Continue Mission Board of Directors

(Board Member Bios Below Group Image)

Laura, Steven, Melissa, Terry, Carolyn, Josh

Craig Bryan,PsyD, ABPP

Dr. Craig J. Bryan is a board-certified clinical psychologist who is the Executive Director for the National Center for Veteran's Studies and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Utah. Dr. Bryan received his PsyD in clinical psychology Baylor University, and completed his clinical psychology residency at the Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. 

Dr. Bryan served four years in the Air Force on active duty as the Chief of Primary Care Psychology Services and Suicide Prevention Program Manager at Lackland AFB, and deployed to Iraq in 2009 as the Clinical Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury  Clinic located at Joint Base Balad (LSA Anaconda), Iraq.

Dr. Bryan currently researches suicide, psychological health, and resiliency among military personnel and Veterans, and oversees two randomized controlled trials totaling approximately $3M testing interventions for suicidal military personnel at Fort Carson, Colorado. He also serves as the lead risk management consultant for the $25 million STRONG STAR Research Consortium investigating treatments for combat-related PTSD among military personnel.

Dr. Bryan is a nationally-recognized expert on military suicide, and serves as a consultant to the Department of Defense for psychological health promotion initiatives and suicide prevention. He regularly provides training to clinicians and medical professionals about managing suicidal patients, and has over 120 publications and scientific presentations in the areas of suicide and military mental health, including the book Managing Suicide risk in Primary Care.

SGT Josh Hansen (US Army Retired)

Josh serves on the Board of Directors for Continue Mission, co-founded the organization, and volunteers his time to serve the CM family.

Josh is a two-tour Iraq war Veteran. While deployed he served as an IED Hunter. His unit (call sign Pathdinder 1) cleared routes of improvised explosive devices in and around Fallujah, Iraq for the Marines. Josh was Wounded in Action (WIA) March 15, 2007 and medevaced out of Iraq to recover from injuries. Josh's battalion lost six great men in combat (three from his company) and lost four to suicide once home. Josh has experienced the pain of war and is still working to overcome the challenges presented to him as a result of his service to the country. He can relate to the emotional and physical struggles that Veterans are faced with each day.

Josh was a successful business owner before being injured serving the country. His goals today are to help Veterans find the road to recovery so that they can start to enjoy life again.

Josh has been married to his wife, Melissa, since 1994 and they have three beautiful children and a grandson. The consider all Veterans involved with Continue Mission to be a part of their family.

Terry Schow

Terry Schow was appointed Executive Director of the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs by Governor Jon M Huntsman Jr. on July 1, 2007. Mr. Schow was appointed as the Director of the Utah Division of Veterans Affairs in October 2001 by Governor Michael O Leavitt. Mr. Schow is a U.S. Army veteran whose service includes the 5th and 10th Special Forces Groups and the 25th Infantry Division and a tour of duty in Southeast Asia. Mr. Schow has been active in veteran's affairs locally and nationally for more than twenty five years and has served as the State Commander of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans. Mr. Schow currently serves on the National Executive Committee for the American Legion. Mr. Schow has served as Chair of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Rural Health Advisory Committee and as a member of the Small Business Administration Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs. Mr. Schow is Past President of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs and served on the Executive Committee.  Mr Schow has served on the executive committees of both the Salt Lake Chamber and Top of Utah Military Affairs Committees. Mr. Schow retired June 28, 2013 after Thirty Five years with the State of Utah. Mr. Schow is a long time member of the Ogden Kiwanis Club and currently serves on the Weber County RAMP Committee.

 

Laura Cantin

Laura co-founded Continue Mission, serves on the Board of Directors, and volunteers her time for the organization.

Laura has more than twenty years of experience in 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations as a recognized leader in managing year round sports and recreational programs. She has extensive training in adaptive sports and maintains a PSIA Level 3 Adaptive Certification.

In recent years Laura's special interest and focus has been directing programs for Veterans. She has gained an understanding of the emotional, social, and physical challenges that our Veterans face when returning home after service to our Nation. She is QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) trained in suicide prevention.

Laura is passionate about her work and mission to inspire, empower, and support our Veterans as they 'drive on' in life.

Melissa Hansen

Melissa serves on the Board of Directors for Continue Mission and also volunteers her time as Executive Director. She experienced military life through supporting her husband, CM co-founder Josh, through basic training and two tours of duty in Iraq. She took care of the Hansen home-front while Josh served our great country and then ended her career as a Chemical Engineer in order to take on the challenge of care-taker as she helped Josh during his healing process once he returned from service with a traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress.

Melissa is always happy to reach out to support members of Veterans and can empathize with the challenges they have endured and continue to endure. She teaches NAMI Homefront to family and loved ones of Veterans and Service Members and has also completed training in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), Connect Post-Vention, and APEX Mental Health.

Melissa and Josh have been married since 1994 and have three beautiful children and a grandson.

 

 

Carolyn Fick

Carolyn Fick has been a nurse for the past 45 years working in all areas of mental health. She recently retired from the SLC VA Medical Center where she worked as the Local Recovery Coordinator. Her role there was to breakdown stigma surrounding mental health. She trained Peer Support Specialists to work side by side with Veterans in need, empowering them to find their voice in how their mental health should be perceived and treated. She educated staff to see, listen and understand Veterans. To encourage staff and Veterans to work together to find a pathway that was unique to each Veterans needs and work to improve the health and well being for all involved. She understands the unique qualities we all bring to the table and encourages each of us to work with our strengths and move forward towards recovery of wellness.

Her and her husband John, moved to SLC  6 years ago. They are both Veterans of the Unites States Airforce.  She has two married children, one brand new grandson, three chickens, a dog and a cat. She recently received her Master Gardners certificate so watch for gardening to be an option for stress relief in the future. 
Although retired from the VA, her passion remains strong to work with Veterans in helping them find their strengths, regain their family and community status, and follow a path of freedom that will bring them joy, peace and comfort again.

 

Steven Malone

Steven serves on the Board of Directors for Continue Mission as Treasurer. He has developed the organization's accounting system and procedures.

Steven has spent the last two decades building a reputation as a trusted partner in all areas of business management, accounting, human resource, business consuting, and non-profit sectors. He holds an MBA in Business Administration and Bachelor's degree in Finance.

When Steven is not hard at work volunteering his time for CM he stays busy serving as CFO for Atlas Rigging and Transfer while also running his own consulting company, IronClad Consulting and serving onthe board of the non-profit Parker D. Glaus Foundation, Inc. With over 20 years of management and leadership experiences, and superior levels of excellence in financial and operation roles, Steven relishes the opportunity to share his passion for leadership with others.

When not in the office, Steven enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He treasures the relationships he has with his friends and family.