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Mann served for twenty-five years with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, six years in the United States Marine Corps, and nearly three years as a Program Coordinator with the Government Training Agency. Today, as a founding partner in Pathfinder Resilience, he is dedicated to giving back to the “community of protectors.”
A founding member of Pathfinder Resilience, creator of the HEROES Project model for Navigating Adversity, and founder of the nonprofit advocacy organization the Command Post, Renee’s specialty is pioneering validated methods for developing resilience. Her organizational leadership skills result in mitigating risk in critical professions and her individual coaching inspires renewed hope, self-confidence, and optimal performance in each of her clients.
In addition to writing nonfiction and publishing in peer-reviewed journals, trade magazines, and blogs, she is pursuing publication as a seasonal fiction author highlighting beautiful Mackinac Island, Michigan. Her favorite place to unwind and reconnect is anywhere along the Great Lake shoreline of Superior, Huron, and Michigan.
I received my B.A. in Communications from San Diego State University. After graduating, I worked, studied, and traveled through Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East for 4 years. The 4 years abroad was an incredible time of growth and learning. I had an opportunity to infuse myself with variety of cultures, traditions, and philosophy on life from the perspective of the locals. Most importantly, the odyssey was a great discovery of self. I contracted Malaria in Mandalay, my transportation vehicle struck a landmine in Mozambique, along with many other mishaps. My traveling adventures gave me incredible life-changing experiences. When I returned home, I was passionate to share my experience through motivational and life coaching.
I have been a deputy sheriff in Minnesota since 2006. Since that time, I have worked on various assignments including Field Training Officer, SWAT Team assistant leader, and patrol sergeant. In addition to that, I also oversee our social media team and mobile field force team. A couple years ago, I also worked on starting our drone program which has proven to be very beneficial to our agency in providing important information and has helped keep our cops safer.
When I'm not busy working, I am busy doing life with my wife and five kids. I enjoy road trips and travel, running and reading, baseball and craft beer. My dislikes include stepping on LEGOS, weak coffee, and being a hopeless Minnesota sports fan.
Rodger Ruge graduated with honors from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. Rodger began working as a police officer in 1986 for the City of San Rafael holding assignments as a patrol officer and member of the Special Weapons and Response Team (S.W.A.T.). In 1990, Rodger left San Rafael for the City of Santa Rosa where he held numerous assignments including working on the Neighborhood Enforcement Team (N.E.T.) focusing on street level narcotics, prostitution and gang enforcement in Santa Rosa’s most troubled neighborhoods.
Joseph Courtemanche is an award-winning author, former law enforcement officer, and military veteran. He is retired after working the last few decades in the technical world and is working on developing new products for the first-responder community, writing novels, and recording audiobooks for Crossroad Press.
In addition to all of the above, he’s mentoring in the Navigating Adversity program online. Using skills gained in law enforcement and the military, he not only identifies with the students, but can use his experience to guide them through the coursework. His decades of work in multiple fields give him a perspective unique from others, as well as a sympathetic approach to helping his students find their way through the course, and subsequently life’s challenges.
DR. HEATH GRANT, JOHN JAY COLLEGE
Dr. Heath Grant was recently named as the Director of the Master’s in Criminal Justice program at John Jay College. Prior to returning to the full-time faculty of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2013, Dr. Grant was most recently the Director of Research of the Police Executive Research Forum, a leading Washington DC organization dedicated to advancing law enforcement and crime prevention internationally.
Formerly, as CEO, of Success for Kids (SFK), he oversaw the planning, implementation, curriculum development, partnerships & strategic program alliances and evaluation of the organization’s international programs and services.