Our Local TIP Management Team

Deanna Smith
Executive Director
Trauma Intervention Program of Northwest Florida

In June of 2013, Deanna Smith became the new Executive Director of TIP of NW Florida.  Previously the Escambia and Santa Rosa Crisis Team Manager, Deanna has been with TIP since 2010. In addition to being a very active volunteer on scene, she is also certified as a National Trainer, is on the Airport Response team for Military family support, and speaks on behalf of TIP to various groups and organizations.

Deanna was born and raised in Ft. Walton, and has many family members living nearby, including her parents, her brother and his family. She and husband Charlie own Milton Truss Company. Their daughter Alyssa is a Chemical engineer, recently graduating from Ole Miss, and son Evan is on golf scholarship attending college at Delta State in Mississippi.  Deanna says her work with TIP allows her to help others at the most difficult times in their lives, and she is deeply grateful for the opportunity to provide this help and be a part of this special organization.


Charlie Batson
Crisis Team Manager
Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties, Florida

TIP is excited to announce Charlie Batson as our new Crisis Team Manager for Santa Rosa County. Recently retired from the U.S. Air Force, Charlie brings a wealth of knowledge in dealing with large scale response efforts. His many roles within TIP include that of active on-scene volunteer, speaker, and member of the Airport Response team for Military family support. In addition to TIP, Charlie also volunteers with Navarre Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Nationally Certified Search and Rescue responder with Pensacola-based KlassKids Search Team, and a licensed Amateur Radio Operator with EOC credentials.

Charlie was born and raised in Dora, Alabama and left to join the military in 1991. After 22 years of service, he has made the local area his home. He and his wife Pattie have two lovely daughters Megan and Madison, and both are also volunteers with TIP.

Laurie Ford

Crisis Team Manager
Escambia County, Florida

Laurie is presently the crisis team manager of Escambia County and has been a TIP volunteer since 2008. She is a certified National Trainer, Airport response team member, and call calendar coordinator. She was raised in Central NY, but traveled the world as a Navy spouse with her three sons and now enjoys her three granddaughters, two grandsons, and her constant companion, Sandi—a 3-yr old Labradoodle.


Samantha Torgerson

Crisis Team Manager
Okaloosa County, Florida

My name is Samantha Torgerson. I have been with tip sense April 2012, I have been a manager for a couple months and recently have decided to become a dispatcher. I am married, my husband is a retired Navy Seabee and we have lived in Crestview for about 5 years. Together we have 6 kids, 5 grandchildren, 2 dogs and 1 cat. I am honored to be a part of TIP, this opportunity has truly changed my life.


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