Joe Morrin, Project Sanctuary board member

Joe Morrin | President
Joe Morrin retired from First Command Financial Services in Fort Worth, TX, in 2015 after 29 years with the company. As Senior Vice President, Financial Planning, Joe was responsible for the underlying financial planning philosophy of the company. His expertise throughout his career included financial planning support to the firm’s advisors and clients, taxes, the life insurance products and investment products business lines, property and casualty insurance, and centralized supervision for the firm. He held numerous industry licenses, and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.

Prior to joining First Command, Joe spent several years as a cavalry officer in the United States Army, attaining the rank of captain.

Joe is a graduate of the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management. He lives in Weatherford, TX, with his wife, Dana. They have three sons:  Joey, Jonathon and Colby. Joe also serves on the Board of Directors of the Child Study Center, a local nonprofit organization supporting children with complex developmental disabilities.



Carla Stephany
Carla “Gwen” Stephany is currently working on a leadership consulting start-up, pursuing her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for making an organizational impact. She is passionate about veterans and their families, specifically helping veterans and spouses find jobs locally in her Colorado Springs community where she volunteers time to facilitate transition classes. She is also active in the local Military Officers Association of America chapter as a member of the chapter level leadership.

Carla separated from the U.S. Air Force as a licensed mental health provider for 10 years where she worked in outpatient/deployment mental health settings, family programming, couples counseling, and leadership consulting for military leaders. Her last duty station was working with Air Force Academy students and developing leadership initiatives for women and minorities, in which she found great fulfillment helping organizations on a greater scale. She is a home-grown Badger, graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with her MSSW in 2004.

Family is Carla’s number one priority. She continues to be passionate in helping our military families and has a first hand understanding of the toll military life and deployments have on a family. Carla’s three children motivate an active Colorado lifestyle of skiing, fishing, camping and hiking with their two dogs. She is currently in training for future cycling opportunities as her next challenge.



Rand Case | Secretary
Randall M. “Rand” Case is a member of the Denver law firm Poulson, Odell & Peterson, LLC, where he has practiced since 1974. His practice is primarily in the area of oil and gas law. He is a 1965 graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy and a 1973 graduate of the University of Denver Law School. He is admitted to the bar in Colorado, North Dakota and Wyoming.

Rand has been actively involved in the legal education programs of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, has served as a trustee of the foundation since 1981, and is a past president of the organization. Since 1990, he has served as legal advisor and associate member of the Alpine Rescue Team, a volunteer mountain search and rescue organization based in Evergreen, CO.

Growing up in Granby, CO, Rand attended elementary and high school there until moving to Wheat Ridge, CO, where he graduated from high school. He completed a year of college at the University of Colorado as an engineering student before entering the Naval Academy. He and his wife, Susan, live in Centennial, CO.

Project Sanctuary board member Todd Amen

Todd Amen | Treasurer
Todd Amen is the founder, president and CEO of ATBS. ATBS is the largest professional services company offering business management, accounting and tax services to independent contractors.  Prior to ATBS, Todd was co-president of Trans-Western Express, LTD. (TWX), a family-owned truckline operating in the United States and Canada.

In addition to his work with ATBS, Todd is a recognized speaker and leader in transportation and finance.  Todd is a graduate of Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance and marketing.  Todd has served on the boards of many nonprofit organizations, helping them to further their worthy causes.

Todd lives with his wife Kelly and four kids in Evergreen, Colorado.  He loves everything outdoors, especially fishing, skiing, hunting and hiking.


Jess Peonio
Jess Peonio is currently serving as the Vice President of Drilling & Regulatory for Axia Energy II, based in Highlands Ranch, CO. Axia Energy II is a privately funded Exploration and Production Company focused on creating value by identifying and monetizing opportunities through geological, drilling, completion and production expertise with cost control. Prior to joining Axia Energy and its preceding privately funded companies, Jess worked for Texaco Exploration and Production and Tom Brown Inc, in Bakersfield, CA; Rock Springs, WY; the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Denver, CO.

Jess comes from a family of military service including aunts, uncles, a Vietnam veteran father, and World War II veteran grandfather. With this, Jess holds military service men and women in the highest regard, as well as their families. He has been active in fundraising for Project Sanctuary since 2012, hosting an annual charity poker event. Through this event, he has demonstrated his commitment and passion to Project Sanctuary.

Jess is originally from Bridgeport, NE, graduated high school in Windsor, CO, and graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO, with a degree in petroleum engineering. He currently resides in Golden, CO, with his wife Brandy, son Gus, and daughter Gabby. Jess enjoys coaching his children in sports, attending their sporting events, fishing, and hunting.


Robert Steinhoff
Robert H. Steinhoff is an associate at the Denver-based law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck, LLP where his practice focuses in the area of commercial real estate law. He graduated from the University of Houston in 1999 and thereafter served as an Armor officer in the U.S. Army with service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rob holds a law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Florida.

Prior to attending law school, Rob worked in business management for two Fortune 500 companies and founded his own real estate firm. He has long worked to influence employers to increase hiring of veterans in the civilian workforce, and is passionate about veterans’ legal issues. Rob regularly donates his time to organizations working on behalf of veterans and active duty service members to solve their legal problems.

Rob is an avid cyclist and trail runner who enjoys Colorado’s outdoors as much as possible. He is a native of Katy, Texas, and lives with his wife, Krystle, in Denver, Colorado.


Ron Testa | Vice President
A United States Navy veteran, Ron Testa enlisted in the Navy in 1968 and had a distinguished 20-year military career, serving as a crewmember on four submarines, and retired at the rank of lieutenant commander. Ron joined First Command Financial Services as a Financial Advisor in December 1988, and today is a registered principal and District Advisor for the company’s Puget Sound district, providing leadership to four offices in Western Washington.

A graduate of Chapman University with a Master of Science degree (Human Resources Management and Development) and of Miami University (Ohio) with a Bachelor of Science degree (Systems Analysis), Ron holds Series 6, 7, 24, 26, 63 and 65 securities registrations, and Washington state life, health, property, and casualty insurance licenses. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ certificant and a member of the Financial Planning Association and Financial Services Institute.

Ron’s community involvement has been varied: past president of a Little League organization in Titusville, FL; active in the local Parish Church in Port Orchard, WA; serving on various councils and committees (currently a Finance Council member), to include past chair of a successful capital campaign raising over $900,000; and Navy League of the United States National Director Emeritus, with successful past terms as Northwest Region President, Northwest Coastal Area President, Washington State President and President of the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council, earning top honors as Navy League Outstanding Council. He was also past chair of a successful Navy League campaign committee, raising over $400,000 to install a Navy memorial in Bremerton, WA, featuring The Lone Sailor statue.

Married with three children and seven grandchildren, Ron enjoys traveling and boating with his wife, Linda, and continues to be active in community improvement projects.

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Dr. Laura Galloway
Laura is Organizational Behavior specialist with a strong background in Human Resource Management and Industrial Psychology. She holds a PhD in Organizational Systems and Development, and a Master’s degree in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. She is also a graduate of Chapman University with a Master of Organizational Leadership (emphasis in Human Resources) and of Westmont College  with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology.

In addition to being a full-time faculty member in the School of Business, at Brandman University, Laura is a certified executive coach, an instructional designer, and curriculum developer. As a business leader, Dr. Galloway is an organizational consultant and executive coach, specializing in nonprofit organizations. She has served as director of Human Resources for a school district, manager of a Wellness Clinic and served as an Intern for White House.

Laura has a strong background and extensive experience in innovative talent management and human and organizational development processes.

Laura is a graduate of Project Sanctuary retreat #146. She is an advocate for military families going through transition from military to civilian life. Laura and her husband, Keith, a US Navy (reserves) pilot founded Home Bound Veteran, a non-profit organization focused on helping military families make a smooth transition to civilian life.

Laura’s community involvement has been varied:  board member on a college scholarship foundation, founder of non-profit organization, volunteer high school volleyball coach, facilitator of diversity, equality and inclusion groups, a founding member of a local Italian-American school.  Married with two children, Laura and her husband enjoy traveling and hiking, surfing and continues to be active in community improvement projects.


Joe Nowicki
Joe Nowicki is a Managing Director with Chatham Financial Corporation, a global provider of independent financial risk management services and technology, where he leads the company’s business development efforts for the Global Real Estate practice.  At Chatham he and his team advise institutional real estate investors in optimizing financing risk profiles for commercial and multifamily real estate investments.

Prior to joining Chatham Financial in 2003, Joe spent nine years in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Flight Officer flying the EA-6B Prowler and deploying on the aircraft carrier USS Constellation, and as a flight instructor in the T-39N Sabreliner out of NAS Pensacola, Florida.  Joe graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Systems Engineering and earned an Master of Science Degree in Management from Troy State University.

Joe and his wife, Evette, live in St. Augustine, Florida and Evergreen, Colorado.  They have two grown sons:  Joseph and David.  Having made the transition from the Navy to the civilian world with Evette, Joseph and David, Joe has experienced and appreciates the special challenges and opportunities facing such families and is excited to be a part of Project Sanctuary and its mission.  He and Evette love growing together in their faith, spending time with family and friends, being outdoors and giving back.

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