Project Sanctuary Appoints John Stilwell Chief Financial Operating Officer

GRANBY, CO (September 24, 2018) – Project Sanctuary, a Colorado-based non-profit that provides therapeutic opportunities for at-risk military families, has appointed John Stilwell Chief Financial Operating Officer. An operational leader, Stilwell has spent more than 30 years providing strategic guidance to both non-profits and private ventures.

Stilwell joins Project Sanctuary from CMMB, an international, faith-based NGO providing long-term, community based medical and development aid to communities affected by poverty and unequal access to healthcare. Stilwell served as Chief of Staff for the organization, managing operations, executive team members, international-based managers, as well as key projects and programs. Stilwell’s unique blend of experience also includes developing and implementing all financial and operational systems for a high-profile start-up in the beauty industry and helping to launch and grow a hedge fund to $150 million in investments.

Project Sanctuary’s mission personally resonated with Stilwell, who has a close family member who was deployed twice and is learning to live with PTSD.

“John’s knowledge and experience will positively impact all aspects of our organization and will allow us to more effectively serve the growing list of families who need our services,” said Project Sanctuary Founder & CEO Heather Ehle. “We consider ourselves blessed to add someone with such tremendous talent to our team.”

Stilwell holds a degree in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and has served as a director for several education-based non-profits.

Project Sanctuary focuses on strengthening military families during the stressful times of deployment, transition and reintegration, offering therapeutic opportunities nationwide. Since its founding over a decade ago, the non-profit has served more than 1,200 families, using an evidence-based approach that combines coursework, counseling and recreational activities to reconnect and empower families. In 2018, Project Sanctuary will host 30 therapeutic retreats in eight states and will continue outreach to the 2,300 families on its wait list to provide pre-retreat assessment and crisis intervention.


About Project Sanctuary

Believing that everyone has the ability and the right to heal and that when one person serves, the whole family serves, Project Sanctuary takes a human-centered, solution-based approach in serving at-risk military families. Through long-term programming, focused on connectedness, we restore hope and empower families to find the healing they need to recover and thrive.

Founded in 2007, Project Sanctuary holds a 4-star rating on Charity Navigator, the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency, and Better Business Bureau Charity Accreditation. Sponsors and partners that help make Project Sanctuary programs possible include The Kendeda Fund, Aimco Cares, First Command Financial Services, Infinite Hero Foundation, Naval Postgraduate School Foundation, Inc., The Weinberg Foundation, and YMCA of the Rockies. More information is available online at


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