Warriors Live On is elated to share big news! We have hired a new Executive Director to lead the charge in providing much needed support and healing to our Veterans. We are so proud to introduce Jessica Matthews, marketing consultant and outdoor professional. Her varied background as a business leader and consultant, brand representative, and mountain guide were all elements that WLO aspired to have at the helm.
Moreover, she is a woman with integrity, heart, and true grit. Jessica is a calm and collected leader, knowledgeable and humbly confident. She knows how to handle a type of stress that not many of us are familiar with. Along with being the ED to WLO she also continues to guide mountain expeditions up the glaciated peaks of the Pacific Northwest (Mt. Rainier), Alaska and South America. She has vast experience in providing safe and enjoyable experiences for clients on multi-day climbs and expeditions to remote wilderness locations.
Our Board Members deliberated and concluded that Jessica was exactly what we needed to push this organization to the next level. Jessica was just hired in May and has already brought new energy and progress to the WLO team. The foundation of WLO has always been built on the backs of strong-hearted people who believe in the power of the mind, body and spirit to heal, no matter what has been faced. We know that our community, when joined together, has what it takes to bring San Diego Veterans back into a space of joy, thriving in life and contributing to themselves, their families and to the community at large.
Our Founder, Eva Belanger, and Jessica have been working hard to transfer responsibilities and get the program more organized and more foundationally solid than ever. They are working to prioritize the needs, shortfalls and strengths of WLO, and to create better avenues to engage Veterans through the WLO website and social media. WLO wants to deliver integrative wellness and education to Veterans in a way that will stick with them and shape the course of their lives for the long run. WLO offers something that no other organization does. For us, it’s not just about a moment in time that feels good to the system, but many moments strung together to form a more positive long-term life outcome. Somatic healing and wellness is what we do through multiple therapeutic avenues offered to each of our Veterans. Please visit our website to learn more!
You will be hearing from Jess Matthews very soon. We look forward to introducing her to all of you through several upcoming events.
A special thank you goes out to Eva Belanger, our past Executive Director. Although her work as the Founder and Executive Director of WLO spread her thin, she managed to bring WLO to the place it is now. Because of her efforts, WLO has progressed, and Veterans have had experiences that have healed broken pieces of themselves. We thank her for her vision, her persistence, and her own grit. She has brought WLO to a place that we can all be proud of. Thank you, Eva, for your dedication and continued service to our nation’s Veterans.