Advisory Board

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Welcome National Advisory Board Members

The CIT ASSIST National Advisory Board consists of subject matter experts (SMEs) and practitioners representing law enforcement, mental health, and advocacy. Individually, board members are known for their commitment and expertise in implementing the CIT model; collectively, they provide valuable guidance to all CIT ASSIST program components and activities, including training content, technical assistance, resources, and agency implementation guidance.

As a board member, you have members-only access to the CIT ASSIST Online Resource Center, where you can share insights and resources, join virtual meetings, participate in discussion boards and more.

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Upcoming Events


June 2023

Language Access in Crisis Intervention
1:00 PM EST


June 2023

Community of Practice Quarterly Meeting
1:00 PM EST


August 2023

In-person Community of Practice Meeting
CIT International Conference
Time TBD

Meet the National Advisory Board

Members Representing Mental Health

Carole Ballard 
Licensed Social Worker 
Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County 
Cleveland, Ohio 

Liz Gledhill
CIT Project Manager
Thundermist Health Center of South County
Wakefield, Rhode Island

Habsi Kaba
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
CIT Program Coordinator, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project
Clinical Director, Miami-Dade County Regional Peer Support Team
Miami, Florida

Don Kamin
Licensed Psychologist
Certified Police/Mental Health Trainer
Certified Suicide Prevention & Crisis Intervention Trainer
Director, Institute for Police, Mental Health & Community Collaboration
Rochester, New York

Ridg Medford
Veteran Law Enforcement Officer and Behavioral Health & Justice Specialist
Oregon Center on Behavioral Health & Justice Integration
Ontario, Oregon

Michele Saunders
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Consultant
CIT International and Policy Research Associates and GAINS Center
Orlando, Florida

Colette Scott
Interprofessional Clinical and Professional Skills Center and the Standardized Patient
Program University of Arizona
Vail, Arizona

Todd Souter
Licensed Psychologist (PhD) and Director of Intensive Services
Davis Behavioral Health Center
Roy, Utah

Tom von Hemert
CIT Coordinator and Consultant/Facilitator
Thomas Jefferson Area (VA) CIT and the Pacesetter Group
Charlottesville, Virginia

Amy Watson
Professor (PhD)
Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Members Representing Public Safety / Law Enforcement 

Ron Bruno  
Veteran Law Enforcement Officer
Chief Executive Officer of Crisis Response Programs and Training, Inc  
Salt Lake City, Utah 

Sam Cochran 
Veteran Law Enforcement Officer and Criminal Justice Training Instructor
Founder of Memphis CIT Model  
Memphis, Tennessee 

Johnny Hollingsworth
Veteran Law Enforcement Officer and CIT Coordinator 
Huntsville Police Department  
Huntsville, Alabama 

Travis Lyman 
Police Lieutenant and CIT Utah Board of Directors 
Layton Police Department 
Layton, Utah 

Andy Matuszewski
Sergeant and SWAT Crisis Negotiator 
Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office 
Meridian, Mississippi 

Brian Peete 
Chief of Police 
Montpelier Police Department 
Montpelier, Vermont 

Frank Straub 
Director of Mass Violence Response Studies and PhD 
Center for Mass Violence Response Studies 
National Policing Institute 
Arlington, Virginia 

Antoinette Ursitti 
Deputy Chief, Training and Support Group 
Chicago Police Department 
Chicago, Illinois 

John Wallschlaeger 
Veteran Law Enforcement Officer and CIT Consultant 
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 

Members Representing Advocacy/Other Services
Kevin Fischer
Executive Director
NAMI Michigan
Plymouth, Michigan

Madonna Greer
Certified Peer Support Specialist and Advocacy Consultant
President, NAMI Guilford Board
Greensboro, North Carolina

Carol Speed
Safety Net Coordinator, Association of Oregon Counties
Consultant, CIT International, Inc.
Sandy, Utah

Sheri Wittwer
Adjunct Faculty, Salt Lake City Community College
President, CIT Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah


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