Meet the Staff

We take pride in what we do.

Here are some of the key staff members at Advanced Security Systems:

Chuck Petrusha

Chuck Petrusha, President and CEO

Chuck has been the President of Advanced Security Systems since 1995 with over 30 years of industry experience. His entrepreneurial spirit that 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, serving as past President of Old Town Rotary Club of Eureka, past Vice President of the Humboldt Builders Exchange, current board member of the Humboldt State University Area Foundation, current regional board member of Umpqua Bank, board member of St. Bernard's Church, Salvation Army, and coach of various local children's sports teams.

Rick Petrusha

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

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.

Naomi Withers

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.

Nick Bowden

Nicholas Bowden, GENERAL MANAGER

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.

Zach Smith

Zach Smith, General Manager

Zach started with Advanced Security Systems as an Account Manager in 2018. He quickly showed his compassion and commitment to his communities and their peace of mind. In 2021, Zach was promoted to General Manager of Crescent City and surrounding regions. In his spare time, Zach spends time with his family and coaches his kids’ sports teams. He’s also a big supporter of local baseball. Zach played for the Humboldt Crabs in 2007 and 2008 and was an assistant coach for the Eureka B52s for four years.

Blaine Bermers

Blaine Bermers, Security Consultant

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.

Justin Hough

Justin Hough, Security Consultant

Justin comes to Advanced Security System in 2021 with over 10 years of management, operations, sales, and security experience. Justin brings a wealth of industry knowledge to his position as a Security Consultant in the Santa Rosa region and is a great asset to new and existing customers. Originally from New York, Hough has called Santa Rosa home for over 20 years. He lives an adventurous life with his wife and kids – enjoying fishing and fire dancing as his favorite pass times.

Dakota Sullivan

Dakota Sullivan, Security Consultant

Advanced Security Systems welcomes Dakota as our newest Security Consultant. Dakota started with the company as a service technician and quickly found value in providing his community Peace of Mind. He most enjoys the opportunity to improve the safety of his community by providing solutions to their security concerns. In his free time, he enjoys spending time playing guitar, fishing, and exploring Humboldt County’s hiking trails.

Ron Kent

Ron Kent, Field Services Manager

Ron is a security leader having entered the Security and Life Safety industry in 1993. Before his partnership with Advanced Security Systems, he pioneered his own security company from the ground up. His favorite part about his job today is “working with my team to provide solutions that meet our customers’ needs and expectations.” In his free time, Ron enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, and making wine.

Syd Lemmon

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

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.

Robyn Petrusha

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.

Angela Friedley


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.

Jessie Smith

Jessie Smith, Administrative Assistant

Jessie started her journey with Advanced Security Systems nearly 10 years ago as a dispatcher in our alarm monitoring center. Jessie has become a vital member of our office staff having experienced a variety of roles. Her genuine concern for her community makes her a great administrator of contracts, customer care, and cancellations. In her free time, Jesse enjoys hiking, gardening, and getting lost in a good book.

Toni Yoshinaga


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.

TC Adams

TC Adams, Marketing and Promotions Coordinator

Tc joined Advanced Security Systems in Spring of 2021 as the new Marketing and Promotions Coordinator. A recent graduate from University College Cork, Ireland, Tc holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Management and Creative Producing. She is also a Humboldt State Alumni with degrees in Arts Education and Studio Art. Tc is most excited to pair her love for the arts with her passion for management and organization. Tc calls Humboldt home with her husband after they’ve traveled the world for many years.

Anders Carlson

Anders Carlson, Service Coordinator

Anders started with Advanced Security Systems nearly 10 years ago as a dispatcher in our alarm monitoring center. Today he works primarily as a programmer specializing in technical support for customers and technicians. 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.

Antoinette McAnallan

Antoinette McAnallan, Service Coordinator

Antoinette has been with Advanced Security since August of 2020 and has over 7+ years of Administrative and Customer Service experience. Locally born to Sonoma County, Antoinette is very familiar with the location and its communities. Her favorite pastimes include spending quality time with her family, going on adventures, and laughing with everyone. Antoinette has a keen sense of community and loves to volunteer and donate when she can.

Jonathan Hall

Jonathan Hall, Service Coordinator

Jonathan began working with Advanced Security Systems in 2019 as a dispatcher in our Central Station. He is now a part of the service group specializing in technical support and programming for customers and technicians. Originally from Boise, ID, Jonathan has lived in Humboldt County for the past three years. In his spare time, he enjoys trying various new hobbies.