Meet the Team
Director, Media & Public Relations
Lieutenant Colonel Paashka E. Prowell, USAF, (Retired), is a volunteer for Project Welcome Home Troops, San Antonio Chapter. She has a Master of Science in International Relations and graduate training in Instructional Psychology and Technology. She enlisted in the USAF in 1978 and subsequently commissioned in 1986 through Officers’ Training School. While in the Armed Forces, Paashka held a variety of positions from Logistics Commander to Foreign Area Officer serving around the world from Tunisia to Mexico. Paashka retired after 27 years of military service.
She had a prolific career in the military as a leader and continues service to her nation as a Community Activist.
Currently, Paashka works as a real estate professional in Texas and serves as Director, Media Relations for Take A Breath Texas.
Robert Carter III
Director of Research
Dr. Robert Carter III (Lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army) is a medical scientist specializing in trauma and injury related research. As an adjunct professor, Dr. Carter has taught numerous courses in nutrition, human performance, health and human disease, genetics, and bioethics at several universities. Dr. Carter has a Ph.D. in Physiology and Master of Public Health in chronic disease epidemiology. He received his postgraduate training in epidemiology at Harvard School Public Health and in Physiology at the United States Army Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, MA.
He serves on several scientific editorial boards, and is a scientific reviewer for 14 scientific and medical journals. He has published over 50 peer reviewed articles and book chapters on human performance, trauma, and environmental medicine. He is the Director for Research for the Take A Breath Texas Initiative He also serves on the board of advisors for Project Welcome Home Troops an educational non-profit organization geared towards bringing peace of mind to veterans. He is a volunteer and Power Breath Workshop facilitator with the International Association for Human Value. Dr. Carter and his wife Dr.Kirti Carter are meditators and are dedicated to helping individuals counteract stress and build resiliency in daily life by facilitating educational seminars on breath-based meditation and mind-body resiliency.
Sara Bush Burns
Director, Graduate Engagement
Sara worked in the Airlines industry for 11 years. She grew up in San Antonio and raised a family with two wonderful children. She works with one of the largest fabric companies in the United States for the past 19 years. Sara volunteered and supported the Palmer Drug Abuse program in San Antonio which enriched her life and soul. She was introduced to SKY Meditation in 2013. Her life has changed for the better. Since the course, she has experienced healing, peace, more energy and an increased happiness that was so unexpected. Sara is very grateful to have found the Take A Breath Texas initiative and will continue helping people learn and experience all the benefits it's programs bring.
'Now, I wake up each day with a smile on my face and look forward to whatever the day has for me', says Sara.
Director, Social Media
Vangie is an active duty military service member serving as an Air Force medical technician with 14 years of service. She has held several positions to include management in outpatient settings, technical school instructor, and management positions in the military technical training environment. She has been volunteering for Take a Breath Texas for almost two years. During this time, she coordinated SKY Meditation courses for the San Antonio chapter and helped the Power Breath Workshop team host courses for veterans. She has been meditating for 10 years and enjoys introducing the power of breathing and meditation to those willing to learn.
In addition to volunteering for TABT, she also serves on the Leadership Council of her church and enjoys facilitating meditation, spiritual, self-development, and leadership classes to both military and civilian audiences.
Dean Harmison, D.D.S.
Advisory Board Member
Dean’s professional life has been as a private practice dentist in San Antonio, Texas. The last 25 years, he was a part of several non-profit educational and charitable foundations as secretary and president. These include The Art of Living Foundation and The International Association for Human Values. He teaches relaxation and stress management techniques and processes along with yoga and meditation to people from all walks of life.
His most recent passion is serving on the Board of Advisors of Project Welcome Home Troops and facilitating Power Breath Meditation workshops for Vets and their families.
Director of Operations
Kirti Carter received her M.D. in Mumbai, India. She practiced as an Intensive Care physician before she moved to Texas for her higher studies in Public Health. She received her Master of Public Health (M.P.H) in Environmental Health and Occupational Health from The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. Holistic health and wellness has been her passion and is a strong proponent of stress free and health living. Dr. Carter has over 14 years of experience in meditation and breathing techniques. She has been facilitating wellness seminars for over 6 years. A philanthropist at heart, she has been instrumental in bringing yoga, breathing and meditation programs to refugees, low income groups and inner city middle school students in Fort Worth, TX.
Dr. Carter is the president of Carter Antiques. She is also the Director of Operations, Take a Breath Texas and a faculty for SKY Meditation, a program of the International Association for Human Values (IAHV). Along with her husband LTC Robert Carter III, a medical researcher for US Army, she also volunteers her time to facilitate and organize the mind-body resilience program, ‘Power Breath Workshop’ offered by Project Welcome Home troops for veterans with PTS. Dr. Carter offers workshops on breath-centered meditation and mind-body resiliency in an effort to create a stress free society.