Demetrick Pennie, M.A.
Executive DirectorMy name Demetrick Pennie. I am a seventeen-year veteran sergeant with the Dallas Police Department. I am also the current president and principled architect behind of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation. I am a strong advocate for education, philanthropy, community engagement, and support for law enforcement. I served four years in the United States Army and maintained a secret security clearance. In 1999, after my service term ended, I became a police officer for the City of Dallas. While working as a police officer, I earned several college degrees – graduating with honors including: Associate degree in Administration of Justice from Honolulu Community College, a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from Midwestern State University, and a Masters' degree in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. I recently completed my doctorate degree in Higher Education from Texas Tech University. I am also an adjunct college professor for two major universities specializing in social science doctrine such as: cultural diversity, ethics, and criminal justice. I know it sounds cliché, but I believe that "education is the key to success" and "community service is the cornerstone to social awareness."
Executive Director of BusinessEdward Okpa (E. E. Okpa), is the principal of The OKPA Company, LLC, and has been appraising commercial real estate and consulting on international trade for many years. Mr. Okpa graduated from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design with an executive AMDP in Real Estate, and has a Real Estate Securitization certificate from European Business School, a joint program with Harvard University. Mr. Okpa headed the appraisal function for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as Receiver for its central region [eight states] from the late 1980s to mid-1990. He was appointed by Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk to the City of Dallas Permit and License Appeal Board. In 1996, he accompanied then Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk to South Africa/Zimbabwe as part of the Dallas Business and Economic Development Mission. In 2000, they traveled to Costa Rica and Washington D.C., on behalf of Dallas Ambassadors Forum, to invite Ambassadors to Dallas. Mr. Okpa was a candidate for City of Dallas Mayor in the May 2003 General Election. In 2004, Dallas Mayor Laura Miller appointed Mr. Okpa as an ambassador to the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. In 2006, Mr. Okpa was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the PDSBI of Texas Economic Development Bank. Mr. Okpa has also chaired many state, local government and community committees. Mr. Okpa's philanthropy led him to create a scholarship program at UNT Denton for Real Estate and Journalism. He is also a graduate of the Dallas Police Citizen's Academy and is an Alumni of Dallas FBI Citizens Academy. Mr. Okpa was recognized as a Next Generation Fellow of The American Assembly, by Columbia University.
Executive Director of MarketingGreymi Rosa currently holds the position of 2nd Vice President/Executive Director of Marketing for the Texas Fallen Officers Association. Greymi has worked in Law Enforcement in North Texas for the past 6 years, and currently, he is a Sheriff Deputy with the Collin County Sheriff's Office. Additionally, Greymi has held multiple leadership roles with Fortune 500 retail organizations across the country. Greymi grew up in New York City and South Florida before moving to the North Texas area in 2009. Mr. Rosa has worked for various Fortune 500 companies in executive leadership roles. In his spare time, Greymi enjoys spending time with family, attending his children's sporting events and traveling. Proficient in read, writing and speaking Spanish.
Executive Director Community RelationsClinton Emerson is a recently retired Navy SEAL Team 6 Member with 20 years of service with the Special Operations community. He spent his military career serving under various Naval Special Warfare Commands as a Special Operator (SEAL). He is also a graduate of the American Military University in Virginia with a B.A., in Security Management. He was involved with various physical and technical surveillance operations in support of USG interests in semi-permissive and denied areas throughout the globe. His key skills are Sea, Air Land Combat Operations Expert; Terror and Counterterrorist Operations, Embassy Operations/Country Team Experienced; Physical & Technical Surveillance & Counter Surveillance Specialist; Special Operations Operator & Team Leader. Clint has received numerous awards for bravery and leadership, including Bronze Stars. Founder and Managing Partner of Escape the Wolf, LLC. His company focuses on workplace violence prevention and response, inspired terrorism identification and crisis management for small to large global companies. He is also author of New York Times best-selling book, 100 Deadly Skills, identifying bad guy tactics in order to increase good people's security posture.
SecretaryMy name is Brittany Mercer. I am a proud founding member of the Texas Fallen Officer Foundation. As an executive board member, dedicated to the organization and its mission, it is truly an honor to be able to support the "heroes in blue" that have sacrificed so much for this nation. I have always respected the service and sacrifice of first responders and serving in this role affords me an opportunity to be directly linked to those who I value so highly. I was born the eldest female of 11 children, which propelled me into leadership role early in life. Over years, I have embraced my leadership responsibilities and have committed a significant portion of my time to supporting community service initiatives such as John 3:16 Mission and United Way. I hold an Associate Degree in Human Sciences from the Tulsa Community College and I am in the process of completing my Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services from the University of Phoenix. I am currently employed full-time as the District Catering Sales Manager for Schlotzsky's in Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio. The Schlotzsky's organization is a strong supporter of law enforcement, which facilitates my passion for helping law enforcement.
Executive Director of Finance/TreasurerOfficer Kerri C. Long has been with the Tyler Police Department for over 14 years. She has served in various units throughout the department including Patrol Operations and the Criminal Investigation Division. Kerri is currently assigned with the Investigation and Tactical Unit where she serves as a Community Resource Officer. Her responsibilities include the coordination of major public events, community meetings, and organizing direct communication between the police department and its citizens as a liaison for the department within her assigned area. In addition to her regular assigned duties, Kerri is actively engaged and serves the department in a leadership capacity as an Explorer Advisor mentoring the young men and women of the Boy's Scouts of America's Explorer Program. Additionally, Kerri serves the department by assisting in safety classes provided to the women of Tyler, Texas. Kerri has received several citations and awards during her service as a Tyler Police Officer. She currently serves as an Executive Board member with The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge number 51 as its secretary. Further, she sits of the board of the East Texas Crime Prevention Association as the Secretary of Treasure which provides both valuable resources not only to the region but to the Tyler citizen's as well. Kerri is part of, and an active member of the East Texas Substance Abuse Coalition where she assists and coordinates in the education of substance abuse and the proper destruction methods for pharmaceutical drugs within the East Texas Area. Kerri is also member of the East Texas Critical Incident Stress Management.
Executive Director of Media RelationsGrant Stinchfield is not just a conservative talk show host, he's an entrepreneur. He left behind an Emmy award winning career as an investigative reporter at NBC5 to follow his dream of starting a business. Grant currently employs 10 people at his Kwik Kar Auto Care Facility in Irving. He is also the President of GPS Development LLC, a media production and Republican political consulting firm. Before that, Grant founded, and later sold, what is known as one of the Metroplexes premier tree care companies, Arborplex Tree Service. His knowledge of what it takes to successfully run a small business combined with his popularity among conservatives in North Texas make him a unique voice on the radio dial. In 2012, Grant took on the establishment by mounting a U.S. Congressional campaign to unseat an entrenched Republican incumbent in what turned out to be a surprising, yet unsuccessful, primary battle. Grant raised more money and received more votes than any other Republican primary challenger in recent Texas history. Dallas business leaders like Roger Staubach, Glen Simmons and Ray Hunt joined other prominent Texans like Kinkie Friedman and Chad Hennings in support of Grant and his mission to fight for limited government, tax reform and free market principals. As Host of The Stinchfield Report, Grant continues to build a name for himself inside conservative circles as a straight shooter whose mission is to expose the idiocrasy inside government at all levels. Grant is known for simplifying complex issues in an entertaining, yet informative manner. Put simply, he is an ally for business owners everywhere.
Mr. Kyker received a bachelor's and master's degree in Education from Abilene Christian University and post graduate at Texas A&M.
Executive Director of Public RelationsRob Kyker, a West Texas native, is the owner of R&D Sales and CEO of The Crockett Retreat Center. He is an Eagle Scout and Master Mason, with over thirty years of volunteer service to the Boy Scouts of America organization. He is also a national spokesperson for Emergency Preparedness Committee and chairman of the Emergency Preparedness Committee for the Circle Ten District Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Dallas. He has served as a volunteer for the Love of the Lake of White Rock Lake and past coach for the Youth Sports Association of Dallas and a past volunteer for Los Barrios United Community Health Center, the Dallas Down Syndrome Guild and Special Olympics. He serves on the Medal of Honor Dallas board, Veterans Day Parade and Memorial Day Dallas and a volunteer with The North Texas Legion of Valor chapter. Kyker serves as a Commissioner with the Texas Credit Union Department (Chairman of Rules committee). He also served as the Vice Chairman of Texas Juvenile Justice Department. Commissioner for Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Political representative for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Liaison between TCOLE and the Asian police officers association Serves on senate sub-committee for Veteran Affairs and Military Institutions (Senator Van de Putt) Chairman of the Vietnam Memorial Walkway at HEARTS Military Museum in Huntsville, Texas Board of Director member of HALO for Freedom Warrior Foundation Consultant volunteer with Health and Human Services Commission, for Dept. of Veteran Affairs Volunteer Sons of the Flag Burn Foundation Former Board of Director member of State Bar of Texas and has served on many other political boards and election teams.
Mr. Kyker received a bachelor's and master's degree in Education from Abilene Christian University and post graduate at Texas A&M.
Director of ComplianceI was raised in the Bronx, NY and lived in the surrounding NY area until I went to college. During my college years I became involved in the pre-hospital services. I worked Emergency Medical Services in NYC and Westchester County, which is suburb of New York County. My experience ranged from handling 9-1-1 emergencies, volunteer work, Special Medical Operations, to becoming a College Instructor. In 2006, I received Paramedic of the year for my dedication and professionalism in the Pre-hospital field. In 2010, I responded to an emergency that changed my life. An Officer answered the call of duty and was struck intentionally by a fleeing suspect in a vehicle at a high rate of speed. The Officer sustained severe life-threading injuries. Due to the hard work, preparation, and mental focus two paramedics and I, who responded to the call, were able to resuscitate and transport the injured Officer. After a year of over 50 major surgeries the Officer personally awarded my team and I a life-saving award presented by the city. Once accepted, I joined the San Antonio Police Department to serve and protect like so many others before me with honor and integrity. Currently I have five years of service along with being part of the tactical medic team, honor guard, and training instructor. It is a privilege to be part of the Texas Fallen Officers Foundation and I will commit to excellence and nothing less.
Regional Director: West RegionI was born in Merced, California. I moved to El Paso, Texas, with my parents in 1978 and attended Ysleta High School where I graduated with honors. Following graduation from high school, attended El Paso Community College and majored in English. After completing my studies, I worked for several prominent banks in El Paso. In 1998, I moved to New York City, New York, and attended the School of Graphic Design and Queens College. After the 9-11 attacks in New York, I decided to move back to El Paso to be closer to family. In 2004, I began my career in law enforcement as a contractor with the Drug Enforcement Agency as a Wiretap Monitor/Linguist/Bilingual transcript writer. In February 2007, I was hired by the Department of Homeland Security and attended the Federal Law Enforcement Academy in Glenco, Georgia. I am currently a United States Customs & Border Protection Officer serving at the El Paso Office of Field Operations. I am a member of the Diversity Inclusion Program Committee and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. I have two children and two grandchildren.
Regional Director: South RegionI was born in Johnson, Texas. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. I am a graduate of the FBI National Academy – Class #264. I am a 15 year veteran with the Corpus Christi Police Department. I hold the rank of Police Captain. I currently oversee the Crime Reduction Unit, responsible for reducing street-level crime and addressing quality of life issues within the downtown business district. I oversee the K9 Unit, Honor Guard, Explorer Posts and Code Enforcement. I am also responsible for overseeing the departments Accreditation Unit for CALEA.