Disaster Responder Assets Network

Disaster Responder Assets Network (DRAN) is comprised of men and women that have dedicated their lives to the service of others. Each of us comes from different backgrounds, bringing a depth and experience that when combined creates a force far greater than the sum of its parts.

Providing Crisis Support for Our Front Line Responders and Healthcare Professionals

Our Vision

We understand that the key to successfully handling any natural or manmade emergency is to take a holistic approach. First, people must be prepared before disaster strikes, predicting what’s likely to occur in a given location and taking thoughtful, proactive steps to prevent unnecessary damage and harm. Second, timely action and effective communication is essential during any incident, and its importance is magnified during large-scale events. Third, it is imperative for our community to collaborate and provide mutual support and resources after a disaster.

Our primary function is to serve as a “one-stop shop” for front line responders and healthcare professionals seeking information and communication when it’s most needed and hardest to acquire. Our vision is to achieve that by providing education to those that want to help, and resources and mental health support to those in need.

We believe the success of our mission is dependent on adhering to the following core values:

  1. Creating safer communities through education and collaboration
  2. Forging lasting relationships with our partners, sponsors and donors
  3. Maximizing teamwork through clear and open communication and leveraging our individual strengths for the greater good
  4. Upholding integrity by doing the right thing when nobody else is watching

The next major disaster is always just beyond the horizon. By working together, we can tackle them in a safer, more effective manner that preserves lives and property, all the while making our collective efforts more efficient. Please feel free to peruse our biographies below to learn more about the inspiration behind D-RAN.

Nataly Kuznetsov MS, CNS, RN, ACCNS-AG, CEN, TCRN, CCRN, CFRN (Nurse)

President and Founder, Board of Directors

After growing up in Russia and living in Israel, Nataly immigrated to the United States and came to appreciate the prospects of life in her new home. But those opportunities are only of value if one lives to take advantage of them. In 2005, Nataly was nearly killed in a motorcycle accident. Her lengthy recovery and the care she received along the way inspired her to do the same for others. Tying her experience to her compassionate nature, Nataly pursued nursing as a way to help people in their times of hardship. She graduated from Samuel Merritt University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Nursing and obtained her Master’s in Critical Care & Trauma Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 2012. She has also attained national accreditations from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the Emergency Nurses Association.

Nataly has worked at several Bay Area hospitals, including Stanford Medical Center. She has experience as both a ground transport nurse and flight nurse. She has been involved in disaster response since 2010 and participated in disaster relief effort missions both nationally and internationally with UCSF, Stanford Medical Center, Air Medical Group Holdings, International Medical Corps, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and American Red Cross. Nataly lives in Napa, California, the epicenter of the evacuation zones during the Northern California firestorm of 2017. This episode gave her a unique dual perspective – both as a nurse working in the only operational intensive care unit in the county, and as a civilian at risk of losing her home. It also exposed to her the communications shortcomings within the existing disaster management construct. This became the genesis of the Disaster Responder Assets Network (DRAN). Nataly is excited to make emergency services more readily available, organized and managed to help those in need.

Sean Jennings (Pilot)

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Sean is an experienced Emergency Medical Services helicopter pilot with over 4,000 missions completed. Sean is the base safety officer for REACH Air Medical Services, and the pilot representative with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Aviation Safety Action Program Committee.

Joel Fay

Dr. Joel Fay, Psy.D

Clinician Training

Joel Fay Psy.D served as a police officer for over 30 years and retired in 2011.  In 1999 Dr. Fay obtained his Doctorate in Psychology from American School of Professional Psychology and is now in private practice working with emergency responders from numerous organizations.  Dr. Fay’s specialty areas include psychological treatment for emergency responders, critical incident stress response, PTSD and police response to persons with mental illness. Dr. Fay teaches Crisis Intervention Training for numerous agencies throughout California.

Dr. Fay has authored/co-authored a number of articles and recently co-authored, “Counseling Cops, What Clinicians Need to Know” published by Guilford. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is on their Psychological Services Committee.  Dr. Fay is Board certified in Police and Public Safety Psychology.  He is a past President of the Forensic Mental Health Association of California and the First Responder Support Network.  Dr. Fay is the current clinical director for the First Responder Support Network. Dr. Fay is a frequent instructor on forensic mental health and trauma reaction/ treatment issues and a guest speaker at numerous conferences throughout the country.

Dr. Fay has received numerous awards for his work including the 2007 Humanitarian Award, presented by the California Psychological Association and the 2012 award for Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Police & Public Safety Psychology presented by the American Psychological Association.

Debra Roesler, MFT

Mental Health Professional, CISD Team

Debra is a Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel with 22 years of active duty service and served in combat during OEF/OIF with the Coalition Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC) from 2001 to 2003.   Originally from the East Coast, she retired in Marin County after her last assignment as Professor of Military Science, U.C. Berkeley and after her spouse served a one-year recall to active duty completing his 22 years of active duty service.  Anxious to get back to serving the community, Deb was recruited as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the American Legion Auxiliary for one year, with the goal being to help the homeless population of Veterans in the Bay Area attain resources.

Deciding that she needed to help more, and that many of her Veteran friends suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress, she went back to graduate school for a second master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University.  Her first master’s was completed during active duty, a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Long Island, NY in 1998.   Deb found her passion for working with first responders while interning and now serving as a clinician since 2013 with the First Responder Support Network (FRSN) and its’ West Coast Post-Trauma Retreat (WCPR) and Significant Others and Spouses (SOS) programs.  Her internship before licensure included two years with the Youth Services Bureau at the San Rafael Police Department and on-campus counselor at San Rafael High School. Deb joined DRAN soon after the fire storms in 2017 after many attempts to volunteer as a therapist but not knowing exactly how to get more involved.  Debra has been serving as a member of DRAN’s CISD team since its inception.

Deb is currently in private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD with certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as a treatment modality.  When possible, Deb volunteers with her church mission team that deploys to Cambodia in support of Agape International Mission (AIM) where she trains and provides resources for the helpers who work with survivors of human trafficking.

Sergeant Blaine Waters

Sergeant Blaine Waters, Mesa Police Department

Trustee, Board of Directors

Blaine has worked for the Mesa Police Department for the last 15 years, and currently serves as a patrol sergeant. Blaine has worked patrol, the bike unit, hiring and recruitment and as a hostage negotiator. Blaine has been awarded the Department’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor, and currently serves as the Hostage Negotiation Team Leader.

Blaine has also represented the men and women of the Mesa Police Department by serving on the Mesa Police Association’s Board of Directors for six years. He currently is the Association’s Treasurer and has assisted with negotiations between the Association and the City on labor relations and benefits. Blaine enjoys the company of his three children, and wants to help provide resources to our front line responders.

Detective Nathan Schlitz, Retired

Executive Director

Nate was a Police Officer and Detective with the Mesa Police Department in Arizona for twelve years. During the course of his career, Nate worked as a Patrol Officer and Gang Detective. Nate was involved in numerous critical incidents including several officer involved shootings and was diagnosed with PTSI. After his disability retirement, he began to dedicate his efforts to causes that promote wellness in emergency responders. Nate has served in many roles doing this; Executive Director for the Mesa Police Association, Vice President on the Board of Directors for the First Responder Support Network, Ambassador for Code 9 Project, Public Information Officer for the non-profit group Post-Incident Stress and Trauma in Law Enforcement (PISTLE), and National Director of Police and Firefighter Services for the Heal the Hero Foundation. Nate believes he can use his past experiences to help those emergency responders who are currently suffering through similar symptoms.

Meghan Fletcher

Meghan Fletcher

COVID-19 Mental Health Project Director

Meghan is a California attorney who officially joined DRAN as a volunteer in 2018, but began working unofficially with Nataly Kuznetsov in 2017 during the firestorms that tore through California. She realized how incredibly difficult it became to provide reliable real-time information to frontline first responders in an evolving disaster, especially to those responders who faced personal risks to their homes and families while they worked to protect their communities. Meghan believes that connecting personal and professional networks can save time and lives.  She worked with DRAN to develop an emergency resource directory for first responders and also for her own friends who had been directly affected by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California.  She is experienced in project and operations management and crisis response, and pays special attention to provide trauma-informed services wherever applicable.  In 2020, Meghan brought her varied skill set and operations management experience to the DRAN COVID-19 Mental Health Project. 

    Meghan is a passionate community advocate who has worked with community-based organizations across the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego and abroad. Meghan received her B.A. in International Relations from U.C. Davis and worked with a rural community-based organization in Ghana to develop project planning, budgeting, and implementation skills. She received her J.D. from California Western School of Law and later received the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services for her volunteer work in San Diego. Meghan has worked with low-income communities in San Diego and the San Francisco bay area, assisting the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program HIV/AIDS Legal Services Project and immigration workshops for bay area residents.  She has provided pro bono services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking, and organized a fundraiser to provide human trafficking survivors a private self-defense workshop. Her own experiences as a survivor of critical incident-related trauma have given her insight into the layers of issues that people face during and after a critical incident or disaster and she is dedicated to assisting her community when and where she is able.

 

 

Angel Goodson Heiney, MA, CATP, CCTP

Mental Health Professional, Developmental Pediatrics

Angel is no stranger to personal trauma and adversity. After suffering through chronic abuse and neglect early in her life, she was adopted at the age of three by devoted parents whose unconditional love helped her to heal from her extensive trauma. In light of her early childhood experiences, Angel has dedicated her life’s work to helping transform the lives of children and
their families.

Angel graduated Summa Cum Laude from Western Michigan University in 2002 with a Masters in Counseling Psychology. Her degree incorporated subspecialties in developmental pediatrics and experiential based interventions. She completed post – graduate training in the areas of: pediatric trauma, special needs adoption, childhood developmental disorders, managing fetal alcohol / drug effects, and sensory integration disorders.

For the past 18 years, Angel has assisted children and families see beyond their mental health difficulties and discover the strengths that make each individual  special, unique, and ready to succeed in life. In the beginning of her career, Angel worked in both the private and public sector of mental health for the state of Michigan. During this time, she also fostered her three nephews who all have special needs. She later moved to Florida to provide long term care for her parents when they both developed significant health problems.

Angel currently serves as an outpatient therapist with Bay Area Behavioral Services, located outside the Tampa Bay area. She utilizes a solution-focused, experiential approach in therapy that builds each client’s healthy coping tool kit to create positive change and growth.

 

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