First Responders' Bridge Retreat

The next retreat held by First Responders' Bridge will begin on Friday, October 23rd and end on Sunday, October 25th at:

Marriott Hotel
5605 Blazer Pkwy
Dublin, OH 43017

Register for Retreat




Registration with the hotel
Sign consent forms


Retreat Opening

Presentation of Colors/Pledge of Allegiance/National Anthem
Opening prayer - Ron McMillin, Chaplain
Our Story


Keynote Speakers

Brian Pierson - Regional Director of Community Health & Wellbeing, Mount Carmel Health

Brian has tertiary care nursing clinical experience in cardiac intensive care, mobile intensive care, emergency and prison settings. He served in the United States Army and Ohio Army National Guard for 12 years as a flight medic and forward area surgical team specialist. Brian received his master's degree in business psychology accompanied by undergraduate degrees in nursing and organizational leadership. He is an experienced leader with over 20 years in the healthcare industry.

Scott Geiselhart - Frazee, MN Fire Department

Scott served as the Asst. Fire Chief of the Frazee, MN Fire Department where he retired after 24 years of service. He is a certified Peer Support Specialist and a national speaker on topics such as Post Traumatic Stress and First Responder trauma. Scott is a PTS, meth and suicide attempt survivor.

Allison Uribe * - Wives on Duty

Allison is a pastor, conference speaker and author. In 2008, she and her husband, a Antonio, TX Police Officer, founded Wives on Duty Ministries with a mission to support, encourage, and inspire spouses of First Responder's through God's word. For 5 years, Allison was a substation chaplain with the San Antonio Police Dept. She has written 3 books to First Responder spouses, "Because I'm Suitable- The Journey of a Wife on Duty", "Cuffs and Coffee: A devotional for wives of America's Law Enforcement Officers." She recently released "Because I'm Suitable- Revised Addition" Allison is a national conference speaker with Bless the Badge and speaks regularly at Billy Graham Law Enforcement Retreats.










Lisa Callander - Director, City of Columbus EAP

Lisa has been with the City of Columbus EAP since 1989, providing program administration, clinical services, consultations, trainings and administering the City EAP. She has extensive experience in working with First Responder's, and in the area of critical incident stress response. She serves as a member of the Mid-Ohio and Columbus Fire CISM teams, and is the Mental Health Advisor for the Columbus Police Peer Assistance Team(PAT)

Carly Mesnick - Program Manager, Mount Carmel Health

Carly is a licensed clinical professional counselor with supervision designation. She has been working as a clinician and Director of Programs for the Mount Carmel Health, Crime and Trauma Assistance Program(CTAP) managing the treatment of trauma and related disorders for 12 years. She participates in advisory boards, committees and task forces both within Mount Carmel Health and in the community associated with crime, trauma, and the treatment of victims and survivors of crime and trauma.

Kay Werk - LISW-S

Kay worked for 37 years at Netcare. She was instrumental as the developer and manager of the Netcare Access Community Crisis Response Team for 22 years and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) which assists with resiliency of public safety forces and other organizations encountering events stressful even to experienced personnel. Kay is one of the original 12 individuals from the United States entrusted by Dr. Francine Shapiro with training Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for EMDR clinicians. She is an approved trainer for the International Incident Foundation(ICISF). Kay provided pro bono EMDR training for mental health professionals after the Oklahoma City bombing, Columbine shootings, and 9-11. Kay has extensive experience training Police and Fire Departments.



* Michael McSellers - Virginia State Police -  "Spiritual Survival for First Responders"

Michael J. McSellers has served our country as a United States Marine Corps veteran and has served the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Law Enforcement Officer for over fourteen years and is currently serving in the Northern Virginia area. Michael has served for over 13 years as a Field Training Officer and a member of the Honor Guard. Michael has also served over 3 years as a Chaplain, and has been a coordinator for the annual Rise Christian Police Conference and speaker held during National Police Week the past 4 years.  Michael is also the host of a podcast titled Faith on the Force and is a speaker for Billy Graham's National Law Enforcement Retreat in the United States and Canada. He's also on the Board of Blue Help which is a non profit organization that bring awareness to PTSD in law enforcement, law enforcement suicide while also providing assistance to families of Law Enforcement suicide.







Deirdre DeLong - Program Coordinator, State of Ohio FOP

Deirdre is an International Critical Incident Stress Foundation approved instructor, in both group and individual classes. She is the Director of the Critical Incident Response Service and member of the Mid-Ohio and Miami Valley CISM teams. Deirdre was an EMT, a volunteer firefighter and dispatcher before entering the Police Academy in 1988. She retired from the Blue Ash Police Department. She currently teaches in a basic Police Academy and CISM classes throughout the state.


Self Care & Well Being Discussion Groups

Law Enforcement/Corrections Officers- Lisa Callander (

Firefighters/EMS - Dr. Jack Malinky (

Dispatchers- Dr. Mike Wagner (

Spouses/ Significant Other ONLY - Brian Pierson (


Self Care & Well Being Discussion Groups(continued)

Law Enforcement/Corrections Officers- Lisa Callander (

Firefighters/EMS - Dr. Jack Malinky (

Dispatchers- Dr. Mike Wagner (

Spouses/ Significant Other ONLY - Brian Pierson (






Anthony "AJ" Johnson - Columbus, OH Police Department

AJ has been a sworn member of the Columbus Division of Police since 2013. He currently serves as an active member of the Honor Guard, Officer Support and Peer Assistance team. AJ is currently a member of Humanizing The Badge where he travels across the country speaking and creating events to bridge the gap between Law Enforcement and the communities they serve. In 2017 AJ was selected by the Ohio Governors Office to serve on the Ohio Collaborative where he helps create standards and policies for police agencies across Ohio.


Peer Speakers


9:00P - 10:00P



Food and drinks provided.







Dr. Mike Wagner - "Post Retreat Planning - Building A Bridge”

Dr. Michael Wagner is a clinical psychologist in Columbus Ohio.  Licensed 27 years ago, he has worked in many different settings and facilities ranging from outpatient private practice to inpatient psychiatric care.  He has founded two large, successful mental health clinics, and currently serves as Director of Behavioral Services at an outpatient behavioral practice located in Dublin, Ohio and as a forensic psychologist at Netcare.  Dr. Mike enjoys assisting First Responders with healing and recovery.  He also serves on the board of trustees for First Responders' Bridge.




Steve Click - Ohio Assist

Steven M. Click recently retired as a lieutenant, assigned to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Office of Personnel / Ohio ASSIST program.  Steve has been involved in peer support with the Patrol’s Member’s Assistance Team (MAT) since its inception in 2002.  He previously served as the Operational Commander.  Prior to retirement, he oversaw all aspects of the MAT including policies, activations and training.

He has been active in peer support since being CISM trained in 1993.  He was deployed to New York City twice after the 9/11 attacks and worked with the NYPD peer support program, POPPA.

Steve is trained in both group and individual peer support by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.  He oversees the Post Critical Incident Seminars for Ohio.  He has been utilized as a peer in South Carolina, Kentucky, Texas and Georgia, for their PCIS / STLS programs.  He serves as the Crisis Awareness Training, and other critical incident training program instructor for Ohio ASSIST, having provided training to a number of Ohio agencies including the Highway Patrol.

He currently serves as the First Responder Liaison to the Trauma Informed Care program for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.  He also continues to oversee the Ohio ASSIST Post Critical Incident Seminar program.



Retreat Closing

Mick Yinger - Closing remarks
Chaplain Ron McMillin - Closing prayer

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