LACY WOLFF, MS
Lacy is passionate about helping others through health education. She spent over 12 years supporting the US Army overseas in both Italy and Germany . From 2009-2014 while in Vicenza, Italy she served as the director of an Army Wellness Center, a clinic that focused on human performance for Airborne Infantry Soldiers and their families. This is where she honed her ability to connect the dots between mental and physical resilience.
Lacy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University ('01) and a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotion from California University Pennsylvania ('09). She is a certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sport Medicine, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through The National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Licensed HeartMath Instructor, and a 200-hour certified yoga instructor.
Lacy returned to her home state of Texas in 2014 to train State Troopers within the DPS Academy. She masterfully links all aspects of health to include: mental, physical, social, tactical, and spiritual. Lacy has been honored to be a keynote speaker across the US from Alaska to Washington D.C. and has been honored to be a subject matter expert for the FBINAA's Officer Safety and Wellness Committee since 2015.
MARK POWERS, PH. D.
Medical Director, Trainer
Dr. Mark B. Powers is the Director of Trauma Research at Baylor Scott & White running federally funded projects at two Level 1 Trauma Centers including Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and Scott & White Medical Center in Temple as well as projects at Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses include: a) treatment and prevention of PTSD, resilience training/human performance/crisis negotiations, non-opioid pain management, and ECMO/TBI research. Funding sources include NIH, DoD, DARPA, HHS, and private foundations. In addition to conducting research, Dr. Powers is a licensed clinical psychologist.
While pursuing his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Powers also completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at Boston University and Harvard Medical School and a clinical internship at the University of Washington. He was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands for two years studying exposure augmentation strategies. Next he was an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry for two years at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he focused on research in OCD and PTSD. He was then an Assistant Professor at Southern Methodist University for three years before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Powers was certified in prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD and Exposure with Ritual Prevention for OCD at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders with Dr. Edna Foa, and he was a Beck Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research.
He is currently the Chair of the APA Division 12 Presidential Task Force on Empirically Supported Treatment Dissemination and he is a member of the Scientific Council at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. He conducts international workshops in EX/RP for OCD and PE for PTSD. Dr. Powers has over 150 publications including books, book chapters and journal articles. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
CHRIS WOLFF, MS
Chris Wolff is an adventurer, firefighter, husband, and dad. He is enthusiastic, entertaining and has a distinct training methodology that holds the attention of participants. Having grown up in a third world country, Chris brings his unique perspective and humor to every aspect of life. Chris holds an undergraduate degree in Outdoor Education from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science Degree in Sport Management from the California University of Pennsylvania. Chris spent over 12 years in Europe helping US Military Service Members and their families find their flow state through high adventure activities.
Alissa Old Crow, M. Ed.
Trainer, Web Developer
With over 10 years of public speaking experience, Alissa has honed the art of connecting with groups through dynamic story telling. After completing her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Arkansas, Alissa decided to pursue her dream of researching the human brain. She has worked in clinical research since 2013 in the field of neuroscience and trauma resilience. She is a licensed HeartMath instructor and certified Resilience Instructor through the Texas DPS Law Enforcement Resilience Program. As an educator and a neuroscience reasearcher, Alissa brings the best of both worlds. She has an uncanny understanding of the human brain and the skills needed to build resiliency and strength.
Officer G. B. “Greg” Stevens (Ret.)
Garland Police Department
Officer Stevens is a, recently retired, 40-year veteran of the Garland Police Department, where he served since he started his career in law enforcement in May of 1978. Once graduating from the Police academy, he began his career, as do most, assigned to the patrol division where he spent his first eight years. In January of 1986 Officer Stevens transferred to the Traffic division where he was assigned until he retired in August of 2018. He first went into Traffic as a hit and run investigator, but, by the end of 1986 he was able to transfer to the motorcycle unit, within the same division, which was where he truly aspired to be. Officer Stevens was assigned to the motorcycle unit for nearly 28 years before moving into an enforcement position, in an unmarked traffic car, still in the Traffic Division.
Officer Stevens enjoyed a career that has offered the opportunity for a number of diverse assignments to include various enforcement duties, investigations, training, and a position on S.W.A.T. as a hostage negotiator and ultimately the Team Leader for the Negotiators. Officer Stevens holds a Master Peace Officer license from the State of Texas.
During his career, Officer Stevens received numerous commendations to include two “Life Saving” bars, two “Officer of the month” awards, and the department’s “Officer of the year” award. The Garland Police Department also presented Officer Stevens with the Garland Police Department “Medal Of Honor,” for his actions during a terrorist attack that occurred, in Garland, in May of 2015. Officer Stevens is only the third recipient of that medal since the Garland Police Department was established in 1951.
In 2016, Officer Stevens was invited to the White House, in Washington D.C., where he was awarded the “Law Enforcement Medal of Valor,” by President Barack Obama in a ceremony conducted in the East Room of the White House. During ceremonies prior to and after the medal presentation, Officer Stevens received greetings and congratulations from a number of highly respected and esteemed dignitaries to include Senators, Representatives, State and Federal Judges, and most notably, the Attorney General, Ms. Loretta Lynch.
Officer Stevens proudly acknowledges that he always worked in a “uniform” division, by his own choosing, because “that’s what being a Policeman always meant to me.” The opportunity to work directly in the community he serves is what, Officer Stevens has said, has been the most rewarding part of his Law Enforcement career.