Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Travis Browning is a native of Sheridan Arkansas. Travis answered the call to help others at the age of 15 by becoming a cadet Firefighter and later certified. After high school, Travis joined the Arkansas Army National Guard and was deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In the Army, Travis served as an Infantryman and TOW missile operator. Wanting to further help his local community, he began working in Law Enforcement in 2007 where he remains an active Sheriff’s Deputy. Throughout his law enforcement career, Travis has worked in corrections, patrol, criminal investigations, K-9, SWAT, as a Field Training Officer, and instructor. Travis also completed EMT school through UAMS, and works as a part time EMT. As a PTSD survivor, Travis wants to share his message in order to help others.
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer Cody Jones, also a former LEO, spent 14 years in Law Enforcement tackling roles from being on Patrol and in the Special Investigations Unit. Cody started his career as a Cadet, at the age of 18, before getting employed with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock DPS. He was then sent to the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy and graduated in June of 2009. Cody then went on to work at the Little Rock Police Department before leaving and coming back to his home County of Saline to work with the Saline County Sheriff’s Office. He was proud to have been given the chance to be able to serve the community for which he grew up in. Cody has a wife (Stacy), who is also in Law Enforcement, along with two step sons, Austin and Ethan.
Chief Administrative Officer Keith Pierson has been a law enforcement officer in White County for the past ten years. As a patrol sergeant, he understands the stresses and struggles that officers face on a daily basis. Keith chooses to combat stress with riding his motorcycle and spending time outdoors. Being an instructor and a supervisor is no easy task, but it’s something that pays dividends, said Keith. He is certain that this organization will save lives and that it will bring the first responder community closer together
Susie Reynolds Reece, also known as the Southern Fried Asian (Korean-Arkansan Style), is a published author, national speaker, and violence prevention strategist and consultant with her area of expertise being suicide prevention. Reece is the first and only Violence Prevention Coordinator for CHI St. Vincent Arkansas’ Network. She is a founding member and the first and only Chairperson of the Garland County Suicide Prevention Coalition (GCSPC). GCSPC recently gained formal 501c3 nonprofit status and Reece’s guidance and she has been named the Executive Director of the rebranded Suicide Prevention Allies. Reece is no stranger to the desperate need for suicide prevention, having lost her father, 1SG David Reynolds of the Army’s elite Old Guard Unit, to suicide in early childhood and later having dealt with major depression throughout her formative and adult years. She holds countless certifications within the fields of coalition building and prevention with her focus area in the prevention of suicide. She has taught hundreds of suicide prevention courses from inmates to Marine Generals at Marine Training Headquarters and everyone in between. Reece has presented, consulted, and spoken to hundreds of thousands all over the United States. She has been featured by countless news media, including television appearances, podcasts, and print publications. Reece strives to raise awareness of the issue of suicide, mental health, sexual assault, bullying, interpersonal violence, and substance use disorders. She acts as a social entrepreneur connecting and educating stakeholders on their unique roles and assets when dealing with the social issues within their communities. Reece’s varied professional experience in public relations, community non-profits, systemic improvements, networking and writing provide the perfect foundation for building a strong and successful prevention or nonprofit movement in an array of social arenas.
Brad, growing up as an Army Brat, understands service to others. That upbringing led Brad to be involved with the Emergency Services Fields starting in 1998. From his first adventure as a Correctional Officer (Oklahoma), to Law Enforcement (Oklahoma), and the Volunteer Fire Service (Oklahoma and Arkansas), his knowledge and skill set has continued to grow. In addition to other trainings, Brad received his AAS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NWACC, 2013), and continued on to receive his Bachelors of Science in Emergency Management (Cum Laude) from Arkansas Tech University (2017). Brad (in addition to a family and full-time career) is a Firefighter and Diver with the Nob Hill Fire Department, located in Washington County, Arkansas.
Chris Maddison is the former Staff Attorney for the City of Bryant. In that role, he was responsible for all matters of City legal representation, advising on ongoing and future programs and projects. He provided all levels of legal representation for the City except for prosecuting cases in the District Court. Prior to my appointment to the City of Bryant, he was in private practice handling a variety of cases, including constitutional issues, free speech issues, civil rights and criminal defense. Mr. Maddison is a former police officer, working with Sherwood Police department for approximately 7 years. He currently volunteers as a Deputy with the Saline County Sheriff’s office where he is a certified police officer and certified law enforcement instructor. His hobbies include ironman distance triathlons and marathons. Mr. Maddison is also a below the knee amputee, having lost his leg in a boating accident when he was ten years old.
Jason Lawrence is a native of Glenwood, Arkansas and has resided in Garland County since 1998. He received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Government from University of Louisiana Monroe in 1998, as well as receiving his Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock in 2003. In addition, he received a Technical Certificate in Law Enforcement and an Associate of Professional Studies in Law Enforcement from Southern Arkansas University Tech in 2015. In 1998, he began his work in public service as an employee for the 18th East Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in their Victim Witness Assistance Unit. In 2000, he gained employment with the District Court of Garland County as their Court Administrator and then in 2015 he began working for the Garland County Sheriff’s Department as their Chief Deputy, and in 2017 he was then promoted as their Undersheriff.
Tony Gatlin is a former enlisted Marine and retired Air Force Officer. In the Marine Corps, Mr. Gatlin served in the Infantry as an anti-tank gunner and later as company armorer. After earning his Bachelor’s degree, Mr. Gatlin received a commission in the Air Force and was assigned as a Nuclear Missile Launch Officer with the Minuteman missile system. After his operational tour, Mr. Gatlin served in a variety of command and staff positions across the US, Europe and the Middle East. Much of his career was spent at the Pentagon where Mr. Gatlin led the command element for the Air Force staff at the White House, Office of the Vice President, Departments of State and Energy, the FBI, CIA and NASA. Mr. Gatlin served with the NATO headquarters in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and was the deployed AFCENT Inspector General for Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Gatlin is a survivor of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on 9-11. He holds multiple academic Master’s degrees and is a nationally certified professional photographer. After his retirement from the military, Mr. Gatlin opened a successful photography studio and now enjoys photographing sports and portraits.
Serena Krone is an EMT and volunteer firefighter in Saline County. She is married to James and they have 4 children. Serena followed in the footsteps of her baby sister, Brittany, in becoming a first responder/EMT. Fueled by Brittany’s tragic passing, Serena is driven to assist other first responders who struggle with PTSD and suicidal thoughts, with the goal of reducing suicide amongst these heroes. When she learned of Heroes Behind The Line, she knew she had to join in their life saving mission in any way possible. Serena will assist in spreading awareness of the mission through event and fundraising planning.