Rhonda Kelly Founder / Executive Director

Rhonda Kelly

Rhonda Kelly served 17 years as a firefighter/paramedic with Aurora Fire in Colorado while working part-time as an emergency room and psych ER nurse. During the last 5 years of her career, she served as the Health & Safety Officer for her agency, developing a special interest in responder mental wellness. In conjunction with the National Mental Health Innovation Center, she created ResponderStrong. This initiative works across branch boundaries (law enforcement, fire, EMS and dispatch) to improve mental health supports for responders and their families. Now three years old, ResponderStrong has had many successes due to its active volunteer base and the development of strategic partnerships.


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