Board

Keriann Shumate -

As the daughter and granddaughter of first responders, Keriann Shumate first began her community service experience with the Spokane County Sheriff's office as a volunteer with their Search and Rescue, k9 search and rescue, mobile emergency operations center and water rescue team. Many of her searches were evidence searches to support identifying and apprehending serial killer Robert Yates, who is currently on Washington State's death row.

Keriann studied Administration of Justice at Spokane Community College and at Eastern Washington University.

She spent 5 years as a 911 operator and police dispatcher and worked 8 years as a background investigator for the U.S. Government and the nuclear power industry.

The trauma of the 2009 murders of several police officers, one of which she had ties to, which rippled through her family, friends, co-workers and community launched her into her journey as a homicide co-victim advocate. Through this role she worked closely with the Washington State chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, partnering with them to successfully lobby for the passing of the state's "Blue Alert" bill, which streamlined the process of disseminating suspect information to the public when a law enforcement officer or fire fighter is feloniously injured or killed. She went on to assist with congressional efforts to pass a national "Blue Alert Act". She has been invited to advise police departments on their line of duty death notification policies and procedures. At the invitation of the state police academy, she developed and implemented the family program as a part of the recruit curriculum.

Her certifications and specialized training consist of: Public Safety Officer Benefits, core advocate training, Advanced Homicide Victim Advocacy, Impact of Homicide on the Family, Traumatic Grief Recovery, Critical Incident Stress and the Family, Traumas of Law Enforcement, Traumatic Grief After Killing Within the Family, grief support group facilitating, Clinical Trauma Specialist, death notification, victim rights and crime victims compensation.

Keriann holds a position as a board member for Code 4 Northwest and is a grief support group facilitator for Hospice of the Valley's "New Song" program.

Cheryl Jordan -

On New Year’s Eve of 1988, Cheryl’s father, Robert W. Varner, Jr., was shot multiple times while pulling over a stolen vehicle on I-40 near Winslow, Arizona. His brain stem was severed by one of many rounds of gunfire and he subsequently died from his injuries on January 2, 1989.

Cheryl is a dedicated supporter of law enforcement and families of line of duty death. She brings more than 20 years of non-profit service work to Violent Crime Victim Advocates. She has served on the boards of the Arizona and Washington Chapters of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), as board president for Helping Hands for the Disabled, on the Washington State Boarding Home Advisory Board, and the secretary of Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation. Currently, Cheryl serves as secretary on the board of directors for Behind the Badge Foundation and is the Executive Director for Helping Hands for the Disabled, a non-profit agency.

Nate Battaglia -

Nate began community advocacy work in 2005 while a student at Illinois State University. Through his work with Illinois People's Action (Then Central Illinois Organizing Project) he advised college students and community members on living wage, immigrant rights, predatory lending practices, housing foreclosures and addressing systemic injustice as a root cause of numerous community issues. Nate completed his Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) at Illinois State University in 2005 and has since been involved in community advocacy through church and local organizations. He brings his passion for justice and mercy to our Board of Directors. Nate works for State Farm Insurance Companies and lives in Tempe with his wife, Tracy, and their son.

Dominic Rico -

Dominic has been in the Insurance and Finance industry for 18 years. A native of Tacoma, Washington, Dominic relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2012 and opened Dominic Rico Insurance - American Family Insurance where he continues to serve and assist his community with all of their insurance needs.
Dominic is married with 3 adult children and recently adopted a homeless 5 year old Great Dane named Gracie. Dominic likes to hike, golf, travel and visit his local dog park. He not only has a passion for insurance, but a passion for cooking, baking and volunteering in his community.

Steve Varner -

Steve Varner retired from the United States Air Force and currently works as a computer systems engineer for a financial firm. He is a volunteer on the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org) and volunteered with the Valley of the Sun United Way on one of their resource funding panels. His father was a Navajo County Deputy Sheriff who was killed in the line of duty near Winslow, Arizona.