Who We Are – Consultants

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


Retreat Volunteers

Business Advisor

Lee M. Rainey

Lee Rainey is President and CEO of C-Level Consulting Services. Lee is active in his local community. Currently, he is serving on Thrivent Financial Services Regional Advisory Board. He is the Twin Cities Distric Lay Leader for the United Methodist Church Conference and Chairperson for New Hope TreeHouse Community Development team. He has served as a Board Member for Summit Academy Advisory as well as Urban Ventures and has served as President of UNI Alumni Association. Lee is an adjunct professor for St. Mary’s University graduate level studies in Human Resources. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a Masters Degree in School Administration from the University of Northern Iowa as well as executive education through Columbia University and the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. Lee is a passionate supporter of veterans and has a true and genuine spirit of service.

Public Relations

Carl Eller

Carl is a veteran of the Minnesota Army National Guard, Artillery Battalion, and is a contributor to the Ars Bellum Foundation, Artist / original work in ceramics. The Ars Bellum Foundation provides Art Therapy for veterans with PTSD. Carl played for the Minnesota Vikings from 1964-1979 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004. Currently, Carl is President of the NFL Retired Players Association. He is a passionate advocate for veterans with PTSD.

Retreat Medical Facilitator

Katy Strub, LICSW Therapist, Iris Reproductive Mental Health Services

Katy served in the TBI / PolyTrauma unit at the VAMC for 5years , then moved on to OEF/OIF, college outreach program development & CPT training/certification. She also served as a Psychological Health Coordinator for the National Guard, worked with the ADAPT program for families & veterans at the U of M, and is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).

Director of Firefighter Retreats

Brian Carlson

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.

Security & Technology Consultant/Director of Police Retreats

John Tracy

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.

Historian & Grant Program Manager

Daniel Ott, Ph.D.

Dan is a public historian and lecturer in history at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he has written and directed grants investigating local history in the Chippewa Valley. He has also worked for the Minnesota Historical Society, National Park Service, and the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota. He is delighted to have the opportunity to work with the SWP and support their mission of reducing veteran suicide rates related to PTSD & MST and promoting veteran well-being and healing.


Carl Olson, J.D.

Carl is a legal consultant at Webber Law Firm in Edina, MN. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Wheaton College and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota. He takes great joy in playing piano, performing improv comedy, volunteering, playing disc golf and cross country skiing. He lives with his wife and two cats in a suburb north of Minneapolis.

Ethics Officer

Jason Barrett


SWP Monks

Carmelite Monks Father John & Father Joseph of the Carmelite Hermitage of the Blessed Virgin Mary : 8249 de Montreville Trail Lake Elmo, MN 55042-9545

Fundraising Coordinator

Katelyn Shepardson

Katie has spent the last five years working as a grassroots organizer and has served as a Rotary Global-Grant Scholar, promoting peace and conflict resolution. An alumna of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (BSc. Political Science & Biology, 2017) and the University of London – SOAS (MSc. Migration, Mobility, & Development, 2018), Katie utilizes her skills to build community commitments to peace and develop strategic fundraising goals.

Marketing & Communication

Eight21 Creative Consulting

Founded on a combined 40 years’ experience, Eight21 has created successful digital marketing campaigns and communications solutions for a variety of clients … everything from start-ups to FORTUNE 500 companies.

We know what works. And what doesn’t. We listen to your unique needs and match them with our deep knowledge, creative ideas and proven marketing and communications strategies.

– Website Design Strategy
– User Experience Design
– Search Engine Optimization
– Marketing Communications
– Communications strategy & planning


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