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  • Everyday Brave | Episode 10 – Ben O’Brien, South Metro Fire Rescue

    Ben O’Brien is a Firefighter, Peer Advisor, and Peer Support Training Coordinator for South Metro Fire Rescue. He has led the development of the Responder Strong Resilience Standards, which teaches and trains emergency responders on skills of resilience, concepts of stress Injuries and the Stress Continuum model of health, and how to use our values […]
  • Everyday Brave | Episode 9 – Captain Laurie Halaba, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office

    Captain Halaba began her career with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in 1999, She has served in detentions, patrol, as a school resource officer, and on a drug task force team. She moved through the ranks, breaking the glass ceiling to become the first female captain in the agency in 2014. Currently, she is one […]
  • Everyday Brave | Episode 8 – Emily Hitchings & Mike Pitrusu, Aurora Police Department

    Officer Emily Hitchings is in her 15th year at the Aurora Police Department and her third year as the Employee Support and Wellness Unit officer.  Prior to her current assignment, she was an investigator in both, the Narcotics and Fugitive Units where she spent more than eight years in an undercover capacity. Sergeant Mike Pitrusu […]
  • Everyday Brave | Episode 7 – Chris Macklin, South Metro Fire

    Chris Macklin worn many hats in his career. Firefighter. Paramedic. Engineer. Training engineer. And now, wellness manager for South Metro Fire Rescue.  His passion to support Emergency Responders began after responding to the Columbine shooting in 1998. In the years since, he has worked tirelessly to support the responder community and currently leads the wellness […]
  • Everyday Brave | Episode 6 – Jolene Conway, SonderMind

    Jolene Conway is the Manager of Community Development at SonderMind and a licensed mental health therapist. SonderMind is a behavioral health company that aims to make mental healthcare approachable, accessible, & utilized by supporting a network of qualified therapists, and accommodating the complex and changing needs of those seeking therapy. In her role at SonderMind, […]
  • Everyday Brave | Episode 5 – Jonathan Dickerson, The Center for Relationship Education

    Jonathan Dickerson is the community engagement manager for The Center for Relationship Education. In that role, Jonathan works to improve the health and quality of our relationships through workshops, training, and speaking engagements. CRE’s thoughtful approach marries evidenced based programming that adds value to communities they serve. More recently, they have developed programs to support […]
  • Everyday Brave | Episode 4 – Emily Lauck, Manager of Performance Improvement for the City & County of Denver Department of Public Safety

    Emily Lauck is the Manager of Performance Improvement for the City & County of Denver Department of Public Safety. In her role, Emily has created comprehensive, employee-driven initiatives such as the Safety WellBeing Initiative to proactively address the quality of life and professional culture of emergency responders and the public safety industry. She has implemented programs […]
  • Everyday Brave | Episode 3 – Nick Edwards, BEKN

    Nick is a nationally renowned Exercise Physiologist and has built multiple programs and centers for wide ranges of populations that are currently running in sites across the U.S. For over 13 years Nick has worked with athletes, general wellness, and patient populations directing exercise physiology laboratories and strength programs. In his career he has worked […]
  • Everyday Brave | Episode 2 – Rhonda Kelly, ResponderStrong

    Rhonda leads ResponderStrong, which is an organization focused on developing better mental health supports for responders and their families. Over the past several years, suicide has been recognized as the leading occupational killer of law enforcement, fire and EMS. Her work is responder-driven and works across branches, connecting groups that had previously been siloed.
  • Everyday Brave | Episode 1 – Detective Dan Brite, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

    After sustaining a life-changing line of duty incident in 2016, Detective Brite’s recovery journey highlighted the need to better support himself and ultimately the entire responder community. His own healing has helped to frame his current role as wellness coordinator for Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, helping others to understand that “it is ok, to not be […]