Humble Warrior is a passion of the three women founders at the right. Each woman has her unique story with a passion to provide space for women veterans and first responders to connect, renew, and thrive!
As iron sharpens iron so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
Raquel "Raqi" (pronounced Rocky) began her yoga practice in 2007 and received her 500-hour yoga certification through the Himalayan Institute, her 200-hr yoga teacher training certification through Rubber Soul's Adventure Club. Additionally, she has completed the Warriors at Ease Level 2 Trauma Sensitive Yoga certification and is a certified Holistic Nutritionist through Expert Rating ISO. She enjoys bringing an emphasis of pranayama - mindful breathing in to classes. She wears many hats: retired U.S. Army combat veteran, cancer survivor, mostly vegan, mom, wife, small group leader, prayer warrior, dog lover, full-time "encourager"... and she's been seen juggling on her yoga mat. She enjoys riding motorcycles with her husband-Dave, walking her dog-Radar, visiting family & friends, & considers herself a lifelong learner.
Carmen, our Reconnaissance Scout-in-Residence and active Army retiree, has been an avid runner since 2014. She has successfully broken the banners of the PNC 10-miler, three half-marathons, and five Peachtree Road Races in Atlanta, GA. She is currently training for her first full marathon and aspires to be an Ultimate Peach in 2019. Carmen enjoys playing volleyball, watching reruns of Blue Bloods, and yelling at the TV during college football games. She loves spending time outdoors and has recently fallen in love with kayaking. Other loves include laughing at YouTube doggie videos, eating her favorite food - spaghetti, grabbing a midday nap when she can, and chasing her godson around the park, Sky Zone, and Dave & Busters.
As the only nonmilitary member of the group, Teresa earned her Humble Warrior status differently. Her battlefield for thirty years was a high school English classroom where she learned humility and strove to be an encouraging warrior each day. Since retiring in 2009, she has forgotten most of her students' names; learned to read a book for enjoyment; prepared homemade dinner for her family and friends while sipping a glass of fine wine; indulged in leisurely walks, long naps, and lots of travels; and, most importantly, met, fell in love with, and married John Ramsey in August 2019. They have joined together two amazing families and enjoy cooking together, traveling, and spending time with their eight grandchildren. Teresa's greatest gifts are her faith, her family, and her friends.
Gabrielle (Gabi) is our newest member of the Humble Warrior family. She is our Website & Resources Manager. Gabrielle is a "Double Badger" having graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She holds a Master's of Library and Information Science degree and currently works as a Teen and New Adult Librarian in Southeast Wisconsin. She embraces many of the Humble Warrior wellness modalities such as yoga, mediation, mindfulness,and primarily eats a plant-based diet. She is currently going through her 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training course to be able to guide others in their practice as well. In her free time she enjoys: playing roller derby as "Braids of Glory" because of her long long hair, gardening, embroidery, reading, and searching for the best brunch spot in Madison. She enjoys outdoor activities and hopes to visit every US National Park someday.