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CIT Board of Directors




Major Sam Cochran (ret.) Co-Chairman - Tennessee

Communities large and small are seeking to discover better and more efficient crisis response services. When changes are mandated, community collaborations and partnerships are critical deployment ventures to ensure success. Advocates have long asserted law enforcement personnel often do not understand and sometimes do not receive adequate mental health training. Within the hearts of many are desires and passions to move away and forward to new layers of crisis services beyond traditional pathways of the past. CIT is the new awakening – More Than Just Training...read more


Randolph (Randy) Dupont, PhD Co-Chairman - Tennessee

Dr. Dupont is a professor and clinical psychologist at the University of Memphis School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He received his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. He previously served as the criminal justice department chair and earlier in his career directed the Memphis Regional Medical Center Psychiatric Emergency Services for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Dupont is best known for his work in the development of the Memphis Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Model and his on-going role in providing technical assistance to many of the 2800 CIT programs.read more




Lieutenant Michael S. Woody, Retired  President - Ohio

Lt. Michael S. Woody, President of the Board of Directors of CIT International, currently serves as the Law Enforcement Liaison to the Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence. He retired from the Akron Police Department after serving 25 years. He spent the last 4 years of his career as the Director of Training (this was a good fit since in his previous life he was a high school teacher). read more



Michele Saunders, LCSW 1st Vice President - Florida

Ms. Saunders is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of community mental health service and currently is a Social Worker at the Florida VA Medical Center, Orlando, Florida. She organized and implemented CIT in Orange County, FL in 2000 and organized the CIT State Coalition starting with 13 counties in 2004. . read more


Ron L. Bruno, 2nd Vice President - Utah

Ron Bruno is a certified Utah Law Enforcement Officer with over twenty years of experience. Ron began his law enforcement career with the Salt Lake City Police Department and continues as a reserve patrol officer with the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake. Ron has served in numerous assignments throughout his career and as an instructor to enhance the skills of fellow officers. read more



       

Thomas von Hemert,  Secretary - Virginia

Thomas (Tom) von Hemert is the CIT Coordinator for the Thomas Jefferson Area CIT and has served in this role since 2006. Prior to assuming this position he was the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity (Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro) from 2004 through 2005. From 2000 through 2012, he served as the Criminal Justice Planner for the Thomas Jefferson Area Community Criminal Justice Board (CCJB). read more


Lt. Richard E. Cavanaugh Treasurer - New Jersey

Lt. Richard E. Cavanaugh serves as a Bureau Commander in the Montclair Police Department. He holds a certificate in Civil Mediation, is an FBI trained Hostage Negotiator and is the CIT Law Enforcement Coordinator for Essex County, New Jersey. He is a member of the NJ State CIT committee, an Instructor for Essex County Public Safety Academy, and a CIT Class Instructor. As a NJ Freemason Past Master he was the Chairman of Fundraising and Scholarship Committee Olive Branch Lodge # 16. read more


Frederick J. Frese III, Ph.D. - Ohio

Dr. Fred Frese is a Professor of Psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University where he has been employed for 19 years.  Since 1995, he has also been a Clinical faculty member in the Psychiatry Department at Case Western Reserve University. For 3 years he served as the Assistant to the Superintendent at the Junction City Treatment Center (a forensic facility in Ohio), Also, for 3 years he served as a psychologist at the Chillicothe Correctional Institute, also  in Ohio.read more 




Kurt Gawrisch, M.A. - Illinois

Officer Kurt Gawrisch is a sixteen year veteran with the Chicago Police Department and holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois.  Gawrisch is responsible for the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program training for the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and for the Critical Response Unit (CRU) in coordinating hospital linkage for high-risk mental health call outs. Prior to his career as a Chicago Police officer, he worked in a variety of medical and mental health settings. read more 


Don Kamin, PhD - New York

Don Kamin, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who collaborates with law enforcement, mental health system representatives, and other community partners to address the needs of individuals with mental illness and their families through system reform and training initiatives.  As the Director of the Institute for Police, Mental Health and Community Collaboration, he is leading the effort to develop Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs across New York. Dr. Kamin is also the Senior Advisor on Mental Health and Criminal Justice for the Monroe County Office of Mental Health read more 


Pat Strode - Georgia

Since June 2006 Pat Strode has served as Georgia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program Administrator for the Georgia Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Working in collaboration with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, she is responsible for the administration and coordination of the statewide Georgia Crisis Intervention Team Program read more 


Amy Watson, PhD

Amy Watson, PhD is a professor at Jane Addams College of Social Work at University of Illinois at Chicago. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Crime Law & Justice. Professor Watson has worked extensively on issues involving the relationship between the criminal justice system and mental health systems, in Chicago and around the country. Her current research focuses on police encounters with persons with mental illnesses and the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model. Dr. Watson has published extensively on this work and presented findings to local, national and international audiences. read more


Captain Darren Ivey - Missouri

Darren has been a Police Officer for the past 24 years and a Captain for the past four years. Having served  in several different assignments; the most meaningful of which has been the CIT Commander for the Kansas City (MO) Police Department, a position in which he served for the past four years. In that role he lead a well renowned program of over 5oo trained CIT members. He is also the Co-Chair of the Mid-America CIT Council and involved with the Missouri State CIT Council read more

John Wallschlaeger

John is retired from the Appleton Police Department in 2015. Since that time he has worked as the PIO for the Menasha Police Department and does street outreach with The Homeless Connection in Appleton. read more 

CIT International Staff

Julie Solomon, MSW, MBA - Chief Administrative Officer

Julie Solomon is Chief Administrative Officer for CIT International and the former Vice President of Emergency and Stabilization Services at Wyandot Mental Health Center in Kansas City, Kansas. She was the CIT Liaison for that organization. During that time she assisted with opening the 24/7 crisis recovery center in Kansas City, KS to support CIT. She was heavily involved with starting and growing the Kansas City, KS CIT program from the very beginning. She started by first consulting with Sam Cochran and then with other local and national colleagues who have been involved in CIT for years. read more

 

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