About Us

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Dr. Michelle Lilly

Dr. Michelle Lilly is an Associate Professor of clinical psychology at Northern Illinois University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Illinois with expertise in the treatment of trauma-related conditions such as PTSD. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed research articles focusing on post-trauma psychological functioning, and has offered trainings on the topics of PTSD, stress management, and wellness for public safety audiences across the country. She provides treatment through her organization, 9-1-1 Recovers, and has consulted with public safety agencies to improve agency wellness and functioning.

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Sergeant Shawn Curry

Shawn is a sworn officer with more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement. Shawn has worked in several areas in law enforcement with an emphasis in investigations. For over a decade within his career he worked homicide detective as well as crimes against children.  Shawn has distinguished himself with multiple awards and citations for this work. He is a subject matter expert on the topic of peer support, being the co-author of a legislative bill that protects disclosures provided within the context of peer support conversations, and has researched the format of different department’s peer support programs.

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Michael Lappe, M. S.

Mike Lappe  is a 1980 graduate of the Police Training Academy and has worked the past 37 years in various districts and units throughout the city of Chicago until retirement.  In April of 1988 Mike responded to a domestic dispute that subsequently went terribly wrong, Mike was shot in the throat. This event took on an 11-month recuperation period, 4 ½ months of which was being hospitalized. In 1989 after being told he would never walk again, Mike returned to work in a limited duty capacity from the aftermath of the shooting that resulted with a permanent spinal cord injury.    


In 1989 Mike was the first runner-up and received the City of Chicago certificate for the “Lambert Tree” award for outstanding bravery in the line of duty while at the same time receiving the Chicago Police Department’s “Blue Star” award.