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Jessica Murphy, KANSAS

Board Chair

Jessica Murphy, LMSW got her start in the mental health field in 2006 and started at Johnson County Mental Health Center in 2007. Jessica became the team leader for the Johnson County Co-Responder program in 2017 and currently supervises eight programs with 13 different agencies.

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Jessica “grew up” in community mental health with positions as attendant care, case manager and crisis clinician. In her current role, she has helped three programs start-up, expanded four others and collaboratively launched the first school co-responder in Johnson County. The Johnson County Co-Responder program received the “Excellence in Community Service” award from the United Community Services of Johnson County, KS in 2017. Jessica received two county recognitions in 2019—the “Leadership in Action” Award and the “Pillars of Performance and Development” Award. Jessica has her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Kansas State University and Master’s in Social Work from University of Missouri-Kansas City

Jay Kernkamp, Washington

Board Vice-Chair

Jay Kernkamp is a Spokane native who graduated from Whitworth University. He was the supervisor of the Spokane, WA Police Department Behavioral Health Unit and its co-responder teams before shifting back to patrol duties after promoting to lieutenant.
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Jay started his law enforcement career as a volunteer for the Spokane Police Department. This is where he has spent the last 16 years of his career. He has worked in a variety of fields including the Regional Drug Task Force, Anti-crime Team, SWAT, and the department's PEER support team.

Annie Burwell, Texas

Board Secretary

Annie Burwell currently serves as the Program Manager for the newly formed Round Rock Texas Fire Department Crisis Response Unit and previously led the Williamson County Mobile Outreach Team, a division of Williamson County EMS. Ms. Burwell has been working in the behavioral health field for 30 years and received her degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Her experience includes psychiatric acute care with children, experiential therapy with adolescents, school-based mental health services, and crisis intervention and management. She has significant training in grief, loss, and trauma interventions, substance use disorders, disaster response, and crisis negotiations. She is the recipient of several awards including the Heroes in the Fight Award (Mental Health America), Outstanding Team (Central Texas 100 Club), Exemplary Program of the Year (Texas Corrections Association), and the Behavioral Healthcare Professional of the Year (CIT International). Recent presentations regarding emergency behavioral health and overdose response include: “Crisis Response - Which Model is Right for Your Community?” at the 2022 Emergency Management Association of Texas Conference, “Leveraging Paramedicine Teams to Solve the U.S. Overdose Epidemic” at the 2022 Texas Substance Use Symposium and “Managing Mental Health in EMS” a national webinar for EMSWorld in 2021. Ms. Burwell provides training at the state and national level and was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the International Co-Responder Alliance. She enjoys traveling, wandering in nature, and taking care of her geriatric horses.

Robert McKeirnan, Kansas

Board Treasurer

Robert developed and supervises the Advanced Crisis-Intervention Team (ACT) at the Olathe, KS Police Department, teaming CIT trained officers and Co-Responders for primary response to behavioral health emergencies, follow up, and advanced problem solving for complex cases.

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Robert started his career with the Olathe Police Department in 2009, starting in the Patrol Division. He has worked with the Field Training Program, the Explorers, Peer Support and CIT Unit. He is the agency CIT Coordinator for Olathe, KS PD and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Kansas Law Enforcement CIT Council. He began working with co-responders early in his career and teamed with them to institute mental health diversion at the Olathe Municipal Court, develop and teach courses to mental health professionals about law enforcement (Cop Culture), expand the scope of the co-responder program and develop ACT as a new unit at the police department. Robert also teaches courses for the 40-hour CIT training and Mental Health First Aid for the Johnson County Regional Police Academy.

Lindsay Kroll, Nebraska

Head of Conferences

Lindsay Kroll is a Licensed Independent Mental health Practitioner with 13 years of experience working in the mental health and criminal justice fields. She is the Mental Health Coordinator with the Omaha Police Department developing the Behavioral Health and Wellness Unit and implementing the Co-Responder program along with other mental health related initiatives for the department.

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Lindsay received her Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. While being a native to Nebraska, Lindsay has worked in Chicago, Denver and Omaha within various forensic settings including juvenile prison, jail-based adult behavioral health programs and outpatient settings. She spent 8 years developing the continuum of Crisis Response Services with Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska to include mobile crisis response, post-crisis stabilization services, co-responder program and peer support. Lindsay is an executive member of CIT of the Heartland in Omaha. She is a Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue trainer. Lindsay currently serves as a member of the Region 6 Behavioral Health Task Force, Douglas County School Threat Assessment and Management Team, Nebraska Violence and Risk Assessment Cadre, Metro Area Suicide Prevention Coalition and is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP).

Sarah Abbott, Massachusetts

Board Member

Dr. Abbott is a Massachusetts based licensed social worker, Associate Professor, and Director of the Center for Crisis Response and Behavioral Health at William James College. Dr. Abbott is the Founder and Principal at Abbott Solutions for Justice LLC.

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Abbott Solutions for Justice LLC's mission is to advance effective and safe law enforcement responses to individuals in a behavioral health crisis. Dr. Abbott holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Work from Bradford and Ilkey College in England, a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from U-Mass Lowell, and a Ph.D. in Law, Policy, and Society from Northeastern University. In 2003, Dr. Abbott joined with the Framingham Police Department and served as the first clinician to embed in a Co-Response program in Massachusetts and has led the replication of model in an additional 20 police departments. In 2018, she designed and directed the first state-wide Co-Response Training and Technical Assistance Center. Dr. Abbott has developed and delivered dozens of law enforcement training modules, experiential workshops, undergraduate and graduate courses and has provided consultation and technical assistance on the Co-Response model internationally. She currently serves as a project implementation Advisory Group member supporting a multi-year project Co-Response program for the An Garda Síochána in Ireland.

Robert Cook, Colorado

Board Member

Robert is a Sergeant with Larimer County, CO Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) currently assigned to the Patrol Section of the Operations Division. He supervises the LCSO School Resource Officer Unit and the LCSO Mental Health Co-responder Unit.

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Sgt. Cook began his career in 1987 as a wildland firefighter at Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. In 1988, he became a Dispatcher for the Communications Unit. While working as a dispatcher, he attended and graduated from Aims Community College Basic Peace Officer Academy and immediately joined the LCSO Patrol Reserve Deputy Program. In 1991, he became a full-time deputy assigned to Patrol. In 1997, he was promoted to Sergeant in Patrol. He also later served in the Professional Standards Unit and Investigations-Crimes Against Persons Unit. Collaterally, Sgt. Cook served on the K9 Unit, Arrest Control Tactics Team, and SWAT. In 2004, he was promoted to Lieutenant, assigned to Patrol. As a Lieutenant, he also worked in the Executive Services Division assigned to Training, Background Investigations,Concealed Handgun Permits, Professional Standards, Fleet Services. In 2009, he retired from SWAT as the Team Commander. In 2010, he became a certified Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) with CIAC and built up the LCSO Team of TLOs. He joined the Colorado Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors in 2016 as a Board Trustee. In 2016, he returned to Patrol as a Platoon Commander and began supervising the new LCSO Mental Health Co-Responder Unit. In 2019, he voluntarily reverted to his previous rank of Sergeant to spend more time in caring for his severely ill daughter. In 2019, he was also elected to be the President of the Colorado Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors and is currently serving in that capacity. In addition to serving as a Lead TLO, Sgt. Cook is also the Assistant Coordinator of the LCSO Peer Support Team and the lead LCSO TLO. Sgt. Cook is a graduate of Northwestern Police Staff and Command School (2012), and the National College of Police Staff and Command (2019). He has also studied at Colorado State University, Columbia College, and Front Range Community College.

CharMayne Jackson, Florida

Board Member

CharMayne is a Law Enforcement Clinical Specialist for Meridian Behavioral Healthcare in partnership with the Gainesville, FL Police Department. CharMayne is excitedly working within her community to connect individuals coping with mental illnesses to the best possible care and treatment.

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CharMayne obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Purdue University in 2013. Shortly after graduating, she began working as a Family Case Manager for the state of Indiana, where she investigated instances of child abuse and neglect. During her interactions with families, she observed a dire need for mental health services within the community. Equipped with this knowledge, CharMayne relocated to Huntsville, Alabama, where she completed her master's degree in counseling psychology with a concentration in clinical psychology. She then relocated to Gainesville, Florida, where she continued her work as a Clinical Staffing Coordinator with Partnership for Strong Families. CharMayne worked within her staffing coordinator position for two years, ensuring that children within the child welfare system, could gain access to much needed mental health services at higher levels of care.

Justin Lemery, Oklahoma

Board Member

Justin Lemery is currently the Director of Emergency Medical Services for the Tulsa Fire Department in Tulsa, OK. He is a Captain and a nationally registered paramedic and community healthcare paramedic. Justin plans, manages, and supervises emergency medical services, two Co-Responder programs and a High-Utilizer program.

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Justin began his career for the Tulsa Fire Department in 2007 as a firefighter paramedic. Shortly after, he became a paramedic for the Tulsa Police Department Special Operations Team (SOT). He was promoted to Driver in 2011 and Captain in 2016. In 2020, Justin started working in the EMS Office providing special event planning, CQI, and staffing for community health programs. During this time, he went to CIT training and became very passionate about the positive impact that Co-Responder programs can have in communities. Justin began working with community health programs TFD C.A.R.E.S. and the Community Response Team to develop and improve them. Shortly after, he was promoted to oversee and provide leadership for these programs in his current position as Director of EMS. Since taking over the position, he has added three positions, written a Co-Responder Operations Manual, added a software platform for data analysis and case management, and added an additional Co-Responder program that complements CRT called ART-1. Justin develops and teaches first responders and community members about Co-Responder programs and mental health services. He has been very fortunate to collaborate with people who share the same vison: to improve community health through partnerships and innovative thinking. Justin is excited to be a part of ICRA, where this mission can be accomplished on a larger scale and pave the way into the future!

Jason Winsky, Arizona

Board Member

Sergeant Jason Winsky is a leading expert in the field of law enforcement approaches to mental health and substance abuse.  During his 19 years at the Tucson Police Department, he has led the growth and development of numerous programs that have received national recognition for their innovative approach and positive outcomes. 

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Under his leadership, the Mental Health Support Team (MHST) was created in 2013 to address the needs of high-risk individuals with mental health challenges and has grown to team of over a dozen officers, detectives, sergeants, and clinical co-responders. On a yearly basis, MHST interacts with thousands of individuals, directing (or re-directing) them to treatment before the situation escalates to a crisis or public safety threat. This proactive approach has been expanded to include a substance use deflection program in which peer navigators work alongside officers to deflect individuals with substance use needs away from jail and into treatment. These programs have demonstrated positive outcomes including reductions in uses of force, patrol officer time saved, decreased SWAT deployments for suicidal barricade, and decreased jail bookings. He has recently been tasked with developing a new homeless outreach program. Sgt. Winsky is also a highly experienced educator. He is the co-facilitator of the Pima County Regional Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training program and a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainer and has trained thousands of officers across southern Arizona. In addition, he has led the development of advanced training curriculums for MHST and other specialized teams, including Advanced CIT, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma Informed Care. Under Sgt. Winsky’s leadership, the Tucson Police Department was recognized as a Law Enforcement – Mental Health Collaboration Learning Site by the US Department of Justice. Jason frequently speaks at national conferences related to policing and mental health.

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