Our Trainers


The core of CRES Training, Inc. is our outstanding team, who are determined to help you succeed.
We’re dedicated to providing tailored support and guidance to each of our participants.
Read more about our team members through their stories below.
If you’d like to set up an introductory meeting, get in touch with us today!

Captain Rob Smith – President

“Rob” began his career in the United States Air Force, where he was an Instructor for electronic equipment.  In the US Coast Guard, Rob was a Division Captain and Certified Examiner in the Civilian department.  As a Licensed Master Captain, he often was the only medical provider onboard or at the docks for immediate response. 

Robs training experience has been in many complex areas.  He began his medical career as a respiratory therapist and a trainer teaching Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support in 1983.  Since that time, he has been teaching and is a Certified Instructor in CPR/First Aid/AED, Epi-pen, Narcan, Asthma Aerosol Administration, Trauma Bleeding, Oxygen Administration and AVERT (Active Violence Emergency Response Training).  

Since the 1980’s his focus has been on critical care, Incident Command Systems, Natural Disaster preparation and response, and providing on site medical care outside of the emergency room.  Educating and training the public has also become a passion of Rob’s.  He has focused his instruction on how to respond to difficult situations by teaching his students more about the causes of these situations, the treatment processes involved, and how to use medical devices and tools to assist in first aid. 

Rob has firsthand experience in providing CPR (over 400 times), First Aid, defibrillation, rescue breathing, the administration of epinephrin, emergency transport, and many other emergency response situations.  This experience made him a natural to serve as Facility Specialist and Maintenance and Operations Supervisor for Healdsburg Unified School District, where he also took over the training for safety and security in the district.Rob now serves as the President of CRES Training, Inc, where he delivers skills that everyone can use to save lives, treat injuries, and have tools to fight off an active killer or violent attack if needed. 

Norine Kaufer-Smith – Bi-lingual Instructor

Norine retired after over thirty years of K-12 teaching in California.  Most of that time was in Healdsburg, CA. 

Norine was born in the Canal Zone and moved to California to attend college and eventually attain her Master’s degree. 

She has spent many years teaching English as a Second Language and has superior skills in teaching all ages, including adult education.

John Chevalier – Northern California Trainer

John is the Northern California Trainer for CRES Training and has been teaching and training both youth and adults for over 35 years. 

He is a certified trainer in Adult, Child, and Infant CPR-AED/First Aid, in AVERT (Active Violence Emergency Response Training), as well as a Certified Personal Defense Readiness Fundamentals Coach – A Division of Blauer Tactical Systems.

John is a licensed security guard with the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services and is also a professional educator, teaching Career & Technical Education classes to high school students in Northern California. 

He has been a featured speaker at many technical, leadership, and educational events, such as the National Association of Broadcasters Convention, the INFOCOMM Convention, the California League of Schools Annual Conferences, and the Educating for Careers Conferences in Northern California. 

When he’s not in a classroom somewhere you can find him home with his family or performing as a local musician at clubs, wineries, and private events.