When CIT National (later name changed to International) incorporated in 2009 as a non-profit organization our up to then CIT Advisory Board became the first official Board of Directors members of the organization. We staggered the terms so that these founding members (who could possibly be elected to 3 terms which would encompass a total of 7, 8, & 9 years) would not all have to leave the board at the same time. At the close of 2016 two more founding members had to leave the organization due to term limits (at least for one year) after serving faithfully since 2009 and several years before that.
William Lange; Palos Park, Illinois
Sgt. William Lange (ret) was the Treasurer of the CIT International Board of Directors and served on the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and as the Fiscal Manager for the CIT International Conferences. Bill retired from the Chicago Police Department 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 Manager and instructor for CPD’s 40-hour CIT trainings from 2004 through 2009. After his retirement from CPD, Bill became the Manager of the University of Chicago Police Department’s Emergency Communications Center. In this capacity, he encouraged the University’s Police Department to send their sworn members and all Emergency Communications personnel to the CPD 40-hour CIT trainings. He retired from the Emergency Communications Center in 2014. Bill still plans to help CIT International at our conferences and as a consultant.
Suzanne M. Andriukaitis; LCSW; Oak Park, Illinois
Suzanne Andriukaitis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a Master's degree from the University of Chicago. She was a member of the team that in 2002 developed and presented a 4-hour mental health education program for all new recruits at the Chicago Police Academy. In 2004 she helped to develop the curriculum for the 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for experienced Chicago police officers and, in 2008, helped to develop the advanced 40-hour Juvenile CIT training for officers who had completed the Basic CIT course. She presented on the signs and symptoms of mental disorders at all Chicago Police Department’s CIT trainings until 2014. As a founding member of the board of directors of CIT International in 2008, over the years she has been active on numerous committees and is currently still assisting with the CIT Coordinator Certificate Course which was delivered for the first time at the April 2016 CIT International Convention.
Though these two pioneers in the CIT movement and dedicated CIT International founders had to leave the Board we know their work will still be felt within their own states and beyond.
Thank you for your dedication, service, and most of all hearts,
Michael S. Woody
And the entire Board of Directors