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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lt. Randy Sutton: Founder of The Wounded Blue

Randy is Founder and Chairman of the Board for The Wounded Blue.  Randy is a nationally known expert and commentator on law enforcement issues, Randy is a regular featured Law Enforcement Advocate on FOX & FRIENDS and The ONE AMERICA NEWS NETWORK.  Randy has authored many stimulating books as an advocate for Law Enforcement and the American Standard.  

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LARRY RUBENSTEIN

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER
 

Larry has been a Volunteer Fire fighter for the past 19 years and has served his department as  Chief and as President. Larry has been in the Financial Services business since 1984.

BRET RAWSON

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER
 

Bret Rawson represents thousands of law enforcement officers in the Intermountain West as an attorney specializing in police-related matters. He also works as a reserve police officer in a local municipality where he is proud to serve the people of North Salt Lake. Mr. Rawson’s law firm, Nelson Jones, PLLC, is honored to represent The Wounded Blue.

SGT. BETSY BRANTNER SMITH

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER
 

Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith (ret.) was a police officer for 29 years in the Chicago suburbs and is an internationally known law enforcement trainer, author and consultant. Betsy is married to Dave “JD Buck Savage” Smith and is the spokesman for the National Police Association.

RON COURY

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER
 

Ron Coury, a former U.S. Marine, relocated in Las Vegas after his active duty stint ended in 1973. He recently released his autobiography entitled, Tenacity, on Amazon. It describes his life as a youth in Brooklyn, New York, his military experience and many of the 20 businesses he founded or purchased throughout his Las Vegas residency for 47 years

JOHN KRUPINSKY

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER
 

Sgt. John Krupinsky has been a police officer for 40 years. He is the President of the Connecticut State Fraternal Order of Police and was the recipient of the FOX News Patriot Award.

MICHAEL DICHIARO

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER
 

Michael is the founder of Nevada Holdings. With 42 years of business experience, he has taken a special interest in the success of our Peer Teams.

JASON SCHECHTERLE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER
 

Jason Schechterle is a retired Phoenix Police Officer and Homicide Investigator. Jason sustained life threatening burn injuries in the line of duty in 2001. He now travels the country as a keynote and motivational speaker. Jason also is Co-host of Badge Boys podcast.

ADVISORY BOARD 

CLARISSA BURT

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
 
Clarissa Burt is an internationally acclaimed multi award-winning media personality, producer, director, writer, author, public speaker. She is a Who’s Who of International and American Women brings over 35 years of entertainment industry experience in both International and American markets.

GIOVANNI ROCCO

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
 
Giovanni is a 30 yr retired law enforcement officer and federal covert operative. He is the author of “Giovanni’s Ring: My life Inside the Real Sopranos” in which details the years he spent as an FBI undercover agent inside the American mafia. Currently, he contributes to the development of mental health and rehabilitation programs designed to engage and strengthen the resiliency of our nation’s law enforcement community. He is a decorated investigator, a subject matter expert, as well as a husband of a law enforcement investigator and father.

HEIDI PAULSON

LEGISLATIVE LIAISON
 
Heidi is the wife of Billings, MT motor officer, Ladd Paulson, who was catastrophically injured in the line of duty in 2002. She is the mother of 2, grandmother of 6, author (Dependence Day), speaker, and software developer/former business owner. She has advocated for both federal and state legislation on behalf of disabled first responders. Heidi is committed to building a voice for those who have gone unheard.

ANNE CARPENTER

LEGISLATIVE LIAISON
 
Anne K. Carpenter was the first female Colonel of the Nevada Highway Patrol. She was the Chief of the Parole and Probation Division, recently retiring after 27 years of state service. She earned her Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Married with one great daughter. Currently works for FirstNet built with AT&T as a Lead Strategist – Law Enforcement.

THE WOUNDED BLUE TEAM

CAPT. BRAD SHEPHERD (Ret.)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 

Capt. Brad Shepherd (Ret.) is retired from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) after 25 years of service. Brad is the founder and former Chief Executive Officer of a national 501(c)3 organization.  Brad is tasked with providing leadership, fundraising, infrastructure oversight, and providing strategic development for our organization. Brad is married and has two boys. 

JENNIE HILL

PEER SUPPORT DIRECTOR & EXECUTIVE PROGRAMS DIRECTOR
 
Jennie Hill has been a part of TWB since its inception in 2018. She is passionate about advocating for injured officers after her own on-duty injury left her with the reality of what so many injured officers deal with: feeling of abandonment, loss of career, dealing with the effects of a career and injury, PTSD, Worker's Comp, EEOC, and having to navigate a new "norm".
She is a wife, mom, business owner, & POST certified peace officer. Barron is the TWB Peer Support Ambassador pup and Jennie’s own service dog.

Trevor Wilkins, Ph.D

Clinical Director
 
Trevor Wilkins is former 15-year veteran of law enforcement now serving as a licensed professional clinical counselor in the Lexington, KY area, specializing in the symptoms related to trauma, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Trevor is trained and experienced in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (at The Soldier Center), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (at Chicago REBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (at The Beck Institute), Family Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Systems Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy

Bob Bemis

Director of Training 

 

Sergeant (Ret.) Robert “Bob” Bemis retired in 2017 as a Supervisor in the Operational Training Division at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey.  With over 30 years of law enforcement experience, Sgt. Bemis had assignments as a Patrol Trooper and Supervisor, a crime scene investigator, and as a long-time law enforcement trainer.  He also served as a Military Policeman in the United States Marine Corps. In 2015, Bob sustained life altering injuries in the line-of-duty after being struck by a vehicle along an interstate highway.