Board of Directors

charla-bioCharla Truesdale, MA, E-RYT, CHES (retired)
iRest© Teacher-in-Training Level 1
ACE-Certified Health Coach and Medical Exercise Specialist
Co-founder, President and Chair of the Board

Charla is a Registered Yoga Teacher trained in trauma-sensitive methods and a retired Certified Health Education Specialist with 25+ years of experience in wellness and military culture. She has held several paid and volunteer leadership positions working directly with the military and Department of Defense, including American Red Cross Station Chairman, Marine Corps Community Services Fitness  Coordinator, Marine and Family Services Information, Referral, and Relocation Coordinator, and MCAS Iwakuni Innovation and Improvement Office Trainer/Facilitator. Charla also knows first-hand what it’s like to stay behind and then to welcome home a deployed loved one, since her husband of 30+ years has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan during OIF and OEF. She is passionate about bringing opportunities for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing to our nation’s veterans, and seeks to help them reintegrate back into civilian life with a renewed sense of connection and purpose.

Leslie-bioLeslie Cromwell
Co-founder, Vice President and Secretary

Leslie has always been an animal lover and advocate.  After saving a Pit Bull puppy from being sold on the street for possible gang-related dog fighting, her passion for animal rights and advocacy became focused on the rescue, rehabilitation, and advocacy for this amazing breed. After watching a video made by David Sharpe, a retired veteran with PTSD that spoke to the healing he found with his adopted Pit Bull, the idea of pairing the large number of adoptable pit bulls with the equally large number of veterans suffering from PTSD became a calling. Since 2011 Leslie has worked closely with the Tri-City Animal Shelter as a volunteer, pit bull advocate and volunteer trainer. She served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter from 2012 to 2015, first as the Director of Social Media and Website Development, and then as President, resigning in October 2015 to focus on Warrior Spirit Project.

David-bioDavid Truesdale, RYT
iRest© Teacher-in-Training Level 1
Co-founder, Treasurer and Chief Liaison Officer

David grew up in a Marine Corps family and has spent almost 30 years with the Department of Defense as a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).  He deployed to Iraq as a team leader in 2004 and to Afghanistan in 2011/2012 as an Individual Augmentee to the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). He has received numerous awards and commendations, including the U.S. Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, the U.S. Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, DoD Counter Intelligence Team Award, and a Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award from CPA Administrator Paul Bremmer. David feels compelled to continue supporting U.S. military personnel whether they are still active duty or post service.