Board Position: Board Member
Career/Position outside of MN CIT: Concordia University, St. Paul Criminal Justice Program Director; Professor of Criminal Justice and Forensic Behavioral Health. MNCIT Presenter/Coach. Hennepin Technical College – POST Skills Mental Health Instructor. The American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (aiafs.com) Chief Operating Officer. Retired Peace Officer.
Why you agreed to serve on the Board for MN CIT: As a licensed officer, introduced to MNCIT conceptual training, I readily realized the importance of deepening our knowledge on human behavior in response to mental health issues when serving our community, supporting those around us, and in caring for ourselves. This newfound awareness and application prompted me to deepen my knowledge, thereby translated into my current professions.
MNCIT provides an authentic approach to training professionals in these areas of mental health awareness. I am honored to be an active member and further supporting their cause.
Your vision for MN CIT: Profound growth. Their business model, professional energy, continued academic and experiential expanded awareness will continue to expand their growth potential. The executives are willing to engage with all member levels to explore business modalities to include a wider professional audience, as we continue to bridge the gap between criminal justice systems of practice.
Law enforcement experience? Former Hennepin County Sheriff Deputy; Eden Prairie Police Officer (Specialized in Mental Health response; Domestic Abuse; Crime Scene Technician).
What’s your favorite quote, philosophy, or encouragement? “Trauma does not emerge in one-single-dose package, it’s a manifold of distressing events that cannot be compartmentalized for life without resulting in the collision of grief, that simply waited for you.” ~ Janina Cich, 2016