Here at the IL chapter we will be looking to help families heal after the death by suicide and offer education to departments on the stresses of mental health with guidance to help their officers. We will also take the initiative to help change policies at the departments on mental health and required counseling quarterly. If an officer is placed on administrative leave, I would like to see more support with the goal of getting them back to work.
Illinois State Representative
Christy Lister a mother of three children and former wife of a police officer, who after 25 years at the police department died by suicide in June of 2019. Christy is passionate about speaking up on mental health for police officers, first responders and their families, while advocating for changes within the mental health polices amongst the departments. Christy has been working with active/retired officers and their families providing education to allow them to understand that mental health is not a matter that should be overlooked or shunned as it has been in the past
Christy is a founding board member of a local non-for-profit, The Harvesting Hope Project, that allows First Responders and their families to come together in a safe and private rural setting.
Illinois State Team
Carie Johnstone has been in the field of social work for the past 23 years. She has served in the capacities of crisis intervention, child and family welfare, community mental health, school social work, and private practice. Her passion in the field in mental and behavioral health, family systems, LGBTQ+, academia, policy, PTSD and trauma have led her to being a university instructor for the past 15 years along with administration positions and offering consultative supports and services. Carie spent 7 years as a school district administrator of a large unit district in Will County in which she oversaw social emotional and behavior supports along with Special Education and Section 504. Currently, Carie is a co-owner of a group counseling practice with office in Lombard with multiple counseling contracts in Will, DuPage, and Cook Counties. Carie’s professional memberships and collaborative relational strengths has brought her to a legislative appointment Board Member to the Illinois Community and Residential Services Authority (CRSA) & IL Adolescent Suicide Prevention Alliance (ISPA) which supports children and adolescents with mental health needs in the communities to help strengthen policies in Illinois. Her mission in life is to support the healing journey of others so they can live a purposeful life. She graduated from Lewis University, IL with her undergraduate degree in social work and human services along with criminal social justice; Masters in Social Work from Jane Addams School of Social Work at University of Illinois at Chicago with School Social Work Type 73 Certification; Masters in Educational Leadership with Type 75 Certification; Masters in Special Education with Director of Special Education Endorsement; Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) candidate; Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Mike is currently the Owner of Drugan and Associates LLC, a training and consulting firm specializing in De-escalation and mental health awareness training since 2005. He retired from the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office after 28 years of service in August of 2019. He worked in corrections for a time but spent most of his career as a Detective and started the Special Victims Unit in 1998. He worked in the SVU and managed that unit until 2017, when he was called to start a Crisis Intervention Program. Mike authored the CIT curriculum and continues to be the program manager for the Crisis Intervention Team training at the Sheriff’s Office. He also served on the Special Operations Team and retired as the Commander of the Crisis Negotiations Team. He currently serves on a contract basis as the Director of Mental Health Services at the Sheriff’s Office.
Mike is an executive board member with NAMI DuPage, an adjunct instructor with the College of DuPage (HSI) and a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA). Mike is married with 4 children and believes first responders deserve better mental health training, and better programs to address the issues they face daily.
Dr. Brenda Henderson
Maureen Vincent is a Retired Sergeant after 26-years of serve with the Chicago Police department. Maureen is a pioneer member of Chicago Police Departments Ambassador Program recruiting qualified applicants to consider law enforcement. She also is an active member of the National Organization of black law enforcement executives. Along with the amazing career in Law Enforcement, Maureen comes to us with a Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology from Loyola University. Born and raised in Chicago, she will bring the experience of the badge and the knowledge of our State of Illinois.
Kim McKinney is a mother of two children and police spouse. Kim has worked on the civilian side of a police department for over a decade as well as currently serves as the administrative assistant to a police commission board. Kim is passionate about mental wellness in police officers, first responders and their families. She has a specific passion of raising awareness of mental health issues including signs and symptoms of depression with police families.
Officer Kenneth Lister
Downer’s Grove Police Department
Date of Death: June 17, 2019
Years of Service: 25
Duty Status: Active