Wendy Hummell - Board of Directors
Wendy Hummell is a 24 year law enforcement veteran. She started her career in 1996 as a Special Agent with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). She retired at the rank of Detective after 21 years of service from the Wichita Police Department where she spent a majority of her career working Persons Crimes Investigations. Wendy worked homicide, gang, and sex-crimes cases. She was also a member of her department’s CISM (Critical incident Stress Management) and Defense Tactics teams. Wendy has taught multiple classes both in the Academy setting and at national conferences such as the FBI NAA (National Academy Associates), The International Conference of Police Chaplains, and the Crime Stoppers USA Conference. Wendy has taught classes on sex crimes & domestic violence investigations, gang crimes, homicide investigation, and crime stoppers.
Wendy’s area of expertise is officer health and wellness, peer support, and resiliency. She is currently the Health and Wellness Coordinator for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. Wendy is passionate about and committed to helping her fellow First Responders learn the tools of mindfulness, resiliency, as well as the importance of relationships, exercise, sleep, and nutrition to enhance their well-being and job performance. Wendy speaks to these topics from the perspective of direct experience and through the lens of a law enforcement spouse. Wendy’s belief is that all law enforcement agencies should provide resources to their employees so they can not only survive a career in law enforcement, but thrive well into retirement.
Wendy holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She is a certified yoga instructor and Yoga for First Responders (YFFR) Ambassador. Wendy has taught hundreds of first responders YFFR classes, resiliency, and mindfulness classes. Wendy is also a trainer for the Pause First Academy and a nationally certified IADLEST instructor. Wendy is an adjunct faculty member with the Criminal Justice Department at Wichita State University. She has been teaching collegiate level CJ classes since 1996.
Wendy was awarded the 2018 Wichita Metro Crime Commission Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award, the 2018 Crime Stoppers USA Coordinator of the Year Award, and was a 2019 Wichitalk presenter. Wendy has several articles published with PoliceOne on the topics of trauma, wellness, and female resiliency.
Wendy enjoys doing anything outdoors, yoga, and spending time with her two daughters and husband.
Wendy recently launched the Guns and Yoga podcast where she speaks directly with first responders, wellness experts, and those running programs that support the health and wellness of those on the front lines.
Joel Goldberg - Board of Directors
A native of suburban Philadelphia and Chicago, Joel Goldberg has been a member of the Kansas City Royals television broadcast since 2008, serving as the host of every pregame and postgame show on FOX Sports Kansas City.
The University of Wisconsin graduate won a 2001 Mid- America Emmy for sports reporting and has covered multiple championship teams in Major League Baseball and the National Football League.
Joel built a 25-year career developing and maintaining strong relationships with professional athletes, coaches, and team management and he now shares those stories and strategies with companies and associations live on stage and these days virtually. He’s hosted a weekly podcast called Rounding The Bases the last three years and added a live video podcast when the pandemic started focusing on leadership and current events during tough times. His first book, Small Ball Big Results was published in December 2020.
Rachel Scattergood - Board of Directors
Rachel Scattergood was a participant in the very first SWEL retreat after her close friend, Overland Park Officer Michael Mosher, was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 3rd, 2020.
Rachel has been a police officer with the Overland Park Police Department for nine years. She began her career in 2012 as a patrol officer on the overnight shift where she worked for five years. She spent two years working in the Family Crimes Unit and is currently assigned as a School Resource Officer in the Blue Valley School District.
In addition to serving as a Community Policing Officer, Rachel is currently a member of her department’s Honor Guard and Peer Support Team. She is also a Department Recruiter, Police Explorer Advisor and a member of the Peer Mentor Program. She previously served on her department’s Recognition Committee, Badge Committee and Breast Cancer Awareness Committee.
Rachel instituted a Family Orientation Night at her department, which was a semi-annual event designed to introduce new police officers and their families to the department. She also organized a Special Needs Safety Symposium as a joint project between the PD and the Overland Park Fire Department. She was also instrumental in the implementation of the Victim Advocate Program at the police department.
Rachel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration from WIU. She also studied International Relations in the Middle East and attended courses in Arabic Studies at Moulay Ismaïl Université in Meknes, Morocco. Rachel is a department trainer in Chemical Suicide and cooridnated training county-wide on the topic.
Rachel has received the Overland Park Police Department’s Lifesaving Award, the City of Overland Park’s Public Safety Award and the Kansas City Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association’s Lifesaving Award in addition to multiple Letters of Commendation for her job performance.
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of SWEL, Rachel is the Secretary of the Overland Park Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #21 and a Director of the Overland Park Police Officer’s Foundation. She is also a volunteer with Unleashed Pet Rescue and Melissa’s Menegerie’s Second Chances as a foster mom. Rachel is passionate about animal welfare and owns a farm in rural Cass County with horses, chickens, pigs, dogs, cats and a turtle named Flash.
Kiona Sinks - Board of Directors
Kiona Sinks by trade is a social and civic innovator setting the standard for how young leaders should model in action community engagement, bringing forward generations of all sectors of professions to change the perspective on what community activism should model in our modern day world. Kiona takes pride in giving back, Kiona is a community minded connector with ten years of consistent volunteerism and community engagement. She is both mission -driven and passionate about diversity and inclusion and promoting social, and civic engagement. During her Undergraduate career, Kiona helped spearhead the founding of the inaugural African American Student Union (AASU) at Central Methodist University. The AASU’s mission is to promote positive images of African Americans and to stimulate the cultural, intellectual and social growth of all CMU students, faculty, and staff. As a Student Ambassador, Kiona was selected as one of the top ten students by the Jefferson City, Mid Missouri Higher Education Board.
In her short time in Kansas City, Kiona has advanced the agenda for many diverse and marginalized groups here in Kansas City, and has begun to make an impact by helping to educate the next generation of leaders on the importance of diversity and inclusion, civic engagement, and social justice. Multi -task oriented, flexible, positive, and able to adapt effectively to challenging situations. Kiona is a speaker and conducts conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion. Kiona has a proven track record of success in initiating, promoting and maintaining strong interpersonal relations with many in different sectors. Currently, Kiona serves as Community Engagement Manager + Digital Marketing Strategy for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.
Rob Sanderson - Board of Directors
Rob Sanderson is a retired Police Sergeant with 18 years of service and commitment to excellence. He possesses a strong background in law enforcement ranging from undercover operations to patrol supervision. He is an experienced First Responder with demonstrated supervisory and leadership skills.
Rob earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi in 2002. In May of 2003 he graduated from the Mississippi Police Corps Academy and began his career in law enforcement with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department in Gulfport, MS. Four years later, Rob transferred to the Lenexa Kansas Police Department where he served nearly 15 years prior to enduring a career-ending injury. In 2020, he completed his Public Manager’s Certification through the University of Kansas.
Rob founded SWEL in 2020 with a group of like-minded veterans and first responders in order to fill a void in those communities. That void is options for positive outlets to aid in the processing of cumulative and acute traumas our nation’s heroes overcome in their career. Decompress, disconnect and reinvigorate!