President & CEO
I’m a Police Officer who has had the privilege of working alongside some of the most hardworking and dedicated human beings in existence…ok, I’m a bit biased. I briefly retired after being in law enforcement for over 15 years. I was involved in a shooting late in my career which has given me unique insight into what really matters, both personally and professionally. In 2010 I was shot in the line of duty along with two brother Officers. Two of us survived. The loss of a great man has helped me focus my efforts in helping those who have been involved in critical incidents. I’ve been blessed in my life to sit in the front row of The Greatest Show On Earth. Deciding if and when you’re ready to exit should be a decision made by you and your family, not your agency or governing body.
I am a retired police officer with twelve years experience. My entire career was proudly served on patrol. I have been involved in several critical incidents which over time took a toll on my mental health. In 2014 I was diagnosed with PTSD. Dealing with PTSD has been a big challenge for me and my family. Through my experience I have learned a lot about mental health and how to deal with the side effects of post traumatic stress. My experience motivates me to help and educate others on how to protect their mental health and find the right help.
Steve Kridler started his Law Enforcement career in the US Air Force in 1985 as a Law Enforcement Specialist. Upon separation from the military, Steve went to work for the Merced County, CA Sheriff Department where he was also a member of the SWAT team and participated in restoring order during the Los Angeles riots in 1993. Steve moved to AZ and started working for the Apache Junction Police Dept. where he was a Sergeant and Crisis Negotiator. During his time with AJPD, Steve was involved in 2 shootings. After the second, Steve was diagnosed with PTSD and medically retired. Steve is a Certified Peer Support and assists other officers as they deal with the effects of PTSD and Acute Stress following critical incidents.
Lauren Jones Goldbach
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with a certificate in Applying Neuroscience for Treatment of Trauma, Anxiety and Stress Disorders. I have had the honor of treating first responders as a counselor for over 7 years. I am trained in various interventions, including EMDR and Brainspotting. My father was a Marine Corps officer and we grew up in the military. I have uncles and cousins who served and continue to serve in the military, as well as law enforcement. In my experience with Crisis Response with both City of Phoenix and City of Chandler, I witnessed first-hand some of the horrific experiences our first responders face on a daily basis, but my view point was from one of safe, secured scenes. This led me to develop a great deal of empathy for our heroes who face scenes of uncertainty and danger with bravery and professionalism and to have a passion to help them in any capacity I can with the toll this can take on their well being.
Manuel “Manny” Angulo
I am a retired Police Ofﬁcer with almost 20 years of Law Enforcement experience. I served with the Maricopa County Sheriffs Ofﬁce and then for the next 15 years I served proudly for the City of Mesa Police Department. During my tenure with the department I served in a patrol capacity until 2005 when I became a Gang Detective. After several years as a Gang Detective I returned to patrol In 2010 where I remained until my retirement in 2013 which was caused by a traumatic event that led to a P.T.S.D. diagnosis.
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Jason was medically retired from the Phoenix Police Dept after being wounded in the line of duty. Between the military, two civilian police agencies and working as a contractor for the federal government, Jason has over 25 years of law enforcement experience. He was a patrol officer, field training officer, academy instructor, gang detective, narcotics detective, street crimes detective, and spent several years on SWAT. Jason is the owner of “Ethos Productions” a company that specializes in faith promoting experiences through multi media. He is also the author of the acclaimed historical fiction series “The War Chapters” and the creator of the ‘Warrior Ethos” a motivational creed used to inspire others to greatness. Jason is a member of the Board of Directors for a charter school program in the Phoenix area. Jason is a professional spokesperson, motivational speaker, life coach, technical consultant and he volunteers his time to his church and community. The wounds he suffered as a police officer were so severe that they left him crippled both physically and emotionally. Jason has learned the hard way what it takes to overcome adversity as he fought the good fight for years to regain control of his life. He now wants to help other officers who are injured to find their warrior spirit and heal.
Lucy Obispo serves on Pistle’s Board of Directors as Treasurer. Ms. Obispo is the Assistant Controller for The Advertising Council, Inc. and is an Associate for World Financial Group, which is affiliated with Transamerica. Her skills and areas of expertise include oversight of the business operations, financials, budgeting, insurance, and individual and corporate taxation. She received her Bachelor's of Science Degree from Fordham University, and her area of study was Accounting. Pistle is an organization that is near and dear to Ms. Obispo. Her uncle Fausto Toussaint worked for the NYPD for the 41st precinct in the South Bronx. In 1994 there were 11 police officers who committed suicide in a period of five months. Her uncle was the 11th officer that year who committed suicide on Sept. 21,1994. If PISTLE would have existed he would have gotten the help he needed. Lucy is a native New Yorker who resides in New Jersey. In her leisure time she enjoys traveling, arts and crafts, playing the piano, watching movies, and spending time with her family. The charities that she is most passionate about are Lupus Foundation, Accion Contra El Hambre, and Saint Jude’s Children Research Hospital.