CRI Team

The CRI team is comprised of men and women that have graciously given of their time and experience to serve the cause.

Sean Malone

Co-Founder, Director, Chairman

Sean found a front row seat at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. There he provided lighting for the search and rescue operations. This is where the seeds for being involved in crisis response work were planted. In 2007 he and his wife Laura officially launched Crisis Response International. Since then, CRI has trained thousands of responders to reach the harvest in the midst of crisis.

Laura Malone

Co-Founder, Director

Laura is a coffee drinker and a solutions engineer, in that order. She loves using her creativity to mentor others in creating their own stories. Laura has spent years working under pressure and keeping the balance. She has even packed up and moved her family 17 times in 16 years. The ARC school was a vision she dreamed up years ago at a Heidi Baker conference. It was pulling on her desire to train and send mature believers who each have a heart to be sent out, people who know who they are and what they are called to do. Currently she lives with her husband, three of their five children and their two year old dogter, Roxy. She accepts payment in the form of Starbucks gift cards and shoulder massages.

Karen Wyatt

CRI Information Officer

Karen has a heart to carry His presence into crisis situations – Especially in international settings. She is a certified chaplain with IAOCC. Karen has owned several businesses and has extensive experience in the marketplace and sales. She has been in 15 nations and served in Haiti immediately following the earthquake. She’s also had the honor to serve in Kurdistan in 2016 at the House of Hope. Karen is the proud Mother of 3 children and a grandmother of 9. We are so happy to have Karen as a part of our team!

Heather Davis

Deployment Coordinator

Heather Davis is the Deployment Coordinator. She is passionate about seeking the Lords heart and being premeditated in preparing, deploying and leading responders to help those who are in crisis.

Heather owned and managed several businesses in her home town but she found her greatest success in owning, developing and managing one of the states top ranked BBQ restaurants. Since selling her businesses she has brought the many facets of business ownership, leadership, team building and project management to the CRI deployment department.

When Heather isn’t working she can usually be found on her on her boat, kayak or at the lake spending time with her four children.

Jody Staley

Director of Operations

Jody Staley is passionate about making disciples of Jesus Christ, developing others and seeing hope, hearts, lives and communities rebuilt for the glory of God.

As the Director of Operations, Jody is responsible for overseeing, leading and developing the operational excellence of CRI, so that we can call, train, and deploy mercy missionaries who bring hope and love to people and communities who have been impacted by crisis.

Jody brings 19+ years of experience working in a Fortune 500 company where he developed and led teams domestically and internationally.

Jody and his wife Jessica, and their 5 kids live in sunny Florida. His favorite past times are reading, speaking and spending time at the beach with his family.

Valerie Cooper

Training Director

Val entered the arena of disaster relief after her initial CRI training in 2011 at the ARC School in California. She’ll tell you, with a smile, that the Lord surprised and challenged her heart in a life-changing way that year as she accepted His invitation to prepare herself and others to follow Him to the ends of the earth in the context of crisis and disaster.

After her training, she joined CRI staff and has worked with the team in various capacities off and on since that time.

Val has actively participated in numerous deployments nationally and internationally and finds immense joy in ministering to people in their time of greatest need. Her heart longs to see the Body of Christ prepared, trained, equipped, and subsequently mobilized to represent Christ rightly in the earth in the midst of crisis.

Val lives in Colorado and enjoys time with family and friends, exploring nature, adventuring and training and deploying with CRI!

Jessica Staley

Chaplain Coordinator

Jessica Staley loves working with people and has a heart to bring the peace of God to hurting people during times of crisis. She enjoys supporting leaders and establishing teams. Jessica has a heart for missions multiplication and discipleship.

As the Chaplain Coordinator, Jessica is working within the Chaplain department to help develop responders through the ranks of chaplaincy as well as overseeing that the responders who deploy receive care and debriefing on and off the field.

Jessica has served in a variety of leadership positions from being on the board and coordinating at a large homeschool coop to positions in church leadership and prayer support. Jessica and her husband Jody have lead inner healing ministry in their community for a number of years.

She is a mother of 5 and most enjoys time as a family, not much compares to a joy and laughter filled home.

Kyle Patterson

Marketing Lead

Kyle serves in the marketing department for CRI, helping to carry the message of hope into crisis and recruiting mercy missionaries to join the CRI team. Kyle and his wife Julianna have four children and reside in Los Angeles.

Kathy Price


Kathy fell in love with the CRI family after her first Basic Training in 2012. She has a heart to see people healed and restored to what God has created them to be. She always knew God was calling her to step out and go where He sends her. With God’s perfect timing, she allowed Him to direct her path and joined the CRI team! She has a strong love for family and community. Eventually, she would love to go on deployments and see the miracles of healing through worship and song. She is looking forward to sitting at the feet of Jesus in the HOPE center at the new Mission Base.

Kathy has 26 years experience working for a large construction company in Northern Virginia in administration and project financing fields. She is married to fellow responder, Derek Price. They live in Charlottesville, VA and have two amazing children. She feels very blessed by all that God has done in her life and is so excited for this next season with CRI