Our Team

Board of Directors for the Crisis Intervention Teams Association of Colorado


PRESident

Colleen Herringshaw

Colleen Herringshaw has been employed with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office since 2012 and earned CIT certification in 2013, CIT coach certification in 2014 and was appointed as a CIT course director in 2015 for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Colleen is passionate about educating her peers in the importance of utilizing Crisis Intervention Training when encountering those in crisis, as well as educating others in techniques towards de-escalation and recognition of individuals who are suffering from mental health crisis.


Vice President

Tyler Herman

Tyler began his involvement with the Crisis Intervention Teams in 2011 and went on to become a CIT Course director, scenario coach and train-the-trainer for much of Colorado.  In 2015, Tyler collaborated with AllHealth Network and the Houston Police Department to develop and subsequently implement an in-house co-responder program unique to the needs of Parker citizens.  

Tyler graduated magna cum laude with his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University-Global and earned his Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Denver – Daniels College of Business in 2018.

Tyler has served on the CITAC board since 2013.


Secretary

Karissa Russell

Karissa is currently assigned as a Detective with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. She began her career with the Sheriff’s office in May of 2011 and was assigned to the Detentions division. Karissa became involved with CIT in early 2012 and shortly thereafter transitioned her skills as a CIT coach.

In 2015 Karissa began training as a course director and soon after co-directed her first CIT course. Although she is not currently course directing for her agency, she stays involved with the program by maintaining her position on the CIT Board.


Sarah began her career in the criminal justice field over 22 years ago working in the Douglas County Courts and Pretrial Services. In 2007, Sarah became a police officer with the Greenwood Village Police Department and is now serving as a Corporal assigned to the Patrol Division.

During Sarah’s time with Greenwood Village, she has functioned as a School Resource Officer, Team Lead-Crisis Negotiator Team, De-Escalation instructor, the Department's Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator, Field Training Officer, and served on several committees.

In addition to Sarah’s employment with GVPD, she is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Criminal Justice Program at Arapahoe Community College where she actively teaches several courses. 

Treasurer

Sarah Joswick


Attila Denes has been integrally involved in Colorado’s CIT program since 2002. He has served as a CIT course director, scenario coach, and train-the-trainer all over Colorado and much of the U.S. 

Attila also co-founded CITAC and served as the association’s first interim president. In 2018, Attila co-authored a peer-reviewed journal article on outcomes from Colorado’s first decade of CIT, which was researched in partnership with Harvard Medical School.  As a member of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Attila serves as the Special Victims Unit supervisor.

Attila holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice & Criminology from Metropolitan State University of Denver, and a Master in Business Administration from Northcentral University.  Attila is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.

Director

Attila Denes


Chris Gulli has 17 years of Law Enforcement experience, beginning in Arizona where he worked in the Phoenix area for 5 years. Chris has spent the last 12 years working for the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office and was promoted to Lieutenant in March of 2015. Chris has headed the CIT program at ACSO for the previous 4 years.

Chris earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Arizona State University.

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Chris Gulli


Amanda is a Texas native and has worked in mental health/social work for 8 years prior to becoming a law enforcement officer. Amanda completed the CIT training class in 2009 while working with felony offenders seeking assistance through Arapahoe County’s original Mental Health Court. Amanda has a deep passion for special populations and enjoys providing training to officers and civilians for the betterment of the community. Amanda also enjoys hiking and playing competitive volleyball in her free time.

Amanda graduated cum laude from the University of Houston with a bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in Marketing.

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Amanda Lane