Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher, Speaker, Advocate
Founder of The PauseFirst Project
Bringing relief and resilience to first responders through meditation and mindfulness training.
The PauseFirst Advisory Board
Major Darren Ivey, KCPD
Major Darren Ivey was appointed to the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department in September 1992. He was promoted to Sergeant in October 2000, Captain in September 2012 and Major in April 2017. Prior to becoming a Police Officer, Major Ivey was a proud member of the United States Air Force (1983-1992). He has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Park University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Major Ivey has been the Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Commander since 2012. It was in this assignment that Captain Ivey began seeing just how many first responders and military members (active/retired) are affected by trauma/secondary trauma and stress. To this end, in partnership with Truman Medical Center’s Behavioral Health, Ivey led a team that developed and teaches a four hour block of training called “Building Resilience: Surviving Secondary Trauma.” This training helps address the occupational risks for secondary trauma and acute stress in first responders (as well as military) and allied civilian support staff.
He also holds a Basic, Advanced, Youth, and Veteran CIT Certification as well as a Basic and Advanced Certification in Advanced Behavioral Studies. Additionally, he is the Co-Chair of the Mid-America CIT Council, Co-Chair of the Justice Committee of the Resilient KC Initiative; is a team member of the Code 9 Project and sits on the Board of Directors for the Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP), CIT International, Yoga for First Responders, and Healing Pathways.
Dr. Jennifer Sweeton
Susan Rome, LSCSW
Susan is the Deputy Director at Johnson County Mental Health Center, where she has worked for 24 years. She is an advocate for persons with mental illness and works to reduce stigma, while emphasizing community needs for behavioral health treatment. Susan has a special interest in self-care and reducing secondary trauma for those in the helping professions, which she promotes through training with law enforcement and other emergency responders. She is a founding member of the Kansas Law Enforcement CIT Council and the Coordinator for Johnson County Critical Incident Stress Management Team. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Wichita State University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Kansas.
Kim Colegrove is a veteran meditator with over 40 years of experience. She is the creator of PAUSE15 Meditation and Learn to Pause℠ Mindfulness Training, and founder of The PauseFirst Project: Mindfulness for First Responders. Kim also offers continuing education to mental health professionals.
Colegrove’s expertise in meditation has benefited individuals and corporations across the country. Her corporate clients include: Garmin International, The National Court Reporters Association, Department of Veterans Affairs, United Way, and others.
Kim has been meditating since childhood. She was originally trained in Transcendental Meditation at age 10. Over the years, she developed her own approach, and began teaching others. Today, Kim’s mission is to demystify meditation and encourage people to use it as a natural and practical way to reduce stress, regulate emotion, and improve overall health.
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“Meditation is a brain training exercise, rooted in common sense and backed by science.”
– Kim Colegrove