~ About Our Local TIP Staff ~
Trauma Intervention Program of NW Florida
Tommy is the Executive Director of Trauma Intervention Program of NW Florida which includes Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa Counties. Tommy has been with TIP since 2002 and Executive Director since January 2005. He was formerly the district manager for Big "B" Drugs in the Bay Area, and was employed by Big "B" for almost twenty years.
Tommy is married to Katherine Carter, who is also a TIP volunteer. Together, they own Tybee's Professional Cleaning Service in Gulf Breeze.
Tommy has three grown sons and two granddaughters. They also have several dogs, as they are involved in dog rescue, and they have a cat.
Crisis Team Manager
Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties, Florida
TIP is proud to announce Deanna Smith as our new Crisis Team Manager for Escambia County! Deanna retired from her job as an Ultrasound Technologist after 20 years, and joined TIP in the summer of 2010. In addition to being a CTM and volunteer, she is also certified as a National Trainer, and speaks on behalf of TIP to various groups and organizations.
Deanna was born and raised in Ft. Walton, and has many family members living nearby, including her parents, her brother and his family. She and her husband Charlie own Milton Truss Company. Their two children are in college, which allows her a great deal of time to devote to TIP. Deanna says her work with TIP allows her to help others at such a difficult time in their lives, and she is deeply grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this special organization.
Crisis Team Manager,
Okaloosa County, Florida
Brenda Cadenhead has recently been promoted to the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP)
Crisis Team Manager for Okaloosa County, Florida. She has been active with TIP for five
years and has been trained as a scene coordinator and volunteers as a part-time TIP
Brenda worked as the business accounting manager for a local automobile dealership for
almost 20 years before being able to stay at home. She enjoys spending time with her
family and has one daughter, one stepson, and two stepdaughters--who have blessed her
with six grandchildren.
TIP is a passion for Brenda. As a volunteer, she feels helping someone in their time of loss
and despair is a way for her to give back to the community. She has also learned through
her involvement with TIP that helping a person or family member during their time of need
allows emergency personnel to direct their focus on the crisis situation at hand.
Tri-County Dispatch Coordinator
Scene Coordinator & Dispatcher,
Okaloosa County, Florida
Glenda Newman is the Tri-County Dispatch Coordinator, Scene Coordinator, full-time Dispatcher, and has been a TIP Volunteer since 2005. Before becoming involved with TIP, she was a Microphotographer and was medically retired in 1988. Glenda stays quite busy these days as a TIP volunteer and also as a USDA volunteer. She is in charge of her Senior Citizens Program at church and is the Wednesday night Bible Study Secretary. She has a very large family and boasts of over 80 nieces and nephews!
Glenda was born and raised in Crestview, Florida and has three brothers and two sisters who attend New Beginnings Baptist Church. She loves God and life very much. Glenda has realized the TIP organization helps her appreciate what she has every day--especially after witnessing the many acts of lonely, desperate people that are simply trying to cope with their problems. Glenda says as a member of TIP, you will be humbled, amazed, and blessed, just as she is.
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