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Chuck Selent

Chuck has over 17 years of law enforcement experience as a veteran level one reserve Sheriff Deputy and Police Officer. He is a Private Investigator for the last several years and owner/director of Advantage ISS Inc. and Advantage Adolescent and Interim Services. Chuck has over 25 years experience working in diversified environments with "at-risk" adolescents. He was a former manager for crisis interventions and special services with a large adolescent services organization / programs in the northwest for 12 years. Chuck is CPI, CPR and first aid certified, and an instructor in verbal de-escalation and passive physical intervention techniques. His credits also include well over a hundred successful juvenile runaway locations and interventions, short term interim care for adolescents, and he is cleared through California Trust Line Registry. Chuck has flown well over a million miles in his work with adolescents with hundreds of successful transports and escorts to his credits.

(208) 267-5807 Office
(208) 290-2277 Cell
(208) 267-3945 Fax


Brenda Selent

Brenda has been involved in working with “at – risk” adolescents since 1994. She has been involved in dozens of successful transports, numerous runaway interventions and many interim care/safe house situations with young people over the years. Brenda is CPI and First Aid certified. Brenda has a passion in working with young people along with her hobbies which include gardening, decorating and animals.

David Kramer

Dave has extensive experience as a 30-year veteran law enforcement Officer, including 20 years as a Police Chief, and a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He has served in leadership roles as the President of the Montana/Idaho chapter of FBI National Academy Associates and the Idaho Chiefs of Police. Dave is active in the community having served as President of the Rotary Club, where he is also a Paul Harris Fellow, and a 30-year active member of the Search and Dive Team where he serves as the Dive Team Leader. Dave has worked with at risk youth and adults most of his life, and has developed a way to calm situations, and use critical thinking skills to deescalate situations for a positive outcome. He enjoys working with adolescents, and has done escorts for "at-risk" adolescents since the early 90's. He has been an Advanced EMT working on a volunteer ambulance, and maintains his first aid skills. Dave also is a professional photographer and enjoys everything outdoors from skiing, to hiking, scuba diving and riding ATV's. He has coached a Special Olympics snowshoe team for several years, and is still active in supporting the Special Olympics programs.

Allen Ashby

Allen Ashby is currently serving as a Trooper with the Idaho State Police, a position he's held since January 2007. Prior to Idaho State Police , Ashby served as a Patrol Officer for Bonners Ferry Police Department and worked in law enforcement since 2001. Ashby has a Bachelors degree in Justice Studies and is working towards a Masters degree in Public Administration. Ashby has also completed numerous advanced law enforcement and college courses on adolescent issues and has worked with various school districts throughout Idaho developing Emergency Action Plans and addressing safety issues in both public and private school settings.

Ashby has worked various assignments with "at-risk" youth and young adults, including being a D.A.R.E. and School Resource Officer in Junior High, High School, and Alternative High School settings. He enjoys working as a counselor at a large adolescent church camp in Montana.

Eric & Penny Mescher

Eric Mescher is a retired Law Enforcement officer with over thirty (30) years of service in Northern Idaho. He served with Kootenai County Sheriff's Department, Coeur d'Alene City Police Department, and the last twenty (20) years with the Idaho State Police. He is well versed in first aid having spent several years as an EMT, holds an American Red Cross Instructorship in CPR and AED, and is trained in CPI for use with adolescents and young adults. Eric has spent over sixteen years serving on the Law Enforcement Torch Run council for the Idaho Special Olympics. Over the last few years Eric has also worked with "at risk and troubled teens" along with currently taking care of two Autistic young adults with his wife Penny who also works with Advantage AAIS. Eric has successfully transported adolescents and worked with Advantage AAIS assisting families in many successful transports, crisis interventions, and runaway location and investigations.

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Donna Short

Donna is a twenty year veteran working with troubled teens. She began as a counselor for various residential treatment programs and then transitioned into program development.   Donna later worked as an activities director and expedition guide. Adding to her education  
“chemical dependency professional counseling". For several years Donna has worked as a transporter.

With a background in child development and education Donna owned and operated " Donna's Daycare and Discovery Preschool for twelve years. Donna has an undeniable zeal for life and loves sharing it with others. When she is not working, Donna loves traveling around the world learning new cultures.

Advantage Investigations Security Services Inc.
21044 N. Camper Rd., Rathdrum, ID 83858

(208) 290-2277 Cell / (208) 267-5807 Office


Steve Ussher

Steve is retired following 30 years in Law Enforcement. He enjoys working part-time selling sporting goods as well as working with local group homes. Steve is active in his church and youth ministries. These experiences have given him unique understanding and compassion for at-risk youth. Steve is certified in First Aid and CPR. Steve was actually once credited with saving a woman's life by initiating CPR. Steve is a devoted husband and father, with four kids of his own. He is an avid outdoors man, and has lots of “fish stories” to share. Steve has been involved with several adolescent transports both local and interstate. Like the rest of us here at Advantage, Steve's goal is to make an intervention or transport as safe, stress free, and pleasant as possible for the young person and all involved.

Mark Bivens

Mark is semi retired with a background that comes with a wide range of law enforcement experience dating back to the mid 80's. Mark currently works exclusively with Advantage with investigations, transports, interventions, runaway searches, and interim care / safe housing with young adults. More recently after retiring from law enforcement and before working with Advantage, Mark has lived in Latin America farming and in the mission field assisting missionaries and in mentoring young adults. Mark is Bi -Lingual.

John found his calling working with youth in church in 2012 and has been involved in mentoring ever since. John is a veteran with 9 years in Idaho National Guard and 2 years in the Honor Guard. He is CPR qualified and currently pursuing a degree in Physical Education to be a P.E. teacher for children with special needs.

John E. Day

Jim has been in Law Enforcement since 1974. He currently works with the Boundary County Idaho Sheriff’s Department. He has Worked with young people at Monterey Park Police Department diverting them from drugs and alcohol to positive, life-changing programs. He has worked as a deacon in the church with young people. Jim is currently a Gideon in our area. He served in the U.S. Navy as an Assault Boat Coxswain for the UDT. He is a a father, grandfather, and is married to the love of his life who is a gorgeous nurse.

Jim Paulus

I moved to north Idaho in 2008 and I enjoy all the outdoor activity's and adventure it has to offer, I enjoy snowboarding, rock climbing, and staying fit. Most of my professional career has been working in security, and military field for a total of 12 years. I am CPR and first aid certified. With verbal de-escalation and passive physical intervention techniques, I take pride in being able to use my unique skill-set to provide welfare, safety, and security to all the challenged young adults and youth put in my care. I have been working with treatment programs for the last 2-3 years. I have had many successful transports, and runaway location investigations.

Jason Ernst