Pioneering  Change, 

Fostering  Resilience


Mind the Frontline, established in June 2023, is your ally in the journey to support those who selflessly safeguard our communities. Our core mission revolves around pioneering innovation in research, education, and overall well-being specifically tailored to healthcare, military, and public service frontline first responders.

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About Us

 

Meet the Team Behind the Mission...


 

Our Founder

Chris Smetana | President & CEO of Mind the Frontline and Founder of IA MED


With over two decades of experience as a former Critical Care Flight Paramedic/HSAR Tech and a seasoned EMS Educator, Chris is dedicated to advancing research, education, and well-being in healthcare, the military, and public service.

Chris's contributions extend internationally, as he has worked closely with military and governmental agencies, providing support to various units and departments within the US government and beyond as a Department of Defense contractor.

As a national speaker and accomplished author in the medical education field, Chris has authored numerous publications covering topics such as Critical Care Medicine, Aircrew Operations, and Advanced Cardiopulmonary Transport.

Chris is a passionate advocate for positive organizational culture, mental health awareness, and professional development within the EMS industry. He is committed to driving innovation, emphasizing diversity, and fostering adaptability to propel the field forward.

 

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Our Board

Matt Regan

Matt Regan

 

About Matt

Cameron Curtis

Cameron Curtis

 

About Cameron

Michael Surgrue

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About Michael

Carrie Poole

Carrie Poole

 

About Carrie

  

Our Volunteers

Jaren Jarrell

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

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About Jaren

Amy Wright

Director of Peer Support

 

Amy Wright

 

About Amy

Brett Zingarelli

ASST. DIR PEER Support/
STATE AMBASSADOR

 

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About Brett

Dan Bergman

CHAPLAIN

Dan Bergman

 

About Dan

Michael Richards

DIRECTOR OF MEDIA

Michael Richards

 

About Michael

Hannah Castro

PEER SUPPORT / STATE AMBASSADOR

 

Hannah Castro

 

About Hannah

Eddie Rice

PEER SUPPORT / STATE AMBASSADOR

 

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About Eddie

Chris Zepeda

STATE AMBASSADOR

 

Chris Zepeda

 

About Chris

Elizabeth Travis

STATE AMBASSADOR

 

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About Elizabeth

Robert Weisbaum

STATE AMBASSADOR

 

Robert Weisbaum

 

About Robert

Jennifer Liang

STATE AMBASSADOR

 

Jennifer Liang

 

About Jennifer

Matthew West

Peer Support

Matthew West

 

About Matthew

Joshua Carlile

STATE AMBASSADOR

 

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About Joshua

Colleen Githens

STATE AMBASSADOR

 

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About Colleen

Nick Carson

PEER SUPPORT / STATE AMBASSADOR

 

Nick Carson

 

About Nick

Karsyn Nehls

PEER SUPPORT / STATE AMBASSADOR

 

Karsyn Nehls

 

About Karsyn

Jerin Warkentin

PEER SUPPORT/STATE AMBASSADOR

 

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About Jerin

Kenzie Christensen

STATE AMBASSADOR

 

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About Kenzie

 

Organizational Values

 

At Mind the Frontline, our organizational values shape the foundation of our mission and guide our commitment to the mental health and well-being of frontline first responders. These values define who we are and how we operate:

1. Empowerment:

  • We empower frontline first responders by providing them with the tools, resources, and knowledge needed to prioritize and enhance their mental well-being.

2. Integrity:

  • Mind the Frontline is built on a foundation of integrity, ensuring honesty, transparency, and accountability in all our endeavors.

3. Resilience:

  • Resilience is at the heart of our values, reflecting the strength and fortitude required by frontline first responders.

4. Compassion:

  • We approach our mission with deep empathy, recognizing the unique challenges faced by healthcare, military, and public service frontline first responders.

5. Innovation:

  • We foster a culture of innovation, constantly seeking new and effective ways to enhance the mental health and well-being of first responders.

6. Collaboration:

  • We believe in the power of collaboration, working hand-in-hand with individuals, organizations, and communities to achieve our shared goals.

7. Diversity and Inclusion:

  • We celebrate diversity and inclusivity, recognizing and respecting the unique backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of all individuals.

8. Proactive Advocacy:

  • We proactively advocate for the mental health of first responders, raising awareness and challenging stigmas to create a more supportive culture.

9. Empathetic Listening:

  • We practice empathetic listening, valuing the voices and experiences of first responders to inform our initiatives.

10. Camaraderie:

  • Mind the Frontline fosters a sense of camaraderie, building a community that supports and uplifts one another in the shared journey toward well-being.

11. Community-Centric:

  • Our values are rooted in a commitment to serving and uplifting the first responder community, placing their needs at the forefront of our efforts.

12. Courage:

  • We approach our mission with courage, tackling the challenges and stigma surrounding mental health in the first responder community head-on.

13. Accountability:

  • We hold ourselves accountable for the impact we seek to make, measuring and evaluating our initiatives to ensure meaningful and positive outcomes.

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