Combat PTSD Strategic Advisory Council

Heather Ehle, founder and chief executive officer of Project Sanctuary, is a Registered Nurse (RN) with more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry as a nurse, manager, volunteer and entrepreneur. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit health care system. She is driven by a strong desire to give back and do more.After reading that the rates of child abuse and neglect triple when a parent is deployed, Heather was moved to do something and founded Project Sanctuary in 2007. Being a civilian without direct ties to military families, she reached out to the community for support and education. Led by veterans and her board, she carefully listened to what the military families needed and then structured Project Sanctuary’s programs to meet those needs, pulling from her background as an RN to establish an evidence-based program that encompasses spiritual, physical and emotional healing



Terry Scariot, Board Member and Officer of Save A Warrior and USA Cares, Board Member of Western Kentucky University Clinical Education Complex/Autism Center, Advisor to Smoky Mountain Service Dogs, Refuge for Women and The Center for Courageous Kids. From 2001 to 2011, Terry held the position of Chief Executive Officer for Pan Oston, a manufacturer and marketer of retail fixtures. He held positions of increasing responsibility in executive management from 1972 to 2000 at several diverse companies in the chemical, automotive, energy, capital equipment, and consumer hardware product markets. Terry was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the University of Missouri in 1970 and a Master’s in Business from the University of Missouri in 1972, graduating summa cum laude and number one in his class.



Mr. Sammy Villela is a US Army Veteran and Department of Defense Special Agent with decades of experience serving in several hot spots around the globe, including both Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan respectively. He has published articles in military journals, newsletters, and periodicals on leadership and intelligence topics.

A native of Texas, Mr. Villela is on a mission to inspire Veterans, military families and their supporters to purposeful and healthy living. As such, he has been invited to speak on the topic of post-traumatic stress at various high schools, universities and other venues throughout Texas in order to raise awareness and provide hope where hope may have been lost. His passionate story of hope, persistence and righteousness is a powerful and gripping account of his world-wide experiences while serving in the U.S. Army, his battle with post-traumatic stress and related health issues, as well as his desire to make a discernible difference in his adult life by serving God, his family, his country and his community.