Board of Directors

Sarah Vonarx

Secretary

REMSA

Sarah has been in EMS for 18 years with experience as an Advanced EMT and Emergency Medical Dispatcher. She is co-founder and co-team leader of REMSA and Care Flight's Peer Support Program. Sarah is currently working toward completing Bachelors in Human Services with plans to earn a Masters in the same. Sarah's goals are to continue working towards removing the stigma associated with mental injuries in first responders by ensuring that they have the tools, education, and support needed to be fit for life inside and outside of public safety. Sarah is a great asset to our NNPSN community.

 

Feel free to connect on Linkedin with Sarah.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-vonarx-a62b57148/

Contact:

Ph: 775-353-0742

svonarx@remsa-cf.com

Erin Yeung

Treasurer

Reno Dispatch

Erin has been in Public Safety Dispatch for over 15 years and has spent the last 7 years as a dispatch supervisor. As the daughter of a firefighter and in a public safety role herself, she is highly passionate about first responder mental health as well as making sure others in a "helping" roles are getting the care they need to live their best lives possible. Erin hosts a podcast called 'Your Oxygen Mask First' that aligns with these goals. Erin is excited to use the broadcast as a vessel to spread the mission and vision of the Northern Nevada Peer Support Network.

 

Connect with Erin on LinkedIn at

https://www.linkedin.com/in/erin-yeung-56896181/

Contact:

yeunge@reno.gov  

 

Derek Reid

President / Founder

 Fire Captain

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District

Derek Reid is the President and Founder of the NNPSN. He is a career Fire Captain with the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and has served in the fire and EMS industry for 25 years. Derek spent his first six years in EMS as a paramedic on an ALS ambulance with REMSA. Derek began his fire career in 1999 at Central Lyon County Fire Protection District and took advantage of further career opportunities with the Nevada Division of Forestry, Sierra Fire Protection District, and Reno Fire Department. He has been an educator with Truckee Meadows Community College and serves as an Instructor/Facilitator for the Phi Theta Kappa International Public Safety Leadership & Ethics Institute. Derek spearheaded the first comprehensive mental health wellness program for Truckee Meadows Fire. As founder and lead for their Peer Support Team, he was instrumental in starting the Chaplain program and on-boarding of Truckee Meadows Fire’s first licensed psychologist. In addition, he is the former Water Entry Special Team leader, and Instructor for the Officer Development School at Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District. Derek is also published / co-contributor of Fire Standards through the Nevada Department of Education. Derek’s vision is to build unity within the first responder community and collaborate with others public safety service branches to improve their members mental health and wellness. This can most effectively be accomplished through sharing resources, knowledge, and education.

 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/derek-reid-7b9626163/

Contact:

Ph: 775-560-6042

Nnpsn775@gmail.com 

Natasha Lukasiewich

Vice President

DNP, MSNm, RN, LNC, HHP, CCRN-K, CFRN, CEN, TCRN, EMS-RN

Dr. Natasha Lukasiewich, DNP, MSN, RN currently Emergency Department Manager, Past Trauma Program Coordinator, Nurse Edutainer, Legal Nurse Consultant, Patient and Colleague Mental Health Advocate. Natasha is board certified/licensed in Emergency Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Flight Nursing, Trauma Nursing and EMS Nursing. Throughout her 20 years in the health care industry, she has had an array of professional and personal growth from integrative medicine to western medicine disciplines. In 2001, she graduated with her Holistic Health Practitioner Diploma From Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Years later she completed her Nursing Program at the same University. Graduating with distinction in both her Master’s in Science of Nursing through Capella University in Fall 2017 and a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) in 2019. The “Nurse Doctor”, has proven nothing is impossible. You can hear her say "I'M POSSIBLE". Emergency Medicine and Critical Care has been her passion. Natasha has flown the skies as a Flight Nurse in central coast California (CALSTAR) to the Sierras and the rural Nevada deserts (Care Flight). Natasha is a humanitarian at heart and strives to advocate for her fellow colleagues and patients. In 2014, she was awarded Critical Care Nurse of the Year for Northern Nevada’s Nurses of Achievements. She was recognized for her efforts in pioneering and bringing Advanced Medical Care in Austere environments’ through Washoe County Sheriff’s SAR Hasty Team. She has extended her focus to serve on the Critical Response Team and Peer Support Unit for Washoe County Sheriff. 2015 she was nominated for Emergency Nurse of the year. October 2019 she was awarded one of Top 50 under 50 for her work and dedication in her doctoral research of building resilience in health care providers. Natasha has presented many ‘elephant’ in the room topics at national conferences, webinars and symposiums. She has served as the co-chair for the mental health committee for the IPSA (International Public Safety Association) for the past 3 years. Their mission is that we are stronger together. As NNPSN Vice President, she intends to help elevate this network with inter-collaborative efforts. Natasha is a child survivor of her father who died by suicide, and having collegial losses to suicide, it has been her mission to serve others by creating PTSD, Depression and Suicide Awareness initiatives and being proactive in promoting Resilience. It has been her honor to be a voice for others.

 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-natasha-lukasiewich-dnp-msn-rn-5911a74a/

Contact:

Ph: 530-582-3219

mail nlukasiewich@tfhd.com

Cameron Wagner

Executive Board of Director

Washoe County Deputy

Cameron Wagner started his career as a Deputy with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in 2002. He has served as a Field Training Officer (FTO) for the Sheriff’s Office, a member of the WCSDA Contract Negotiation Committee, Political Action Committee, a member of the Nevada Law Enforcement Coalition and various other charity and WCSDA committees.  He also currently serves as the Treasurer of the Peace Officers Research Association of Nevada (PORAN).

 

Cameron was elected to the Washoe County Sheriff Deputies Association (WCSDA) Board as a Detention Representative in January 2013. Deputy Wagner then served as the WCSDA Treasurer for 3 years. Cameron is currently the President of the WCSDA, and he is looking forward to his additional role serving on the Board of Directors for NNPSN.

Bryan Orr

Executive Board of Director

Sparks Police Department

Sgt. Bryan Orr serves on Sparks Police Department. Bryan has over 21 years of experience in law enforcement. Bryan has served as general assignment detective, field training officer, drug enforcement administration detective, police officer, and crime suppression unit detective. Bryan is also a veteran and has served with the United States Air Force. Bryan has an extensive leadership background including peer support coordination and comes to the NNPSN board of directors with many awards and accolades. The following are a snapshot of his accomplishments.

  • Distinguished service award 2012

  • Medal of Meritorious Service 2015

  • Medal of Meritorious Service 2018

  • Unit Citation Award 2018

  • Executive Board of Directors NNPSN (Northern Nevada Peer Support Network)

  • Pervious Task Force Officer DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration)

  • Current Special Deputy, ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives)

  • Sparks Police Department Peer Support Coordinator

  • First Person in Northern Nevada to author and execute State Wiretap.

  • Leader of complex investigation

 

NNPSN is very fortunate to have Sgt. Bryan Orr as an executive BOD.