Our Mission

Our mission is to provide meaningful experiences through Soul Injury® educational programs that transform lives around the world.

Our Vision

A world where people know how to heal the relationship with themselves.

Our Values

We have built our mission and vision upon our values. With honesty, we hold ourselves and each other accountable to truthfulness. With courage, we summon the strength to live authentically. With humility, we strive to be open and vulnerable.

Our History

Opus Peace and Soul Injury® is a grassroots movement.  Founded in 2013, the Soul Injury® concept originated in an unusual way.  Five VA hospice nurses who cared for 10,000 dying Veterans witnessed “warrior wisdom” emerge from the depths of consciousness, revealing a process for attaining personal peace.  Ironically, these lessons about peace came from people who had been trained for war!  Today, Opus Peace provides a full array of on-line and in-person programs to help people discover an unburdening process that restores personal peace.


Our Team

Meet our amazing international team who work to help others cultivate inner peace.


Deborah Grassman

Deborah is a TED Talk presenter and author of two books, Peace at Last: Stories of Hope and Healing for Veterans and Their Families and The Hero Within: Redeeming the Destiny We Were Born to Fulfill. She is a contributing author in four textbooks, has published 25 articles, and four films feature her work on Soul Injury®, PTSD, Wholistic Tools, Hospice, Veterans, and Caregivers.  During her 30-year career at the Department of Veterans Affairs, she personally took care of more than 10,000 dying Veterans.


Pat McGuire

Patricia McGuire is an ADEC-certified bereavement counselor specializing in grief and traumatic loss. Her career at the Department of Veterans Affairs spanned nearly 20 years, where she was the Bereavement Coordinator. In this capacity, she provided 1:1 grief counseling, bereavement interventions for Veterans with PTSD, group counseling, Memorial services, and bereavement programs.


Marie Bainbridge

Marie Bainbridge is a Vietnam War Veteran and a Bronze Star recipient. Her career as a nurse spanned forty years and included both the Walter Reed Army Hospital and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  "Honesty, Courage, and Humility:  It's the code of conduct for Opus Peace and it's a code that I have embraced even though it's hard to live up to sometimes."

founding nurse

Sheila Lozier

Sheila is an Army veteran with a lifelong career as a nurse for the Department of Veteran Affairs. She is an advocate for responding to the Soul Injury® of children whose families have experienced trauma. She is the designer of “Soul Buddies".


Shakuntala Desai

One of the original founding Opus Peace nurses, Shaku worked as a nurse for 30 years at the Department of Veterans' Affairs. "Since I was 6 years old, I have been praying for world peace. Opus Peace is the answer to my prayers."

Board of Directors & Program Coordinators

Marie Bainbridge

Retired Hospice Nurse Vietnam Veteran Bronze Star Recipient President

William Kissee

MS, MA Vice-President

Mary E. Smith

MBA  RDN/LDN Treasurer

John and Ginger Veal

John & Ginger Veal
U.S. Army Veterans
Community Volunteers

Jessica McCune

RN, LMHC Hospice of Marion County Community Awareness Manager
Board of Directors

Rev., Dr. A’Shellarien Lang

A.A., B.S, MDiv., STM, ThD National Guard Bureau Installation Chaplain
Board of Directors  

Silvia M. Barrios

BSW   Case Manager/ReST Program Coordinator Volunteers of America
Board of Directors  

Abi Katz D.O., M.S

VP, Executive Medical Director, Amedysis, Inc.

Chairman, Research and Quality Measures Council

Catherine Tye

MasterPEACE Coordinator

Kathi Burkhart

Mentor to New Ambassadors

Scott Landes

Hospice Chaplain
Suncrest Hospice
Mentor to New Ambassadors

Jamie Reed

Mentor to New Ambassadors

Opus Peace National Award Recipients

The recipients identified below have played a major role in the Opus Peace movement by advancing the Soul Injury® message. They are change-agents in their community, in their workplace, in their families, and in their own lives. Margaret Mead, the famous anthropologist, said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” The thoughtful, committed people identified below are changing the world. They are now part of the Opus Peace “Mead Team.”

2023 Award Recipient

Louise Sutherland-Hoyt

2022 Award Recipient

Catherine Tye

Occupational Health Nurse Lives in Finland and works in the UK

2021 Award Recipient

Diane Jones

Board of Directors

2020 Award Recipient

Katherine Kemp

Director of Veteran Services NHPCO (National Hospice and Paliative Care Organization)

2019 Award Recipient

Abi Katz D.O., M.S

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

2018 Award Recipient

Tammy Francis RN, CDE

Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice, Owner & Administrator

2017 Award Recipient

Amy Tucci

Hospice Foundation of America, President & CEO

2016 Award Recipient

Ralph Ozmun

Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice, Volunteer Coordinator

2015 Award Recipient

Amber Nikolai & Tracy Rosinski

Amber Nikolai: Wisconsin Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Public Relations Director Tracy Rosinski: Heartland Home Health & Hospice Care, Business Manager

2014 Award Recipient

Jim Rudolph

Proprietor, Veterans Funeral Care