About Us

We are Survive First

At Survive First, our staff is comprised of a passionate and dedicated team ready to assist any first responder or family member in need.  We take great pride in the work we do together for the mission of our organization, to bring only the best education and resources to the first responder community. 

Together we make a difference.  Together we save lives.

Our Programs

Whether you, or someone you love needs assistance, our programs can help.

Our Team

Doug Monda, Founder / President

Doug Monda

President, Co-Founder, & Chairman of the Board
Karen Monda, Co Chair / Executive Director

Karen Monda

Executive Director & Co-Founder
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Chris Hattway

Director of Communications
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Amber Peacock

Event / Volunteer Coordinator
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Kathleen Myre

Secretary / Certified Recovery Peer Specialist

Board of Directors

Doug Monda, Founder / President

Doug Monda

President
Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board

A former undercover narcotics agent and member of S.W.A.T. with the Cocoa Police Department in Brevard County, FL, Doug Monda is an expert in tactical planning and leadership. A 2016 Officer of the Year award recipient, Monda played a critical role in ensuring the safety of his teammates and driving the success of countless missions, resulting in partnerships with the DEA, FBI, ATF, Border Patrol, U.S. Marshall’s Office, DHS, and NASA.

After his own personal struggles with depression and a failed suicide attempt, Monda has dedicated his life to helping first responders acknowledge and address career related mental health issues afflicting the responder community.

Karen Monda, Co Chair / Executive Director

Karen Monda

Executive Director
Co-Founder

As a law enforcement spouse, Monda has seen firsthand the devastating effects of a loved-one’s battle over depression, PTSD, and attempted suicide. Leveraging a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Communicative Disorders from UCF, Monda helps first responders and their spouses recognize the signs and symptoms of deteriorating mental health so that they can best support each other’s needs and live a happy and healthy life together.

An accomplished member of the non-profit community, Karen Monda has a long history of fundraising for national and global non-profit organizations including St. Jude’s, The Florida Wildlife Hospital, the Humane Society, and the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation.

Karen Delos Santos, Board Member

Karen Delos Santos

Board Director
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Mindscapes Counseling

A licensed mental health therapist, Karen Delos Santos has been serving first responders throughout Brevard and surrounding counties for over 10 years. As a former police and fire communications officer and a spouse to a law enforcement officer for nearly 20 years, Karen brings a unique perspective and experience to the therapeutic environment. She treats first responders and their families for such issues as PTSD, depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship struggles. Karen is passionate about helping first responders and their families live the lives they deserve as they selflessly give to the community they protect and serve.

Michael Betts, Board Member

Mike Betts

Board Director
Attorney at Law

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Mike Betts has served as general counsel and chief compliance officer for various healthcare companies across the hospital, clinical laboratory, and behavioral health sectors of healthcare. His expertise has led him to successfully assist clients in all phases of their business, including organizational structure, negotiation, and compliance/risk management.

In addition to his technical expertise as a lawyer and healthcare compliance expert, Betts is passionate about the technology, genetics, and behavioral therapies in a way to make a positive impact on the growing Opioid crisis.

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Doug Muldoon

Board Director
Chief of Police, Palm Bay Police Department (Ret.)

Across his 38+ year law enforcement career, Doug Muldoon has consistently demonstrated his tactical and leadership proficiencies, resulting in a meteoric and highly decorated rise to the top of his field. With his vast experience and training, Muldoon is prized for his expertise, serving as a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), and serving as Chair or participating on several boards such as the Florida Police Chiefs Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the FBINAA Charitable Foundation.  The first internally appointed chief of police in 36 years to the Palm Bay Police Department, Muldoon also attended the 153rd Session of the FBI National Academy. An active member both locally and nationally, Muldoon served as a local board member, chapter president, and after being elected to the FBINAA Executive board, served as the FBINAA International President.

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Linda C. Ryan

Board Director &
Treasurer
Department of Defense Staff Officer, GS-14 (Ret.)

With a diverse technical, program management, and staffing background, Linda Ryan’s 40+ year career focused on delivering program support to the U.S. military, industry, and federal government. A retired U.S. first Sergeant (E-8) and disabled veteran, Ryan completed her federal career at NGA, earning the Meritorious Defense Civilian Service Award for her support of the Intelligence Community. She is also a Military Intelligence Corps Knowlton award and a Legion of Merit award recipient.

With an MA in Global and International Studies and an MBA, Ryan currently applies her expertise to assist a variety of volunteer activities including the Boy Scouts of America, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Disabled American Veterans.

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Dale Coxwell

Board Director
Director, Samson Metal and Machine / Partner, LINDALE, LLC

An incredibly active and valued member of the Brevard County community, Dale P. Coxwell is highly recognized for his commitment to serving those who need it most. The founder of multiple businesses, Coxwell sits on a number of Boards and Advisory Councils, where he can apply his business expertise to drive economic development. A former Captain of the Four Communities Volunteer Fire Department, Coxwell inspires those around him to push their boundaries and use their resources to better both their mental and physical health.

Advisory Board

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Chris Fields

Major, Oklahoma City Fire Department (Ret.)

A former member of the OK City Fire Department, Chris Fields served Oklahoma City for 31 years, retiring as a Major in 2017. Captured in a photo that would become an iconic symbol of the Oklahoma City Bombing, Fields is committed to helping the first responder community through his own brutal realities of a life spent responding to citizens in their darkest hours. With firsthand knowledge, Fields recounts how 31 years of public service, coupled with the events of that day, combined to take a toll on his life and his family. Now he shares his journey out of the suffering in hopes of helping others avoid the failure and pitfalls, and encourages them to reach out.

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John BlackLeddge

Chief of Police, Sebastian Police Department (Ret.)

After 33 years of service as the Deputy Chief of Police for the Palm Bay PD, John Blackledge currently supports tactical operations in the military and aerospace industry. Over the past 10 years, Blackledge has been directly involved in suicide intervention incidents, developed and conducted training on law enforcement suicide prevention, and solicited support for impactful programs that increase mental health survival for first responders.

With an extensive array of expertise, Blackledge concurrently serves as a sworn reserve Deputy Sheriff for Brevard County, and has been the Lead Legal Instructor for more than 30 years at Eastern Florida. A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Blackledge has worked in across many disciplines including undercover narcotics and senior command. As the Major of Criminal Investigations, he led the innovative DNA project, LODIS, which earned the prestigious August Vollmer/IACP Award for outstanding achievement in local government from the ICMA Alliance.

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Christopher O. Davis

Assistant Chief of Police, Fayetteville PD (Ret.)

After 25+ years of service, Chris recently retired as an Assistant Chief of Police from the Fayetteville (NC) Police Department. Prior to law enforcement, he served 3+ years as a U.S. Army officer and served in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield.

A certified yoga instructor, Davis has a passion for improving resilience and operational performance via yoga and mindfulness training and is currently pursuing his 500-hour certification at the Guiding Wellness Institute.

Kevin Faulk

Kevin Faulk

Fire/Medic Liaison

A U.S. Marine, Kevin Faulk served as a member of the Crash, Fire, & Rescue MCAS in Jacksonville, NC. After being Honorably Discharged, Faulk became an EMS instructor and Haz-Mat technician leveraging his 6 years on the Haz-Mat Tech Rescue Team at BCFR, Field Evaluation Officer where he was the team coordinator for the department’s CISM team.

A passionate instructor, Faulk is a member of Eastern Florida State College’s EMS Program, teaching ACLS, PALS, and CPR/First Aid. Additionally, Faulk is a NAEMT Instructor for TCCC, TECC, TEMS, LEFR-TCC, and Bleeding Control. He has helped train several hundred local fire/rescue and law enforcement for active shooter events, several hundred law enforcement in bleeding control and has been an evaluator for Department of Homeland Security in an active shooter drill.

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Raul Rivas

Detective, Orlando Police Department (Ret.)

The recipient of numerous awards and accolades to include the Award of Valor, Field Training Officer of the Year, SWAT Operator of the Year, and Florida Governor’s Award, Raul Rivas currently sits on the SWAT Roundup International committee. With a career spanning more than 18 years with the Orlando Police Department, Rivas has served across a multitude of departments, including SWAT as an assistant Team Leader.

This extensive field experience drove his quick-thinking actions as a member of the SWAT team who responded to the Pulse night club shooting, earning the Award of Valor for his actions.

All inquiries will be responded to within 24 hours. If you are in crisis and need immediate assistance, please consider using one of the following resources:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Copline:
    1-800-267-5463
  • Emergencies:
    911

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