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Our Leadership Team

                Our leadership team is intentionally comprised of veterans, combat veterans, civilians from military families, church and ministry leaders, and members of both the Christian and secular business communities,      

...all with a heart for the military, and a love for veterans and their families,

...all who willingly bring their skills, talents, gifts and abilities to the table.





Reverend Michael E. Smith, CPLC, President, Co-Founder,

Mike is the President, and Co-Founder of Transforming Glory Ministries. Born on an Air Force base in Amarillo Texas, Mike is an Air Force brat and comes from a military family whose father was first Navy, and later an Air Force aerial photographer, his late brother, a US  Army veteran, and his Uncle, a US Army, Vietnam Combat Veteran. A graduate of the Institute of the Holy Spirit, Ordained Reverend, Certified Professional Christian Life Coach, Certified Professional Exhortation Coach, Mentor, and Encourager, Mike is a very patient man, with a shepherds heart an easy going personality. A true " heart guy" and skilled listener, he never tires of hearing others talk about what they have been through. He has faithfully persevered through many difficult trials which the Lord used for good, as a forging to deepen his faith, further train and prepare him for the work of ministry, and increase his compassion and understanding for hurting veterans. He walks the walk. He is a worshipper, and a knowledgable student of the Bible who freely shares it's truth's to help others find salvation, freedom, hope, healing, and the blessings God has for them. Mike calmly leads the ministry step by step with wisdom, humility, and reverant respect for the Lord.  His passion is bringing light into the darkness, and seeing people get the breakthrough their need to live in peace, and reach their fullest potential. 


Reverend Susan E. Smith, CPLC, Co-Founder, Secretary, US Army Veteran (Retired)  

Susan has a tremendous passion for working with hurting veterans, and their spouses. God's love for them floods her heart. While Susan is retired Army and proud of soldiering, she clarifies that " we don't do this just because I served .. but because it is the work the Lord called us to, and annointed us to do." We help veterans and spouses who are overwhelmed and overloaded find hope and healing. We help those who are hurting and struggling with emotional wounds and more come back into peace and find healing so they can move forward. Born again at the age of 31 while stationed in the ROK (Republic of Korea) she never looked back. After graduating from ministry school at the Institute of the Holy Spirit under Dr. Joelle Suel, she is now an Ordained Reverend, Certifed Professional Advanced Christian Life Coach, Certified Christian Mentor, Spiritual Care Giver, and holds Board Certification with the International Board of Christian Care, Board of Christian Life Coaching. She finds meaning, value and purpose in coming alongside and pouring in to others. Susan is known for being fearless about speaking the truth, having an outgoing go-getter personality, keeping it real, and sincerely sharing the truth and freedom found in the Word of God. Her hearts desire and future vision for TGM includes getting the wheels up to visit the wounded and their caregivers at Walter Reed Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Ramstein AFB, Germany, and military installations stateside and overseas. We want to be where they are, period.  Our work is to love, serve, and strengthen veterans, their spouses, and support veteran organizations nationwide however we can. " No Fear, No Limit's, No Boundaries!"       With a strong administrative gift, Susan also supports the organization as Secretary, and temporarily as interim Treasurer. 



Dr. Bruce Heany, Pastor, LPC, Accountability Board Member

Dr. Heany is a licensed professional pastoral counselor with well over twenty years of ministry experience in the areas of relationship counseling, depression, anxiety, anger, extreem, trauma, abuse, stress, grief and loss. Pastor Heany has a Doctorate degree in counseling, a Masters degree in pastoral care, a BA in psychology, and a BS in recreation. His education experience also included chaplaincy work at Eastern Maine Medical Center, and intensive practical training in counseling at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy in Chicago. Dr. Heany began his career in the 1980's as a parish pastor in Chicago, Illinois. After completing his doctorate degree, he opened his practice in Denver, Colorado. His practice is currently located in Northglenn, Colorado. He is delightfully happy with his bride Brooklyn, and thoroughly enjoys sharing his life with her, and thier progeny of four - the oldest two now grown and out of the home. Dr. Heany's youngest son is overcoming the limitations of cerebral palsy, and serves as an exemplary model of how love and joy triumph over adversity. 


Pastor Chuck Lewis, Accountability Board Member

Pastor Chuck is a longstanding minister of the gospel with prophetic giftings, and has led revival services in the United States, Canada, and abroad. He is the President of Chuck Lewis Ministries, based in Aurora, Colorado. He holds certification as a Licensed Professional Counselor with decades of experience, and is trained in all areas of life recovery including addictions, boundaries, marriage, divorce, co-dependency, conflict management, stress, domestic violence, and more. He has served as Chaplain to the Aurora Police Department ministering to law enforcement officers and staff. He has extensive experience as a Crisis Response Team member in his role as Victims Advocate where he was called upon to assist those who endured traumatic experiences. Pastor Chuck and his wife Barb serve as Volunteer Chaplains at Craig Hospital in Denver, ministering to those with severe spine and brain injuries. A dearly loved, encouraging preacher and speaker, he freely shares testimonies of encouragement. A published author, Chuck shares his life experiences of overcoming a debilitating physical injury from birth, followed by other medical set-backs all while following God's plan for his life. Pastor Chuck is a wealth of knowledge and has served the Lord faithfully for over fifty years.  


Minister Lavinia Lavato, Accountability Board Member

Lavinia is a lay minister, and was the Co-Founder of Be Healed Ministries. She moves in the power, authority, annointing and discernment of the Holy Spirit. Lavinia has extensive training and experience in the areas of soul care, inner healing, generational issues, breaking curses, identifying soul ties, identifying deeply rooted memories, trapped emotions, spiritual warfare, and holds Certification in inner healing and deliverance. With a tremendous hunger to see people permanently, healed and made whole, Lavinia gives freely of her time, and has ministered to hundreds. Minister Lavato is talented, keen, intelligent, caring and compassionte. She has been a key speaker at healing conferences with life changing results, and has been sought out to train others internationally. Lavinia is a secret weapon, and a gifted spiritual warrior in the kingdom of God.      

Pastors Allan and Gerri Silk,  US Army, Vietnam Combat Veteran, Senior Ministry Advisors for Veteran Issues

Pastor Allan Silk is a natural born leader. A highly decorated Native American Vietnam Combat Veteran, he earned both the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for heroism and physical injury during combat operations. Allan has served as an educator, teacher and instructor helping guide, inspire and shape lives. He and his wife Pastor Gerri are both seasonsed ministry leaders with well over twenty years of experience in the field of marriage care. Allan and Gerri hold leaders Certification with the National Association for Marriage Enhancement (NAME), and now serve as the Co-Founders and leaders of Open Doors Marriage Ministry, based out of Word Alive Ministries in Thornton, Colorado. They have successfully trained several other marriage ministry teams, and have personally counseled and taught hundreds of couples, savings marriages and protecting families for generations to come. Gerri says " when it comes to marriage - there is literally nothing we haven't seen..we've seen it all!" They have ministered to marriage teams in Pakistan via skype, enabling others to learn and grow. Pastors Allan and Gerri graciously serve in the role of Senior Ministry Advisors to the Smiths for veteran related issues. With undeniable wisdom and spiritual maturity derived from the work of the ministry and their personal life experiences, the Silks are both willing and able to provide Godly counsel and insight whenever called upon. They are not only loving and hospitable, they are consistently ready in season and out, they speak the truth in love, they care deeply, and they freely share of their knowledge to help others. As President and Co-Founder, Mike says that " having the benefit of such Godly advisors, with so many years of experience, who flow in the Holy Spirit is invaluable in the day and age we live in."



Mr. Edward (Ed) Trujillo, Director, and US Army Combat Veteran 

Ed is an US Army Combat Veteran who served in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield as a Non Commissioned Officer in Charge of a motor vehicle platoon. He has experienced the destruction and devastation of war first hand, up close and personal. He is familiar with Post Traumatic Stress, Combat Trauma, Traumatic Soul Wounds, Crisis of Faith, and how it impacts lives. He has walked through the anquish of war and seeing what people are capable of doing, and knows the hope and healing found in Jesus Christ. His example of duty, sacrifce and leadership helped inspire his two oldest sons to become US  Air Force and US Army warriors. Ed is solid! He is a man of faith, a tower of virtue and integrity, known for his honesty, strong work ethic, his love, devotion, provision and protection of his family, for speaking up for what is right, for having moral courage in all instances, and for being a great listener. Ed is both humble and strong. He's old school. He knows how to motivate people, care for them, and encourage them to make good choices. He is a family man, and is happiest being with his wife Toni, and his ever growing family. TGM is blessed to have Ed on the team. He is one of America's finest. We need more just like him!

Mr. Rinaldo Suel, Director    

Rinaldo is a successful Christian small business owner, and entrepreneur. A skilled, professional French baker, his pastries, croissants, and delicacies sell out as soon as they hit the markets each morning. Born in France, he and his siblings overcame many childhood traumas before arriving in the United States and proudly becoming American citizens. His is a very hard worker, and has a heart to help anyone and everyone going through difficult and turbulent times. He and his beautiful wife Eva have completed leadership training in Christian 12 Step and have experience working with individuals in need of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Trauma Recovery.  A peaceful but powerful man of unshakable faith and conviction, Rinaldo's joy and laughter are infectious. He brings the love of God whereever he goes. His easy going demeaner, kind spirit, inherit humor, French sayings, and limitless wisdom are a lifeline to many who are going through storms of life. An overcomer with a determined, positive can-do attitude, Rinaldo is an anchor, and one of the most unique people you will ever have the pleasure of meeting. He enjoys strong coffee, playing his guitar, and taking road trips with Eva in their RV.  His life is a testimony to God's love, power, grace and mercy.




Ms. Emily Carlson, Board Member Emeritus, Past Treasurer

Emily served as a founding officer of Transforming Glory Ministries. She is a highly skilled and very successful software engineer, software analyst, IT business professional, and former business owner, and sister of an Army veteran. Emily is also credited for the creation of TGM's logo design, a simple yet powerful artistic depiction of the heart of this ministry, namely, a depiction of moving forward from places we may have been stuck.    A respected and valued member of this team, Emily's generousity in serving and sharing her talents have blessed many. 


Mr. Jack Poe, Web Designer

Jack has been in the web industry for 25 years. He is employed at the United States Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson Air Force Base as the Lead Web Administrator. Jack has taught classes in graphic design, web design, and web programming to hundreds of college students, and is the owner of We are forever grateful for Jack's support, contributions, patience, knowledge, guidance and contributions in the development of this website. Jack is the techno-brain behind this operation!