2019 Retreat Facilitators

Retreat Director Mary DeLateur, LICSW was a therapist at the Spokane Vet Center for 11 years serving combat veterans and their families, those who’ve suffered sexual trauma while on active duty and those whose loved ones died while serving their country.  She is a former high school French and English teacher, taught parenting classes for over a decade and is the mother of two veterans. She believes veterans’ trauma stories can be transformed from loss to legacy using the creative arts.  


Joe Jencks is a songwriter, musician, and educator based in Chicago. He tours internationally and is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Joe has experience facilitating groups as well as guiding the process of transforming stories into song. He is also the son of a Korean War veteran and understands well the reality of war’s impact on the human heart and soul.


Curley Lawson is an Air Force veteran, 1981-2004, including bases in England, Germany, Okinawa, South Korea, and Iceland; and deployments in Saudi Arabia, Honduras, and Thailand. Curley served Andrews Air Force Base on 9/11. He completed a MSW in 2012, his LICSW in 2018 and has worked as a clinical social worker at the Spokane Vet Center since 2014.


Suzanne Williams, RN, MSW, LICSW is a Vietnam Combat veteran who served as a medical-surgical nurse at the 21st Casualty Staging Flight, RVN, from 1966-67.  She has worked as an RN in emergency departments, operating rooms, and intensive care units. On the PTSD team at the Spokane VAMC, she did trauma therapy with veterans from WWII to Afghanistan.  She was adjunct professor in the graduate school of social work at EWU, then director of end-of-life social work at Horizon Hospice and Palliative care. 


Thomas Renteria served in the U.S. Army from 1997-2011 as an Infantryman and deployed twice to Iraq for a total of twenty-seven months. He received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and is currently studying Communication. Thomas practiced Tao Fawu Qigong and is a level-two certified Komyo ReikiDo Reiki healer. Through his work with the Department of Veteran Affairs, he was able to connect with the WHTA retreat as a participant in 2016 and is excited and honored to serve in the Shepherd role. 


Tonya Mayes has been a body-centered psychotherapist for 25 years. “Feeling strongly that a lot of memory, emotion and trauma are held in the body, I then went to massage school, graduating in 2002.  I also have a strong interest in how working with energy facilitates healing and am currently in a two-year energy medicine program. During WWII, my father was a marine and my mom worked at the Pentagon and I was a military wife for 11 years, (USAF).  My son also was in the Marine Corp for 5 years. I've provided bodywork at several Soldier's Heart retreats, as well as going on 4 veterans journey's back to Vietnam.“


Tom Askman, MFA, is Professor of painting/drawing at Eastern Washington University.  His paintings and drawings have been displayed in museums such as the Minnesota Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Tom is also a prolific sculptor who has created large-scale public works that can be seen in towns and cities across the USA.  His current research delves into the realm of intuitive art making. He is a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran who has guided veterans of all ages as they used the visual arts to create meaning of their war experiences.   


Ray Cocks’ father was a WWII veteran with untreated PTSD. Ray enlisted in the Army in August 1966, just after his high school graduation and served in Vietnam for 18 months over two tours in artillery outfits. For 30 years Ray struggled with post-traumatic stress related difficulties before being diagnosed with the war-related disorder. Since then, Ray has engaged in counseling, became active in 12 Step programs and attained a BA in Music Therapy. In 2012 Ray attended a Warrior Songs retreat in New York, which led him to his return trip to Vietnam. He later came to Spokane to be on hand for several of the Warriors Heart to Art retreats.    


Dave Baird, LICSW, is the Director of the Spokane Vet Center.  He has been therapist, working with Veterans, military members, and their families for the past 25 years.  Dave is retired Navy, having served both in the submarine fleet and as a Seabee.  He is also a musician, playing the piano and attending college on a vocal music scholarship.  Dave has a passion for non-traditional methods of healing, including nature and the arts.  He has directed and facilitated veteran-centric retreats since 2009.




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