Faculty and Staff
Kevin J. McCloskey
Kevin J. McCloskey is president of Direct Learning Systems, Inc. (DLS), a Lehigh Valley, PA, based distance education publishing company, which he founded in 1999. DLS owns Modern Gun School (MGS) which is approved by the Delaware Department of Education as a private business and trade school and provides an Internet-based distance learning curriculum. MGS is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, Washington, D.C. and regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools CESS, Philadelphia, PA.
Kevin’s previous experience includes over 15 years in senior management. He was Vice Chairman and managing partner of NLKK, Inc. the former operator of K12 owned Keystone School, a nationally accredited Internet-based secondary school with an enrollment of over 15,000 students. In 2000, he orchestrated the sale of NLKK, Inc. to KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., a publicly-traded firm. Prior to that time, he held various senior management positions in the medical equipment field. Kevin was primarily responsible for marketing, sales, business development and strategic planning throughout this period. He holds a BA degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Professionally, Kevin is active within the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), served on the Business Standards Committee (Vice Chairman), and was Chairman of the International Marketing Workshop of the DEAC in 2000. Other professional affiliations include the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association, the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, and the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators. He has also served on the school board of St. Thomas More School as fundraising chairman.
Zeke Stout is a certified firearms specialist with IFSA (International Firearms Specialist Academy). He has served as an executive at a large conglomerate of businesses in Nashville, TN where he honed many aspects of marketing to different demographics. He then started one of the most popular podcasts in the firearms industry, expanding his pre-existing gun knowledge. He then went on to help build one of the largest online gunsmithing schools in the nation as an Executive Vice President. In that role, he was certified as a Higher Education Professional in leadership through the DEAC and became an armorer in several platforms, including the 1911 and Penn arms grenade launcher. He was also the host and gunsmithing subject matter expert for the Discovery channel show Master Of Arms.
Zeke Stout brings his expertise in firearms and business to Modern Gun School. Mr. Stout is a strong leader that is also a visionary for the school’s future. Responsible for maintaining the creative consciousness of MGS, and ensuring that it blends well and in proper coordination with other companies in the firearms industry. In keeping with accreditation standards, he will recommend changes to the curriculum, delivery methods of the same, and recommend which firearms programs will best benefit the industry as a whole. Mr. Stout will create marketing campaigns and implementation methods, with the input from students and staff, while maintaining a consistent reputation and standard that Modern Gun School is striving to achieve.
Valerie L. Behrle
Director of Education
Valerie L. Behrle, holds both a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Masters’ Degree in Education from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She has 20+ years of teaching experience with more than 15 years in distance education. As the Director of Education, she oversees the internal and external instructors and is responsible for program research, editorial revisions and branded marketing strategies relating to gun repair. In addition, she develops and edits new programs in conjunction with MGS’s master gunsmith/instructor, Skip Walters.
Faculty and Staff
Harry “Skip” Walters III
A graduate of the Pennsylvania Gunsmith School, Skip has worked as an engineer, Technician, Model-maker, and Gunsmith for over 30 years. In addition to his role at MGS, Skip also works as a gunsmith for Sarco, Inc., one of the world’s largest suppliers of gun parts, kits, and accessories.
With his extensive education and real-world, experience, Skip provides MGS students with unique insights into what it takes to be a successful gunsmith. Have a question about your course or the firearms industry? Skip’s experience and expertise in the firearms industry is an invaluable resource.
Donnita is the Accounting/Finance Manager and joins DLS with over 25 years of experience. She graduated from Franklin University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and a Minor in Finance. Her professional experiences and educational background in Accounting, Finances, and Human Resources enables her to coordinate the financial needs and human resources development at Direct Learning Systems, Inc.
She is a member of the National Association of Certified Accounting Paraprofessionals (NACAP), Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP). In addition to being certified in desktop QuickBooks and QuickBooks online, she is also a certified public notary.
Casey J. McCloskey
Manager of Business Operations
Casey McCloskey is the Manager of Business Operations. Mr. McCloskey graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) and a Master of Education in Counseling & College Student Affairs (M.Ed.). In addition to his two degrees, Casey also earned his Teacher Certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).
Previous to his role at Direct Learning Systems, Inc., he worked in Higher Education within Student Affairs. This included working and collaborating with Orientation, Admissions, Housing & Residence Life, and Career Development. After several years in Higher Education, Casey shifted to the world of Business and worked in Sales. During his time in Sales, Casey exceeded his quota, earned Sales Rep of the month several times, and attained President’s Club.
Mr. McCloskey’s background in Secondary and Post-Secondary Education along with his experience in business brings strong leadership to manage and support a team in the operational functions at Direct Learning Systems, Inc. In his current role, Casey works closely with school directors in his oversight of day-to-day operations, budgeting, technology, student data, compliance, and academic operations to support our mission and help students reach their personal and professional goals.
Education / Development Manager
A graduate of Kutztown University with a BS in telecommunications, Stacy has many years of experience in the administrative field and has been with Direct Learning Systems since 2007. Her responsibilities include working with the development team to construct and revise various educational, marketing, and web-based material. She is also the administrator of the school’s online learning management system. Stacy also provides educational assistance to students with a special concentration on our veteran, military and military spouse population.
Student Services Representative / Mail Room Manager
Tammy has over 20 years of experience in customer service and began at Direct Learning Systems in the fall of 2001. As a Sr. Student Service Representative, Tammy serves as a mentor to the staff. Her responsibilities include processing student exams, assignments, and graduation documents. She also assures each student has their appropriate course resources. Tammy assists the General Manager in various duties including printing processes.
Student Services Manager / IT Project Manager
Jacque is a graduate of Lehigh Carbon Community College where she majored in General Studies/Arts. She has over 8 years’ experience in Customer Service working for Telerx Marketing where she was responsible for several accounts including, M&M Mars. At MGS, her responsibilities include: inbound and outbound calls, student correspondence, providing educational assistance to students, and creating/coordinating various IT projects with our programmers. Jacque loves basketball and enjoys dabbling with black and white photography in her spare time.
Student Services Representative / Design & Marketing
Korey designs a multitude of digital and print marketing materials for all brands under Direct Learning Systems, Inc., as well as completing daily tasks essential to business operations. She currently attends Northampton Community College for Commercial Design and also runs her own freelance design business, KM Graphic Design.
Student Services Representative / Content Writer/Editor
Kassidy graduated from Kutztown University in May 2017 where she majored in English and Professional Writing and minored in English Literature. She has a few published works in literary journals and has traveled to four different countries while pursuing her degree. She works as the content writer and editor primarily in blogs, social media, some educational development, while also providing educational assistance to students and completing student correspondence tasks. Outside of the office, she enjoys ballet, exploring forms of art, and volunteering with community events.
Sales Development / Student Services
Chris is an honors graduate of Millersville University where he majored in Education. Professionally, he has worked for several organizations as an educator, recruiter, and sales & marketing representative. At Direct Learning Systems, Inc., he is responsible for continuously evaluating and developing our processes in order to grow our business and provide quality experiences to attract and retain our students. Chris currently attends Moravian College, where he is pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration. Outside of work, he enjoys performing with the local community choir and playing sports.
Student Services / MGS Coordinator
Michael is a Senior at Penn State University where he majors in Supply Chain Management and will earn his bachelor’s degree in 2020. He has over 8 years’ experience in Restaurant Management and Food Sales working for Sysco Corporation and Ruby Tuesdays where he was General Manager responsible for the complete operations of a 3 million dollar restaurant. At BCI, his responsibilities include inbound MGS student calls, student correspondence, providing educational assistance to MGS students, and ordering inventory items related to the MGS line of business. Michael loves going to the shooting range and is a member of the Ranger Rod Club. He also enjoys staying fit by running and spending hours at the gym in his free time.