GW Ayers - CEO
GW is pleased to join the Resilient Warrior non-profit organization. As Chief Executive Officer, he will guide the Resilient Warrior team with the goal to help heal the lives of the Warriors and their families in order to curb the epidemic which is veteran suicide.
GW graduated from a small high school located in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the US Army, where he served for 22 years before retiring in 2006 after deploying to Iraq. During his time in the Army, he earned several awards and decorations including the Soldiers Medal for Heroism.
Leveraging his organizational and leadership skills, GW then went to work for a defense contractor and military equipment manufacture, holding various leadership positions including Director of Sales and Vice President of Sales and Marketing. During his tenure, he assisted in the launch of their firearms manufacturing business and also a commercial tactical gear company.
In his current role as Chief Operating Officer at Rainier Arms Firearms Academy, GW is responsible for the day-to-day operations of this multifaceted company.
The addition of GW to our team enhances our commitment to building a robust, self-sufficient and results driven organization.
Phillip Lim - COO
Phillip Lim is a proud Marine and Wichita native who graduated from Derby High School. Shortly after, he enlisted as an M1A1 Tank crewman assigned to 1st Tank Battalion in 29 Palms CA. With an accelerated career, Phillip took on heavy responsibilities when he deployed as a tank gunner in Afghanistan in 2013. After numerous meritorious promotions in rank and achieving the billet of Tank Commander, Phillip went on to lead Marines on the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2016. While on his return stateside he was selected to become a Tank Commander Instructor at the Marine Armor School house in Fort Benning GA.
Throughout his service of more than eight years, Phillip has earned several awards and decorations including the Purple Heart Service Medal and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
Actively pursuing a degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship from Marymount California University, Phillip has harnessed his experiences and knowledge both professionally and personally to a full-time employee at Rainier. He has served as President of the Student Veteran Organization and participates in multiple extracurricular organizations around his university. Phillip has been able to create lasting relationships, manage competing tasks and meet deadlines, a skill he is enthusiastically ready to bring to Resilient Warrior.
Phillip’s understanding in the value of a strong team, tangible results and innovative thinking enables him to quickly engross into any function. He is a dedicated professional who has cultivated methods of enterprising engagements with all members of a team vertically and horizontally.
Andrew “Andy” Jamison – Lead Therapist
Andy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Lead Therapist for the Resilient Warrior Foundation who grew up in the Valley Center area.
He grew up with his older sister, a mother who was a nurse, and a father that served the community as a police officer. While growing up, Andy struggled through high school without having a known purpose or direction, leading him to drop out of college. This lack of direction resulted in finding a new calling by serving alongside the United States Army. As he served in many capacities, his main role was as a Tank Mechanic (91A) to “try something he’s never tried before.”
Furthermore, Andy was up for multiple promotions throughout his active duty but turned them down because he believed his life had a different calling.
After transitioning to the civilian workforce, Andy found himself working in the education field as a High School counselor for four years. He went on to get his private practice license to engage with additional mental health care workers that what education would allow.
Andy has worked in both private practice and community health, from individuals, teens, and couples counseling. In private practice, Andy specialized in trauma work, anxiety, and depression. Andy’s treatment method pulls from a variety of therapeutic models and utilizes a model he calls “RPT” pronounced (RIPPED) which stands for Resources, Perspective, and tools.
Through community resources, we aim to get people back to where they want to be living their lives on purpose with employment and positive connections.
If you get to know Andy, he might tell you something like this. “A big part of my job is to offer perspective – the “P” in the RPT model. To Andy, therapy is really just an offer of a different perspective.
Lastly, the “T” in the RPT model stands for “Tools.” This can be anything from classic models of therapy, coping mechanisms, positive human support, a workout routine, proper diet, medication management, education, spirituality, religion, life philosophy, creed, or code that someone lives by in order to get back to living.
Andy is thrilled to be a part of Resilient Warrior and believes with conviction that this is his next step on the ever-evolving road of purpose.
Julie Spillane – Program Director
Julie is excited to be joining the Resilient Warrior team in working to dramatically impact veterans facing severe difficulties in their day-to-day lives. As the Program Director, Julie is working diligently to secure vital services and training on-site to reduce the number of barriers to care that often prevent veterans from receiving the assistance they need.
Prior to her work with Resilient Warrior, Julie owned and operated businesses within and alongside the medical field. Most recently, in private practice, she has provided customized care and support for men and women who have survived painful and traumatizing life experiences, many of whom are also veterans. Julie has been intrigued with mental health and healing for two decades and has seen the tremendous difficulties people face when struggling with mental health crises and substance abuse. These compelling experiences have served to fuel her desire to help others.
Julie is dedicated to creating a place of healing where veterans receive the tools and support they need to make meaningful and lasting changes in their lives. Her vision relies on the collaboration and direct involvement of local businesses, professionals, medical providers, and community members in order to create an impact within the veteran community that is of vital importance. She is looking forward to using her experience to develop a truly comprehensive program intentionally designed to nurture the healing of body, mind, and spirit.
Holly Bane – Property Manager