Lt. Eliott Mahaffey
Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board
Lieutenant Mahaffey supervises the Hamilton County/City of Chattanooga Crisis Intervention Team and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Division along with various other assigned duties. He began his employment with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in 1997 as a Corrections Officer. He attended the police academy at TLETA where he was awarded the John R. Cunningham Outstanding Officer Award. He served as an FTO on patrol and has spent the majority of his career serving as a patrol supervisor. He is a POST Certified Law Enforcement Instructor as well as a Firearms Instructor, Taser Instructor, and Glock armorer. He has received advanced DUI and crash investigation training and has been certified as a Drug Recognition Expert by the IACP.
He was trained and certified as a CIT Officer and Instructor by the University of Memphis and Memphis Police Department and was a founding member of the Hamilton County/Chattanooga Crisis Intervention Team. He is also a graduate of the University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center's Southeastern Leadership Academy. He volunteers as a firefighter with the Hwy 58 Fire Department. He’s worked as a fire investigator for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the Hamilton County Fire Investigation Task Force. Additionally he is a Public Safety Diver and ROV Pilot with the Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Team (SURT). He’s also a member of the HCSO Marine Patrol Division. He has received numerous commendations including the Medal of Valor, Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, and the Shane Daughetee Award for Outstanding Actions Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Eve graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Her professional experience includes direct service care as an in-home crisis counselor, clinical liaison with criminal justice systems, program creator and developer, certified mental health trainer and advocate for consumers of mental health services.
Eve is appointed by former Governor Haslam and Governor Lee of the State of Tennessee as the Chair of the State Advisory Council on Suicide Prevention, appointed by Hamilton County Commission and Mayor to the Regional Health Council, past Chair of Mental Health Advocacy and Southeast Regional Vice-President for the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, past Chair of Education and Community Awareness for the Mental Health Court Advisory Council of Hamilton County, and sits on the Advisory Council of the Crisis Intervention Team of Hamilton County. Eve has conducted trainings on stress response, including latest research and understanding of the integration of biological and psychological processes on stress and trauma, for multiple public and private sector entities, and has trained over 4,000 public and private sector participants in brain basics and suicide prevention. Her true passion and skills are in innovating startups to bring services and hope to those in need.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with Bachelor’s Degrees in both Sociology and Accounting. Her professional experience includes over twenty years in Finance and Accounting with the Carter Street Corporation. She is also a Virtual Bookkeeper and owner of 3D Bookkeeping Solutions. She is a Charter Member of the Digital Bookkeeper Association and has completed the Bookkeeper Business Launch Program. She enjoys organizing financial information and helping businesses and organizations realize their financial goals.
Linda Graham, LPC-MHSP
Linda is a master’s level Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider endorsement. She has worked in the mental health field for over 35 years with many populations in different settings, including homeless veterans, homeless mentally ill adults, crisis services, substance abuse services, violence reduction programs, community mental health, corrections mental health, and most recently, private practice.
Her passion and the focus of her practice is helping people who have experienced traumatic stress.
Her involvement with law enforcement began in 2002 when she became a member of the Tennessee Public Safety Network and continued with joining the CIT advisory committee in 2011 and becoming an instructor in 2012.
Lt. Tim Tomisek
Board of Directors
Lt. Tim Tomisek has been with the Chattanooga Police Department since 2001. He served in the Neighborhood Policing Bureau until 2008 when he was selected to be a burglary/robbery detective. In 2013, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and spent the next 5 years supervising patrol and fugitive teams. In 2018, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and his current assignment is Commander over Support Services, Commander of the Special Organized Response Team (SORT), and a co-coordinator for the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT).
Lt. Tomisek has received several certifications from Law Enforcement Schools, graduated the Southeastern Leadership Academy, and was presented awards for Patrol Officer of the Year, Officer of the Year, and Lifesaving. He holds instructor certificates for Firearms, Mobile Field Force, and teaches Emotional Intelligence and Verbal De-escalation for CIT training. He is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling through Liberty University.
Prior to Lt. Tomisek’s law enforcement career, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1999. After graduating, he worked as an outpatient case manager for Fortwood Mental Health Center for adults and at Cumberland Hall for Juveniles. His duties were to help mental health consumers manage their medication, continue with set treatment plans, and ensure that they were not a danger to themselves or others.