Board of Directors
Board President and Co-Founder Healing Warriors Program
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.
Board Vice President (interim), Board Treasurer, US Army National Guard Veteran
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‚Äôs 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 resident, Joel enjoys hiking, biking, fishing, and running around the Front Range.
David B. Gleason
Board Secretary, USMC Veteram
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.
Board Director, USAFA
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.
Board Director, USN Veteran
Murphy is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems. His coursework and studies included; Enterprise Data and Content Management, Building Business Applications, Business Data Communications and Networking, Systems Strategy Architecture and Design, and Financial Modeling and Business Intelligence. Prior to pursuing his degree, Murphy served a combination of 11 years, active duty and as a reservist, in the United States Navy. During his time in the military he was entrusted with a broad array of leadership responsibilities, molding him into a driven and dynamic individual with extensive experience in working under pressure and diverse working environments while maintaining a positive, achievement-oriented attitude. Murphy exemplifies his commitment to service in the community through his extensive participation in both local and national nonprofit efforts, particularly in the veteran sector. Murphy currently serves as COO and Senior Vice Commander for VFW Post 1, as well as serving as a Director on the Healing Warriors Program Executive Board.
Council of Advisors
Pete Du Pré
Chief Information Officer, Elevations Credit Union
Pete is the Chief Information Officer with Elevations Credit Union in Boulder. He is responsible for developing and driving the implementation of Elevations’ technology strategy and leading IT operations, business applications, and the digital channels teams. Pete is a seasoned IT executive with in-depth technology, strategic delivery, and operational experience. Prior to joining Elevations in 2017, he served as CIO, Latin America Region, for First Data Corporation, CIO of JetPay Corporation and held IT leadership roles at Amazon Web Services, Vantiv and Micro Focus. Pete holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from State University of New York in Buffalo, NY.
Director of Business Development at Levindale
Ashley Hersey is the Director of Business Development at Levindale, a LifeBridge health center. Previously, Ashley served as the Marketing Director for the Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons, a 180 bed skilled nursing facility with short term rehab, secured memory care, and long term care. The facility is open to Veterans, Veteran Spouses, and Gold Star Parents. Ashley is originally from Florida, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Flagler College and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Central Florida. She has also earned certifications in marketing and advertising. Ashley is thrilled to bring her marketing experience to Healing Warriors Program. Ashley is looking forward to spreading the word about Healing Warriors Program so that more veterans and active duty service members have the opportunity to receive help.
Russ E. Ayer
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.
BS/AS, MS, LPN, Past Treasurer
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.
Elizabeth Schnell 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.
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