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Our Team

Meet the team

Brandielee Baker, NLPMP


Co-founder The Code 9 Project, S.H.A.R.E. Programs Creator/Program Developer and Executive Facilitator, Founder of Positive Constructs LLC. Her mission is to restore quality of life to those suffering from stress related disorders.

Chris Fladgate


Chris is a partner at GS2Law and based in New York City, where he advises not-for-profit organizations as well as practicing in intellectual property and construction law. After working as lawyer in Australia and Hong Kong, Chris moved to New York in 2005 and now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three kids.

Mindi Russell


Mindi Russell began her career with Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento in 1994. She is currently the Executive Director for the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy-Sacramento (+28 years) and oversees 100+ volunteer chaplains who serve 15 law enforcement departments, 16 schools districts, and the Greater Sacramento Region community members. As a Career Law Enforcement Chaplain she has implemented several programs both reactive and proactive programs that provide prevention to post-vention education, locally and nationally. She has received federal grants from Office Traffic Safety (OTS) and United States Department of Justice. She is proud of creating the First Responder Churches and Church Security Programs.

Ret. Captain Gordon Smith


Gordon retired as a Captain from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department in California after 31 years of service. During his service he worked in Corrections, Patrol, Detectives and was a member of the Narcotic/Gang Division and the Special Enforcement Detail (SWAT). Gordon was involved in multiple critical incidents but took the necessary steps to keep himself physically and mentally healthy throughout his career. Gordon has been a member the Department’s Peer Support Team for the past 9 years and has been the coordinator of the Peer Support Team since January 2016. Gordon has instructed in Basic SWAT, Firearms, Less Lethal Weapons, Custody Emergency Response, Stress and the Career, Post-Traumatic Stress and Basic Peer Support.

Mario Rodriguez

Mr. Mario Rodriguez is a highly regarded leader in the security industry. Mr. Rodriguez is a New York State Certified General Instructor, the former President of the Judges and Police Conference of Erie County, Former Secretary Corresponding Secretary of the Erie County Sheriff’s Badge and Shield Club, former New York State Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor, Former New York State Certified Firearms Instructor and has supervised, mentored, and professionally developed over 300 officers. After 11 years in law enforcement, Mr. Rodriguez transitioned to the private sector in 2016. He is now responsible for the day-to-day operations of Forseti Protection Group including creating, communicating and implementing their vision, mission and goals.

Captain Charles Meeks

harles started his law enforcement career in 1998 and recently (semi) retired as a Captain with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. During his years of service with Sheriff’s Office, Charles had the honor and privilege of serving the men and women of the organization as well as the community in a multitude of assignments and positions including field services, contract services, corrections, training, and 20+ years as an instructor for multiple topics. As an advent believer in Servant Leadership and a Growth Mindset, Charles has continued his commitment to service as a Leadership and Ethics instructor and member of the agency’s Training and Development Group (TDG). Charles is honored to be a member of the Code 9 Team and looks forward to the opportunity of helping those who have selflessly committed to helping others.

Luke Jenson

Police Officer 2001-2010 - Iowa US Army Reserves 1998-2010 Staff Sergeant-Military Police and Military Police Investigator

John Meza

John Meza is a proven reformer in police and community engagement strategies with over 30 years of police experience, and over eleven years as a police executive. He recently retired as the Chief of Police of the Mesa Arizona Police Department the 38th largest municipality in the United States, and now serves as the Executive Director of Student Affairs and Safety for the Tempe Union High School District. In addition, Chief Meza currently holds the position of President of the Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network and the Co-Chair for the National Tactical Officers Association’s Officer Wellness Committee.

Fred Bamonte

Fred has been in law enforcement for a combined 36 years, nd is currently a detective with Mesa PD Nancie has been a civilian with Mesa PD for 18 years. Between us, we have been involved with Mesa Peer Team for 15 years. We share the same heart for those within the "family" who may be struggling with various problems and need guidance or just a listening ear.

Alexis Leist

Thomas Knapp

Tom Knapp is a Marine Corps Vet of 17yrs reaching the rank of Gunnery Sgt.(1993-2013) serving two tours in Iraq (2003, 2004). Tom is a Police Veteran with 11yrs service having done my duty as a patrol Sgt. SWAT operator and Sniper.

Scott Benton

Veteran Scott Benton was born and raised in Louisiana. . Scott is a proud of dad of 3 and a US. Navy Veteran. His background in the Navy was Master At Arms (Military Police/Security). He is a 20 year drummer/musician with a background in martial arts, music and fitness.

Lance Parker

Lance Parker has been in law enforcement since 2002. He is currently a Sergeant & Peer Support Team Leader for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Lance is also serves as a director on the board of the Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, and Team member of The Code 9 Project.

Jared Wosnek

Hi, I’m Jared from Spicer MN. During my 18 year Law Enforcement career I was diagnosed with Complex PTSD. After leaving Policing, I still had the need and desire to serve others. I am now able to serve my fellow First Responders through The Code 9 Project. Along with that, everyday I utilize the tools that The Code 9 Project training provides. Be well friends.

Detective Jeffery Killgore

Detective Jeff Kilgore is presently assigned as a Gang Suppression Detective from the Omaha Police Department in Nebraska. During his 20 plus years of service he has worked in Dispatch, Corrections, Patrol, SWAT and as a member of the Peer Support Team. Jeff was recently retired from a 31 year career as a member of the military including the Nebraska Army National Guard (1994-2016) and U.S. Coast Guard (1985-1994). Jeff served tours in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq during his military career.

Nancie Bamonte

J.D. Hinojosa

JD is a Deputy Sheriff /FTO/ Academy Instructor for San Patricio County Sheriff's Dept. Sinton, Texas. JD is a 20 year LE veteran, who has worked in several divisions including dispatch, corrections, patrol, narcotics and criminal investigations divisions. He is also founder and owner of South Texas Combatives LLC-Law Enforcement training provider. JD became aware of The Code 9 Project in 2016 and since, has been passionate about helping others find us.

Kevin P. Zimmerman Sr. CPS

Kevin is a retired Law Enforcement officer with 33 years' experience in Law Enforcement and Professional Security Management. With this foundation Kevin has seen many different situations small to large. Kevin is also a Crime Prevention Specialist, certified through the State of Ohio. Kevin has great passion for speaking to different groups of people, on how to be safe and not become a victim. Kevin can speak to anyone about anything and always tries to have a positive outlook, even with his personal fight with cancer since 2015. Kevin has training in MOAB (Management of Aggressive Behavior), CPI (Crisis Prevention Intervention), RAD (Rape Aggression Defense), and over 1500 hours of required state in-service continuing education. Kevin's favorite quote is one he learned from his father. "Live today in the PRESENT for tomorrow is a GIFT".