Project Sanctuary welcomes 20-year veteran to staff |

Project Sanctuary welcomes 20-year veteran to staff

GRANBY — Project Sanctuary welcomes Jason Strickland to its leadership team this month as the new chief development officer. The officer is responsible for forging new partnerships and sponsorships to build the visibility, impact, and financial resources of Project Sanctuary as it works to alleviate a waitlist of 1,600 military families.

During a 20-year career in the U.S. Army, Strickland was deployed on multiple occasions to locations in the Middle East, Central America, and the Caribbean for activities ranging from Operation Iraqi Freedom to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. After his retirement from the U.S. Army as a Lt. colonel in 2011, Strickland spent two years working as an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, consulting for the federal government on a variety of defense and security issues. He also worked as an independent contractor for TroopSwap, opening their new market in Colorado Springs in 2012.

“With both military and corporate experience and a tremendous depth of energy and passion for serving and giving back, Jason is a perfect fit,” said Heather Ehle, founder and chief executive officer of Project Sanctuary. “He has lived through deployments away from his family and understands what the military families we serve have gone through. Having that personal perspective in telling the Project Sanctuary story is a valuable asset.”

“I’m eager to serve as the CDO on Project Sanctuary’s executive leadership team to craft and achieve a vision for the future that saves lives, restores marriages, and improves the military and veteran community,” said Strickland.

Strickland holds a master of public administration from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Sacramento. He also frequently volunteers at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development.

Founded in 2007, Project Sanctuary is a national nonprofit with the mission of helping military families reconnect and reintegrate into their communities. Located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Project Sanctuary hosts six-day retreats throughout the year, providing therapeutic, curative, supportive and recreational activities to veterans, active duty military personnel, and their spouses and children in a leisure environment. The program includes two years of follow-up support and services for all participating families. More information is available online at

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