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Randy Sutton

Retired Lieutenant Randy Sutton is a distinguished figure in the law enforcement community. With over 30 years of service, including a decade in NJ and 24 years with the Las Vegas Metro. Police Dept., he brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table.  Following his retirement as a Lieutenant, Sutton founded the Wounded Blue as a means to support injured and disabled law enforcement officers.

As the Chair of the Board of Directors, he leads initiatives aimed at providing assistance and resources to those who have sacrificed for the safety of others.

In addition to his contributions in law enforcement, Sutton is a prolific author, having penned numerous books that shed light on the daily realities of patroling.  His insights have also earned him appearances in movies and TV shows, solidifying his reputation as the “voice of American law enforcement.” 

Board of Directors

Bret Rawson

Vice President, Executive Board of Directors Member

As an attorney specializing in police-related matters, Bret Rawson represents many law enforcement officers in the Intermountain West. Additionally, he serves as a reserve police officer in a local municipality, taking pride in his service to the community of North Salt Lake. Mr. Rawson's law firm, Nelson Jones, PLLC, feels privileged to represent The Wounded Blue.

Betsy Brantner Smith

Secretary, Executive 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 spokesperson for the National Police Association.

Ron Coury

Board of Directors Member

Ron Coury, a former U.S. Marine, relocated to Las Vegas after his active duty stint ended in 1973. He recently released his autobiography, 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 in the last 47 years.

John Krupinsky

Board of Directors Member

Sgt. John Krupinsky has been serving his community as 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 Dichiaro is the founder of Nevada Holdings. With 42 years of business experience under his belt, he has taken a special interest in the success of our Peer Support Teams.

Giovanni Rocco

Treasurer, Executive Board of Directors Member

Retired officer and federal, covert operative of 30 years, Giovanni Rocco now contributes his time to developing mental health and reahab programs that are designed to engage and strengthen the law enforcement community. He is also the author of “Giovanni’s Ring: My Life Inside the Real Sopranos” in which he details the years spent as an undercover FBI agent inside the American mafia.

Christopher Darcy

Board of Directors Member

With over 32 years of law enforcement experience, Chris founded Fairfax Consulting Group, LLC., a consulting company that provides expert opinions, conducts evidence based investigations, and consults in public safety matters with clients across the United States. Undersheriff (Ret.) Christopher Darcy was second in command of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD). Chris has been at the forefront of leading change for the LVMPD in using force, duty to intervene, search warrant service pursuits, and in-custody deaths.

Von Kleim

Board of Directors Member

With 30+ years in the criminal justice profession, Von worked as a civilian police officer, attorney, educator, and author. He was a senior policy attorney for Lexipol and is currently the CEO & Director of Consulting at Force Science. As a nationally recognized use-of-force expert, Von has presented training for the FBI LEEDS program, the U.S. Marshals, the American Counsel of Second Amendment Lawyers, the Use of Force Summit, the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Division, and countless local, state, and federal law enforcement officers, police executives, and attorneys. Von holds a Bachelor’s in Crime and Delinquency Studies, a Master’s in Criminal Justice Administration, a Law Degree (J.D.), and a Master’s in Law post-graduate degree (LL.M.). He is licensed to practice law in VA and KS.

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 the podcast, Badge Boys.

Executive Team

Jennie Hill

Executive 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 as a police officer left her with the reality of what so many injured officers deal with: the feeling of abandonment, loss of a career, dealing with the effects of multiple critical incidents, PTSD, Worker's Comp, EEOC, and having to navigate a new "norm."

Barron is the TWB Peer Support Ambassador pup and Jennie’s own service dog. He is dually trained in therapy and travels the country with Jennie helping other injured officers.

Trevor Wilkins, Ph.D

Clinical Director
Trevor Wilkins served 15-years with law enforcement. He is now serving as a licensed, clinical counselor in the Lexington, KY area. He specializes in the symptoms related to trauma, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Trevor is trained and experienced in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (at The Soldier Center), and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (at Chicago REBT).

David Edwards

Director of Spiritual Support and Advisory Board Member

David R. Edwards is employed as the Wellness Officer for the Monroe (MI) Department of Public Safety. He also serves as a Reserve Police Officer and Police Chaplain in SE Michigan. He is the Founder and President of Call for Backup®, a non-profit which focuses on mental wellness as well as suicide awareness and prevention for uniformed services personnel. He is a Certified Trauma Services Specialist and a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

Bob Bemis

Director of Training

(Ret.) Sergeant Robert “Bob” Bemis retired in 2017 as a Supervisor in the Operational Training Division at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey, PA. 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 on an interstate highway.

Anne Carpenter

Advisory Board Member

Anne K. Carpenter was the first female Colonel of the Nevada Highway Patrol. She is recently retired as Chief of the Parole and Probation Division after serving for 27 years.

John Dean Harper

Esq., Legal Counsel

The Wounded Blue’s outside General Counsel has extensive experience forming, advising and assisting with the operation of non-profit organizations, with a concentration in law enforcement associations. For over two decades, Harper was Chief General Counsel with the Las Vegas Police Protective Association Metro, Inc. (outside counsel the last five years) and has represented officers involved in over 350 critical incidents and officers injured in the line of duty.

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