Executive Director, Senior Chaplain
Chaplain Mindi is a career Law Enforcement Chaplain overseeing several programs:
• Law Enforcement Chaplains Program who serve law enforcement personnel and their families at both professional and personal levels.
• Community Chaplains Program who respond at the initiation of law enforcement to victims and vicarious victims of critical incidents and crises including death notifications, suicides, homicides, hostage situations, kidnapping, and other traumatic events.
• Outreach Chaplains Program who serve local school districts, businesses, hospitals, outside chaplain agencies, county and city government and the residence of Sacramento County.
• Office of Transportation Safety Program which educates high school students in making right choices of driving and being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Every 15 Minute program is a 2 day program and the Court DUI Sentencing in High Schools are both intense and life changing to the students who participate.
Additional facts about Chaplain Mindi:
• Author of two books: “New Beginnings Journal" and co-authored “Chaplains Crisis Manual”
• National disaster responder and works with first responders and victims (ie: Ground Zero, Hurricane Katrina, Florida & Nebraska for the Haiti responders)
• Christian Gospel Singer
• Created a Peer Support Curriculum for High School students
• Developed curriculum and teaches Church Security
Chaplain Mindi, with the following certified membership credentials, is an affiliated member of several boards, teams, and other organizations, including:
• International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (I.C.I.S.F.)
• Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists Foundation (A.T.S.S.)
• International Conference of Police Chaplains (I.C.P.C.) Region 6 Director
• American Red Cross and National Transportation Safety Board (N.T.S.B.) S.R.T.
• Peace Officer Standards and Training Instructor (P.O.S.T.) “Officer Down-Suicide”, “Stress Management”, “PEER Training” “Law Enforcement Families”, “Counseling Techniques”, “Critical Incidents-Human Side” Workshops
• American River College Adjunct Professor
• Governor’s appointee for the California Department of Mental Health’s Suicide Prevention Plan Advisory Committee
• Governor’s appointee on CA Law Enforcement Chaplains Task Force for the Office of Emergency Services
• Northern California Law Enforcement Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force member
• OES-State Mass Fatality Management Planning Committee
• Peace Officers Standards of Training (POST) Instructor
• Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee Member-Sacramento County School Districts
• Drowning Accident Rescue Team- Post Trauma Responder
• Search And Rescue Trainer & Post Trauma Responder
• California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation Advisor
• Sacramento Law Enforcement Motorcycle Memorial Run Coordinator
• Sacramento International Airport Crisis Team Member and Family Assistance Center (FAC) Coordinator
• U.S. Department of Justice's, Office for Victims of Crime, Training and Technical Assistance Center
• International Fellowship Of Chaplains (IFOC) Trainer
• LEO Task Force member (Anti-Sex & Human Trafficking)
• Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) Board Member
• U.S. Crisis Chaplains (USCC) Board Member
• Courage To Be You ( C2BU) Board Member
In addition, she has implemented chaplain academies. She teaches at law enforcement academies for outside agencies, recruit spouse and family academies, as well as ongoing, yearly law enforcement and community chaplain’s academies for her agency. She is a motivational speaker and has been the keynote speaker both in law enforcement and the business world. Companies such as Cal Trans, Federal Express, UPS, UC Davis Medical Center, and many more have used her encouragement, expertise with humor during these difficult economical times to manage stress and deal in grief & loss issues.
The Law Enforcement Chaplaincy-Sacramento chaplains have received numerous awards for their expertise as crisis intervention specialists for schools, corporations, and neighborhoods.
In April 2002, Chaplain Mindi Russell received the National Crime Victim Service Award from President George W. Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft. This prestigious award is the highest federal honor for victim advocacy given by serving at Ground Zero on Sept 11, 2001.
The International Conference of Police Chaplains is a professional organization that challenges its members to excellence in their ministry. The ICPC Executive Committee established the John A. Price Awards in January, 1984, to recognize chaplains doing an outstanding job in their own departments. On July 15, 2010, Chaplain Mindi Russell received the John A. Price Award.
Her personal life is no less interesting. Her beloved husband of 46 years, Chaplain Frank, were high school sweethearts. While working together in this crisis ministry, they have become mentors to many young officer couples who desired to have a long happy marriage. They have two children and two granddaughters. Jeremy (son) & Aria Rose (granddaughter), age 13 and Angela (daughter), and Alexandra Yvonne (granddaughter), age 10. They own a Yorkie dog named, Baby. They all live locally and get together a minimum of once a week to regroup and keep priorities straight. Her sister and mother are previous chaplains for the Redding Police Department as well. “Life is good and God is great” says Chaplain Mindi, “no matter what”.