Brian is an active duty Air Force officer and pilot, stationed at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he splits time between classroom instruction and teaching cadets to fly training airplanes. Previously, Brian served as a C-130 aircraft commander and instructor pilot, deploying several times in support of combat and humanitarian operations worldwide. Brian graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Management and from East Carolina University with a Master of Business Administration. Brian has received several leadership awards, including recognition as a Distinguished Graduate from Air Force Squadron Officer School in 2011 and the U.S. Air Force Academy Company Grade Officer of the Year in 2013. His experience flying medical evacuation missions in Iraq and Afghanistan for U.S. military personnel made Brian aware of the needs of veterans returning from deployments and motivated him to join the Healing Warriors Program. Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter in the Colorado outdoors hiking, camping, skiing, and running.
Shelley Poland is a 30+ year veteran of the Semiconductor Industry. Through her experience and education Shelley has developed a keen sense of marketing and sales expertise. She has had the opportunity to participate in a variety of sales training courses, workshops and seminars that has allowed her to draw from a broad resource base on which she has successfully built her career. She is known for her ability to build and maintain relationships with her customers and manufacturers. Passionate about supporting our Service Members, and hailing from a military family herself, Shelley helped found Healing Warriors Program. Interested in the effectiveness she has observed with Complementary Care methods of healing, Shelley has pursued education and training as part of her personal mission towards more holistic approaches to health, acquiring a Certificate in Holistic Health from Red Rocks Community College. She continued her education and is now a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Reiki Master Teacher. In addition to her corporate role, Shelley volunteers regularly, helping provide comfort and support to those in pain. She does this by using her training to promote relaxation, and encouraging the body’s ability to self-heal by using specific techniques that restore the body’s inner harmony.
Joel Thomas, Board Treasurer, US Army National Guard
Joel served in the Colorado Army National Guard from 2010 to 2016, deploying to Kuwait, Canada and supporting numerous domestic operations. This experience impressed the importance of developing alternative therapies to help veterans and their families. Joel has over 8 years of experience in the airline industry and currently works at SkyWest Airlines as a Canadair Regional Jet Captain based in Denver. Joel graduated from Colorado State University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration: Investment Securities Analysis. He completed his Masters of Business Administration with finance certificate from CSU in 2015. Joel has worked with numerous small Colorado businesses on financial matters. As lifelong Colorado residents, Joel and his wife Jasmine enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, and running around the Front Range.
David Bradford Gleason, Board Secretary, USMC
David Gleason served in the United States Marine Corps from 1989 to 1994, primarily as a Marine Security Guard at diplomatic posts in Morocco, Kuwait, and New Zealand, as well as with the 3rd Field Service Support Group (FSSG) in Okinawa, Japan. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English, Literature and Linguistics, from Metropolitan State College of Denver (now Metropolitan State University) in 2004. David worked for Sun Microsystems as a Program Manager, Customer Advocate, Management Adviser, and currently works for Whisperingtree.net LLC, an online resource and retail site for complementary healing. He enjoys reading, movies, games, and target shooting.
Tasia is a proud US Navy veteran. She served across the globe in various telecommunications communities, and continues to serve as a Navy reservist in Denver, Colorado. She began USMM Mile High, a successful commercial cleaning service that hires veterans, in order to assist other veterans and make a direct impact on veteran unemployment. Tasia has always had an entrepreneurial desire to do more. USMM has afforded her the opportunity to effect veterans’ lives and inspire her passionate spirit at the same time.
Tasia holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Regis University.
Council of Advisors
Russ E. Ayer, USMC
Russ E. Ayer is a fifth generation Vermonter who moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 2014 with his wife of 47 years to live closer to grandchildren. Russ is a decorated Combat Veteran who served in Viet Nam as a United States Marine Force Recon officer.
Russ was the lead officer of Vermont’s largest electric utility for many years. Upon retirement, he sold commercial insurance to municipalities and school systems throughout the state. He also invested in real estate and rental properties as a sole owner.
He is an avid outdoorsman and loves hunting, fishing, riding his Triumph motorcycle and playing with his wonderful grandchildren. He spends his summers at his cottage on the ocean in Trenton, Maine.
Russ is dedicated to serving fellow veterans reentering life as a civilian. Russ helps veterans work their way through many tough issues understood only as a 100% PTSD and Agent Orange veteran can. He feels he has finally found his true calling and finds his efforts truly rewarding.
Dr. Reed Bonadonna, Director of Ethics and Character Development, US Merchant Marine Academy and Colonel (Ret.) USMCR
Reed Bonadonna attended Virginia Military Institute and was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1979. He served as an infantry officer and deployed to Lebanon with 8th Marines. In 1988, he left the active duty ranks to pursue a doctorate in English at Boston University. He retained a reserve commission and served in a variety of billets with 25th Marines, the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Naval War College. He completed a tour as Field Historian in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Colonel Bonadonna retired from the Marine Corps reserve in 2008. He is Director of Ethics and Character Development at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point. He has written on military ethics and leadership. He and his wife Dr. Susan Bonadonna, MD reside in Larchmont, New York. They have three sons: Erik, 23, Devon, 21, and Luke 17.
Robert (Bob) McEwan has over 30 years of experience in the fields of biological sciences and healthcare. Through his research in government, academia and the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. McEwan has worked in the fields of molecular and cellular biology, immunology, transplantation and biochemistry where he authored over twenty-five publications and presented at numerous national meetings. After leaving research Mr. McEwan became outreach director and later Administrative Director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Johns Hopkins. In 1999, seeing a need for a safety net to provide medications for patients that couldn’t afford them, Mr. McEwan started MEDBANK of Maryland, Inc. which later became a statewide program. This program provided access to medications to over 50,000 underserved patients throughout Maryland and delivered over $150 Million in free medications. The program was replicated from Maryland to Hawaii. Recently Mr. McEwan joined Infinithealthcare where he is a Senior Advisor providing access to fully trained nurses and other skilled employees in the Philippines, remotely; keeping the quality up and the cost of healthcare down. He continues his nonprofit mission at HarborPath where he is Technology Director helping provide access to HIV and Hepatitis C medications to the underserved.
Greg Hatton, MBA, BBA, Council of Advisors
Greg is U.S. Veteran, having served in the Marine Corps as a team leader in 2nd ReconBN Alpha Company. He is the founder of two successful businesses, Hatton Security and SMP Housing. At the University of Northern Colorado, Greg served as President of the Management Club for the College of Business and Vice President of the Student Council for the College of Business. He graduated UNC in 1996 with his Bachelors in Business Administration. In 2003, Greg graduated from Colorado State University with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. In addition to building his security businesses, Greg has also developed successful commercial and residential real estate businesses. Greg’s proudest accomplishments are his 3 beautiful children. While working a busy schedule and building up his various businesses, Greg has always been a family man first.
Olivia Leyshock, Council of Advisors
Olivia Leyshock joined the Colorado Army National Guard in 2014 and honorably served 2 years before transitioning into the Wyoming Air National Guard where she currently serves. As a Political Science Graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Olivia has extensive policy and legislative experience from her tenure on the staff of a United States Congressman on Capitol Hill. During her time in Washington D.C., Olivia worked with numerous Non-Partisan Political Action Committees to pass legislation. Apart from her political background, Olivia has extensive corporate experience. She founded and operated her own company and worked with several Non-Profits gaining valuable industry marketing experience and mastered the art of branding, public relations, and communications. With a deep-rooted family military heritage, Veterans Issues and service to country have become a passion in her life.
Ed is retired and has served with the Federal Government for over 28 years and worked with the USPS at various levels with the highest as Postmaster. He served in the US Army for 18 years as an Air Assault Combat Medic, LPN, and Bio-Medical Maintenance Repairman, and was honorably and medically discharged. Ed also worked with the VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, WY and attained the Level of Chief, Environmental Management Service and Infection Control. Ed has done and accomplished numerous endeavors: developed training classes; implemented successful hardware and software configurations that led to increased productivity; successfully developed department budgets and created department objectives; led multidisciplinary teams in problem solving, cost planning, and quality control; and identified solutions improving efficiency through various troubleshooting skills for complex IT systems. He has chaired process improvement teams along with developing instructional, organizational, development, and informational presentations involving integration of multiple IT systems. Ed earned a BS/AS in Medical Administration/Management with National American University in South Dakota and masters in organizational Development through University of Phoenix. He has a passion in serving and helping our veterans today since he is himself a 100% Disabled American Veteran. Ed desires to continue helping veterans acclimate themselves to our society and help them achieve success no matter what they may want to do.
Ellen is Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition’s (CCJRC) Finance & Development Coordinator. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and her law degree from Temple University Law School. She served for three decades in Colorado’s juvenile justice system as a probation officer, deputy district attorney, guardian ad litem, defense counsel, and district court magistrate. She was an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Colorado, Aims Community College, and the Aims Police Academy. She has expertise in child welfare and co-authored, with CCJRC’s Executive Director, Parenting from Prison: A Resource Guide for Incarcerated Parents which was published in 2001. She has volunteered with Kairos Prison Ministry at the Denver Women’s and Sterling Correctional Facilities. She has an extensive background in nonprofit development, served on many international mission teams, and still believes one person can change the world. She has a special place in her heart for veterans as her father served on the USS Cleveland (CL-55) Battleship in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Past President, Elizabeth Schnell
Elizabeth Schnell, CMT, CN is a Colorado native and is a proud military spouse (retired). Elizabeth has over 15 years experience as a Massage Therapist and 6 years experience as a Nutritional Counselor, and is a graduate of Colorado School of Healing Arts and American Health Science University. She has practiced stateside and abroad, wherever the Air Force sent them, before returning to Colorado and opening her own practice in Wheat Ridge. A back injury took her on a journey of self healing that included massage therapy and inspired her to pursue a career helping other people heal naturally. Throughout her practice she has pursued education and techniques that have expanded her ability to help people improve their health, relieve pain and stress, and have a better sense of awareness of their bodies. She has experience in Deep Tissue, Myofacial Release, Sports Massage, Pre-Natal Massage, and Infant Massage, as well as a broad knowledge of Nutrition. She has, also, worked with TBI patients through Denver Options to help them relieve pain, increase mobility, and improve quality of life.