Founder Larry Briggs, retired Special Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), serves as Chaplain to the San Diego Harbor Police and is a Volunteer at the West Coast Post-Trauma Retreat in Napa, California. He holds several certifications with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) as well as with California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). He heads the Chaplaincy ministry at the Branch Church San Diego where he fellowships and partners with others in supporting our local First Responder community.
Larry’s many hours of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) training and experience, and years of service with ATF, uniquely qualify him to serve those in the First Responder community. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling- Crisis Response & Trauma, from Liberty University.
“I am a Christian by faith and a Chaplain by trade.” Larry Briggs
Robert D. Taylor-
Bob Taylor was born and raised in a law enforcement family in San Diego, where his father retired as a Captain with the San Diego Police Department. He has worked in banking for the past 34 years and is currently an Executive Director with Morgan Stanley. Bob has been involved with many community focused organizations, including Little League and Boy Scouts of America. He and his family fellowship at North Park Presbyterian.
Karen L. Banks, PhD.-
Karen Banks earned her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern California, and has been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist since 1997. She has worked as a Psychologist for the Federal Bureau of Prisons for over 23 years, serving as the Chief Psychologist at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) San Diego since 2006. In this capacity, she is a first responder and provides services to both law enforcement personnel and the inmate population. She joined MCC’s Crisis Negotiation Team in 1996, and has been a member of the National Crisis Negotiation Team Training Cadre since 2007. This has given her the opportunity to provide crisis negotiation training to staff members from Federal Prisons throughout the United States, as well as the Idaho State Department of Corrections. She has participated in several CISM courses, and is a Member, Board of Directors for the San Diego County CISM Team. Through ICISF, she was blessed with the opportunity to travel to Haiti and provide mental health services to residents and medical staff in a field hospital following the 2010 earthquake.