Steve Diaz is a recently retired Battalion Chief with a 30-year career in the fire service. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service, City of Banning Fire Department, and CalFire respectively. His assignments ranged from being on an engine crew, helicopter crew, and being in the training division. He also was in planning and engineering, camp crew, and fire marshal. More recently, he was the coordinator of the Peer Support Program in the Employee Support Services section of CalFire. Steve’s passion is providing behavioral health options to public safety. Providing a safe place and coming alongside of those that have been impacted by the job. His focus includes critical incident stress management, behavioral health and wellness programs, substance abuse options and fire chaplaincy. Steve has an Associate of Science degree in fire technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He is also certified and trained by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). Steve is TCTI’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Public Safety Program Manager.
Julie Casto Koot (Chief Financial Officer/Business Manager) began her employment at TCTI in 1990, where her duties were assisting the pre-hire psychological testing department as well as other various duties. From 1992 until 2000, she held the position of Psychological Testing Coordinator where she set up department profiles for executive evaluations. Because of Julie’s financial planning aptitude, she was moved to a more administrative position in 2004 where she assists the Director with business decisions and supervises the administrative staff. Julie handles all of the accounting/financial details for The Counseling Team International. She has been trained and is certified in Verbal Judo and Peer Support. She also received training from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) in Stress, Trauma and Coping in Emergency Service Professions. She was instrumental in the coordination of disasters such as the Northridge Earthquakes, Hurricane Andrew, Columbine School Shooting, the Waco ATF incident, the Oklahoma City Bombing. She also ran The Counseling Team Intentional command post for the Big Bear Man Hunt Death of Detective Mackay and Officer Crain. Julie is the co-coordinator for the annual Public Safety Peer Support Association (PSPSA) conference. Contact Julie at email@example.com.
Brenda Hulsey (Executive Secretary to the Director) assists our Director in all aspects of her routine and works with our Marketing Research Department handling the scheduling of events and keeping the marketing department Director well informed. She also coordinates requests from our Organizational Development Team and has been a great success in keeping the team well organized and running smoothly. Brenda is certified as a Peer Supporter in 2001 and also attended a Critical Incident Stress Management course in October of 2001. She was also a coordinator in organizing a mental health team to provide assistance for the victims of the Southern California Firestorm in 2003. She also assisted with The Counseling Team International’s command post for the Big Bear Man Hunt Death of Detective MacKay and Officer Crain. Brenda is the coordinator for the annual Public Safety Peer Support Association (PSPSA) conference. Contact Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rachel Nemeth joined The Counseling Team International in 2018. She is the front desk receptionist at TCTI’s Headquarters in San Bernardino and enjoys greeting our clients. She is one of the first people that you will see upon arrival. Rachel is always available to answer your questions and prides herself on providing the highest level of customer service possible. Whether it is at the front desk greeting clients or assisting clients with questions, she always makes herself available. Rachel loves taking on new responsibilities and enjoys working with her co-workers and clients.
Melinda Pasley (Administrative Assistant) joined The Counseling Team International in 2016 to assist with a broad variety of administrative tasks for the Chief Financial Officer/Business Manager including: managing an extremely active calendar of appointments; composing and preparing correspondence that is sometimes confidential; ensures the CFO’s schedule is followed providing a “gatekeeper” and “gateway” role, creating win-win situations for direct access to the CFO’s time in the office; and compiling documents for travel-related meetings. Melinda has over 10 years of administrative experience with a strong background in health and benefits. Her job duties have been expanded to cover the managed care and network development for of our Mental Health Professionals.
Serena Moran joined TCTI in 2021. She is currently attending Crafton Hills College pursing her Associates Degree. As TCTI’s Scheduling Secretary, she organizes the workflow and appointments by reading and routing correspondence, collecting customer information, and managing assignments. Contact Serena at email@example.com.
Arthur Perez (Training Assistant) joined TCTI in 2021. Arthur graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with his BA in Mathematics as well as Management. He currently assists the Training Department with coordinating and preparing a variety of training courses for local and out-of-town agencies.
Joshua Bojorquez (Training Coordinator & Testing Coordinator) joined The Counseling Team International in August of 2021. He currently assists the Training Department with coordinating orientations & courses for a variety of local departments. He also assists the Training Supervisor with all aspects of her routine. Joshua helps the Testing Department with Administering & Pre-Employment Psychological Testing. His other duties involve handling applicant appointments and backgrounds. Contact Joshua at Jbojorquez@thecounselingteam.com
Stephanie Cortes (Testing Coordinator) joined TCTI in 2021. Stephanie comes from a law enforcement background. She’s in charge of all testing involving pre-employment psychological testing. She coordinates and communicates with more than 80 departments and agencies served by TCTI. Her other duties include handling applicant appointment schedules, backgrounds, reports, and billings. She currently works in the San Bernardino office. Contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org