BOARD OF DIRECTORS
FOUNDER / CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD / PRESIDENT
Doug Monda is a former undercover narcotics agent with the Cocoa Police Department, in Brevard County, Florida. He began his career in public safety in 2001. In his second year of service, Doug joined the S.W.A.T. team, and subsequently attended Marine Scout Sniper Training, earning his certification with Blackwater. Doug spent 16 years on the Cocoa Police Department S.W.A.T. team, where he became an expert in tactical planning and leading. As a S.W.A.T. member, his experience as a sniper and team leader played a critical role in the safety of teammates and success of countless missions. During his career he has also worked with agencies consisting of D.E.A., F.B.I., ATF, Border Patrol, U.S. Marshall’s Office, Department of Homeland Security and NASA.
Doug’s training has earned him extraordinary success in the field. In 2016, he was named Officer of the Year. Additionally, throughout his career, he earned many other awards for his hard work and dedication to public safety.
After recovering from personal experience with depression and a failed attempt at suicide in 2013, Doug realized more needed to be done for first responders and their families dealing with career related mental health issues. He and his wife founded Survive First in 2018, and have been helping the first responder community since. Survive First provides assistance to any first responder and/or family member in need of mental health support, from the impact of post traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Doug regularly travels to speak to departments, agencies, and academies, to provide education to first responders on the signs and symptoms of declining mental health, how to keep your mind healthy, the importance of having a support system, and an intimate look into the life of a suicide survivor.
In Doug’s spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends. He enjoys competing in the sport of triathlon and is a four-time Ironman Triathlon finisher, as well as a former professional soccer player. Doug believes maintaining his physical health and fitness has had a big impact in his recovery and encourages all first responders to find an activity they enjoy, and include it in their daily routine.
Doug’s mission is to spread awareness about PTSD and suicide in first responders, hoping to break the stigma, so that help may be received before it is too late.
CO FOUNDER / VICE CHAIRMAN / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Karen is the wife of Survive First Foundation’s founder, Douglas Monda, and a proud step mother of five. She received both her Master of Arts degree and Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Communicative Disorders, from the University of Central Florida. Karen has a long history of fundraising for national and global non-profit organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Florida Wildlife Hospital, the Humane Society of the United States, and the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation. She has a long-standing passion for helping others in need and is humbled by the opportunity to help first responders and their families, as she knows, very well, the impact that a career as a first responder can have on family.
Karen’s personal experience as a law enforcement spouse, who has fought alongside her husband to win the battle over depression, PTSD, and attempted suicide, has been the drive behind her passion for Survive First, and ensuring that all first responders and their families receive the support and treatment they need when mental health becomes a daily struggle. Her personal mission is to educate first responders and spouses on how to communicate and understand each other better, as well as understand 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.
In her spare time, Karen enjoys spending time with her family. She maintains a healthy lifestyle by running, cycling, and swimming. Karen enjoyed years of running the marathon distance, and has been honored to qualify for and run the Boston Marathon. She has also competed in the sport of duathlon, and is currently training for her first Ironman triathlon 70.3 mile race. She believes in physical fitness as a catalyst for a healthy and happy life and encourages people to find a physical activity they can enjoy.
Karen oversees the day to day operations and all media content for Survive First. She also coordinates and plans fundraising events and drives for the foundation. As a member of the Board of Directors, she helps set the strategic goals and objectives for the foundation.
Doug Muldoon joined ecoATM as Director of Law Enforcement Relations after a law enforcement career of more than 38 years.
Doug Muldoon began his law enforcement career in 1976 with the Palm Bay Police Department in East Central Florida. He worked in an agency that covered a city of 65 square miles and at the time had a population of approximately 7500. During his career he worked in all areas of the police department and became a part of the senior staff in 1983 holding the rank of lieutenant. During the 1980’s Palm Bay was one of the top 10 cities for growth in the United States. In 1987 Muldoon was promoted to captain and major in 1994. In 2002 he was promoted to deputy chief before being appointed chief of police in February 2011 marking the first time in more than 36 years an internal candidate achieved the rank.
Muldoon attended the FBI National Academy in April of 1988. He was active with the Florida Chapter and became a board member in 1994 and chapter president in 1998. In 1999 he was appointed as the executive secretary – treasurer of this organization with more than 800 members. In 2005 Muldoon was elected to the FBINAA Executive Board and served as the President of this international organization representing more than 16,000 members in more than 170 countries.
Muldoon is also active in several other organizations. He is a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Florida Police Chiefs Association (life member), and the Brevard County Chiefs Association where he served as president in 2009. Currently serves as Chairman of the FBINAA Charitable Foundation. Serves on the Transnational Crime Committee for the IACP, Public Private Partnership Committee for the Florida Chiefs and the FBI National Academy Associates, and Chairs the Florida FBINAA Chapter Scholarship Committee.
He is a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, (52nd Session), FBI Leadership in Counter Terrorism Program (LinCT), Florida Department of Law Enforcement Executive Institute’s Senior Leadership Program, the Certified Public Manager Program and Leadership Brevard. He serves on committees with the Florida Police Chiefs Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Palm Bay Hospital Advisory Board, and Advisory Board for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Anti-Defamation League Recognition Selection Committee and active member of the Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS).
Doug served as a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) for the Brevard FBI Resident Agency, Tampa, Florida FBI Field Office since 2003 until his retirement.
Congressman Posey recognized for his accomplishments in the Congressional Record December 2, 2013. Chief Muldoon was appointed in June 2014 to the advisory board for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA. In 2013 he was recognized along with Dr. Peter Pappas by the Alliance for Innovations for developing the Tac-Tel medicine program. This provides a secured video feed into the trauma center at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne FL whenever SWAT is deployed. It permits a trauma surgeon to triage injures an officer or others may receive during a critical incident and allows them to visually prepare for the individual to be received in the hospital already having seen the extent of the injuries via video from the scene. They also received international recognition for the first rapid DNA machine that can provide DNA profiles in the office within 90 minutes. His agency was known for looking at innovative ways to improve law enforcement using new technologies and building community partnerships.
In 2017 Doug was honored by the Florida Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates by having a Member of the Year award created and named after him. The Florida Chiefs of Police also recognized his accomplishments transitioning into the private sector and providing support in law enforcement with the “Pillars of Success” award.
Muldoon is also a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Central Florida.
BOARD DIRECTOR / TREASURER
Linda C. Ryan has a diverse technical, program management, and staffing background including military, industry and federal government experience. Ms. Ryan’s career spans over forty years providing SIGINT analysis, program and budget support and executive staffing. Linda retired from the United States Army as a First Sergeant (E-8) and is a disabled veteran. Ms. Ryan finalized her federal government career at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Ms Ryan earned the Meritorious Defense Civilian Service Award for her tenure supporting the Intelligence Community.
Ms. Ryan military service includes than twenty years as a Senior Signals Intelligence Analyst, Korean Linguist, Program Officer and Operations Supervisor. Ms. Ryan earned numerous military awards. Noteworthy awards include the Military Intelligence Corps Knowlton Award and the Legion of Merit.
Ms. Ryan’s civilian service background is program management and budget and staffing support to Intelligence Community agencies and a large assortment of volunteer activities including the Boy Scouts of America, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. She held several officer level positions in these organizations.
Linda holds a MA in Global and International Studies from the University of Kansas, and MBA from University of Maryland University College and BA in Psychology from Chaminade University of Hawaii. Ms. Ryan completed ILE at the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth. Ms. Ryan holds a Black Belt for Lean Six Sigma.
Ms. Ryan and her husband Mark reside in Palm Bay, Florida and enjoy their free time doing activities with their children and grandchildren and riding their motorcycles. Linda’s volunteer work includes several officer level positions in social groups and providing career advice and coaching to entry level professionals and veterans in need.
KAREN DELOS SANTOS
Karen Delos Santos is a licensed mental health therapist who has been serving first responders throughout Brevard County 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.
Mike Betts is an attorney and graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Mike has served as general counsel and chief compliance officer for various healthcare companies in the hospital, clinical laboratory and behavioral health sectors of healthcare. In those roles, he assisted his clients in all phases of their business, including the formation and structuring of new companies and joint ventures, negotiation of credit agreements and other business contracts, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and compliance/risk management.
In addition to his technical expertise as a lawyer and healthcare compliance expert, Mike is passionate about the importance of integrating technology, genetics, and behavioral therapies in a way to make a positive impact on the growing Opioid crisis.
CHRIS FIELDS - FIREFIGHTER LIAISON
Chris Fields is a former member of the Oklahoma City Fire Department, Chris joined the fire department July 12, 1985 promoting through the ranks and retiring as a Major March 1, 2017 serving the citizens of Oklahoma City for 31yrs and 7 months. Chris was captured in a photo that became an iconic symbol of the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995 when he was cradling the body of 1yr old Baylee Almon. Chris is now dedicating his life, and travels to speak to other 1st responders, he discusses the brutal realities of a life spent responding to citizens in their darkest hours. Routinely placing others before himself and representing the greater good in all of us. Chris tells the story of his life, his 31yrs of public service, and how that day in 1995 all combined to take a toll on his life and his family, he suffered in silence for many years. Now he shares how with God, Faith, and Family he took control and his journey out of the suffering in hopes of helping others avoid the failure, the pitfalls, and to reach out.
“I was shocked when I reached out, how many people were reaching back, I want 1st responders to know its ok, not be ok sometimes. It’s all about changing the narrative and breaking the stigma of reaching out for help. As heroic a calling as our profession seems to many, to me it’s just as heroic if not more to speak up, reach out. Be a hero to yourself and your family.”
CHRISTOPHER O. DAVIS
After 25+ years of service, Chris recently retired as an Assistant Chief of Police from the Fayetteville (NC) Police Department. In his last assignment, he served as the Investigative Bureau Commander and supervised over 150 employees. Chris has worked in patrol, investigations, internal affairs and the training division. Prior to law enforcement, he served 3+ years as a U.S. Army officer and served in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield.
In addition to his law enforcement career, Chris has worked as an adjunct criminal justice professor at Methodist University, Fayetteville State University, and currently at North Carolina Central University, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and the North Carolina Justice Academy. He is a certified yoga instructor and is an ambassador for Yoga for First Responders.
Chris has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Dayton. He is also a graduate of the 118th Session of the Officer’s Administrative Course (Southern Police Institute / University of Louisville) and the Senior Management Institute for Police (Police Executive Research Forum).
John Blackledge is the Vice President of Tactical Operations at Bansbach Easylift in Melbourne,
FL, an international corporation that supports the military and aerospace industy. He currently
serves as a sworn reserve Deputy Sheriff for Brevard County. He is also President of Lawlynx
Media Productions, Inc. and Blackledge Enterprises, LLC, an expert witness, training and
He retired as Deputy Chief from Palm Bay Police Department in 2013 after 33 years of service.
He has worked in patrol, field training, wildlife and marine enforcement, undercover narcotics,
internal affairs, training, patrol supervision and senior command. He was the Major of Criminal
Investigations, during which he led the innovative DNA project, LODIS. The LODIS earned the
prestigious August Vollmer/IACP Award, the Outstanding Achievement in Local Government
Innovation from the ICMA Alliance for Innovation and other national awards. He is also
introduced the first-ever police agency use of rapid DNA instrument. He has authored several
published articles on law enforcement innovations, joint public-private partnerships and
John Blackledge has been the Lead Legal Instructor for more than 30 years at Eastern Florida
State College-Public Safety Institute and has instructed in the legal section and various areas
advanced training programs, including instructor training, supervision and management and all
areas of legal. He serves as a subject matter expert for the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement for over 25 years. He is a key member in the development of the legal portions of
the Florida Basic Recruit Academy curriculum, Crisis Intervention Program and Instructor
Techniques curricula since 1992. John Blackledge pioneered the implementation of CIT and was
instrumental in initiating CISM for law enforcement in Brevard County following the mass
shooting in Palm Bay in 1987.
Commander Blackledge is a graduate of the FBI-National Academy 193 rd Session and of the
U.C.F. with a Bachelor’s Degree Summa Cum Laude in Pre-Law. He is a certified trainer in
Incident Command Systems-F.E.M.A. from the Emergency Management Institute in
Emmitsburg, Md and has trained over 1,500 public safety personnel in ICS principles using
hands-on exercises. He served as the Tactical Incident (SWAT) Commander for more than 100
hostage, high-risk warrant services and barricaded subject incidents.
During the past 10 years, John 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.
KEVIN FAULK - FIRE/MEDIC LIAISON
Kevin joined the United States Marine Corps in January 1994 and served as a member of Crash, Fire & Rescue at MCAS New River in Jacksonville, NC. After being Honorably Discharged out of the Marines he went to EMT, EMT-I & Paramedic school and became the first paid firefighter/paramedic in his home town.
Kevin moved to Rockledge, Florida in early 2000, working at the blood bank and Cape Canaveral Fire & Rescue till he started his career with Brevard County Fire & Rescue in January 2001. Kevin is currently assigned to Engine 21 in North Mims. He is also an EMS instructor, Haz-Mat Technician and spent 6 years on the Haz-Mat Tech Rescue Team at BCFR, Field Evaluation Officer and is the team coordinator for the departments CISM team. Kevin teaches EMT and paramedic with Eastern Florida State College EMS program and he also teaches ACLS, PALS, CPR/First Aid. He 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. Kevin is also the Vice President of the non-profit The Crisis Doctor & Associates.
Kevin holds an Associate’s degree in EMS and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. Kevin is married, his wife has been in law enforcement for over 12 years, he has three children and two grandkids, his oldest daughter lives in Alabama, his youngest daughter is in the Marine Corps and his son is in the Army.