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Our company's mission is to maximize our client’s safety and minimize the threat level. We can offer a high standard of trained femaleprofessionals worldwide to organizations in every aspect of the Security industry, provide alternative Security solutions, consultancy and training services to private and government entities.

Founded by Denida Zinxhiria and a group of Security professionals in 2002 in Athens Greece, Athena Academy & Athena Worldwide LLC began with a mission to educate and empower women in personal Security. In mythology, Athena was known for her intelligence and prowess in defense. Our organization helps women apply these ideals through professional training to ensure people are safer.

Athena Academy & Athena Worldwide LLC is dedicated to teaching women to think about Security from a new view point.  In the past, organizations have tried to teach women to "even the playing field". We believe this approach ill-equips women to learn strategy over strikes.  We keep it simple by using a modular "series of systems" designed to fit specific circumstances. The nuances of life affect different people in different ways, so essentially, students pick which applications benefit them the most. 

Meet Our Team

Understanding the importance of real life experience and continuum training Athena Academy & Athena Worldwide LLC hires instructors from different part of the world according to their expertise and experience. We expand and renew our coed instructor’s team according to our courses needs. 

Denida Zinxhiria

Founder & CEO


Denida Zinxhiria is the Founder and CEO of Athena Academy & Athena Worldwide LLC and Nannyguards®. She uses personal experience as a Close Protection Operative and Security Consultant to help others learn what it takes to master the ins and outs of Security Industry. She is one of the few certified female Close Protection Operatives and Security Consultant in Greece. She holds a degree in Counseling and Psychology, is trained in various martial arts, and has contributed as a private investigator and linguistic in cases with human trafficking from Albania to Greece. 


USA tel: 214-5979199  

EU tel: +30 6942878595


Charla Blomberg

Recruitment Consultant


Charla Blomberg handles the Customer Relationship Management & Recruitment Consultation Services. She is currently working as a Close Protection Operative in Europe with 16 years experience in the Security industry including working at the Swedish Parliament Security Unit. She also has a solid background in the Swedish Army and 3 UN peacekeeping missions during wars in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.

John R. Lehman

Vice President


Mr. Lehman is the Vice President of Athena Academy & Athena Worldwide LLC. He is the founder and CEO of White Star Consulting, llc and White Star Defense Industries, llc, as well as GlobeCastR, based in Texas. He is a certified TCOL (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement) classroom and Firearms Instructor, NRA Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, Federal Protective Service authorized Instructor, Texas Concealed Handgun Instructor, ASP Baton/Handcuff Instructor and unarmed defensive tactics Instructor using the Russian Systema discipline. He is a Texas Licensed Instructor for unarmed and armed Security and teaches the Texas Personal Protection Officer (PPO) course.
Mr. Lehman joined Athena Academy Instructor's team on January 2013 and has 30 years of corporate and private security experience from facility and physical Security to Executive Protection.  


USA tel: 214-597-9199


Michelle Coreejes

Country Director SA


Michelle joined Athena Academy & Athena Worldwide LLC in June 2010 serving as the country director for South Africa and Instructor. As Sergeant and Regimental Instructor, Michelle taught the VIP Protection Course to Security Personnel of the South African Air Forces. Currently works as a PSD personnel in high risk area. She has held positions as a CPO at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for girls, private corporations and G4S Aviation Office

Sara Schauer
Director of Marketing & Business Development




USA tel: 813-500-0252