Our Mission

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

Our Vision

Our vision is of a world where people know how to identify and respond to Soul Injuries® so personal peace can be restored.

Our Values

Our values are what we have built our mission and vision upon. 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 by five VA hospice nurses who took care of more than 10,000 dying veterans, Opus Peace has since evolved into what it is today.


Our Team

Meet our amazing team from all around the world who work to help others cultivate inner peace.


Deborah Grassman

Nurse Practitioner, author in four textbooks, 25 published articles, and four films featuring her work on Soul Injury®, PTSD, Hospice, Veterans, and Caregivers. Deborah Grassman is a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner whose 30-year career at the Department of Veterans Affairs included being the Director of the Hospice program, as well as personally taking 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.

founding nurse & Army veteran

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 & Council Chairs

Angela Snyder

RN, MSN, MHA Director of QA, BAYADA Home Health Care.

Leann Thrapp

VP of Clinical Services, EveryStep
Care and Support Services

Mary Ellen Poe

MSA, BS, RN Hospice CEO (Ret.)

Jessica McCune

Hospice of Marion County
Community Awareness Manager

Diane Jones

SW, VA Consultant Hospice
Veteran Partnership (Ret.)

Janet Perez-Stringfellow

Volunteers of America, President & CEO (Florida Chapter)

Abi Katz D.O., M.S

VP, Executive Medical Director
Amedysis, Inc.

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.”

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 DirectorTracy Rosinski: Heartland Home Health & Hospice Care, Business Manager

2014 Award Recipient

Jim Rudolph

Proprietor, Veterans Funeral Care