Staff
Jim Lorraine
Jim Lorraine
President and CEO
Jim Lorraine is the president of the Augusta Warrior Project, an Augusta, Georgia based not-for-profit organization with the mission to provide warriors (veterans/currently serving) and their families a model advocacy program in order to enhance their quality of life and capitalize on the Augusta region’s ability to contribute to the warriors and their families.

Prior to his current duties Jim served as the founding Director of the United States Special Operations Command Care Coalition. A wounded warrior advocacy organization recognized as the gold standard in supporting over 4,000 special operations force wounded, ill, or injured and their families. During his six years as the Director of the Care Coalition, Jim also served as Special Assistant for Warrior and Family Support to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this role he created a document transforming the Chairman’s “Sea of Goodwill” concept into a strategy.

Jim served 22 years as an Air Force Officer and Flight Nurse. His service includes operations in Saudi Arabia,Central America,Somalia,Haiti,Afghanistan, and Iraq. As a staff officer Mr.Lorraine served as a Fellow to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and lastly as the Deputy Command Surgeon for the United States Special Operations Command.

His military awards include the Bronze Star, Secretary of Defense Outstanding Civilian Award, USSOCOM Outstanding Public Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Exceptional Civilian Award.

Jim was born and raised in Clinton, New York. He is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Nursing and Webster University where he received a Masters degree in Computer Resources and Information Management.
Jim Lorraine
Kim Elle
Executive Director
Kim Elle is the Executive Director for the Augusta Warrior Project. As Executive Director, Kim leads the strategic vision of AWP’s dynamic team and works closely with Community Partners to ensure veterans, service members and their families are connected to the appropriate resources and benefits to lead a more fulfilling life.

Kim is a career Intelligence Officer and has served in a variety of leadership positions at the tactical, operational and strategic levels for over 20 years. Over the years, Kim has supported Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Deliberate Forge and Deliberate Guard.

Prior to joining the Fort Gordon Community, Kim served as an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy leading the Character & Leadership Development Curriculum to our nation’s next generation of leaders. Kim’s most recent military role was as the Deputy Commander, 480 ISR Group, Fort Gordon, Georgia.

Her service to our nation extends well beyond the uniform. Since leaving active duty, she has committed herself to supporting our nation’s service members, and their families, as they face the unprecedented challenges of today’s military – and the challenge of reintegrating into their communities and families when they return home.

Together with her colleagues at Sunergos, Kim’s passion to make a difference resulted in the development of “Leading with Resiliency and Grace: A Program for Women Who Serve”. They built this leadership development program to specifically take aim at the unique and frequently overlooked challenges women veterans face. The program gives them the tools necessary to lead life in a way that inspires them, their families, and their communities.

Kim has a deep commitment to supporting our nation’s service members. She has created powerful partnerships between corporations, government and nonprofits to serve those who have served.

Kim is the daughter of a career Air Force fighter pilot and a Gold Star Family Member. She lived in numerous foreign countries and several states growing up. Kim is married to COL Steve Elle and they have four adult children (Jordan, Jessi, Kayli & Madi).

Rosemary Forrest
Rosemary Forrest
Communications and Grants
Rosemary Forrest has lived in the Augusta area most of her adult life where she has worked for several newspapers and the University of Georgia. Her father was a Staff Sergeant in the Army Air Force during WWII and two of her brothers also served in the Air Force, one in Korea, the other in Vietnam. She manages the AWP message and  writes their publications and grants. Rosemary has two grown daughters and two granddaughters.
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Shay Simms
Benefits Advocate
Shay Simms, Warrior Advocate, attended Richmond Academy, before joining the military, where she served 10 years with 3 tours in Iraq. After leaving the military she relocated from FT. Bragg, NC to Augusta. She facilitates and assists with gathering the necessary documentation and reviewing benefit claims for accuracy, on behalf of veterans or family members.
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Krystal Garcia
SSVF Advocate
Krystal Garcia, Warrior Advocate, has lived in the Augusta area for most of her life. She graduated from Augusta State University with a degree in Social Work and a Psychology minor. She was a Ground Intelligence Analyst in the Air Force, stationed at Robins AFB. Both her father and step-father served in the Army during Vietnam.
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Jeanette Gilles
General Advocate
Jeanette Alderman Gilles, Warrior Advocate, received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina. She also holds a Master of Social Work. She was literally born on base in Augusta at Eisenhower Medical Center as her father was in the Army. Her brother and sister have both served in the Air Force. She specializes in working with veterans who have economic issues and those who need assistance with benefits.
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Al Steele
Education Advocate
Al Steele, Warrior Advocate, retired from the Army with 30 years of service. He specializes in educational issues and works directly with Warriors who need assistance with education benefits.
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Cheree Tham
Community Coordinator
Cheree Tham, Community Coordinator, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (SCSW). She specializes in managing the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program that helps with veteran housing issues.
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Bridget McClaine
Advocate, Data Wiz
Bridget McClain, Warrior Advocate, conducts Warrior assessments and intakes. She performs supportive services and makes referrals. She holds a degree in Social Work from Augusta State University and served in the Army from 1997-2003.
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Katherine Hyer
Warrior Advocate
Katherine Hyer, Warrior Advocate, is a veteran of the Air National Guard (1995-1997) and is married to an active duty member of the Air Force. She has her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii and her Masters in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. She is the AWP employment specialist and works with Warriors to help them find jobs. She also works directly with major employers in the community to assist them in hiring veterans.
Rosemary Forrest
Larry Millstead
Warrior Advocate
Larry Millstead, Warrior Advocate for the Aiken Warrior Project, is a native of Newberry, SC and has lived in Aiken, SC, since 2004. He received his undergraduate degree, in History, from Newberry College (Class of 1995) and has served in the SC Army National Guard, since 2001. Larry served as a part of base security (Fort Jackson, SC), under Operation Noble Eagle, and deployed to Djibouti (Africa) and Kuwait, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. His Father served in the US Army (Vietnam Era) and both his Step-Father and Grandfather retired from the SC Army National Guard. Larry’s Brother currently serves as a SC Army National Guard Recruiter. Larry and his wife have one child.