The Silent Warrior Project is a non-profit organization that serves veterans who struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST).
Founded in 2016, we host spiritual retreats for veterans and provide tools to help them reduce stress through a daily practice of mindfulness meditation and contemplative prayer. By helping veterans fully re-engage in their lives and be present with their loved ones, we can bring about hope. And healing.
We seek to be the best resource for veterans with PTSD and MST and their families by educating, speaking truth and leading change.
OUR MISSION: To reduce veteran suicide rates and help veterans mindfully heal from the wounds of war.
Board of Directors
Founder & Board President
Ryan (pictured here with his service dog, Abbott) is a veteran with PTSD who served in the United States Navy for 4 years during the Gulf War. In his career, he has worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Veteran’s Advocate and has more than 20 years of experience serving veterans and their families.
Board Vice President
Harry is a veteran who served in the United States Navy for 4 years during the Vietnam War. He was also the President of the Board of Directors of Helping Paws (who train and place service dogs for veterans with PTSD.) He is currently an Adjunct Professor, at Saint Mary’s University, in the Masters Program for Information Technology Management. He loves to help others, golf and happens to be a Golf Pro!
Phil serves as Chief Executive Officer at The Summit Group, is a recognized thought leader on strategic selling and business value transformation and is the author of “Relevance: Matter More”. He earned a Bachelors degree from Augsburg College in Minneapolis and he also holds a Masters degrees in Business Management and Telecommunication Science from St. Mary’s University.
John is a former Minneapolis Police Officer and Volunteer Eagan Firefighter. He is a passionate advocate helping people who have been in public service find peace and stability through mindfulness practices. Currently, John is a Senior Systems Analyst in the Information Technology industry and works across industries including federal, state and local government projects. His son is currently serving in the United States Army. John received his Associates Degree in Law Enforcement from Inver Hills Community College in 1990.
Board Member / Spiritual advisor
John E. Lawyer, Ph.D.
LtCol. USAF ret.
John is a veteran of the Vietnam War and retired from the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel. He is a Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN.
Harvard College-A.B., 1960, University of Delaware- M.A., 1965, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University – M.P.A. 1970, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University – Ph.D., 1976, St. John’s Graduate School of Theology, st. John’s University – Certificate in Spirituality.
Board Member / Medical advisor
Angela Folie, PsyD, LP, CBIS
Angela is a Clinical Psychologist and Co-chair of the Brain Injury Program Committee, Abbott Northwestern. Chair of Psychology Section – Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Board President of Helping Paws, Inc. Chair of Allied Health Professionals Committee – Abbott Northwestern Hospital Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute/Courage Kenny Psychological Associates, Part of Allina Health.
Board Member / Massage Therapist
Jill Hendrickson, BCTMB,CNMT, MHt
Jill brings holistic integration of mind, body, and spirit to support clients in their healing process. She provides a unique experience using a variety of modalities. Jill is a Nationally Certified Therapist of Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB), Certified Neuro-Muscular Therapist (CNMT) and Reiki practitioner. She is a certified Master Hypnotherapist (MHt) through The National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists as well as a Sound Healing practitioner and intuitive.
Jill served in the US Navy Reserves and is married to a retired US Navy Seabee. She currently serves as Associate Clinic Faculty at Northwestern Health Science University and has a private practice in the Lakeville area.
Board Member / Director of Firefighter Retreats
Brian has been a firefighter and paramedic for the past 20 years and currently works for a career fire department in the Minneapolis area. He has a passion for helping firefighters and EMS professionals understand the many positive impacts mindfulness based practices can have. Brian has spoken nationally to other EMS professionals about his own PTSD and is an advocate for mindfulness based self-care to improve how firefighters and EMS professionals handle the everyday stresses of this job. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in counseling psychology and plans to continue to work with first responders in the mental health field.