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CIT Board of Directors 2016

Major Sam Cochran (ret.) Co-Chairman CIT International Board of Directors.
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-Chair CIT International Board of Directors
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 CIT International Board of Directors
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 CIT International Board of Directors
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 CIT International Board of Directors
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

Sgt. William Lange (retired) Treasurer CIT International Board of Directors
Sgt. William Lange is the Treasurer of the CIT International Board of Directors and serves as the Fiscal Manager for the CIT International Conference. Sgt. Lange retired from the Chicago Police Department (CPD) in 2009 after 28 years of service. He was a key member of the coalition that brought CIT training to the Chicago police department in 2004. He served as the Program Manger and instructor for CPD’s 40-hour CIT trainings from 2004 through 2009. After his retirement from CPD, read more

Nick Margiotta Secretary CIT International Board of Directors
Nick Margiotta is the Crisis Intervention Team Training Coordinator for the Community Relations Bureau of the Phoenix Police Department where he has been a Police Officer since 1996. As the Crisis Intervention Team Training Program Coordinator he has provided training to approximately 1000 Officers from more than 20 Police Departments. These trainings included Patrol, Supervisor Retreat, Advanced Officer Training, In-Service, Universities, various City Departments, Professional Associations, and police departments from within Maricopa county, in-state and out of state. read more

Suzanne M. Andriukaitis, LCSW CIT International Board of Directors
Suzanne Andriukaitis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a Master's degree from the University of Chicago. She joined the staff of the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute (ISPI) as a Social Worker in 1971 and served as the Coordinator of ISPI’s Social Services Department from 1979 to 1981, the Administrator for ISPS’s Central Research Program from 1982 to 1990, and established and directed ISPI's federally mandated Office of Research Administration from 1982 to 1984. In January 1990, Ms. Andriukaitis was named the first Executive Director of the Chicago Consortium for Psychiatric Research,  read more 

Lt. Richard E. Cavanaugh CIT International Board of Directors
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

Devon Corpus, LCSW CIT International Board of Directors
Devon Corpus is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California. Currently, she is the Supervisor of the AB109 Forensic Team, coordinating programs to adhere to corrections realignment. For the past 7 years she was the Supervisor for the Monterey County Crisis Team at Natividad Medical Center for the Behavioral Health Bureau. She coordinated the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) for law enforcement and first responders in Monterey County, teaching them to intervene with persons who are mentally ill and others in crisis.  read more 

Frederick J. Frese III, Ph.D. CIT International Board of Directors
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. CIT International Board of Directors
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 CIT International Board of Directors
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 

Julie Solomon, MSW, MBA CIT International Board Member
Julie Solomon is Vice President of Emergency and Stabilization Services at Wyandot Mental Health Center in Kansas City, Kansas. She is the CIT Liaison for the organization. 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

Pat Strode CIT International Board of Directors
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 

Thomas von Hemert CIT International Board of Directors
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


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