Thriving in the Chaos- 1st Annual Arizona Southwest Public Safety Summit

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Tucson Jewish Community Center

3800 E River Rd

Tucson, AZ 85718

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1st Annual Southwest Public Safety invites you to attend

Thriving in Chaos Summit

This is a private FREE event for all Public Safety personal, because that, we are asking for sponsorship with our trusted community partners.

For sponsorship requests, please visit or contact

Felicia Dadamio at 617-360-1632.

Sponsorship Levels
Tier I- $1,000 Acknowledgement, table and flyer in packet
Tier II- $500 Table and flyer in packet
Tier III- $250 Flyer in packet

This event is being sponsored through the IH2 Foundation.

The IH2-Foundation is a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to helping first responders (firefighters, cops, dispatchers and military members) who face the struggles of trauma, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the shame that first responders often feel. We are committed to helping men and women not only find the path of healing for their lives, but to help fund that path through the donations of those who partner with us.

For more information on the IH2 Foundation, please visit

Agenda and Speakers

8:30am Doug Monda

Survive First

Doug Monda, Founder of Survive First, knows all too well the impact that a career as a first responder can have on mental health. Seventeen years on the job almost cost him his life. Doug is a survivor of attempted suicide. This is his story. Doug and his wife Karen founded Survive First to help first responders and their families navigate the mental health challenges that can occur with a career as a first responder. Their message is that no first responder is alone and that all first responders and their families can live happy and healthy lives.

9:15am Sherri Romero, LCSW, CACYFSW, PLLC

Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health in Public Safety

Sherri Romero provides treatment for first responders and their families. Sherri sees couples and individuals for trauma, depression, anxiety, other mood disorders, and stress management. Sherri uses EMDR (am certified), CBT, DBT, and art therapy. Sherri believes in and like to use an approach of balancing mental, emotional, and physical health. Sherri has been the spouse of a first responder for many years and was a Victim Witness advocate for many years, responding to crime scenes and making death notifications alongside first responders. Sherri is aware of the types of stressors and trauma that first responders experience and have been treating them for years in her private practice. Sherri have experience in treating individuals and couples who are first responders in ems, fire, law enforcement, corrections, and military.

10:00am BREAK

10:30am Dara N. Rampersad, Ph.D., LPC, NCC BluePaz, LLC

First Responders: Stress, Grief & Suicide

Dr. Dara Rampersad is a licensed psychologist in both Arizona and Hawaii, and specializes in first responder crisis intervention. He is certified in Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) as a CIT Coordinator, and is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), and FBI- Crisis Negotiator Teams (CNT). In addition, Dr. Rampersad is licensed as a professional counselor in Arizona and Colorado, and is nationally board certified in counseling, with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field.

11:30am Julie Miller, MC, LPC, LISAC

Question, Persuade, Refer for Suicide Prevention

Julie is a dually-licensed EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Certified EMDR Therapist in private practice in Tucson, Arizona. She is a regional trainer for the EMDR Institute, and was personally trained by the developer of EMDR therapy, Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. She is a national and international presenter on advanced uses of EMDR. She is a clinical volunteer for the Arizona Trauma Recovery Network (AzTRN). Along with a colleague, Julie founded the EMDR Center of Tucson to provide advanced EMDR training in Southern Arizona, and owns the EMDR Development Center for basic EMDR training. Julie specializes in treatment of public safety personnel.

12:30pm Libby Timmons, M.Ed.,LISAC, CEAP, SAP

Wrap up & Closing Statements

Libby Timmons, M.Ed., LISAC, CEAP., is known for her lively interactive presentations. Libby is currently President of EAPA. She is a nationally sought after presenter on Addictions & Trauma. She has presented nationally at EAPA, EAP Chapters, Podcasts and Facebook Interviews, and US Journal Conferences. Libby lives in Tucson, AZ and has a private practice that specializes in EAP and First Responders.

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Tucson Jewish Community Center

3800 E River Rd

Tucson, AZ 85718

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