Two volunteers were recognized by Responder Life executive director Trey Doty at an informal gathering of organization leaders recently. Anthony “Tony” Kollias, sergeant with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, was recognized for his work in leading peer communities and discipleship groups among police professionals in the Portland area. Mike Sullivan, a business development professional with Financeian, LLC, was recognized for his work in supporting Responder Life’s financial goals, including debt repayment, accounting services, and creating innovative financial opportunities for the organization.
Kollias has lead several year-long disciple-making groups of first responders, with the satisfying result of seeing those participants committing to lead their own groups. Kollias’s vision for Responder Life includes the development of a “traumatic incident response team” to come alongside responders when they become engaged in trauma-inducing situations in his community. Kollias has served Responder Life as a volunteer since 2008.
Sullivan has lead Responder Life’s leaders to envision means of securing the organization’s financial sustainability. As a successful business development consultant, he has created opportunities for the leadership team to examine sources of financial support beyond traditional non-profit fundraising that will be able to secure the organization’s sustainability. Sullivan also has been instrumental in introducing leaders to organizations who may become participants as Responder Life develops its plans for a Leadership Center that will bring resiliency training to first responders and their agencies. Sullivan has served Responder Life since 2013.
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