Board of Directors

Headshot - Fr Mike Cicinato

Father Michael Cicinato


Retired from parish work to devote his time in ministry to veterans, particularly those suffering from PTSD. He serves as a chaplain to Central Coast Veterans Helping Veterans and to the Veterans Treatment Court in San Luis Obispo. He is trained in men’s spirituality and ritual work and has made two healing trips to Vietnam and a co-founder of Healing Through Reckoning and Responsibility (HTRR) now known as Elder Warriors.

Peter Sternberg, L.C.S.W., P.C.


A psychotherapist in Chicago working with adults, couples and children. His professional resume includes: teaching, providing physical safety training for healthcare workers, training First Responders for Pediatric Mass Casualty and contributing to Mass Casualty Planning and is a co-founder of Healing Through Reckoning and Responsibility (HTRR) now known as Elder Warrior.

Michael Patrick Brewer


Michael has served as a Marine Corps squad leader with the 7th Marines in Vietnam.  Mike has two majors–one in Philosophy and one in Religious Studies. Trained as a Gestalt Therapist while attending RN program at Pima College and U of A.  He served as a Veteran Advocate since 1972 and is involved in a number of Veterans service organizations.  He is married to his beloved Lydia Brewer and has three children, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Deacon Warren Hoy

Deacon Warren Hoy


Deacon Hoy is the Director of Family Life and Social Justice Ministries and the Safe Environment Coordinator for the Catholic Diocese of Monterey.  He coordinates all social ministries in the diocese:  feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, visiting the sick and the imprisoned. Before working full-time for the Church, Deacon Warren served 32 years with the Department of Defense, including 22 years on active duty with the US Army and 10 years as a Defense Department civilian employee at the Defense Language Institute and the Naval Postgraduate School.  He retired from the Army in 2005, after 22 years of active duty service in Armored Cavalry, the Military Intelligence Corps, and as a Foreign Area Officer.  His active service included tours of duty in Germany, Venezuela, Bosnia, and Iraq, as well as at Headquarters, US Southern Command in Panama and two tours in the Pentagon.  Warren also served as US representative to the Conference of American Armies and to the Inter-American Defense Board at the Organization of American States.  Deacon Warren’s has a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico, a Master’s in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University of New Orleans, and two bachelor’s degrees, one in Political Science and one in Modern Languages and Linguistics, both from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.  He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College, the Venezuelan Army Infantry Officer Advanced Course, and the NATO Staff Officers’ School.

Jane Baker

Jane Baker, R.N., B.S.N., P.H.N.


Jane has a 50-year nursing career. Her professional career includes ICUs and EDs in major NYC medical centers and San Luis Obispo, programs for health screening, Early Support program for at risk families, multidisciplinary program for suspected victims of child abuse and sexual assault, and running an Immunization clinic. Jane is currently retired and active in her church ministries , as an Associate with the Franciscans, and with various community organizations focusing on social justice.

Daniel Jimenez

Director/ Secretary

Daniel is a combat vet who served as an Army squad leader in Vietnam. He graduated from California State University with a BS in Marketing.  Graduate studies included Harvard Business School and UCLA Anderson School.  He has an MBA in finance from UCLA.  His business career included over 30 years of business consulting.  He is currently retired and active in his church ministries and with veterans groups in San Luis Obispo California.

Michael Johnson

Treasurer/ Legal Counsel

Mike graduated for the University of Southern California (1967) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1970.  He received his JD in law from Santa Barbara College of Law and pass the California Bar Examination in 1992.  His business career includes working for  Ernst and Ernst (now Ernst and Young) an international accounting firm; partner in the San Luis Obispo firm of Knight, Towle, Sage and Johnson; Certified Sports Agent working mainly in baseball with MLB.  He now works with emphasis in financial and tax planning, tax preparation, estate and trust work, contract mediation and IRS and state tax resolution settlements.

In addition to our Board, we have military advisors who have vetted our process from the start and continue to help us refine the journey.

Elder Warriors Advisors

Roger York


Retired after 32 years in law enforcement. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war in 1967 with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Roger made a healing trip to Vietnam in 2013 with Fr. Michael Cicinato and with Soldier’s Heart. Currently, he serves as a mentor for the Veterans Treatment Court. Roger devotes his time of meditation to deep sea fishing.  He has been a major veteran resource for the creation of the Healing Journey Program.

Mary Fortson-Harwell

Mary Fortson-Harwell, PhD, LCSW, BCD


Dr. Fortson-Harwell was a creative team member and volunteer from 2015 – 2019. She conducted a portion of her dissertation research with our program. The results of her study can be found at She has also served as a Behavioral Health Officer in the Army National Guard since 2014, and has been a member of the Georgia, California, and Colorado Guards.