National Director, PWHT
As the National Director for PWHT, Leslye balances her training and work in Eastern Philosophy with a wealth of skills acquired in over 25 years of leadership in key positions. Prior to joining PWHT, Leslye’s career in humanitarian relief work took her to Rwanda & Croatia, where she worked directly with trauma-affected populations. As a Deputy Director for the International Rescue Committee in Croatia, Leslye collaborated with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, the International War Crimes Tribunal and the International Red Cross. Leslye has directed a number of federally funded programs for refugee resettlement, anti-human trafficking, disaster relief and HIV/AIDS prevention. Based stateside since 2001, she continued her work with refugees as a Regional Resettlement Director for the International Rescue Committee. Leslye is a founding member of the Florida State Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce, and has worked closely with state and federal law enforcement agencies.
In addition to teaching for PWHT, including the current clinical trials at the Palo Alto VA Hospital, Leslye also develops new partner collaborations for PWHT, ensuring that this work continues to have the greatest possible impact on the veterans and families we serve. She is a passionate advocate for veterans on Capitol Hill. Leslye received B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a M.A. in International Administration from the School for International Training, in Brattleboro, Vermont.
PWHT Co-Founder, Faculty
John Osborne is a Co-Founder, faculty and teacher trainer for Project Welcome Home Troops, a highly effective program to reduce post-traumatic stress symptoms in veterans. John has been teaching meditation, yoga and breath work internationally for nearly 40 years. “Learning more about how to skillfully use our breath can help us greatly to dissolve stress and increase energy and awareness in every area of our life.” John is also a corporate and leadership trainer and has presented at the United Nations, The World Bank, World Health Organization, the Wharton Business School and UCLA’s Anderson Business School at UCLA. A graduate of Hamilton College and Yale University, John recently retired as founder and CEO of Starboard Venture Partners, a venture capital firm based in Santa Monica, CA.
Catharine Christof Dada
In addition to her work with PWHT, Catharine is also a Senior Lecturer at Loyola Marymount University, in Los Angeles. As an oral history researcher, Catharine has been actively involved in social justice issues – she was one of the project initiators for a 2009 – 2011 California Council for the Humanities Grant – documenting and performing the oral histories of a variety of war veterans’ stories. Public performances were shared at the Veteran’s Artists Alliance in LA & at Tim Robbins’ Actor’s Gang Theatre. Catharine’s bedside hospice work at the West Los Angeles VA Hospital was the subject of an episode in the 2009 television series The American Veteran, produced by the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is the daughter of a Korean War era Army veteran and is married to a Gulf War era Army Veteran. Catharine is an instructor of the SKY Breathing Meditation for Veterans.
After working in classical theatre in the UK for many years, Catharine trained for two-years in Body Centered Psychotherapy in London. She is an ordained Interfaith Minister, & specialized in Spiritual Counseling. She holds an M.A.(Hons.) in Religious Studies, and a Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies, both from the University of Kent at Canterbury. Her research has been published in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals & her first full-length academic text was published by Routledge in 2017.
Denise is a senior faculty with Project Welcome Home Troops and the International Association of Human Values where for over 20 years she has taught hundreds of people a range of programs on meditation, breathing, and specialized programs for cancer and depression. She also teaches advanced graduate programs along with meditation retreats. Denise is a national leader in the human potential movement. She has been meditating for over 40years and she brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge of the mind, body complex.
Jim has a Master’s degree in Education from Southern Illinois University. He has been teaching stress relief practices to the general population for 37 years and more recently specialized programs for stress relief to groups with cancer, depression, combat trauma and disaster survivors in Haiti. He received training in combat stress disorders at the National Veterans Foundation from Dr. Shad Meshad.
Jim has practiced stress management programs for almost 40 years and has been teaching them for 20 years. He has also taught similar programs in stress management and drug and alcohol rehabilitation settings for over 10 years in the federal prison system. In addition, Jim works in the software development field and has extensive background in technology, manufacturing and team and program management.