager. She spends most her time doing outreach and explaining the life saving benefits of our EasyCall solutions. Robyn also is the liaison for our referral partners such as hospitals, doctor offices, senior centers etc. She also educates people at health fairs and other community events. Robyn has been a certified fitness instructor at Cal Courts for the last 20 years. She is an avid runner and has completed the Boston Marathon.
Ron Kent, Field Services Manager, Santa Rosa
Ron is the new Field Service Manager for the Santa Rosa branch and brings with him a wealth of knowledge in alarms and electronics. A Sonoma county native, Ron is a veteran in the alarm security industry. When he isn't working or hanging out with his 6 children, he enjoys spending time with his wife riding the Harley, camping, wine tasting, and hunting.
Sam Fiddler, Security Consultant, Santa Rosa
Sam joined Advanced Security Systems in 2020 as a Security Consultant servicing our Santa Rosa area customers. Sam has extensive experience in sales, and has worked in the security industry for over five years. Sam helps residential and small business customers protect their homes and property by designing customized security solutions. When he’s not in the office, Sam enjoys spending time with his family and riding Enduro bikes in Sonoma county.
Syd Lemmon, Field Services Manager
Syd is originally from Eureka and joined Advanced Security Systems in 2016. His leadership abilities have been honed as an assistant coach to the Eureka High School girls basketball team. Now Syd coordinates all the technician activity in our Eureka office. Syd enjoys spending time with his family, an occasional round of golf, and exploring the outdoors. Syd and his wife recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world.
Tim Cherms, Life Safety Services Manager
Tim is the Life Safety Services Manager for Advanced Security Systems. He has a vast knowledge in construction and experience in business management. Life Safety Solutions managed by Tim allow businesses to maintain and stay in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association standards and codes for their businesses and buildings.
Toni Yoshinaga, Human Resources/Accounting
Toni has been helping with human resources and accounting duties since she joined the company in 2017. Originally from Tucson, AZ, Toni now resides in Eureka with her family. Calling herself, ‘outdoorsy,’ Toni enjoys spending time her with her family outside hiking, camping, and fishing.
Zach Smith, Interim General Manager, Crescent City
Zach comes to Advanced Security with six years of sales and technical experience, and is looking forward to serving new customers. As an Account Manager, it’s Zach’s role to ensure your needs are being met, your system is up to date, and any questions you have are answered. In his spare time, Zach spends time with his family, and coaches his kids’ sports teams. He’s also big supporter of local baseball. Zach played for the Humboldt Crabs in 2007 and 2008 and was assistant coach for the Eureka B52s for four years.