Angela L. Caruso-Yahne has over twenty years of experience as a first responder including work in EMS, law enforcement, disaster rescue, and the military. Before retirement from the Air Force Reserves at the rank of Senior Master Sergeant, she completed several combat-zone deployments as a member of an aeromedical crew. She currently serves as Training Officer for the Overland Park (KS) Fire Department. Angela is a long-time meditation practitioner who finds the skill essential for first responders who want to maintain their resilience and mental wellness during and beyond their careers. She is a frequent in-service education presenter for emergency medical personnel, military and civilian disaster responders, and peer support team members.
Angela is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management by the University of Maryland at Baltimore County and the International Critical Incident Stress Management Foundation, and is a Certified Trauma Services Specialist through the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists. She is also a member of the Johnson County (KS) Critical Incident Stress Management Team, and is ordained as a chaplain by Upaya Zen Center.