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 | Vice President
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.

John Routa | Treasurer
John Routa leads the sales operations and forecasting functions at Blackberry, Ltd. Prior to joining Blackberry, John held executive level finance roles in the software industry at FullContact, Inc., where he was CFO, and at Sybase (an SAP Company), where he was Finance Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations. John began his professional career at Arthur Andersen and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Colorado. He has expertise in M&A, taxation, financial planning and analysis and contract negotiation.

John has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Masters in management from Regis University. He is an avid trail runner and certified running coach. John believes in the power of lifelong learning and is an affiliate faculty member at Regis University. He is also currently publishing an online memoir about his time at Arthur Andersen titled The Andersen Years.

Project Sanctuary board member Todd Amen

Todd Amen
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.

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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
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.

Dr. David Tharp, Project Sanctuary board member

Lt. Col. (Dr.) David Tharp
Lt. Col. (Dr.) David F. Tharp is a licensed psychologist for both the Veterans Administration (VA) and the United States Air Force.  Dr. Tharp works as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee at the United States Air Force Academy at the Peak Performance Center, addressing the psychological issues of Air Force Cadets.  As a VA psychologist, David works for the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System located at the VA hospital in Waco, TX.  He is the Program Manager for the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) clinic  and is an SME with the VISN 17, Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt program for system redesign.

In the Air Force, David works at the Air Force Academy as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee, helping cadets navigate their future and career as an Air Force officer. He also reviews article submissions for publication in Air Force Fitness Magazine, for which he authored Module 4 of the Fit to Fight program that addressed internal and external motivation for change in regards to ensuring military personnel are ready for battle.

From October 2010 to May 2011, David was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he “triple hatted” as the Medical Advisor, Preventative Medicine Expert, and Environmental Engineer to the Commander, Kandahar Airfield (COMKAF). While serving in this capacity, he managed 28 countries’ medical assets, was the Army’s lead consultant on psychological issues, coordinated the first MRI into theater, and was a liaison to the commander of the Role 3 (trauma hospital). He also volunteered countless hours at the USO. David suffered a spinal cord injury while in theater and continued in his current role for a month while receiving treatment, and was then medevac’d to Germany after completing his tour of duty. He received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his service in a combat zone.

David won the 2012 Air Force Veterans Administration Employee of the Year Award and is an assistant professor at Texas A&M, Health Sciences Center, College of Medicine. He is married to Katherine Tharp, a medical student at Texas A&M, has two children, Joshua and Peyton, and resides in Waco, TX.

Stephanie Williams, Project Sanctuary board member

Stephanie Williams
Stephanie Williams is an Army wife, social worker, and motivational speaker. She has been through six overseas deployments as well as several stateside separations for schools and various training. She and her husband are currently stationed in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.

Stephanie earned her BS in Social Work from Alabama State University and her Masters in Organizational Leadership and Management from Amridge University. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 10 years, working with mentally ill, high risk youth and military families. Stephanie has volunteered with the American Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces Fort Hood, Texas, by serving as Chairman of Volunteers, and with Army Family Team Building as an instructor.

While stationed in Fort Hood, Stephanie worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Texas as a Military Mentor Specialist. She also worked for PRS, Inc as an Employment Specialist. While there, she worked with adults with mental illness, substance use disorders, mild intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, or any combination of these. Stephanie provides intensive skills training and support to community members in need so they have the ability to live independently, maintain housing, remain in the community and out of the psychiatric hospital, and engage in community activities such as employment, volunteerism, and education pursuits.

Stephanie is currently turning her passion for helping others to motivational speaking. She has spent years motivating and inspiring people to be their best selves. After many deployments, learning the effect these deployments have on military families, and working in nonprofits, she sees a need for people to be motivated, inspired, and resilient. Stephanie helps people to improve their morale, teamwork, and communication skills and ultimately achieve more results. With her background as a social worker, Stephanie honed her skills to motivate people who are often hard to motivate. With her engaging and fun personality, she connects with her audiences immediately and delivers content that they can use without delay.

Stephanie and her husband Richard attended a Project Sanctuary retreat in Utah in January 2015. This life-changing event made her want to dive deeper into helping military families. Stephanie now serves on the Project Sanctuary Board of Directors as a family representative.

Project Sanctuary Ambassadors

Kevin Sands
Kevin Sands is the immediate past board president of Project Sanctuary where he served from 2013 through 2016. Kevin was instrumental in leading the recruitment of solid board members and developing a strategic plan that both led to increasing the number of annual retreats from 13 to over 20 and expanding geographically from Colorado into Utah, California, and Texas. Kevin continues to have a passion for military personnel and their families.

Kevin presently leads enterprise clients through digital transformations as an engagement manager with Bluewolf, an IBM company. His career has led him to assist clients in a variety of industries in reaching their business outcomes through transformational technology projects. He also owned his own commercial facility maintenance company for many years, giving him the unique perspective of a business owner. Kevin started his career in the US Navy as a Farsi linguist.

Kevin is a graduate of the Excelsior College with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Technology. He lives in Monument, CO, with his wife, Kelli, who also supports Project Sanctuary as the family coordinator.

Sharon Thomas
Sharon Thomas is a mother, Army wife, and school counselor. She  earned her BA in Child Development and her MS in Counseling with her  Pupil Personnel Service Credential in School Counseling from California  State University – Northridge. When her family PSC’d to Fort Carson, CO,  she went on to earn her MAED in Special Education – Cross Categorical.  She has worked with dually-diagnosed adults, been a special education  teacher in south central Los Angeles at a year-round high school, and  served as school counselor.

While stationed in Darmstadt, Germany, Sharon worked for the  Department of Defense Dependent Schools Activity as a special education  teacher, behaviorist, and school counselor for three years. Sharon  currently works for Colorado Springs School District 11 at Patrick Henry  Elementary School as the mental health school counselor. She works with  children 0-21 years old and currently serves children ages 3-11. Army wife, she has PCS’d several times and  understands the demands the military puts on the family structure along  with long deployments. Sharon and her family attended March retreat #22  in 2012, and it made a difference both in her family and her life. She  volunteers as the family liaison to sign-up, screen and make contacts in the Colorado Springs area for Project Sanctuary.

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