Who We Are and What We Do

Chase Rauchle PTSD NOW! (the “Organization”) is named after Craig Rauchle’s son. Chase Rauchle was a staff sergeant in the Army National Guard who suffered from PTSD arising out of his tours of duty as a gunner in Afghanistan. After numerous failed attempts to receive help, Chase took his own life on September 9, 2019.

The Organization has found an inconsistent approach to preventing, identifying, and treating PTSD symptoms within our National Guard from state to state. Self-identification or discussion of PTSD symptoms is discouraged due to “the warrior mentality” of service personnel including among those within the chain of command. Even if symptoms are identified, the available resources are woefully inadequate to meet the needs of affected personnel.

The overall objective of the Organization is to reduce the incidence of suicide among U.S. military personnel who suffer from PTSD. The Organization will pursue this objective using three (3) main strategies. First, the Organization plans to act as a resource to help educate policy makers and those responsible for the mental health of our service personnel about the “best practices” for preventing PTSD, for recognizing the symptoms and effects of PTSD, and for treating PTSD. This strategy will be implemented through exhaustive research of available studies and materials, compilation and summary of such materials, and, where necessary, the production of concise materials and resources to be presented to, and discussed with, the Organization’s target audience.

Second, the Organization plans to advocate for, and assist with, improvements in the military’s processes and procedures for preventing, identifying, and treating PTSD. This strategy is already underway and involves identifying and gaining access to those individuals within the military and Department of Defense who have policy authority over such matters. To date, the Organization has had several meetings with the National Guard and is currently working with the National Guard to establish new polices relating to PTSD.

Third, to the extent funds are available to do so, the Organization plans to pay for and oversee pilot projects that would provide counseling and treatment services from nationally recognized PTSD specialists for service men and women within the military. The ultimate goal would be to assist with the creation of a permanent policy structure within the U.S. military to effectively deal with this national crisis.

The Organization’s initial focus will be on National Guard personnel (Army and Air Force). However, the Organization plans to take what it learns from its experience with the Nevada, Arizona, Vermont, and Connecticut National Guard units and to expand its efforts to other states with the desire to create programs that will extend to all military personnel nationwide.

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PTSD NOW! Board Members

  • Craig W. Rauchle

    President & Board Member
    Craig was previously retired when he founded PTSD NOW! as a Nevada non-profit. Craig attended college and graduated with a BA from the University of Denver in 1977. Craig began his career in Denver in the Telecommunications business. Craig spent the last 30 years of his business career with Inter-Tel Inc, a public company based out of Chandler, AZ and Reno, NV, serving as its President. Under Craig’s leadership the business was sold to a VC Group, Francisco Partners, based in San Francisco. Subsequently the company was merged with a Canadian based company Mitel in 2007. Craig left the combined company and retired in 2008. Today, Craig devotes all of his efforts to establish changes in the treatment our Service Men and Women who suffer from stress and depression associated with PTSD.
  • Julie P. Rauchle

    Secretary & Board Member
    Julie Rauchle was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. Julie began her career in the retail/wholesale environment at a very early age while attending Cal State Fullerton in the early 70’s. Following a long career as an executive in the cosmetic industry, Julie became the national Sales Manager for a Military Uniform manufacturer out of Philadelphia, which is the largest supplier of uniforms to the Armed Forces. For the past 10 years Julie and husband Craig Rauchle have been full steam ahead on philanthropy and presently devoting their time to PTSD NOW!
  • Stephen E. Lenzi

    Vice President & Board Member
    Steve is an attorney; earned an MBA from UCLA and is a former member of the United States Marine Corps. Steve served for 33 years in professional, management and executive positions with one of the largest member and financial services organizations in the United States. Steve specialized in the development and implementation of public policy on behalf of the organization and its membership. Steve began his professional career as a legislative advocate and later assumed responsibility for all public affairs operations including media relations. Steve became the executive publisher of the organization's travel-related and member magazine in 1998, also serving as a member of the committee responsible for the development of public policy for the organization in Washington, D.C. Steve served as a deputy member of the California Business Roundtable; board member and chair of the Orange County Business Council; and as his organization’s representative on the boards of the Los Angeles Area Economic Development Corporation and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Steve became a corporate officer in 2001 and retired from that position in 2008.
  • Steven R. Russell

    Board Member
    Steve is a 27-year veteran of the financial industry and holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Accredited Wealth Advisor (AWMA®) and Charitable Retirement Counselor (CPRC®) professional designations. He spent 17 years with Bank of America in multiple capacities including Regional Executive overseeing one of their high-net-worth divisions. For the last 11 years he has worked for Wells Fargo Advisors as a Senior Private Wealth Financial Advisor and Managing Director of Investments in the Lake Tahoe basin. Steve is highly active in the community, as Treasurer of the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, Treasurer for PTSD NOW!, Youth Soccer Coach for Player Soccer Club and past board positions for Mountain View Montessori Schools as well as involvement with Junior Achievement and other non-profit groups. Steve attended the University of Nevada as well as Pacific Coast Banking School via the University of WA and enjoying skiing, mountain biking, and basically anything outdoors with his wife, daughter and son. Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC, Members SIPC, separate registered broker-dealers and non-bank affiliates of Wells Fargo & Company
  • Joseph G. Wolfe

    Board Member
    Born in Dayton, Ohio in 1951. Joe’s parents also had a farm in Sinking Spring, Ohio. Winter time in the city for schooling and summertime on the farm to learn about hard work.
    Joe graduated from Oakwood High School in 1969 and then graduated from Baldwin Wallace College in 1974. During his collage years, Joe spent one year at The University of Basel, Switzerland.
    Having graduated from college and meeting his future wife Polly, Joe and Polly moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho where Joe worked in the industrial plumbing supply business. Polly and Joe were married in December of 1974.
    In May of 1975 Joe became President of the Paramount Supply Co. of Soda Springs, ID. In June of 1982, Joe accepted the Presidency of the Dayton Windustrial Co., another industrial plumbing supply house.
    In 1987 Joe started his own manufacturers‘ representative organization in Northern California, based in Pleasanton Ca. Over the next 10 years the company grew to two locations, one in Northern CA and the other in Southern CA. In 1999 Joe sold the business to the employees. The sale closed on December 31, 1999 and Joe retired from active pursuit of business.
    In 2003 Joe and his wife Polly relocated to Incline Village where they reside today.
    Joe and Polly have two children, both married. Son Joe, has two daughters and daughter, Katie, has twin girls and a son.
  • James Clark

    Treasurer & Board Member

    Jim’s banking career began in 1955 at Mutual Savings of Pasadena, part time while he was a student at UCLA. In 1958 he graduated from U.C. Berkeley and went into the Navy where he served on an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea. When his active duty ended he affiliated with the Navy Reserve and entered the banking business full time training as a real estate appraiser and loan officer. He earned the senior residential appraiser designation from the Appraisers’ Institute.

    Jim entered Loyola Law School, graduating in 1972 and was admitted to the State Bar of California the same year. He joined FirstFed Bank of California as legal counsel, board member and loan committee member. He was instrumental in getting the company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Jim took early retirement in 1992 and moved to Incline Village. The same year he retired from the Navy Reserve with the rank of captain in the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

    Jim and a partner formed Sierra Bouquet, Inc. and built over 60 luxury homes in Incline Village, winning two awards of excellence from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and one from Washoe County. He has served in Rotary, as finance chair of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, and vice-chair of the Washoe County Republican Central Committee. Currently he serves as president of the Lake Tahoe Branch of the International Wine & Food Society and president of the Lake Tahoe Chapter, Military Officers’ Association of America.

  • J. Scott Bensing

    Board Member
    After being commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, Scott served as a surface warfare officer on a destroyer during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, as aide to the admiral in charge of the NATO Standing Force, and as a congressional liaison officer for the Secretary of the Navy on Capitol Hill. Scott left the Navy to begin a career in politics and policy making in the U.S. House of Representatives, as the first Chief of Staff to Nevada U.S. Senator John Ensign, and as Executive Director of the National Republican Senate Committee. Scott has been active in the Northern Nevada community since he and his family moved here in 1999. Scott was honored to serve as Chairman of the Nevada Military Support Alliance and to be appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval to serve as State Commissioner of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children. Scott now serves as President of SB Strategic Consulting, Inc. and lives in Incline Village with his wife. They have four children, two of which serve currently in the active-duty military. Scott is a proud graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Go Navy!