22ZERO and our Why
PTSD is an injury, and it can heal!
On a weekend leadership retreat for men, Dan Jarvis and Nick Davis met for the first time, and it was the weekend that 22ZERO was spoken into existence. We would find healing for Dan and those who served like him and stand in the gap. Dan and Nick quickly became best friends as they took on the challenge of healing our heroes.
Dan Jarvis and Nick Davis, the founders of 22ZERO, created the Tactical Resiliency Training (TRT). TRT consists of The Trauma Resiliency Protocol (TRP) for PTSD and acute stress and the Emotions management Process (EMP) for negative emotions like anger, anxiety, fear, sadness, survivor’s guilt, etc. The research has commenced, and the successes are astounding.
Our goal in the Tactical Resiliency Training is to use no details about the traumatic incidents or the extreme negative emotions and avoid talking about the events. Details get in the way of the brain’s natural ability to heal itself. We are here to give the individual the resiliency skills to bounce back from trauma or extreme negative emotions, teaching their brain a new skill. Effectively ending the symptoms associated with PTSD. We have data on over 1000 clients proving the effective nature of TRT at ending PTSD symptoms in all the clients using the Trauma Resiliency Protocol (TRP).
To date, we have trained 324 peer coaches who are veterans, US Border Patrol Agents, Deputy Sheriffs, Police Officers, Firefighters, the Florida National Guard, the Florida Air National Guard, and an Active Duty Special Forces Chaplain. “We are our brothers’ and our sisters’ healers.”
President & Founder
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Nick Davis is the President and Co-Founder of 22Zero. Nick started his career in the USAF as an F-16 crew chief and was stationed at Shaw AFB, SC. During his enlistment Nick was deployed multiple times to the Middle East in support of Operation Southern Watch. During Nick’s enlistment he also was selected to the 9th Air Force Demonstration Team. After being honorably discharged in July 2001, Nick started his career in aviation working as an A&P mechanic and worked as a flight technician with General Electric Co, traveling the world on the company’s corporate aircraft. After a decade in corporate aviation, he was looking for a career change where he could contribute more to his community and help others. Nick started his financial planning practice in 2013 as he continued to pursue involvement in the Veteran community.
In 2018, Nick met Dan Jarvis and together they founded 22Zero. Their goal was to stand in the gap that often consumes Veterans and First Responders when in need of support with PTSD and other emotional struggles. Their journey ultimately led them to developing the Trauma Resiliency Protocol (TRP) which disconnects PTSD. It was important to find a better way than current methods which require the Veteran or First Responder to talk about or re-live the traumatic experiences. Dan and Nick also found that even when the trauma was disconnected many of the individuals they were working with still struggled with rooted negative emotions such as anger, guilt, sadness, shame, anxiety, depression and that led them to develop the Emotions Management Process (EMP).
Nick and his wife Sarah are both financial advisors and own their financial planning practice, Hemlock Creek Wealth Management, where they serve clients around the country. Along with his position as President of the Board with 22Zero, Nick also is Co-Founder of AnxietyGuys.com with Dan where they are serving the civilian communities with the very same processes that are setting thousands of our veterans, first responders, and their families free of the shackles of trauma and rooted negative emotions.
Nick has 5 amazing kids (2 boys, 3 girls) and lives just outside of Augusta GA. Nick and Sarah have a deep faith in God and are deeply passionate about sharing that with not just their children but also others they connect with. The Davis family also spends summers on Lake Champlain in northern VT and try to get in as much time as possible boating, hunting and fishing.
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Masters of Public Administration, from Central Michigan University
U.S. Army retired, Sergeant First Class (E-7)
Deputy Sheriff retired
Former U.S. Army Drill Sergeant
Retired Army SFC Dan Jarvis was deployed to a combat zone in Afghanistan in 2011. Shortly after his arrival, he stepped on a pressure plate and detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) five feet from his position on the patrol. The IED inflicted a traumatic brain injury. He insisted on continuing to lead his troops on the battlefield instead of taking a break; however, the Battalion surgeon ordered him out for a week before rejoining his Soldiers. After weeks of no sleep, as a result of the IED blast, he led his squad on a mission to escort an explosive team to defuse a bomb found by another Platoon. His role in the lead vehicle as the truck commander (TC) was to detect IEDs on the route to ensure safe passage for the other vehicles in the convoy. An undetected IED exploded under the fourth vehicle in the convoy, taking the life of SPC Doug Cordo. Dan felt responsible for losing Doug since finding them as the lead truck commander was his job.
Near the end of his deployment, Dan received a Red Cross message informing him that his mother was deathly ill. He immediately left Afghanistan and headed to the United States, hoping to see his mom before she took her last breath. Unfortunately, he did not make it to say goodbye before she died, which weighed heavily on him. After her funeral, Dan returned to his assigned duty station in Fairbanks, Alaska, at Ft. Wainwright. Burdened under such guilt and unable to sleep, Dan sought an escape by binge drinking each night until he fell asleep.
On the night of March 2, 2013, he contemplated suicide – eyeing the rifle in the corner and convincing himself that it would be easy to end the emotional torture. Hearing the pitter-patter of little feet on the apartment floor above him, he realized he would potentially endanger those kids if a bullet were fired. As usual, he passed out from the alcohol. He awoke the next morning to a call informing him that one of the soldiers from his former Platoon, SPC Corey Smathers, had shot and killed himself the night prior. Questioning how they missed Smather’s struggles, Dan realized he was masking the signs from those he knew and loved. Dan and the other men struggled emotionally as they grieved their brother and Soldier. Watching the men struggle and worrying that he may “green light” one of them to do the same, Dan resolved that he would not take his own life. However, as did the binge drinking each night, the emotional struggle remained.
Due to multiple combat injuries, Dan retired from the Army on September 11, 2014, and returned to Winter Haven, Florida. He quickly traded one uniform for another by reentering the law enforcement profession. Unfortunately, his combat injuries forced his retirement from law enforcement in May of 2017. Dan served as a Deputy for approximately 7 years in roles of Crime Suppression Team (CST), Narcotics Investigations, Uniform Patrol and Community Oriented Policing.
With little to occupy his time, the weight of his military experiences and transition out of service began to manifest more visibly drinking, depression, nightmares, night sweats, and negative outlook. His ex-wife strongly encouraged him to seek help, and he contacted the local VA Office. The VA diagnosed Dan with Post Traumatic Stress and began to treat him with prolonged exposure therapy, which tormented him nearly as much as the trauma he had experienced. He opted not to continue this line of treatment after the VA canceled a couple of appointments.
Dan went through many different treatments looking for a better way. We must do better to help others find relief from traumatic memories.
In April 2018 Dan was invited to a men’s leadership retreat in Tampa, FL where he met Nick Davis for the first time. 22Zero was spoken into existence on the weekend. Dan asked Nick to assist in forming the nonprofit with his background as an Air Force veteran and Finally Advisor Professional. 22ZERO was formed as a means of standing in the gap providing solutions for our heroes in uniform battling Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and other emotional issues like anxiety, anger, survivor guilt and depression.
Since then Dan and Nick have been developing and improving methods to heal PTS and other negative emotions. The Tactical Resiliency Training (TRT) is comprised of the Trauma Resiliency Protocol (TRP) and the Emotions Management Process (EMP). To date 22ZERO has healed more than 10,000 men, women and children.
In November 2022, Dan co-founded Anxiety Guys with Nick Davis to bring the same healing non-clinical interventions to the civilian world. Currently we are training Licensed Professionals, Pastoral Counselors and Peer Support with agencies such as the U.S. Border Patrol, Sheriff’s Offices, Police Departments and Fire Departments.
The future is looking brighter for our American Heroes, though the mountain to climb is steep we are climbing it one step at a time.
Though Dan has stepped away from leadership at 22ZERO he is still committed to bringing change to the mental health space with veterans and first responders. He is also working on healing his Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) by using Neuro Feedback, and other methods to shed light on this other aspect of veteran suicide, the TBI. More to follow!
The 22Zero Team
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Joe Nigra is a Director of Maintenance for a corporate flight department based in Baltimore, MD. He began his aviation career serving in the United States Marine Corps as a KC-130 Flight Technician. After leaving the military, Joe transferred his skill set to the civilian world taking a Flight Technician position with General Electric Corporate Air Transport. Joe holds several professional certifications in his field including Airframe and Powerplant, Inspection Authorization, Aero IT and Certified Aviation Manager (CAM). Joe is a trained Resiliency Coach and has a strong devotion to his fellow Marines, Veterans, and all who serve. He is committed to helping our clients live their best life and shares in the devotion of the dedicated volunteers at 22zero.
Dr. Pam Arnell
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Dr. Arnell has been the Youth Service Officer (YSO) for Giles County, Tennessee, since 2014. Before being the YSO, she owned Arnell’s Counseling Service, Inc., as a contract provider for the State of Tennessee for 14 years. Dr. Arnell has been an adjunct faculty at Columbia State Community College since 2004, teaching in the Psychology program and some Education classes. Dr. Arnell has been a member of the Giles County Fire and Rescue Squad since 2008 and is also a member of the Pulaski Lions Club. She served on the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network as the regional committee chair from 2004- 2011. Dr. Arnell also served on the State Advisory Council for the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network from 2004-2014. As part of her dissertation, Dr. Arnell completed an analysis on The Tennessee Strategy for Suicide Prevention based on the original National Strategies for Suicide Prevention.
Dr. Arnell became involved with 22Zero in March 2021, when the Giles County Fire and Rescue Squad assistant fire chief asked if she would be willing to go through the training. One of the reasons she was asked is that Dr. Arnell handles the critical debriefing for squad members and her mental health training. She was doubtful at first and said, “let me look at the website first. I have a certain way of handling the debriefings and am not a cookie-cutter type counselor (Arnell, 2021).” Once Dr. Arnell looked at the website and thoroughly researched the website, she said, “o.k. I will give it a try (Arnell, 2021).”
In April of 2021, Dr. Arnell went through the training process and was astonished at how well the program worked. “Due to my job, working with children/youth who have been abused, neglected and working with them with their trauma being in law enforcement for five years as a reserve deputy, a rescue squad member, childhood trauma, in addition to being married to a veteran; I am a believer of the process (Arnell, 2021).” Now, Dr. Arnell is involved with 22Zero/ Healing the Hero by analyzing data and assisting with publications. She has already successfully treated individuals that previously struggled with PTSD symptoms.
As of November 5th, 2022, Dr. Arnell became the Executive Director for 22Zero Follow Me, Inc. Dr. Arnell also provides marketing, speaking at conferences for 22Zero, providing co-training for the peer-to-peer coaches along with Dan Jarvis. As the Executive Director, Dr. Arnell is in charge of overseeing 22Zero Follow Me, Inc., business’s strategic vision and supervising business decisions to drive company growth for 22Zero. Dr. Arnell will be collaborating with the company’s leadership team, implementing strategic plans for the company’s development, and managing relationships with all stakeholders.
Dr. Arnell will also collaborate with the board of Directors of 22Zero to identify, create, and implement strategic plans to actualize business objectives effectively for all mission clients, coaches, and staff. Also, to identify, recruit, train and develop a talented team of coaches and employees. Dr. Arnell will monitor company operations and ensure employees and business practices comply with regulatory and legal requirements. In addition to developing the organizational culture and promoting transparency and collaboration throughout the 22Zero. Another role is to develop partnerships with company stakeholders, shareholders, industry regulators and other relevant parties and identify potential risks and opportunities within the organization and its environment to protect business interests. As part of the Executive Director, other tasks are to identify potential sources of investment and organize fundraising efforts while representing 22Zero, at social and corporate events in ways that strengthen 22Zero and communicate the company’s message, professionally, ethically and with strong values.
Dr. Arnell can be reached at email@example.com
Executive Board Member
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Ms. Ameyaw currently serves as a Director of Municipal Dealer Sales for the Raymond James Financial Fixed Income Department where she serves a trade liaison between the firm’s Municipal department and other broker / dealers throughout the country. She also serves as the Co-Chair for the Raymond James Valor Network (Veterans Inclusion Network), which is a representation of all service branches, fostering camaraderie, networking, and advocating for Veterans professional development, support, and community outreach. Ms. Ameyaw is currently the President of the Board of Directors of Girls Inc. of Pinellas, which in partnership with local schools and organizations, focuses on developing and equipping girls to lead fulfilling and productive lives, break the cycle of poverty, and become role models in their community. Ms. Ameyaw recently joined the 22Zero Follow Me Inc Board of Directors with a mission to reduce the number of suicides in the active military, veterans, and first responder communities. She is also an active member of St. Petersburg chapter of the Business and Professional Women (BPW) Organization, dedicated to achieving equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, information, and education. Prior to her current role, Ms. Ameyaw served as a Director in the Raymond James Internal Audit department, responsible for developing and executing robust AML/financial crimes audit plans in accordance with Internal Audit standards and relevant government statutes/regulations, as well as managing Audit Managers and Senior Audit staff. Ms. Ameyaw’s experience also includes analysis and investigation of financial crimes matters while working for the JP Morgan Chase Global Financial Crimes Compliance (GFCC) Team.
Before entering the corporate, Mercy Ameyaw proudly served in the US Army. Ms. Ameyaw retired in 2019 after serving almost 17 years in the United States Army (multiple duty stations). In her last duty position, she served as the Acting First Sergeant (1SG) and Platoon Sergeant (PSG) in an elite and selectively-manned Airborne Unit (Joint Communications Support Element- JCSE), and worked closely with Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and law-enforcement partners. In her military career, Ms. Ameyaw specialized in Special Operations Forces (SOF) multi-level intelligence analysis, counter-threat finance and counter-narcotics operations, and signal/network operations. During her military career, Ms. Ameyaw participated in 2 combat tours (Afghanistan) and 2 overseas NATO missions (Germany and Bosnia) which resulted in several awards, including but not limited to two Bronze Star Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal, and two Army Commendation Medals. Various Department of Defense (DoD) and law enforcement agencies have recognized Ms. Ameyaw’s accomplishments in the Intelligence Community through her execution of 6 combined counter-narcotics operations between DEA and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Special Operations Forces (SOF) units. These operations resulted in the disruption of several international drug trafficking organizations, removal of over 20 high value targets, removal of over 100 enemy insurgents, and the destruction of over 30 metric tons of narcotics and precursors (worth $10mil +) across 21 Afghan provinces.
Ms. Ameyaw was born in Ghana (West Africa) and raised in Modena (Northern Italy) and speaks six languages. Her father heads an international missionary organization, which exposed her to many different countries and cultures until her family moved to the U.S. when she was 13 years old. Her international upbringing led her to pursue a double Bachelor’s degree in Political Science & International Affairs and a Master’s degree in Intelligence Studies & Strategic Operations. Ms. Ameyaw currently resides in St. Petersburg, FL with her husband and two basenji dogs.
Chris Gibbs, MD
Executive Board Member/Medical Director
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My story starts as a young boy growing up on a farm in southern Georgia. I learned about hard work at an early age as my father was a farmer who worked sunrise to sunset every day of his life trying to provide for us. He told me early in my life that he didn’t want me to have to do the kind of hard manual labor that he did on a daily basis for the rest of my life. He wanted me to study hard and be some type of professional. I started thinking about my life plan as early as about 8 years of age.
I was sort of a sickly child who had frequent visits to our local pediatrician due to severe allergies, etc. Even though I hated going to the doctor, I always felt better afterwards. It was at this point in my life that I decided that I wanted be the person who made people feel better! This led me down the path to medical school and I graduated in 1991 with my medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Afterwards, I did my residency in Internal Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.
After residency, I took my first job at a large medical practice in my hometown of Tifton, GA. I had a very rewarding practice there but felt that my real opportunity to help others and make a difference would lie in a larger community with more avenues to search for those that really needed me.
I then joined an Internal Medical practice in Augusta, GA, where I had spent my 4 years in medical school and had deep roots in a church there and in the community. Although I had a great practice in Augusta also, I still felt as if there was something else God wanted me to do. Eventually I ended up as a Hospitalist in the largest Burn Center in the United States, right here in Augusta, GA! This has been my passion for the last 10 years, helping those scarred both physically, and even more so, emotionally by their severe burn wounds. This truly has been a way for me to apply my knowledge and deep compassion for those that are hurting.
Unfortunately, despite the great reward of being able to work with these types of patients, I had become frustrated with the ability of traditional medicine to truly address their emotional needs that resulted from their trauma. It was at this point that God brought Nick Davis into my life.
We had decided to sell our current home, and despite Nick and his family living in NH, he saw the ad for our home and came down to visit. I saw at that time the deep passion that he has for helping anyone with these types of trauma. I have experienced this personally as Nick has helped free me from my own trauma that was keeping me full of anxiety and preventing me from living my life to the fullest. Nick introduced me to his family and to Dan Jarvis who also has Nick’s passion for this work. I finally know what God has been preparing me for all of my life!
As far as my family, I am married to Melissa and we have 6 six children between us. My oldest son Jon is graduating from medical school this year. My oldest daughter Caroline is married and applying for PA school this year. My next daughter Isabelle starts Nursing School this fall and my youngest son Graham is a senior in high school. They are all wonderful, giving children that I hope will pursue a life of helping others also.
To finish, I look forward to being a part of your organization as you serve and minister to those that have served our country and given their all for us. It’s the least we can do for them.
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Cynthia is a graduate of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting, Minor in Criminal Justice. She has over 20 years experience in accounting and finance and while inactive has her CPA in New Jersey.
Not-for-profits were her primary client base at the start of her career and has led to her passion for supporting them. Cynthia is currently employed by Quest Diagnostics, Inc where she has held multiple positions of increasing responsibility over the past 15 years and is currently the East Region Compliance Director.
Cynthia was four blocks away from the WTC on 9-11 and her husband was a first responder who participated in the documentary Healing the Hero’s of 9-11: The Way Forward. It was through 22zero that they both found healing. In addition to being the wife of a Marine Corps veteran she is a mother of three children and three rescue pups.
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20 years as a social worker with a degree in social rehabilitation has taught me so much about myself as well as those I serve. The best education I ever received though was from my Meme (Millie). Millie was that person in my life who molded me into the woman I am today by teaching me what true compassion and empathy was. I am and have been a better mom, friend and woman thanks to the lessons learned from my Meme. My parents and in particular my dad who is a Vietnam Combat Veteran made sure I had the grit I would need to make it through the toughest moments life could throw at me (Trust me when I say I’ve had a few!)
I firmly believe that life is full of moments that we can learn and grow from. My two sons Ethan and Aiden have and always will be some of my biggest teachers. My boys have taught me countless lessons on how to be better both personally and professionally. My hope is that I can impact others in the same way my family has me, while building deep trusting relationships along the way!
Being a social worker has truly been a blessing and I feel that it was in large part to prepare me for being a part of the 22Zero team. When I was offered the opportunity to come on board, I jumped at it and cannot explain just how excited I am to help serve others in this new role.
I learned of 22Zero a few years ago and fully admit, I was a huge skeptic! I thought it was “hocus pocus” but I can happily say, “I was wrong.” I went through the processes of TRP and EMP. To my surprise, I just felt better!! One of my sons who was 15 at the time, also went through the process and what a blessing for him and for me. He is the same young man, but different as he has been able to release a lot of the heavy emotions that had been weighing him down. I am forever grateful for these processes and look forward to being able to pay that forward. I recently took the TRP and EMP training to be a coach and look forward to helping others in their healing.
When I am away from work there isn’t much I love more than being in the outdoors. Being on the beach or hiking in the woods speaks to my soul and leaves me always feeling more grounded.
Spending time with my boys and helping them prepare for the next stage in their lives gives me no greater joy! Ethan has his sights set on the Air Force while Aiden is looking to the trades and hopes to have his own HVAC business someday in the future.
Finding peace and happiness in life keeps me always moving forward but its helping others and building deep rooted relationships drives me! I so look forward to connecting with individuals while helping them navigate the emotional world to find their healing.