Our Team

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Minnesota CIT was founded in 2005, by Michael Peterson and Steve Wickelgren. There was an obvious need in the First Responder community to have a better understanding of mental health related issues as more and more calls involved people having a mental health crisis.

Both Michael and Steve are retired law enforcement officers, having served their communities for many years. Furthering their careers, they have both been trained in mental health and are bringing that expertise and training to the First Responder community. Their goal is to help educate, train, and enhance the safety of first responders when responding to calls involving subjects with mental health situations.

 

Jerry Hutchinson

Jerry Hutchinson

Training Director

Jerry is the Training Director for MN CIT. His role in the organization is to schedule all the classes as well as participate in them as a coach.

Peggy Hutchinson

Peggy Hutchinson

Facilitator

Peggy Hutchinson is a class facilitator for MN CIT. She helps the organization by having all the administrative materials ready for class, she also works with the site coordinators for training to make sure the facility is set up properly for class. Once class begins, she helps keep everything running smoothly.

Nancy Masson

Nancy Masson

Facilitator

Nancy is a class facilitator, she helps make sure everyone is prepared for class including presenters, actors, coaches, and students.

Cheryl Ameluxen

Cheryl Ameluxen

Scheduling

Cheryl is in charge of scheduling, she has the important responsibility to make sure each class has actors, presenters, speakers, and coaches assigned.

Gennae Falconer

Gennae Falconer

Learning and Development Coordinator

Gennae is in charge of Staff Learning and Development at MN CIT.

Ryan Van Gundy

Ryan Van Gundy

Education Coordinator

Ryan is the Education Coordinator for MN CIT, he helps the organization by keeping the educational material that CIT presents up to date with the most current peer reviewed research on mental health.