About Us

The Sentinel Patriot Club dba STAND TA.L.L. is a North Carolina based 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation serving several counties in western North Carolina. All funds raised are used to provide funding to law enforcement for unbudgeted needs of equipment and gear requested by their departments.  Donations specified for a particular use, such as protective vests and medical field trauma kits for the K-9 corps, and for Peer Support mental health counseling for post critical incidents are restricted and may be used solely for those purposes. Unrestricted funds are applied to the greatest needs, such as Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AED), and for upgraded communications equipment.


We have three primary pillars of support: LE Department Equipment & Training, K9 Divisions, and Community Support. To see what these programs include:

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How It Began

STAND T.A.L.L. is a copyrighted acronym for a movement called Thank A Local Lawman, and it began as an idea that our founder heard while at an exposition in Atlanta in April of 2016. 

The keynote speaker at the opening of that exposition was the now nationally known, outspoken Sheriff of Milwaukee, David Clarke.

Sheriff Clarke said to the audience, "Today, there's a war going on against cops!" He talked of the many challenges today's law enforcement faces and the jobs they're asked to do, sometimes with limited staff, inadequate equipment, and often in the face of great danger; and we know that those who enter law enforcement as a career don't do it for the financial reward, but out of a true concern for their fellow citizens and to do good.

Sheriff Clarke asked only one thing of those in attendance that day, he asked us to take the time to say "thank you" to those in our hometowns who serve and protect us.

It was from that simple request that STAND T.A.L.L. was created, and now more than ever is the right time to grant his request. Here are the You Tube videos and Sheriff Clarke's comments on the "war on cops;" a second video about good cops being motivated to help others, and the third video- a eulogy for a cop who was senselessly gunned down and the ever present threat they face in every day situations... sometimes with just seconds and inches between life & death doing their duty.​​​

 

Meet The Board

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RON KAUFFMAN

Founder & President

1966 Long Island University C.W. Post College - BA


1967 St. John’s University School of Business - MBA

 

Over 45-years of business experience in retail & high technology including 25-years at the executive levels of Vice President, CEO and Principal in public, private and nonprofit corporations.

Author of 2-books, newspaper columnist and live talk-radio show host.

Founder of 2 nonprofits, the first in Florida and the NC Sentinel Patriot Club.

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SHARON HANSON

Vice President

 

1967 Michigan State University - BA

 

More than 25 years as a Casework Supervisor and Administrator with the Michigan Department of Social Services.

Vice-Chair of the Michigan StateEmployees Association, Liaison for DSS and Michigan Employment Security Commission, loaned executive on the local FEMA Disaster and Response Team, Red Cross Board Chair and CPR Instructor, Emergency Shelter Coordinator and on-call Counselor and Volunteer Coordinator for The Healing Place.

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KELSEY LYON

Secretary 

2013 Central Connecticut State University - BA

 

15 years working in graphic and information design and is the owner of Kelsey Lyon Design Solutions.

Experienced in management of social media, layout and publication design, web design and specializes in logo design and branding.

She has a plethora of small to medium business clients across the United States. 

 

She also co-founded Love You Mean It Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Westerly, RI. 

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KURT BECKER

Board Member

 

Over 30-years of business experience in fire and security alarm systems industry at the executive levels of Vice President/COO, CEO and Principal in private corporations. He also served as a firefighter/Chief and certified fire instructor. Kurt has a strong background in strategic business planning and contract negotiations. He will be heading our corporate relations program.

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TIM GRUTZIUS

Board Member

 

1986 University of Illinois at Chicago – BA 

1999 Moraine Valley Community College – AAS

 

After a 25-year career with the Alsip (Illinois) Fire Department, Tim retired at the rank of Lieutenant/Paramedic in 2019.  He and his wife (Judy) of 24 years relocated to the Flat Rock area in June of 2020. 

 

In addition to Stand T.A.L.L., Tim does volunteer work with Illinois Firefighter Peer Support, and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.  Additionally, he is a personal trainer, health coach, Reiki Master practitioner, and a yoga teacher candidate (starting June of 2021).  He looks forward to furthering the mission of Stand T.A.L.L. as well as exploring all that the State of North Carolina has to offer.

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KELEE FLANNERY

Board Member

1982 Southern Illinois University Carbondale

 

Kelee Flannery graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1982, after studying Administration of Justice with a specialization in paralegal investigation.  She has spent most of her working life involved in managing real estate assets all over the United States and in the United Kingdom.

In 2011 she became the manager of the Historic Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. After 5 ½ years of making this already beautiful building an economic success, the property interests were finally able to be sold by Duke Energy to a new caretaker.

Kelee remained with her company, Tessier Associates, and is now charged with new business development for the company, as well as, acting as a Senior Property Manager for both commercial and residential properties. 

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JOHN BEAUMONT

Board Member

 

1995 – B.S. - Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture

Project Architect / General Contractor

Contract residential design & construction professional with extensive fabrication modeling and construction experience.

USPTO registered web-filer for US Patents & Trademarks, CNC ready CAD/CAM modeling of architectural interiors and custom tradeshow fabrications. Laser & Resin print modeling & fabrication.