Dr. Ann Rush holds a Ph.D. in Education specializing in Training & Performance Improvement. She is a retired U.S. Air Force officer, and she has spent over 30 years performing duties as an adult educator, AF operator, and program manager. While in the Air Force, she was on several Crisis Support Teams and provided Suicide Awareness Training. She manages SC4I’s Family Support Program and is the Volunteer Coordinator.
Linda Kolb comes from the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado, where her career in EMS began. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Anthropology from University of Colorado – Boulder. For the past five years, Linda has worked as an EMT in both a rural, fire-based and a private, urban system. In addition to this, Linda worked as a Critical Care Technician in an ER. From the beginning of her career, Linda has always been interested in the mental health of first responders, and is looking forward to serving the first responder community to the best of her ability.
Nakoma Garcia graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and is also a Graduate of Grand Canyon University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado.
Nakoma has worked as a Social Service Director at The Salvation Army, and a Counselor at a therapeutic boarding school. She has also spent time working with families and children in foster care and with adoption services. Prior to opening her own private practice in Parker, CO Nakoma worked as a child and adolescent counselor with another private practice. She is also working with SC4i in hopes to be able to be an advocate and a support for First Responders and their families.
Nakoma is passionate about working with people who feel change is hard and helping them understand that they are not alone and that the journey will be worth it in the end.
Nakoma Is a wife and mother to 3 active boys. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crafts, and exploring this beautiful state that she has been blessed to call home for the last 15 years.
TJ Nunley grew up 50 miles east of Colorado Springs on a ranch in Rush, Colorado. He originally earned his EMT basic certification in 1999 but never worked as an EMT. Then in 2009, TJ decided EMS was the field he wanted to work in as a career, He started the EMT course at Pikes Peak Community College. He began working at Ute Pass Regional Ambulance District in June of that year. TJ worked with UPRAD part-time and then full-time from 2010 to 2015. In 2013, he also began working at Pikes Peak Regional Hospital part-time as an ER Tech becoming full-time shortly after. Currently TJ continues working at PPRH full-time while working on nursing prerequisites to apply to nursing school.