First Responders’ Bridge Team

In order for First Responders' Bridge to fulfill its mission, we have put together a team of committed professionals that represent excellence and integrity in their chosen field.


Mick Yinger

Executive Director

Mick has more than 21 years of Law Enforcement experience working for both the Clinton Township (OH), Police Department and City of Columbus (OH) Division of Police.

While working for the City of Columbus, Division of Police, Mick worked in the Patrol Bureau, Narcotics Bureau, and spent the majority of his career as a covert Detective in the Strategic Response Bureau.

Mick served as an unarmed self-defense and boxing instructor for new cadets at the Columbus Police Training Academy.

Mick was a recipient of the Columbus City Council Officer of the Month, The Mayor’s Award of Excellence and 2 Mutual Aid awards.

After retiring from the City of Columbus, Division of Police, Mick served as Vice-President of Safeguard Risk Solutions from 2013 – 2017.

Mick attended Defiance College where he studied Criminal Justice.

Mick serves as Executive Director of First Responders' Bridge and oversees all day-to-day activities.

Mike Pavolino

Vice President

Michael Pavolino graduated from Urbana University (Urbana, OH) where he played football and baseball while obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education.

His military career spans from 1990 - current in the United States Army Reserves as a Military Policeman and as a Criminal Investigation Agent.  He progressed through the ranks from Private First Class to Chief Warrant Officer 3. He has been deployed four times, been the Unit Commander during an OCONUS deployment, and was the PSO for the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff.

He began his civilian law enforcement career in 1992 - 2017 with the Westerville Police Department. He graduated from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy. He attended numerous other training courses emphasizing special weapons and tactics and investigations. Mike has worked or been involved with: uniform committee, awards committee, all three shifts, Westerville’s first school resource officer, bike patrol, physical fitness coordinator, honor guard, dive team, and he retired as a detective. In 1995-2017 he was selected as a member and then eventually into the leadership of the multi-agency SWAT team, Delaware Tactical Unit.

Mike has been presented several awards from the military, such as the bronze star and combat action badge; and from law enforcement, such as the Delaware County Sheriff award and gallantry star.

Mike is active socially with the Veterans of Foreign War, Moose Lodge International, AmVets and American Legion.

Board of Trustees

Business Leaders

Hugh Cathey, Board Chair

Chairman & CEO Chromocare

Becky Muncy-Brooks, General Counsel

Attorney, Painter & Associates

Brian Pierson

Vice President of Community Health & Wellbeing, Mount Carmel

John Householder

President, Kokosing Construction Company

Jeff Stonerock, Treasurer

Partner, Clarus Partners

Gary Callicoat

Gary Callicoat

President, Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern

Jason Profitt

Jason Profitt

Director of Technology, The Piada Group

Stan Partlow

Stan Partlow

Vice President and Chief Security Officer, AEP (retired)

Doug Vance

Doug Vance

Owner & Vice President, Vance Outdoors Inc.

Maureen Kocot

Maureen Kocot

Outreach and Media Relations Manager, Franklin County Sheriff's Office

Dan Floyd

Dan Floyd

President/CEO, Signature Control Systems LLC (retired)

Amy Coppola

Amy Coppola

Director of Program Management, International Towers, LLC

Kathy Cocuzzi

Kathy Cocuzzi

Mayor, Westerville (former)


Dr. Mike Wagner

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. John (Jack) Malinky

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Barbara Jones Warren

Professor and Director of Psychiatric Mental Health, The Ohio State University

Lisa Callander

Lisa Callander

Director EAP, City of Columbus

First Responders

Greg Bodker

Greg Bodker

Deputy Chief, Columbus Police

Ron McMillin

Assistant Chief, Westerville Police Dept., Chaplain, The Bridge

Tom Ullom

Retired Westerville Firefighter, member of Critical Incident Stress Management(CISM) team

Mike DeFrancisco

Arson Investigator, Columbus Fire Dept.

Anthony Johnson

Anthony "AJ" Johnson

Officer, Columbus Police Dept.

Rhonda Grizzell

Rhonda Grizzell

Deputy Chief of Police, Reynsoldsburg Division of Police