Eric was a Deputy Sheriff and Training Officer for 10 years until transitioning into a career of combating international sex trafficking. While a Deputy Sheriff, Eric experienced numerous traumatic events, critical incidents, and the loss of several friends in shootings. These events led Eric to start the journey to his own healing. He found that seeking help wasn't a sign of weakness and coupling therapeutic services with outdoor engagement led him to have a better quality of life.
Eric continues to lead by example and places others before himself through the this project. Eric enjoys fishing, hunting, camping and his being outdoors with his family.
My name is Jason Williams. I have worked for CDCR as a Correctional Officer going on my 6th year. From overcoming a very strenuous divorce that led me to the custody of my 2 son's to being deployed to help the devastating Camp Fire victims I have encountered many levels of stress. In order to assist someone with overcoming their life difficulties, I feel it is important to be able to control and manage your own. That is why I feel so strongly passionate about the Not Ok Project. Having the ability and strength to help others overcome their dark times is something I do with passion. My hobbies and my passion is anytime I am able to hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors.
Secretary, Board Member
I am married to my high school sweetheart who is a police officer, making me deeply invested in the mission of The Not Ok Project. Additionally, I have worked for a mental health non-profit for nearly 3 years, have a background in Organizational Leadership and Graphic Design and have a passion for giving back to the community. I love animals, baking and traveling.
David McKay has had his Tax Practice open since 2007. He has prepared and consulted with many other non-profit organizations, and sits on 2 other Executive boards as the Treasure. His board experience, leadership, and organizational skills will help to move The Not OK Project to the next level.
Sara is the wife and "better half" to Eric Meier. Sara has worked for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) for 8 years and continues to thrive within the department.
Being the wife to a Deputy, and now someone who combats International Sex Trafficking, Sara understands the stress which wives are under. Sara understands the effects of a stressful career and how the trauma effects wives, families, and children. Sara is an amazing resource for wives to reach out to and talk with.
Sara love tacos, margaritas, friends, and the outdoors with her family!
Owner of River Pursuit Guide Service, Blue Line Outdoors (Non-Profit), and previously a Shasta County FTO Deputy Sheriff
THE NOT OK PROJECT
WAS FORMED IN RESPONSE TO THE GROWING NUMBER OF FIRST RESPONDER SUICIDES THROUGHOUT THE NATION.
THE NOT OK PROJECT OFFERS FIRST RESPONDERS:
A THIRD-PARTY ENTITY TO CONTACT IN TIMES OF TRIAL AND DISPAIR.
FIRST RESPONDERS A CHANCE TO CHANGE THE STIGMA OF NOT SPEAKING OUT ABOUT THEIR BATTLES WITH PTSD AND CUMULATIVE STRESS.
THE PROJECT IS POSITIONED TO BE READILY ACCESSIBLE TO FIRST RESPONDERS AND TO HAVE EXPONENTIAL GROWTH LOCALLY AND NATIONALLY.
SIMILAR PROGRAMS IN OUR LOCAL AREA IS THE CODE 9 FOUNDATION. THE CODE 9 FOUNDATION IS SPECIFICALLY TARGETED TOWARDS EDUCATION AND IDENTIFICATION.
THERE HAVE BEEN NO FOUNDATIONS ESTABLISHED LIKE OURS, WHICH IDENTIFIES, HELPS WITH COUNSELING, AND THEN ALLOWS FIRST RESPONDERS TO TAKE PART IN EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS OUR FOUNDATION HAS PREVIOUSLY ESTABLISHED.