Brandielee Baker, NLPMP: Co-founder Code 9 Project, S.H.A.R.E. Programs
Executive Facilitator, Founder of Positive Constructs LLC. Her mission is to restore
quality of life to those suffering from stress related disorders.
Deborah Ortiz: Co-founder Code 9 Project, Facilitator S.H.A.R.E.
Workshops and Creator of the Documentary Code 9 Officer Needs Assistance. Deborah has
established a network of education and support for first responders and their families
after her husband’s 22 year law enforcement career left him and their family struggling
with the effects of his PTSD.
Chris Fladgate: Chris is a partner at GS2Law and based in New York City,
he advises not-for-profit
organizations as well as practicing in intellectual property and construction law. After
lawyer in Australia and Hong Kong, Chris moved to New York in 2005 and now lives in Brooklyn
his wife and three kids.
Alexis Leist is currently the Special Counsel for the Legal Matters Unit of
Intelligence Affairs at the New York City Police Department. Prior to that position, she
worked for almost a decade as Senior Counsel in the New York City Law Department, defending
the NYPD in federal civil rights cases. She was also an Assistant District Attorney in the
Kings County District Attorney's Office for five years.
Sergeant Ray Holub Code 9 S.H.A.R.E. co-facilitator - Ray is an active duty
member of the NYPD. Sergeant Holub is currently one of the supervisors in charge of security of
a number of critical facilities in NYC. Ray has always had a passion for the well-being and
training of his fellow officers . He believes that through proper training we can have a
positive impact for all First Responders dealing with stress, trauma and PTSD
Major Darren Ivey was appointed to the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
in September 1992. He was promoted to Sergeant in October 2000, Captain in September 2012 and
Major in April 2017. Major Ivey has also served as the Department’s Crisis Intervention Team
(CIT) Commander since 2012 where he leads a well renowned program of over 500 trained CIT
members. In his 24 years on the Department, Major Ivey has received over 100 commendations.
Prior to becoming a Police Officer, Major Ivey was a proud member of the United States Air Force
(1983-1992) where he served in support of Operation Desert Storm.
Ret. Captain Gordon Smith:
Gordon retired as a Captain from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department in California after
31 years of service. During his service he worked in Corrections, Patrol, Detectives and was a
member of the Narcotic/Gang Division and the Special Enforcement Detail (SWAT). Gordon was
involved in multiple critical incidents but took the necessary steps to keep himself physically
and mentally healthy throughout his career. Gordon has been a member the Department’s Peer
Support Team for the past 9 years and has been the coordinator of the Peer Support Team since
January 2016. Gordon has instructed in Basic SWAT, Firearms, Less Lethal Weapons, Custody
Emergency Response, Stress and the Career, Post-Traumatic Stress and Basic Peer Support.
John Meza is a proven reformer in police and community engagement strategies with over 30 years
of police experience, and over eleven years as a police executive. He recently retired as the
Chief of Police of the Mesa Arizona Police Department the 38th largest municipality in the
United States, and now serves as the Executive Director of Student Affairs and Safety for the
Tempe Union High School District. In addition, Chief Meza currently holds the position of
President of the Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network and the Co-Chair for the National Tactical
Officers Association’s Officer Wellness Committee.
DETECTIVE JEFFREY KILGORE:
Detective Jeff Kilgore is presently assigned as a Gang Suppression Detective from the Omaha
Police Department in Nebraska. During his 20 plus years of service he has worked in Dispatch,
Corrections, Patrol, SWAT and as a member of the Peer Support Team. Jeff was recently retired
from a 31 year career as a member of the military including the Nebraska Army National Guard
(1994-2016) and U.S. Coast Guard (1985-1994). Jeff served tours in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq
during his military career.
Our mission is to provide education, support and viable self-help tools to all Public Civil
Servants and their families for the purpose of managing, reducing and eventually eliminating
the compressive stress effects, such as PTSD and suicide.