Meet Our New Development Team Members

From left to right: Amy McDermott, Michael Jordan and Emily Williams

We’re thrilled to announce that we are expanding our team! With so many military families in need of our therapeutic connection programs, we are continuing to grow and evolve, adding new program elements and services in response to the current needs of the veteran community.

Our newest team members bring valuable experiences and skills to Project Sanctuary, but most importantly, they share a passion for supporting veterans and military families.  Read on to meet them!


Amy McDermott, Chief Development Officer

A hallmark of Chief Development Officer Amy McDermott’s professional journey has been a deep commitment to working in service to communities of first responders. In so doing, she gained extensive experience in senior level nonprofit development, communications and operations for police and fire departments, public charter schools, and military family support organizations. Most recently, Amy worked as the Development and Marketing Manager for a veterans transition support nonprofit and sat on the Executive Board of the Naval Officers Spouses Club of San Diego.

Of particular significance to Amy is her work supporting our nation’s military service members and their families.  The wife of a senior Navy officer with more than 24 years of service, Amy has seen firsthand the challenges, sacrifices and adventures that military families endure while serving our country.  Noting that her own family and others in their military community often benefited from outdoor adventures together during tough times, Amy strongly supports the therapeutic recreation model used by Project Sanctuary to help military families transition from battle ready to family ready.

A Colorado native, Amy, her husband and their seven-year-old daughter enjoy adventures together ranging from hiking to skiing to theatre.

Michael Jordan, Major Gifts Officer

Michael is one of seven children from a military family. After starting a successful real estate business, he went to college at age 29, became an attorney and began practicing real estate law. It was then that Michael discovered a passion for providing pro bono legal representation for children in cases involving adoption, child custody or divorce.

In 2010, Michael decided to dedicate his life to nonprofit endeavors. Michael resides in Aspen, Colorado, where he is also the founder of the Aspen Forward Foundation, which helps raise money for Saint Mary’s Foundation. He loves the outdoors, spending his free time on a bike, a hike or camping.


Emily Williams, Director of Events and Volunteers

Emily Williams serves as Project Sanctuary’s Director of Events and Volunteers. She is the mother of two amazing boys (who keep her quite busy) and the wife of a disabled veteran.  She is currently pursuing a degree in business and administration, which she expects to complete in the next year.

Emily has always had a heart for volunteering. After she finished treatment for breast cancer in 2013, she decided to take a job in the nonprofit world as a Volunteer and Affiliate Coordinator. Emily loves being able to work with volunteers and getting to know the people that really help nonprofits succeed!

Emily’s family is a Project Sanctuary graduate family. They entered the program not knowing what to expect and left feeling like a brand-new family. She truly believes every military family deserves the opportunity Project Sanctuary provides, recognizing that the need is great and that veterans often feel like they don’t have anywhere to turn.

Since completing the program, Emily has volunteered four times with Project Sanctuary (three times as a family). She loves the idea of “families helping families.” Her firsthand experience with Project Sanctuary left a lasting imprint, and she is thrilled to continue helping military families as a new member of our development team!

Emily loves the outdoors and often spends time unplugging with her family. Kayaking, camping, hiking….they love it all!

Amy, Michael and Emily join Sophia Oliveira on the Development Team, where she continues to grow Project Sanctuary’s impact as Grants & Development Coordinator.

Sophia V. Oliveira, M.S., Grants & Development Coordinator

Sophia deeply supports outdoor recreation as a means of bringing families together to heal. Coming from an educational background in life sciences, she had opportunities to spend time out in nature, engaging others and seeing the power of this positive force in action.

Over the past five years, Sophia has gained experience working with nonprofits through data management, fundraising, and outreach. She came to Project Sanctuary after realizing that other organizations were not providing the complete support that military families need. After falling in love with Project Sanctuary’s mission, she relocated to Colorado to dive full-force into fundraising efforts for our military families.