The Xena Team

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Dave Phillippi, United States Marine Corps, Retired

Lt. Col. Phillippi served around the world in a variety of capacities, including three combat tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. Phillipi was commissioned in 1994 from the United States Naval Academy, following several years of enlisted service, and holds a Masters Degree is Strategic Planning.  He now works in the Houston area in the energy sector.  Phillippi and his family have volunteered extensively at The Xena Project since January 2015; as part of his volunteer efforts, he earned certification as a Peer Combat Care and Trauma Counselor from the American Association of Christian Counselors, and actively mentors many fellow veterans.

Don DeLine, Board Member

Don DeLine is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Lt. Col. DeLine completed four combat tours in Vietnam, and has served at ranks from E-1 to 0-5. He now cares for land and livestock in the great state of Texas.

John Echoff, Board Member

John “Kraut” Echoff is a former Marine and Vietnam veteran.  A native of Houston, upon completion of active duty he returned to the local area.  He worked his way through the ranks in the Sheriff’s department, serving for 42 years on the Force, including many years as a first responder and several as an Academy instructor.  A creative, inspiring individual, John has also acted as a ballroom dance instructor, Concealed Handgun License instructor, and the “face of the force” on Houston area crime stopper shows.  His wish, he says, “is to leave this place, a better place than when I found it.”


Dilshad Kasmani, Board Member

Dilshad Kasmani is a Naval Reserve Officer who served in Afghanistan. He joined the Cardtronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CATM) Legal Department as an Associate General Counsel in January 2014. In addition to assisting the Legal Department with regard to its day-to-day transactional and regulatory work, he has responsibility for all legal matters associated with the Company’s domestic acquisition efforts.  Kasmani is a 2007 graduate of the South Texas College of Law and previously worked as an associate attorney in the Houston offices of Andrews Kurth LLP and Paul Hastings LLP. His private legal practice focused on a wide variety of corporate matters, primarily in the context of mergers and acquisitions, private equity investing and corporate governance. He represented clients in private and public transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, oil and gas financings, debt financings and equity investments.  Prior to law school, Kasmani attended the University of Houston and received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science in 1999 (with University Honors and Honors in Majors); followed by a Master of Arts in Economics in 2003. From 1999 thru October 2006 he was employed by the Harris County Tax Office in various roles, completing his tenure as a Deputy Tax Assessor-Collector and Chief Economist.

Renee Curtis-Adair (Oncoming – Advisory Council)

Renee Adair is a CPA with decades of experience managing accounts as large as 150M+ annually. In 2011 she went into business for herself, at the same time assuming the role of compliance officer for the two pubs she and her husband own in northwest Houston. Renee acted for several years as a Dave Ramsey Tax ELP. She served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Riding Centers, from 2011-2015. Renee is a dedicated horsewoman passionate about natural horsemanship, and maintains certifications from Eponaquest and Riding Focused, and in Power of the Herd.


Jan Shultis, Founder and Executive Director


A 2006 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where she earned a Bachelors of Science in English with Honors, Jan served around the world as a Public Affairs Officer in the Navy. She departed active duty and founded The Xena Project following a 2011 deployment to Afghanistan embedded with a joint task force (Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, Detention Operations / Rule of Law Field Force – Afghanistan). Jan is extremely proud of her family’s military history – she is the daughter of a career Marine and fellow Naval Academy graduate, niece of career Marines and Air Force officers, and the granddaughter of a pilot who fought for four years in World War II, then in Korea, Vietnam, and conflicts in between.  Jan is a certified Peer Combat Care and Trauma Counselor through the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a 2016 graduate of Fort Bend County Chamber of Commerce’s Non-Profit Leadership Excellence Course.

Sherry Cardinal, Clinical Director

Cardinal031EWebSherry is the founder and CEO of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) International, through which she offers critical incident response and safety programs to individuals, businesses, and corporations. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and brings more than 36 years of experience in private practice to The Xena Project. Sherry is often lauded for the inclusion of Animal Assisted Therapy in her programs, and created Equine Assisted Psychotherapy protocols for those in need of an extra healing touch to work through trauma or mood disorders.  A long-time resident of Fort Bend County, Sherry currently volunteers in the community as the Clinical Director of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office CISM Team and Emergency Ministries Association for Crisis Intervention Response and Training. She has previously served as a founder and Executive Director of several non-profit social service agencies, including the Fort Bend Women’s Center and Rape Crisis Programs in Richmond, Texas and the Domestic Violence Association in Santa Clarita California. Sherry is an ordained minister, and includes pastoral care in her work when appropriate.  Learn more about CISM International at  See more of her extensive credentials in this press release.

Pastor Bill Hogan, Chaplain

Bill “Hulk” Hogan is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He is a command pilot with over 3,000 hours as an instructor/evaluator pilot in the B-1B, T-3, T-37, and T-38 aircraft. He retired from active duty in 2006 to pursue a calling to ministry and attended Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, earning a Master’s of Divinity degree. “Hulk” is currently the Pastor of Celebrate and Community at WordServe Church in Fulshear.

Keith Shultis, Peer Outreach 

Keith “KC” Shultis is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Commissioned in 1980 from the United States Naval Academy, Lt. Col. Shultis served around the world as an F/A-18 fighter pilot, earning his wings first as a Radar Intercept Officer, then a second set as a Pilot. He deployed many times, including a combat tour during the Persian Gulf War.  He also holds a Masters of Science in Military Studies.  Lt. Col. Shultis first served The Xena Project as the Chairman of the Board, prior to transitioning to a volunteer focus on peer outreach and mentoring efforts.


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