In 2010, Heather was a finalist for People Magazine’s All Stars Among Us, and won the 2011 Aurora Chamber of Commerce award for “Women Making a Difference.” In 2012, Project Sanctuary was honored at the White House as one of only five 2012 “Joining Forces Community Challenge Winners,” chosen out of over 300 nominees in recognition of its work with military families.
In 2012, Heather was honored to be a part of the first R4 Alliance workshop. As a founding member, and through her term as a board member, she played an active role in structuring R4 to best serve the needs of today’s military families.
In 2008, Geneva was a key player in the initial development of a new concept for connecting military and their families to resources for transition in their home communities. The concept became a reality with establishment of a new, national nonprofit in July 2009, for which she became chief operating officer (COO).
In late 2011, Geneva took a 5-month sabbatical to travel and to serve as part of a nine-person team, including two OIF/OEF veterans, in support of quadruple amputee Kyle Maynard’s successful and historic January 2012 summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. After her sabbatical, Geneva began working with other military-serving nonprofits. Today she is honored to serve as COO for Project Sanctuary, overseeing operations, finances and marketing. Through her role with Project Sanctuary, Geneva is also an associate member of United Veterans Committee of Colorado and a board member of Colorado Serves.
From 2006 to 2014, Kara managed development programming for Larimer Humane Society, deploying countless campaigns for annual support and for major and planned giving. Kara was a key member of Larimer Humane Society’s Emergency Response Team during both the High Park Fire and September Flood disasters, coordinating dedicated response and resource management for community members and companion animals.
As the wife of an active duty military member having served four overseas deployments, Kara brings firsthand knowledge of the unique challenges military families face. She is proud to stand beside and work on behalf of families who answer this honorable calling.
Kara has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Technical Communication from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University.
Missy has been with Project Sanctuary since February 2011 where she began as Youth Services Coordinator. In 2012, Missy was promoted to full time to direct all retreat programming and manage volunteers.
As Director of Programs, she continues to direct retreat programming, oversees the retreat teams, and ensures a high-quality experience at each retreat location.
Missy has a bachelor’s degree in leisure services with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Missy previously worked in the Recreation Department at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Oklahoma and also spent three years working with children and adolescents in a behavioral health hospital.
Scott retired after 23 years in the U.S. Army with combat experience (deployed to Iraq, Somalia, and numerous other countries). Outside of work, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, sports (especially baseball), spending time outdoors, traveling, and scuba diving. Scott lives in Monument, CO, with his wife Karen.
As a military spouse, Laura greatly appreciates and respects the whole family emphasis Project Sanctuary places on supporting the military community. Laura has her bachelor’s degree in Dairy Science, but after getting frustrated when the cows wouldn’t talk back, she pursued her master’s degree in Social Work. Laura has experience working in animal-assisted therapeutic settings, including on a farm with youth-at-risk, with service dogs in-training and wounded warriors through the Warrior Canine Connection, and as a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence. She also has experience in a school social work setting, in a hospital social work setting at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and in a community mental health setting.
When not working, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband, Jordan, and her rescue dog, Daisy.
Sharon works as an independent contractor with Project Sanctuary, running the youth program at the Project Sanctuary retreats and assisting with administration work. She chose to work with Project Sanctuary after realizing the value they put on families. This value extends beyond the people attending the program, and also includes the people who work with Project Sanctuary.
Ronie and his family attended a Project Sanctuary retreat in April 2013. After returning home from the retreat with a new outlook on life, he received a bachelor’s degree in social work from University of Denver and returned to help families going through the Project Sanctuary program, handling logistics, retreat administration, and peer mentoring. His journey has been a long but rewarding one of recovery and hope. Ronie knows there is a healthy side of PTSD and loves to be a witness to others. His family has become his mission, and he has found a way to serve them and still serve others.
Neil’s first encounter with Project Sanctuary was as a retreat volunteer, and he immediately knew this was where his heart was calling him. He now serves as a retreat administrator and as a Veteran Coach for Project Sanctuary’s Walton’s Warriors Peer Mentorship Program, and assists military families in accessing their DoD and VA benefits.
Neil is deeply driven by the opportunity to serve his brothers and sisters in arms – and their families – from all eras. He proudly works to ensure veterans have access to the service-connected entitlements they have earned, and is committed to ensuring families know they are supported in navigating the unique challenges that often accompany military service.
Recently resigning from his AGR tour with the Colorado National Guard, Neil proudly serves Project Sanctuary and is working to complete his degree in social work.
In 2008, CarrieAnn was medically discharged from the Army and moved to San Antonio, Texas. After the move, she received her teaching certificate and taught middle school technology for seven years. In 2012, CarrieAnn received her master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
CarrieAnn’s passion is technology, and she loves combining that passion with working with veterans at Project Sanctuary. In 2016, CarrieAnn moved to Colorado to be closer to Project Sanctuary headquarters in the Rocky Mountains, where she is finding her own “strength & peace.”
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