Brandielee Baker, NLPMP: Co-founder Code 9 Project, S.H.A.R.E. Programs Creator/Program Developer
Executive Facilitator, Founder of Positive Constructs LLC. Her mission is to restore
quality of life to those suffering from stress related disorders.
Deborah Ortiz: Co-founder Code 9 Project, Facilitator S.H.A.R.E.
Workshops and Creator of the Documentary Code 9 Officer Needs Assistance. Deborah has
established a network of education and support for first responders and their families
after her husband’s 22 year law enforcement career left him and their family struggling
with the effects of his PTSD.
Chris Fladgate: Chris is a partner at GS2Law and based in New York City,
he advises not-for-profit
organizations as well as practicing in intellectual property and construction law. After
lawyer in Australia and Hong Kong, Chris moved to New York in 2005 and now lives in Brooklyn
his wife and three kids.
Alexis Leist is currently the Special Counsel for the Legal Matters Unit of Intelligence Affairs at the New York City Police Department. Prior to that position, she worked for almost a decade as Senior Counsel in the New York City Law Department, defending the NYPD in federal civil rights cases. She was also an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney's Office for five years.
Sergeant Ray Holub Code 9 S.H.A.R.E. co-facilitator - Ray is an active duty member of the NYPD. Sergeant Holub is currently one of the supervisors in charge of security of a number of critical facilities in NYC. Ray has always had a passion for the well-being and training of his fellow officers . He believes that through proper training we can have a positive impact for all First Responders dealing with stress, trauma and PTSD
Major Darren Ivey was appointed to the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department in September 1992. He was promoted to Sergeant in October 2000, Captain in September 2012 and Major in April 2017. Major Ivey has also served as the Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Commander since 2012 where he leads a well renowned program of over 500 trained CIT members. In his 24 years on the Department, Major Ivey has received over 100 commendations. Prior to becoming a Police Officer, Major Ivey was a proud member of the United States Air Force (1983-1992) where he served in support of Operation Desert Storm.
Ret. Captain Gordon Smith:
Gordon retired as a Captain from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department in California after 31 years of service. During his service he worked in Corrections, Patrol, Detectives and was a member of the Narcotic/Gang Division and the Special Enforcement Detail (SWAT). Gordon was involved in multiple critical incidents but took the necessary steps to keep himself physically and mentally healthy throughout his career. Gordon has been a member the Department’s Peer Support Team for the past 9 years and has been the coordinator of the Peer Support Team since January 2016. Gordon has instructed in Basic SWAT, Firearms, Less Lethal Weapons, Custody Emergency Response, Stress and the Career, Post-Traumatic Stress and Basic Peer Support.
John Meza is a proven reformer in police and community engagement strategies with over 30 years of police experience, and over eleven years as a police executive. He recently retired as the Chief of Police of the Mesa Arizona Police Department the 38th largest municipality in the United States, and now serves as the Executive Director of Student Affairs and Safety for the Tempe Union High School District. In addition, Chief Meza currently holds the position of President of the Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network and the Co-Chair for the National Tactical Officers Association’s Officer Wellness Committee.
DETECTIVE JEFFREY KILGORE:
Detective Jeff Kilgore is presently assigned as a Gang Suppression Detective from the Omaha Police Department in Nebraska. During his 20 plus years of service he has worked in Dispatch, Corrections, Patrol, SWAT and as a member of the Peer Support Team. Jeff was recently retired from a 31 year career as a member of the military including the Nebraska Army National Guard (1994-2016) and U.S. Coast Guard (1985-1994). Jeff served tours in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq during his military career.
CODE 9 PROJECT PARTNERS
Insites Rockers Behind the Badge Jose Rodriguez-Schmidt James Gamboa Joseph Kuchta John Wagner
Mesa Police Department, Mesa Arizona
A Thousand Miles
Joe Banua, Rachel Ardeel and Nikki Dee
In 2011, Nikki Dee of Brooklyn, NY and Joey Banua of St. Louis, MO had no idea the
their brief whirlwind trips to Hollywood, CA to participate in Season 11 of American
Idol would, 5 years later, lead to the establishment of a new Country/Rock duo, A
Between 2016 and 2017, first responders and country fans all over the U.S. would
experience and share the music video for "Sirens" nearly 2 million times between Facebook and
YouTube and often it was followed with a resounding “We want more!”
On September 11, 2016 Nikki and Joey obliged. A Thousand Miles was born, and in
November 2016 they began writing their first 6-song EP to be released February 23,
A Thousand Miles is preparing for part #1 of their Overdrive Tour: Benefiting First
Responders set to begin in the Summer 2018.
CODE 9 AMBASSADORS
Tom Knapp is a Marine Corps Vet of 17yrs reaching the rank of Gunnery Sgt.(1993-2013) serving two tours in Iraq (2003, 2004). Tom is a Police Veteran with 11yrs service having done my duty as a patrol Sgt. SWAT operator and Sniper.
Frank Diamond is from Ohio. Frank served 15 years in Law Enforcement, another 4 years as a Volunteer Firefighter. Franks story is featured in the Code 9 documentary.
Robert Cubby - Retired Captain New Jersey City police Department
Jennifer Elliott - Master Police Officer/Detective City of Falls Church Police Falls Church, VA
Nathan Schlitz was a Police Officer and Detective with the Mesa Police Department in Arizona for twelve years
Thomas A. Giannettino - Thomas was as an Investigator with the New York State Police. He is also a 21 year veteran of the United States Air Force/ NY Air National Guard
Wendy Nelson McIlwraith - Georgia
Luke Jensen Police Officer 2001-2010 - Iowa US Army Reserves 1998-2010 Staff Sergeant-Military Police and Military Police Investigator
Kelly Preston Boone County 9-1-1 dispatcher for 20 years. Married to Officer Mike Preston for 11 years. Mike was a 19 police officer and Marine veteran. Eow 1-13-16. We have 4 children.
Fred and Nancie Bamonte - Fred has been in law enforcement for a combined 36 years, between Ft. Lauderdale PD and Mesa PD and is currently a detective.
Nancie has been a civilian with Mesa PD for 18 years in Police Technical Services - Records.
Between us, we have been involved with Mesa Peer Team for 15 years.
We share the same heart for those within the “family” who may be struggling with various problems and need guidance or just a listening ear.
Jessica Realin - Wife of Pulse Nightclub First Responder Ret. Orlando Police Officer Gerry Realin / Mom / Activist
On June 12, 2016 my husband was part of a 7 man Hazmat Team that was responsible for collecting, preparing and bagging the 49 victims that didn't make it out. He would be rendered permanently and totally disabled from post-traumatic stress disorder two weeks after the tragedy.
Therefore I decided that something needed to be done and with the strength, courage and support of many other passionate first responder families alongside we passed the first PTSD coverage bill for FIRST RESPONDERS in the Southern United States on March 5, 2018.
I look forward to continuing to help support other first responders Families in and around the country and having a larger discussion about help, healing and family support.
Kirsti Haaka - Throughout my career as a police officer, I have been concerned for the well-being of my colleagues. I am a 20-year veteran having spent my career as a patrol officer. I continue to support first responders to seek mental health services in whatever form is right for him or her. I will continue to research first responder and military suicides and support families to have work related suicide a line of duty death.
Together we will end the stigma.
Our mission is to provide education, support and viable self-help tools to all Public Civil
Servants and their families for the purpose of managing, reducing and eventually eliminating
the compressive stress effects, such as PTSD and suicide.