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Irene Hajisava

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Private Practice

Irene Hajisava is a Social Worker in practice over thirty years. She has advanced training in Disaster Mental Health and has worked with 9/11 first responders and survivors at the WTC and the Pentagon, leading debriefings and trauma interventions. She is on the support staff of Concerns of Police Survivors providing trauma and grief services to families and co workers of police officers killed in the line of duty. A Level II EMDR therapist and a Certified Havening Techniques Practitioner and she has worked extensively with first responders and survivors following critical incidents.

Jack Harris

Licensed Professional Counselor
Jack Harris & Associates

Jack Harris conducts training around the country on a variety topics aimed at Helping Keep Good People Good. During his twenty-years with the Tucson Police Department he held a variety of operational & administrative assignments. He is a licensed counselor, Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, an EMDR trained therapist and an approved instructor by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University.

Gus Hawkins

Commercial Pilot

Gus Hawkins is a General Aviation pilot and co-founder of Back To The, a support organization for General Aviation pilots who have experienced an aircraft accident and returned to flying. He has over 1900 flight hours. His passion is connecting surviving pilots with the resources they need to return to flying as both physically and mentally healthy aviators. Gus is a retired engineer and attorney with over 45 years of technical experience, living in Highlands Indiana.

Jenn Henderson

Michael Henderson

Senior Pastor
K-LOVE Christian Radio Network, Air 1 Radio Network

Pastor Mike has over 15 years experience as the Senior Pastor at K-LOVE and Air 1 Radio Networks. He graduated from Bethany University with a degree in Pastoral Ministry & Theology. Currently, Pastor Mike coordinates and provides tens of thousands of crisis responses for listeners of KLOVE and Air 1 Radio monthly. He championed the Networks’ Crisis Response Training (CRT) for emergency responders and community groups nation wide. He strongly advocates for CRT on the radio and at large events. Pastor Mike is well trained in CISM and uses ICISF Approved Instructors as the foundation for CRT.

Deborah Higgs

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Deborah Higgs has been in private practice for 25 years. She has participated in a variety of professional settings: Officer in the Texas Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; Military and Family Life Consultant; On-site 3M Employee Assistance Professional; as well as a full time private practice. She began training in Critical Incident response in 1998 and has trained in a variety of models. She practices an eclectic approach to Critical Incident Response.

Kenneth J. Hopson

School Counselor
Wake County

Kenneth Hopson is currently a school counselor and psychotherapist in NC. He is a former educator and made the switch from the classroom to help students struggling emotionally. He has a passion for helping males in marginalized communities reach their full potential. He is married to Dr. Ronnette Hopson and together they have a 4 year old son. Together they run Well Temple Inc, a fondation to empower youth and families.

Melissa Hyatt

Melissa Hyatt is the Chief of Special Operations and Development under the Strategic Services Bureau. In this role, she supervises the Special Operations Section (SWAT, Special Events, Mounted, K-9, Aviation, Marine Unit, Traffic, and Mobile Field Force), the Professional Development and Training Academy, Recruitment/Background, and the Incident Management Team. Her primary responsibilities are oversight of these sections along with serving as Incident Commander for major special events, large-scale demonstrations, and unplanned incidents.

This new assignment followed a recent restructuring of the agency. Prior to mid-July 2016, Melissa Hyatt was the Chief of Patrol for the agency. Other previous assignments include Chief of Staff to the Police Commissioner, Area Commander, District Commander, SWAT, Tri-District Initiative Commander, Special Enforcement Team, Mobile Enforcement Team, district patrol and district operations. She has served as Incident Commander for several Baltimore Marathons, Army-Navy Game, Baltimore Grand Prix, and Star-Spangled Spectacular. She served in the role of Deputy Incident Commander during the unrest in Baltimore in April 2015. Additionally, Chief Hyatt was the lead police representative for the Public Safety Subcommittee during the planning and grand opening of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.

Hyatt’s education includes a BA in Criminal Justice from University of Delaware and a MS in Management from Johns Hopkins University. She attended the 250th session of the FBI National Academy and attended The United Nations Police Commanders Course in Sweden. Hyatt completed the Police Leadership Program at University of Maryland University College, where she has also served as an adjunct professor.

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